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Bah, humbug! Old Scrooge a job creator & Cratchit a leech?

First they turn Santa into an out-of-control eater that's doubled down as a couch potato gorging himself on cookies.

December 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Piling on Santa: Healthy PC nuts vilify the big guy as a ‘role model’

Steve K. Galson is the type of guy who'd leave Santa carrot juice and tofu strips.

December 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Uncle Sam wants $50 a week from homeowners

Back when I was still driving a 1993 Chevy S-10 Blazer I was irked one year to discover my DMV renewal said I had to have a more expensive smog check done.

December 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The charm of South Stockton is killing the SJ County Fair

There's no nice way to say this.

December 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Stay tuned for the next episode of ‘Comcast in the Crazy City’

Manteca's city leaders have 642,000 reasons why they want to keep Comcast customers happy.

December 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Card swiping & electronic consumer DNA

I spend anywhere from $80 to $120 a week at Target now that I do a good chunk of my grocery shopping there.

December 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

High court triggers big crime wave

Car stolen? You might be able to thank Justice Anthony Kennedy.

December 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The never-ending debate over shortcuts

Take the freeway – we'll get there faster."

December 17, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Delivery drones: Get ready for high tech locust

The time may come when we refer to the good old days as when leaf blowers and cranked up music at parties along with buzzing flies were the most annoying sounds in our neighborhoods.

December 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

High speed rail business plan: Hell or high water

HANFORD - Dairy farmers in these parts – and the rest of California for that matter – do not operate in a fantasy world.

December 10, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


John Perez Sr. pulled into the stadium parking lot nearly three hours before kickoff and was still tardy to the tailgate party.

December 10, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns

Flush the water tank art idea down the toilet

The nice thing about the 3.7 million water tank going up on Atherton Drive is that you won't see much of it.

December 09, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

By far the best fall I’ve ever taken

"Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more." - from Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon"

December 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Need a lawyer to strike it rich? Call LUV-2SUE

Editor's note: This column first ran on May 12, 1997

December 06, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The sagging economy & sagging pants

Editor's note: This column first appeared on Oct. 14, 2003.

December 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Finger guns, school safety and ‘Lord of The Flies’

Ron Burns did not grow up to become a mass murderer.

March 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fish fry, gourmet sampler Celtic Faire & much more

If you want to eat out, support your community while doing so. Start your weekend right with the St. Anthony's Young Men Institute's fish fry on Friday, March 7, with takeout from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and sit-down dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony's School cafeteria. Tickets are only $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under!

March 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Lent: The season for feasting and fasting

The advent of Lent always brings to mind Father William Delaney, former pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Manteca.

March 05, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


RIPON – For months, Riley Simmons has been kept indoors and under close supervision while she underwent treatment for a brain tumor.

March 04, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns

Student loan debt: Housing Crisis 2.0

America is about to get another harsh lesson in easy money.

March 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Why the sky seems to be falling down in Acetnam

Once upon a time in a land called Acetnam lived a little red hen.

February 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

How I learned to love the DMV & parallel parking

The California DMV, in its infinite wisdom, has issued me a five-year extension to my driver's license.

February 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Satisfying tostada munchies plus a wild & wet time in cave

Tostadas! Good Shepherd Mission's 34th annual Tostada Dinner is Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Mission, 305 E. French Camp Road. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children. For information, call 209.983.8829.

February 26, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Manteca USD trying to fix something that isn’t broken

There is no Hispanic on the Manteca Unified School District board. There is also not an Asian-Pacific Islander trustee.

February 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Go jump in the lake? Not in California

It looks like rain is coming.

February 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A book, a treadmill and prayer

I love junk food! I'm not talking a casual fondness for a fistful of Doritos or a mouthful of powered donuts. I'm talking full blown, passionate love, for deep fried chicken, cheeseburgers and French fries, supreme pizzas with extra thick crust and a pound of shredded cheese scattered over chunks of sausage and pepperoni. Washed down by a mug of ice cold soda, followed by a jumbo scoop of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge drizzled on top. Do you get the picture? I love junk food!

February 22, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns

Resurrection’s bright light

The Resurrection is the greatest hope and anchor in our modern day society. In this morally dark world that we live in, the light of the truth still shines the brightest. Though some would like to discredit it, in their discrediting, it proves it all the more that the Resurrection is true.

February 21, 2014 | By Pastor Gordon Richardson Tabernacle of Praise | Local Columns

‘Let me tell you about the very rich’

It draws attention.

February 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Serving food & beverage with class

Bernie Brown is a true gentleman in the restaurant business. He has always made his guests feel very special and comfortable.

February 20, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

‘Malling’ of America’s community standards

Orem is a tidy city at the base of the Wasatch Range.

February 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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