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Time to stop enabling criminals

It was, as they say, a defining moment.

July 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown Manteca at crossroads

Petula Clark would not have been inspired to sing her 1960s hit "Downtown" were she to walk the streets in the heart of Manteca today.

July 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hey, man, like tax me, like a lot, like now

Want proof positive that marijuana causes brain damage?

July 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire council barking up wrong tree

People who see in black and white only inadvertently shortchange themselves – and others – by not embracing a wide repertoire of hues that can make things possible even during trying times.

July 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reform spending? In Califoreclosure? Like that will happen

Why, they ask up in Sacramento, don't people trust us?

July 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michael Jackson’s star-studded memorial service

It's Tuesday morning and I'm online trying to find the best PC feed to view the Michael Jackson memorial services.

July 08, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


For whom does your cell phone ring tone toll?

Rip-off AT&T's intellectual property and make it available for free and faster than you can text "SUE U" the communication giant would unleash lawyers upon the offender in droves.

July 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why do people need to save face or be macho?

The guy was a jerk.

July 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Francisco values: Protect bong shops & ban chain stores

Hey man.

July 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Adventures of Arnold in Wackoland

The Mad Hatter has nothing on the California Legislature these days.

July 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Respect the flag & you’re respecting sacrifices made on your behalf

There is no law governing what you can and cannot do to the American flag.

July 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will Manteca deliver now that they mean business?

There was a time not too long ago that Manteca's permit process for new development and the little guy read like a script for a B-grade horror flick.

July 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


And that’s the way it is: Twitter, pop deaths & the digital media

It was reported last Thursday that Walter Cronkite is seriously ill and "not expected to recuperate."

July 01, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Why are we convincing kids they will fail in school?

"We're going to do badly in school next year because there are going to be more kids in my classroom." – Words of an elementary student on a San Francisco TV station news report.

June 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brazen bank robbers and their lawyers

Bank robbers aren't nearly as brazen as some of the lawyers that represent them.

June 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Son remembers his famous father, & ‘many fathers’ who took him under their wing

Kim Komenich lost his mother when he was 18 years old. He had graduated from Manteca High and was attending Modesto Junior College at the time. Two years later his father died.

June 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The $47,102 bargain of incarceration

The Vandals' sacking and looting of Rome in 455 was amateur hour compared to what the Meth Heads are doing to Manteca.

June 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


March includes folks from all walks

A band of grass roots marchers hoping for major political financial reform walked into Ripon and Manteca over the weekend in memory of the late Cesar Chavez' effort years ago that sought a better life for his beleaguered farm workers in the Central Valley.

June 17, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca scores big points with garbage

Want to see how cost effective local government can be?

June 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Texting & killing is not an accident

OMG do u believe this?

June 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legal hyena has one big handicap

Scott Johnson has the worst handicap of all.

June 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About those vilified $10 an hour jobs

Manteca doesn't need $10 an hour jobs.

June 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dads: More Waltons, less Simpsons

Some years ago, I wrote a column on Father's Day that was well received by quite a few fathers I know. Following is a rewrite with a few changes for this year.

June 13, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Teen-adult-senior prom, chamber dinner on Friday

Did you miss your prom in the past? You have a chance to re-live the night. The 7th annual Teen-Adult-Senior prom conducted by the Manteca Youth Advisory Committee is Friday, June 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and induces dinner, beverages, and souvenir photo. For more information call Manteca Parks & Recreation at 209.456.8600.

June 12, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


No time to kill but why do we save it?

Why are we always so impatient?

June 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FRIVOLOUS ADA LAWSUITS

It's still happening – and this time it's taking place in our own backyard. Predatory American Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits are being filed against small business owners across Manteca. Twenty-one businesses have already been hit, all by Sacramento-area attorney Scott Johnson who has over 3,000 such lawsuits pending throughout California.

June 12, 2014 | By KRISTIN OLSEN California State Assemblywoman | Local Columns


The insanity of safe and sane fireworks

Modesto last month lost nine townhouses to a fast-moving grass fire.

June 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City planning discriminates against workers living in Manteca

The working thesis of the Manteca General Plan is simple. It's all about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

June 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The battle cries being raged over Kaiser’s Manteca hospital

One hopes that some of the nurses carelessly making inaccurate representations of Kaiser's financial picture are a bit more careful when administering medicine to patients.

June 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t defend Obama on Bergdahl

Not even I can defend this one. Since Barack Obama was elected President, he has misstepped many times. I have defended most of those because every step he takes a step he does so with an anchor in the form of the Republican Party pulling him back. The Republicans have attempted to marginalize him since before he took office.

June 09, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


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