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Repeat childhoods of yesteryear today & they’d be child abuse charges

I drank chocolate milk - gallons of it - when I was a kid. The same goes for my consumption of soda, sugar, potato chips and Twinkies.

May 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lathrop-Manteca, City of Manteca fire effectiveness common concern

You live in Manteca's city limits so why should you worry about the financial health of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District?

May 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

SSJID et al sues to protect Chinook salmon from federal government

So how can restoring the commercial Chinook salmon fishing threaten the future of South County almond farmers?

May 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The $25,000 question MUST be answered

Manteca Unified Student Trust is a solid non-profit that's working for kids.

May 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The importance of letting mom know

Touching a mom's heart on Mothers' Day with memories of her devotion to her children over the years is as easy using as pen and paper or a computer key board.

May 08, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

The problem with unnatural deprivation diet strategies

If deprivation was a successful weight loss strategy, obesity would be obliterated.

May 08, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns

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

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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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