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Drive-up squawk boxes: Can you hear me now?

It makes no sense at all.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Man survived on pizza & cash advances

An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sound judgment & city employee contracts back in 2006 and today

Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marking 20th anniversary of Loma Prieta

"Stop the presses!"

October 16, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Rainy day blues? It depends upon how you look at it

Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.

October 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting rid of Winchester Mystery House model for government

The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.

October 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forgotten in a flurry of PG&E service calls

It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop’s No.1 boogeyman is Jack Snyder

We bury the hatchet

October 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Supreme Court makes the right call regarding smartphones

Imagine a cell phone weighing two pounds, getting only a half hour talk time per charge, being only used to make voice calls, and costing $3,995.

July 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jump into river lands him in hospital

Levi Gray followed the revelers up the train bridge that spans the Stanislaus River, eventually hurling his 265-pound body into the cool waters below.

July 02, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


1980s: Battles shape Manteca’s growth

The Recall.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2 tunnels away from being next Owens Valley

SAM MACK MEADOW, Inyo County – You can't get much closer to the source of a large chunk of Los Angeles' water than Sam Mack Meadow at 11,040 feet just over a mile from the Palisade Glacier – the largest in the Sierra.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MHS senior is inspiration to other teens

It's true inspiration to see a teen that stands out among the rest of the student body for his positive actions in school where there is a need.

July 01, 2014 | By SHARDAE JONES Manteca High student correspondent | Local Columns


Want to find out about yourself & California? Go take a hike

It was 40 degrees Thursday. I had been hiking for six hours. The sun had been up over the Great Basin for perhaps three hours.

July 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Willis Carrier’s hot idea: Has it cheated us of enjoying the heat of summer?

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared in July of 2012.

June 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


El Rey: It’s demise was as splashy as its 38-year run

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in November of 2011.

June 28, 2014 | | Local Columns


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