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LM Fire board fails to answer the 9-1-1 call

Taxpayers too often are considered clueless cattle even by those who claim they are looking out for their best interests.

August 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why California is between a rock and a hard place

California has a $19 billion deficit. The state's water plan for the next 20 years is non-existent. Education from kindergarten to the University of California is in crisis mode.

August 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How cruising in Manteca lost its innocence

Cruising – once a rite of passage for Central Valley youth – is now largely a thing of the past.

August 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Heaven on earth: Summer in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

August 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spending three hours among the stacks

It's been more than two years since I checked out a book at the Manteca Branch Library.

August 02, 2010 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca Police can’t wage war on crime alone

Some place along the line we've gotten the impression that police double as private security guards.

August 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making a sour turn of events a sweet success for Manteca

The late Bill Perry was mayor during one of Manteca's darkest moments - the closing of Spreckels Sugar that had served as the symbol, if not the heart, of the city's economic strength for over 75 years.

August 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


70% of babies at SJ General born to illegals?

Should those children who are born here to parents illegally in the United States have birthright to American citizenship?

July 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two-faced federal immigration policy

Arizona is being slammed for usurping federal authority and over-exaggerating crime committed by legal immigrants.

July 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fight gangs by treating rentals as a business

You'll notice no one is talking about the 900-pound gorilla in the room with just 96 days to go to the Manteca municipal election.

July 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How do we make the streets of Manteca safer?

It isn't a good thing when anyone uses Yosemite Avenue as if it were the main drag in Dodge City at high noon.

July 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chipotle’s gets a taste of the law run amok

There are a number of businesses fleeing California.

July 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panhandling to public’s emotions pays dividends

It pays to be "homeless" in Manteca – because Mantecans have heart. One young couple is proving that notion as shoppers are repeatedly touched with their imagined plight.

July 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


DREAM Act is way of ending nightmarish mess

At first glance the DREAM Act stalled on Capitol Hill looks like a nightmare for those who believe America is being turned over to illegal immigrants.

July 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council barking up wrong tree on dog fee

The Manteca City Council on Aug. 3 will have the second reading of an ordinance for the municipal license fees for unfixed dogs that will reduce them from $100 to $50 a year.

July 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class

I'm losing it.

May 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Passing gas? There’s an app for that

Remember the Pet Rock?

May 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

May 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

May 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pulling the plug on death penalty

It's come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn't put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

May 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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