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Getting Manteca’s affordable housing strategy in order

Is the city not making an effort to procure affordable housing in Manteca? Not exactly.

April 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mothball aerial fire truck to save $1.1M annually

The day of reckoning is about to arrive.

April 11, 2009 | | Local Columns


Going from sound walls to inviting travel corridors

The old walled city of Manteca was a forbidding place.

April 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOUSING ELEMENT

To access City Manager Steve Pinkerton's blog go to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/blog/

April 10, 2009 | | Local Columns


The Muthart Plan: Ultimate 4 percent mortgage solution

It's too bad President Obama didn't pick Jim Muthart as the architect of his stimulus plan to get the economy rolling again instead of Tim Geithner.

April 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Full disclosure sticker for new home buyers

Transparency is now all the rage at all levels of government.

April 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The ‘Stick, the Giants and the perfect seats

A photograph of Candlestick Park is thumb-tacked on the wall facing the desk of reporter Jason Campbell.

April 08, 2009 | | Local Columns


More to cost of Almond Court than meets the eye

You've got to love some newspaper reporters.

April 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Whatever happened to landscaping at Yosemite & 99?

What's the name of Manteca's official flower?

April 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E: The model of American-style hybrid-socialism

If your neighborhood socialist – aka congressmen, senators and legislators – used your tax dollars to prop up AIG while AIG was selling you a commodity that they kept hiking the price on, how would you react? And what if while you're on a fixed income, in a wage freeze or have lost your job and the AIG division that you had no choice but to buy the commodity from gives its CEO a 5 percent increase to $8.7 million in compensation thanks in a large part to stock awards that your neighborhood socialist helped prop up and protect?

April 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The saga of the lead balloon

The Bible tells us to be slow to anger in Proverbs 14:29. It means that we shouldn't fly off the handle when something or someone rubs us the wrong way. I have obeyed this wise saying this last two weeks. I am referring to the column that our City Manager Steve Pinkerton wrote two weeks ago in response to my "Lead Balloon" column in this newspaper, which appeared, on March 20. He was fairly critical of me and my opinion. I don't begrudge the man his opinion on the utility tax issue and I did wait two ...

April 05, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local columnist | Local Columns


Up illegal cell phone use while driving fine to $1K

Enough is enough.

April 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes Jack is back with more thoughts

Think you've seen everything? Well how about this one. Some people are really into exercising their pets...On a recent drive through a new subdivision in north Manteca I came upon a gentleman driving his pickup truck down the street with his dog trotting alongside the vehicle. What's different or wrong with that? The driver was holding onto a leash as he drove. The leash was attached to the dog's collar.

April 04, 2009 | By Jack Snyder Manteca columnist | Local Columns


Paying the price for board putting ‘wants’ ahead of ‘needs’ in schools

There's one danger in playing chicken. If the other guy doesn't flinch you've got to face the music.

April 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California’s state motto: If it isn’t nailed down, tax it

Let me tell you

April 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Student loan debt: Housing Crisis 2.0

America is about to get another harsh lesson in easy money.

March 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why the sky seems to be falling down in Acetnam

Once upon a time in a land called Acetnam lived a little red hen.

February 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How I learned to love the DMV & parallel parking

The California DMV, in its infinite wisdom, has issued me a five-year extension to my driver's license.

February 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Satisfying tostada munchies plus a wild & wet time in cave

Tostadas! Good Shepherd Mission's 34th annual Tostada Dinner is Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Mission, 305 E. French Camp Road. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children. For information, call 209.983.8829.

February 26, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca USD trying to fix something that isn’t broken

There is no Hispanic on the Manteca Unified School District board. There is also not an Asian-Pacific Islander trustee.

February 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go jump in the lake? Not in California

It looks like rain is coming.

February 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A book, a treadmill and prayer

I love junk food! I'm not talking a casual fondness for a fistful of Doritos or a mouthful of powered donuts. I'm talking full blown, passionate love, for deep fried chicken, cheeseburgers and French fries, supreme pizzas with extra thick crust and a pound of shredded cheese scattered over chunks of sausage and pepperoni. Washed down by a mug of ice cold soda, followed by a jumbo scoop of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge drizzled on top. Do you get the picture? I love junk food!

February 22, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Resurrection’s bright light

The Resurrection is the greatest hope and anchor in our modern day society. In this morally dark world that we live in, the light of the truth still shines the brightest. Though some would like to discredit it, in their discrediting, it proves it all the more that the Resurrection is true.

February 21, 2014 | By Pastor Gordon Richardson Tabernacle of Praise | Local Columns


‘Let me tell you about the very rich’

It draws attention.

February 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Serving food & beverage with class

Bernie Brown is a true gentleman in the restaurant business. He has always made his guests feel very special and comfortable.

February 20, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Malling’ of America’s community standards

Orem is a tidy city at the base of the Wasatch Range.

February 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SPECIAL BONDS

There is a special bond that exists between father and youngest son in the Goatcher household, and it almost always reaches a crescendo about this time of the year.

February 19, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Internet is for the ‘Flappy Birds’

It was driving Sawyer slightly crazy.

February 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gun rights: Trusting your government & not theirs

There is a connection between being allowed to carry a concealed weapon and national security, but it isn't what you think.

February 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming home to a place I had never been before

I had bonked the previous day on Sonora Pass on a 90-degree day. It was the sixth day of a fully loaded touring bicycling trip with two teen boys. I was carrying 80 pounds of gear and supplies on my touring bicycle. They were on racing bicycles with just handlebar bags. The object was to crisscross seven major Sierra passes in seven days. The previous day we had crested Tioga Pass and were headed to Topaz Lake via Sonora Pass before tackling Monitor Pass and heading home to Lincoln.

February 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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