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Government gone wild! Another fun hidden tax

There's a surefire way to lop $2,380 off the cost of building any single family home in Manteca – dump PG&E.

March 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Relay for Life is so important

Compassion is commonly defined as a profound human emotion prompted by the pain of others. More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering. The Buddha says, "compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others."

March 25, 2009 | By KRISTEN LANCE Manteca Relay For Life participant | Local Columns


Red light cameras are OK but why not extend yellow light time as well?

Red light cameras – the bane of born-again civil libertarians that often have a reawakening after getting a ticket thanks to such a device - are coming to Manteca.

March 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trying to survive in infested waters

On Friday the thirteenth, I had a disturbing experience. Arriving early at the club for a quick Jacuzzi and swim, I witnessed a frightening scene.

March 22, 2009 | By Fr. Dean McFalls St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Forging our fears key to embracing life & the future

Fear is our worst enemy.

March 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lead balloon or life preserver?

To access City Manager Steve Pinkerton's blog go to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/blog/

March 21, 2009 | By Steve Pinkerton City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Another way to keep truckloads of cash flowing out of Washington

It is becoming abundantly clear with each passing day that brings increasingly outrageous suggestions from politicians to see how fast they can deplete our great-great-great-grandkids' pocketbooks that the theme song for Congress should be "If I Only Had a Brain."

March 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The release of the lead balloon

I read in this newspaper on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 that "the City manager floats utility tax balloon." The new City Manager Steve Pinkerton, has or still is talking about raising the taxes on all of our utilities from garbage to gas and electricity. Are you kidding me?

March 20, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local Columnist | Local Columns


Mr. Smith definitely didn’t go to Washington

Republican senators are sounding like outraged socialists as they preen for TV cameras slamming big fat corporate bonuses. Democrats are acting like they're deaf as they deflect tough questions about why they negated provisions to block fat AIG bonuses behind closed doors while negotiating bailout packages.

March 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An honest dollar for an honest day’s work, what a concept

Patrick Heany of Manteca Roofing, Todd Roddan of New Bud's Nursery and the family business that did my fencing are why I have confidence in America's future.

March 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just say no to traffic signals at Van Allen, FC Road along 120

It is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and fill it with concrete.

March 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making yard work positive for my son

Not too long ago, my mom opted to do away with her long-time landscaping services.

March 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Wild side of Salina, Kansas, attraction came from Manteca

What does Manteca have in common with Salina, Kansas?

March 16, 2009 | | Local Columns


The case for no new taxes lacking a sunset clause

The real fun is about to begin.

March 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hernandez, Moorhead get high marks for not being political hacks

Debby Moorhead and Vince Hernandez are examples of the type of elected leaders we need representing us in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Gun rights: Trusting your government & not theirs

There is a connection between being allowed to carry a concealed weapon and national security, but it isn't what you think.

February 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming home to a place I had never been before

I had bonked the previous day on Sonora Pass on a 90-degree day. It was the sixth day of a fully loaded touring bicycling trip with two teen boys. I was carrying 80 pounds of gear and supplies on my touring bicycle. They were on racing bicycles with just handlebar bags. The object was to crisscross seven major Sierra passes in seven days. The previous day we had crested Tioga Pass and were headed to Topaz Lake via Sonora Pass before tackling Monitor Pass and heading home to Lincoln.

February 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The love you seek is one breath away

Love is in the air.

February 15, 2014 | | Local Columns


Special day for teens

Curtiss Beyers was lured onto the dance floor by the opening beat of the opening number of Thursday's special-needs Valentine's Day Dance.

February 14, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


A sign that romance still flourishes today

The kid looked guilty.

February 14, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Strings attached to money is what ails public schools

Money is what is wrong with public education.

February 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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