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Lathrop is for lawyers and liberal payouts

The City of Lathrop should be cautioned against ever opening a casino.

April 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mentoring twins was an eye opener

I first met them about a year ago last year. They were the epitome of youth: energetic, exuberant, poised to conquer the world, eager to learn and experience everything that they can possibly learn and experience while deeply rooted in the moral compass and Christian ethics instilled in them by their parents.

April 14, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


College makes federal case out of praying in faculty office

Want to make educarts - those educators who morph into bureaucrats - squirm?

April 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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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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