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Manteca needs big splash with water tank color & graphic design

Sacramento has Sleep Train Arena.

November 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mom, the impromptu hunchback

Halloween wasn't really my thing as a kid.

October 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time to cut to the chase: We need to tax Halloween candy

San Francisco is the latest city to contemplate sin taxes on soda.

October 30, 2013 | | Local Columns


The new world ruled by social media zombies

We have come a long way since Flight 90.

October 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


AK-47 era: Play time is no longer cops & robbers

•Seventy law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during 2012 in the United States. Forty-nine of them were gunned down.

October 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Psst. Want some street grade Oreos?

The latest abuse of rats comes from Connecticut College.

October 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Insurance isn’t meant to be a lottery ticket

Why are insurance rates so high?

October 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firms believe it is better to take from Manteca than to give

Giving isn't a two-way street for some corporations.

October 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To wear a tie or not wear a tie: That is the question

Barack Obama is no Richard Nixon.

October 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stupid streaking stunt leads to horrific tragedy

We were bicycling over Daggett Pass when a semi-truck passed us.

October 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A sure thing set aside to go after Great Wolf deal

How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.

October 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The story of ‘The Good Capitalist’

Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.

October 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does growth or existing Manteca residents ‘pay their own way’?

Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.

October 16, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School’s out for a week: Let the learning begin

School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.

October 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to kill a federally protected eagle? Place a wind turbine on the Altamont Pass

Want to see what green hypocrisy looks like?

October 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Neglecting real world for digital one

Is social media ruining America?

January 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The climate change chorus is gnashing its teeth once again

Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Mudslides. Tornadoes. Wildfires. Blizzards. Droughts. Why do we call them natural disasters when they are what nature does constantly to keep evolving?

January 11, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For Sacramento politicans charity deductions begin at home

It's nice that somebody in Sacramento finally thinks we're paying too much taxes.

January 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teacher pensions, Apple, & teen mental health

They just can't resist it.

January 09, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Resolution One: Being able to put on more mileage

It wouldn't matter much if the human body came with an instruction book on how to care for it.

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fees collected on new homes topic of council report

Every new home sold in Lathrop is subject to a series of fees based on the square footage of the dwelling.

January 08, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


‘Real time’ data allows schools to adjust effort

Education is taking place in "real time" in Manteca Unified and other California public school districts.

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1.8M in donations powered RHS dream

In a way, the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation defied the odds of what appeared to be a pipe dream some 10 years ago.

January 08, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


When Manteca grew 120% in 1 year

Editor's note: This is an occasional series looking back on Manteca's first 100 years as a city as the centennial date of the ...

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City manager should say no to zombie CVB

The city in the coming weeks will get a request to waive fees associated with the Crossroads Street Fair in downtown Manteca. The fees cover ...

January 06, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother Nature not PC with male, female thing

"Male, female, or are you declining to state?"

January 05, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thanks for making paradise more like home; end of an era

We had three blocks to walk in order to see one of the most iconic beaches in the world.

January 05, 2018 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Singh, Morowit get it: Manteca needs more traffic officers

Mike Morowit and Gary Singh have "just the ticket" for Manteca for the upcoming mid-year municipal budget review.

January 04, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Amazon smile won’t last forever

There was a time when Sears made retailers shudder and would give the mailman - the now dinosaur politically incorrect term for postal carriers - hernias as ...

January 03, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca garbage pick up pushed back a day

Manteca is changing its garbage collection this week due to the New Year's holiday.

January 02, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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