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A lesson in life from an 82-year-old above Death Valley

I had started my descent from the top of Wildrose Peak at 9,069 feet above Death Valley.

December 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Tasers often blamed for the death of violent crime suspects

Since the advent of tasers, their electric shocks have often been blamed for the deaths of violent suspects in the field and in jail cells after resisting arrest by police.

November 27, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Highway 395: Different scenery

Recently I was tasked with driving from southeast of Reno to San Diego. Had it just been Reno to San Diego, it would have made sense to backtrack on I-80 and then south on I-5. But, since a stop was necessary in the garden spot of Silver Springs, Nev., I decided to head over to Highway 395.

November 23, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local Columnist | Local Columns

It wasn’t perfect in a Mayberry vanilla way

My brothers dared me to do what they caught Jeff, a young kid from across the alley, doing one day.

November 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The weather in recent days has gifted me with enough incentive to get up earlier than usual in the morning. As a night owl, I've never been an ardent fan of Ben Franklin's "early to bed, and early to rise" no matter how many promises of wealth come with it.

November 23, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Father Joe, Pastor Mike & being an American on this Thanksgiving Day

We take a lot for granted.

November 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Postal Service compares itself to refrigerators

Pity the United States Postal Service.

November 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

California going to pot: Crime & non-punishment

San Joaquin County is a trendsetter when it comes to crime and non-punishment in California.

November 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Give students & professors more time to protest

We require sex education in school.

November 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A tale of 2 visions: River Islands at Lathrop versus California City

Cambay Group Allan Chapman and sociology professor Nat Mendelsohn both qualify as men of vision when it comes to urban planning. Both are also among the breed of modern-day riverboat gamblers who willingly tied their fortunes to the roll of real estate development dice.

November 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca’s plan to increase services & not local taxes

The average household income in Menlo Park is $110,000.

November 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Occupy Oakland sticks it to the people on Main Street not the man on Wall Street

What has Occupy Oakland accomplished?

November 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The $2M annual question: How will Manteca staff next two fire stations?

It is tough to forget 1985.

November 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Retired columnist Charley Reese, his ‘545 People’ editorial, and taxes

Someone sent me an e-mail a while back about a column that was supposedly penned by Charley Reese, formerly of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel where he worked for three decades – from 1971 to 2001 when he retired. During that time, he wrote three columns a week for the newspaper which were also distributed to other publications nationwide by King Features Syndicate.

November 14, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

The $150 million- plus question for the City Council

Can Manteca afford to build an interchange at McKinley Avenue and the 120 Bypass?

November 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Del Webb gearing up for car show

It's the 2016 Rods, Roadsters & Cruising Cars car show.

September 24, 2016 | | Local Columns

Absentee landlords & downtown Manteca

For years, Manteca civic leaders have slammed absentee landlords for making it next-to-impossible to get any traction downtown.

September 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: Has it lost it’s mojo?

Not one, not two, but three Manteca City Council members Tuesday lamented how Tracy - and Lathrop to a lesser degree - was kicking Manteca's proverbial ...

September 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

San Francisco is helping ‘kill’ river salmon

Environmental Defense in February of 2005 noted 85 percent of the 260,000 acre feet of water San Francisco takes from the Tuloumne River watershed ...

September 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

For you, my love

A love lost with the passing of my wife? No way. Mary Lou is still by my side.

September 19, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The days of Manteca Unified teachers and administrators communicating with parents almost exclusively with notes or flyers has gone the way of the slide rule.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: Reliance on SSJID water growing

Manteca's municipal water fortunes will become more and more reliant on how well the South San Joaquin Irrigation District protects and manages its water ...

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Rules proposed for Manteca’s new dog park

Manteca's dog park - due to open by the end of November - won't be a free-for-all.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon ups water saving goal to 30%

Ripon will set its water conservation goals at 30 percent.

September 19, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Stockton beats Modesto but even so . . .

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

September 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca has less than stellar record of being water visionaries

Manteca municipal bureaucrats like to point with pride of the city being farsighted enough to secure surface water supplies to blend with well water to ...

September 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Accusing Brown of ‘mansplaining’ when he’s acting like the only adult

Can we stop the political posturing for one day and act like adults?

September 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Colleges don’t need coddling, indoctrination

I remember Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975 well.

September 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Too far to walk? Don’t complain to Joshua Cowell

Joshua Cowell - the man who was called "The Father of Manteca" by his peers - would likely be amazed if he were to stand on his ...

September 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The days of getting home, grabbing two bags of chips to snack on while playing video games, and downing a 12-pack of soda a day ...

September 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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