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Who do you trust? Farmers or bottom line corporations?

Bob Cabral, Walter Woodward, Nick DeGroot, and Dave Phippen all share two common threads.

June 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lying liars & the state’s $97B spending plan

There are liars, damned liars and then there are Sacramento politicians.

June 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parenting 2013: Kids go wild & how stopping them is child endangerment

It's night time.

June 18, 2013 | | Local Columns


‘Cool’ car colors, gas powered lawn mowers & air quality

Do you drive a black car?

June 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Watch out, I’ve got an excuse to use chainsaw

I was upset two weeks ago when I went into the back yard and discovered a California pepper tree that had mushroomed to 30 feet in height in just five years had snapped.

June 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


River Islands’ epic 24-year journey to build the first home

The folks who run the 157-year-old 5omerset Holdings have the patience of Job.

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tribute to the fallen at the new transit station & expanding library

Why are we free?

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming up next: Pre-Crime Police using wholesale mining of data

So you have no problem with government data mining.

June 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fracking vote jolts political alignments in Sacramento

Did you feel the earth shift earlier this month?

June 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beggar’s story: He’s homeless, hot, hungry & hunting for job

Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.

June 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


American Graffiti: Movie resonates Modesto cruise

MODESTO – Miguel, I am your father.

June 08, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


All streets are safe until people drive on them

"There is no such thing as an unsafe road."

June 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More enjoyable to embrace summer than fighting it

Finally, the heat is on.

June 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bicyclist goes 35 mph down sidewalk while towing a trailer

Seeing a bicyclist towing a trailer in Manteca isn't exactly something that's out of the ordinary.

June 06, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


More news from Profit Gouging & Electricity

The California Profits Upkeep Commission - formerly known as the California Public Utilities Commission - continues to do what it does best which is protecting PG&E's profits.

June 06, 2013 | By DENNIS WYATT Executive Editor | Local Columns


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Rotarians serve 150 youth breakfast

One young lady – a teen attending be.tech academy – stood out at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club breakfast Thursday as some 150 children were being ...

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop welcome signs before council

In 2014, the "Welcome to Lathrop" sign on Lathrop Road was struck by a vehicle for the third time.

July 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


City manager contract is a bit less sweet

Manteca's next city manager - Tim Ogden - will make $800 less in his first year of employment than his predecessor Elena Reyes.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MPD makes 4 arrests in armed robberies

Four suspected armed robbers were arrested less than three hours apart for holding up the Express Food Mart at gunpoint in the 2100 block of ...

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


WHO’LL SINK CONTRACT?

Council members Gary Singh and Richard Silverman earlier this month believed the Manteca municipal staff did a solid job screening three competing proposals to take ...

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WILL FEES KILL RETAIL?

A major supermarket chain wants to build a store on the southwest corner of Main Street and Woodward Avenue in South Manteca

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City violates Manteca rules on water; will city manager live in Manteca?

Manteca's municipal ordinance is clear that if you discover water leaks, breaks, or malfunctions in your plumbing and irrigation system that it "shall be ...

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are Manteca’s housing plans out of synch?

Single family neighborhoods.

July 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Visa’s goal: Kill off cash to fatten their bottom line

Walk into 2nd City - a Filipino taqueria in New York City - and if you are male, female, straight, gay, transgender, black, white, Asian or whatever ...

July 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bay Area cities’ escalating wage laws good for 209

If your household had four members and together you were grossing $84,700 a year, how "rich" would you feel?

July 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will emotion trump business once again at city golf course?

Manteca's 76,000 residents - whether they are golfers or not - should have a high expectation that the five elected people they have entrusted with ...

July 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Draining the Delta like Owens & Tulare lakes

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave ...

July 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youth can draw inspiration from Komenich

Hardly a student at Manteca High School knows anything about Kim Komenich today - I know, as I continue to ask those I meet at the ...

July 07, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Why shouldn’t jail inmates pay toward the cost of feeding them?

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 11, 2014.

July 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Rotarians get educated on safes

Ripon Rotarians were surprised to learn at their noon meeting at Spring Creek Country Club last Wednesday, June 28 that the Tractor Supply Co. – with ...

July 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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