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Remember when boys wore pants on the waist & not below?

Remember the folks back in the early 1970s who said loosening school dress codes would destroy Western Civilization as we then knew it?

May 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Waiting for Mr. Smith to go to Sacramento

They won't be waiting for Superman Monday at the corner of Louise Avenue and Main Street.

May 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New 700-student campus may open as charter school

The South County's next public school could open with space for 700 kindergarten through eighth grade students but without a single "local" student sitting in a desk.

May 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Manteca’s golf course is doing better

Recent articles in the Modesto Bee concerning their municipal golf courses and their continued financial troubles are almost a mirror image of the City of Stockton and their municipal golf courses. They continue to require General Fund money to keep them operational. And we are not talking about a small sum. Modesto reports their golf courses will require some $400,000 to $500,000 of General Fund dollars to keep them open this next fiscal year. Now where Stockton is attempting to lease their golf courses to private management, Modesto is actually considering closing two of their courses. The simple ...

May 05, 2011 | By ALAN THOMAS Manteca Columnist | Local Columns


Will Manteca tear out Wilson Park for a parking lot?

Wilson Park tucked behind the Post Office where Manteca and Sycamore avenues converge before meeting Center Street isn't the city's smallest park. That honor goes to appropriately named Mini Park that was created beneath a PG&E power tower on the southeast corner of Elm Avenue and North Street just three blocks away.

May 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youthful gang members effectively express themselves with their clothes

If there was something the schools could do to improve your child's safety and it wasn't being done, most parents would probably be hopping mad.

May 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council: Are their tastes bold or reserved?

Modern or traditional is the question.

May 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A more effective, less expensive Delta plan

It appears that there may be people on Gov. Jerry Brown's staff who are keeping him from becoming aware of the consequences of pursuing the plan formerly endorsed by the Schwarzenegger administration.

May 01, 2011 | By ALEX HILDEBRAND Retired Delta farmer & engineer | Local Columns


Handling conflict

It's difficult to stay calm when a co-worker is peering over your shoulder trying to make sure you complete your assignment accurately, or when a well-meaning family members is watching over your plate to make sure you don't stray from your diet.

May 01, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


What about the right to maintain control in prison?

Ever been inside a state prison?

April 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lockyer to SJ Valley: Drop dead

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg apparently are now advocating the equivalent of political civil war in California.

April 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The fantasy that high-tech jobs are Manteca’s future

Manteca, at one-time, made the goal of creating a Hacienda Business Park type development envisioned as Tara Business Park a top priority along McKinley Avenue south of the 120 Bypass.

April 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for stealth tax on your soda

They don't get it, do they?

April 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lack of health club etiquette

I try to make it to the gym every morning, and if I had exercise equipment, sauna, steam room and a swimming pool at my house, I wouldn't need to. But since I don't, I have to go someplace where other people are there to do the same thing I am.

April 24, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


ICE is right to go after employers on illegal workers

There is a line in the illegal immigration debate that goes something like this: Illegal workers pay tons of taxes that help subsidize the rest of us because they can't benefit from them such as Social Security tax.

April 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca’s ‘Forgotten War’ vets

At this weekend's Memorial Day celebration at Woodward Park, much of the attention was directed to Vietnam veterans as well as the fallen in ...

May 31, 2016 | JOSHUA SPOONER | Local Columns


THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

The notes from Sammy Davis' harmonica broke the silence.

May 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Main Street bulb-outs going bye-bye in spring

The much maligned bulb-outs in the 100 block of North Main Street in downtown Manteca are going to be around for a little longer but ...

May 31, 2016 | | Local Columns


Manteca veteran owns 1951 Army M37 weapons carrier

A Manteca resident drove a piece of history this Memorial Day weekend as his 1951 Amy M37 weapons carrier stood out on the streets of ...

May 31, 2016 | JOSHUA SPOONER | Local Columns


Families volunteer to place crosses

Sacha Avila and her young children lent three pairs of hands to help install the 7,000 plus white crosses at Woodward Park in Manteca ...

May 31, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Manteca veteran owns 1951 Army M37 weapons carrier

A Manteca resident drove a piece of history this Memorial Day weekend as his 1951 Amy M37 weapons carrier stood out on the streets of ...

May 30, 2016 | By JOSHUA SPOONER | Local Columns


Cushman: A 23-year-old who doesn’t feel the ‘Bern’

David Cushman is 23 years old. He has a keen interest in politics. That said, he hasn't felt the "Bern."

May 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TANGLED MUSD WEB

What a tangled web we weave at times.

May 27, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Life: It’s how you play it that makes all the difference

It is time once again for Pomp and Circumstance.

May 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case not to widen 120 Bypass to 6 lanes

Drive west into Del Puerto Canyon from Patterson and you'll climb into San Antonio Valley cradled between the ridgelines of the Coastal Range.

May 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If it looks like a steal it probably is

Do you have $63.80 you can toss into a garbage disposal and flip the switch on for every member that's in your household?

May 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $4,794.80 fridge for those that need 24/7 food surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg would be busing tables at Olive Garden if he relied on people like me to make him rich.

May 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Political hacks distort truth to smear Vogel

Want to see what a classic political hit piece looks like?

May 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless can do the crime and not do the time

Welcome to San Joaquin County, Homeless Haven USA.

May 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’ll take more than wishing to make 120 Bypass upgrade a reality

A Caltrans engineer years ago told me that there really isn't such a thing as an unsafe road.

May 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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