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After almost 60 years I’m having a ball

"You've got to work at living because dying is easy." - Jack LaLanne, the late fitness guru

March 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Creating maximum damage by hiking minimum wages

It is the gospel for many cash-strapped college students who are fed a steady diet of economic theory and social engineering by professors that aren't economists and tend to lean toward socialism: Raising the minimum wage raises everyone's lot in life.

March 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The environmental perfectionist-career bureaucrat-LA water complex

First question: Why does Sacramento - built in a flood zone on the biggest river in terms of water volume in all of California - never flood?

March 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca only needs Raymus Expressway if it wants 200,000 plus residents

The battle for Manteca is on.

March 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LATHROP’S SWEET SPOT

The 7-year-old Dennis the Menace look-alike - complete with cowlick - had just knocked over two rubber ducks with three tosses of a bean bag.

March 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID ponders irrigation season’s start

An extremely dry winter in 2012 prompted the South San Joaquin irrigation District to make a rare early January water run to prevent irreversible damage from happening to orchards and vineyards.

March 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Troop treat packing event at senior center

For the first time, the Manteca Senior Center will take part in a packing event benefiting the Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II Memorial Troop Support Program.

March 21, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Tabernacle experience at Calvary

Calvary Community Church is taking the community back to the Old Testament and setting up a life-size replica of the Tabernacle of Moses during this Easter season.

March 21, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


Droopy pants: Bring in the clowns

The bright red underwear was hard to miss.

March 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City takes away passive tool for people to protect homes & yards

Good fences make good neighbors.

March 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail backers fail to play winning ACE

It's the $72 billion question - how can the California High Speed Rail Authority win over skeptics and investors?

March 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s business model: Guaranteed profits while never putting capital at risk

The fun is about to start.

March 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Celebrate climate change

Climate change is coming.

March 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID WINS POWER PLAY

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Carter Holly has rejected PG&E claims that South San Joaquin Irrigation District lacks sufficient revenues to provide electrical retail service to the cities of Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon and surrounding farms.

March 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CHEATS DEATH 6 TIMES

A drunken driver took the life of Katelyn Morock's grandfather.

March 14, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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Nixon was not so bad

A political tsunami is coming – one unlike this state has seen in many years – even decades.

April 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Singh: City not nimble enough

The City of Manteca as far as Gary Singh is concerned needs to be as nimble and responsive as a business is to an ever ...

April 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SOGGY STRAWBERRIES

While many area residents were grateful for the recent rains in the wake of record-setting drought in California, Manteca-Lathrop strawberry farmers were downcast.

April 11, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Denham seeks to cut $1.7B in federal waste

Congressman Jeff Denham wants to sell 770,000 empty federally-owned buildings that taxpayers are spending $1.7 billion yearly to maintain.

April 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon board to hear English pilot program

Kathy Coleman, who is Ripon Unified's Director of Curriculum and Categorical Program, is scheduled to give an update on the English Language/Development programs ...

April 11, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Hit the Streets for Hunger May 1

A special "Hit the Streets for Hunger Fun Run" is set for Saturday, May 1, at the River Island Technology Campus in Lathrop that will ...

April 11, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Un-ringing the hollow bell that is the Raymus Expressway

Yes, the bell has to be un-rung to kill the Raymus Expressway.

April 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BAN THIS GUN

I wanted to call Kirk Kjellberg an idiot.

April 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In good health? You can thank refuse, sewer, water workers

I had dropped part of my granola bar the size of a dime on the ground.

April 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consultants shouldn’t dictate Manteca growth

Who runs the City of Manteca: High-paid consultants or elected council members?

April 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dying in prison & morality

Over the past three decades, judges and juries have filled America's prisons with non-violent offenders.

April 04, 2016 | JOHN Kiroakou | Local Columns


Manteca Unified shouldn’t be at the vanguard of changing mores

A little over a decade ago two gay Sierra High students were spied walking on campus holding hands.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BULBS OR NO BULBS

The days of the controversial landscaping bulb-outs in the 100 block of North Main Street in downtown Manteca may be numbered.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SIZZLING GROWTH

The hottest place for commercial development this year for Manteca is the Airport Way corridor north of the 120 Bypass.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cell phone sale ends with shots

A cell phone sale went bad when shots were fired at the seller as he ran away from a handgun-toting buyer on a Manteca street ...

April 04, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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