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Let’s find out if Sacramento leaders have real courage, brains & hearts

Get ready for Abbott & Costello and The Three Stooges Destroy California Tour.

April 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cinco de Mayo is as American as you can get

People need to stop having heart palpitations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

April 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Frank Sinatra had it right: That’s life & you can’t deny it

That's life, that's what all the people say

April 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Costly $159 cell calls & text messages

Cell phones and seat belts continued to be a focus Tuesday of the four Manteca Police motorcycle officers on the street trying to stem "distracted drivers" in the state-wide education campaign.

April 06, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Federal workers addicted to COLA at your expense

Years of guzzling cola - and not the kind made with sugar - is bloating America and jeopardizing our economic health.

April 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to deal with dark clouds over education

Budget cuts do not doom the quality of education that one receives.

April 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The bad and good at Oakland Athletics’ game

Who would have guessed we would witness the best come out of the worst at an Oakland A's game Saturday. It was either divine providence or just the most amazing coincidence that played out in front of us in section 209.

April 03, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Thanks to Raymus a rainbow of hope touches kids’ lives

"In 100 years it won't matter what car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like, but the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child." - Anonymous

April 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento should tap the $80B they have on hand first

Apologists for Sacramento's out-of-control spending habits try to blame everyone and everything else for their irresponsibility: Proposition 13, redevelopment agencies, and special districts.

April 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How dare Bonds defy Great Wizards of Prosecution

Today is April Fools' Day.

April 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why subsidize NPR with federal bucks & not KAT Country?

You've got to love the debate over federal funding of National Public Radio.

March 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire legislature needs to do the Wisconsin Waltz

Here's an idea. Why don't the 120 men and women in the California Legislature do the "Wisconsin Waltz" and flee to Nevada en masse?

March 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E does the right thing with Smart Meters

Bravo, for PG&E.

March 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State needs to thin ranks of bureaucrats

There really is a simple solution to the budget mess in Sacramento.

March 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mickey Mouse match made in heaven: Kings owners & Anaheim

Sports franchises like the Rochester Royals-Cincinnati Royals Kansas City Kings-Sacramento Kings-La La Land Royals dump cities the way Zsa Zsa Gabor went through eight husbands.

March 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Modesty & consorting with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spaghetti dinner tonight; quilt show this weekend

The spaghetti dinner for the Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship is today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca High cafeteria. Takeout meals are available. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under $5. For tickets call April at 403.1956 or Wilma at 823.4938. Tickets are also available at the door.

March 05, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Springtime in Manteca means gophers are popping up

Capistrano has its swallows. Pier 39 has its sea lions. And Manteca has its gophers.

March 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Single family homes: All that matters in Manteca

Let's be honest.

March 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beautiful blue eyes

Those beautiful blue eyes.

February 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Little Red Hen & Tulloch Lake

Copperopolis residents are worried sick.

February 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, JROTC dinner Friday

The FESM Fish Dinner is Friday, Feb. 27, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St., Manteca with takeout from 5 to 6 p.m. The doors for the sit-down dinner open at 6 with a dinner of lingcod fish, potatoes, bread, salad, and dessert served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets contact Frank at 209.595.3558.

February 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winner in the category of least gracious winner is . . .

The 87th annual Academy Awards shouldn't be confused with entertainment.

February 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s to the 301 Manteca residents who would of died

There will be 301 Manteca residents who will not die by the end of this year thanks to vaccines.

February 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Job market forces pay raises at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart workers are getting a pay raise.

February 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley Beat debuting today

"Welcome to the very first episode of the Central Valley Beat. I am Nina Frisby and…"

February 20, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


It’s Almond Blossom time! (plus more crab)

Almond Blossom Festival is here! Start your weekend right with some tasty breakfast. Ripon Grange #511 is holding its 53rd annual Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., Ripon. Tickets for adults are $7 when purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Please call Helen at 209.599.7110 for more information.

February 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Family City’s can-do attitude is for Bay Area housing needs

There is no affordable housing problem in Manteca.

February 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Born to be wild: Black & white high tops

White Converse All-Star high top basketball shoes.

February 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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