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Why Manteca’s golf course is doing better

Recent articles in the Modesto Bee concerning their municipal golf courses and their continued financial troubles are almost a mirror image of the City of Stockton and their municipal golf courses. They continue to require General Fund money to keep them operational. And we are not talking about a small sum. Modesto reports their golf courses will require some $400,000 to $500,000 of General Fund dollars to keep them open this next fiscal year. Now where Stockton is attempting to lease their golf courses to private management, Modesto is actually considering closing two of their courses. The simple ...

May 05, 2011 | By ALAN THOMAS Manteca Columnist | Local Columns


Will Manteca tear out Wilson Park for a parking lot?

Wilson Park tucked behind the Post Office where Manteca and Sycamore avenues converge before meeting Center Street isn't the city's smallest park. That honor goes to appropriately named Mini Park that was created beneath a PG&E power tower on the southeast corner of Elm Avenue and North Street just three blocks away.

May 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youthful gang members effectively express themselves with their clothes

If there was something the schools could do to improve your child's safety and it wasn't being done, most parents would probably be hopping mad.

May 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council: Are their tastes bold or reserved?

Modern or traditional is the question.

May 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A more effective, less expensive Delta plan

It appears that there may be people on Gov. Jerry Brown's staff who are keeping him from becoming aware of the consequences of pursuing the plan formerly endorsed by the Schwarzenegger administration.

May 01, 2011 | By ALEX HILDEBRAND Retired Delta farmer & engineer | Local Columns


Handling conflict

It's difficult to stay calm when a co-worker is peering over your shoulder trying to make sure you complete your assignment accurately, or when a well-meaning family members is watching over your plate to make sure you don't stray from your diet.

May 01, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


What about the right to maintain control in prison?

Ever been inside a state prison?

April 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lockyer to SJ Valley: Drop dead

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg apparently are now advocating the equivalent of political civil war in California.

April 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The fantasy that high-tech jobs are Manteca’s future

Manteca, at one-time, made the goal of creating a Hacienda Business Park type development envisioned as Tara Business Park a top priority along McKinley Avenue south of the 120 Bypass.

April 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for stealth tax on your soda

They don't get it, do they?

April 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lack of health club etiquette

I try to make it to the gym every morning, and if I had exercise equipment, sauna, steam room and a swimming pool at my house, I wouldn't need to. But since I don't, I have to go someplace where other people are there to do the same thing I am.

April 24, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


ICE is right to go after employers on illegal workers

There is a line in the illegal immigration debate that goes something like this: Illegal workers pay tons of taxes that help subsidize the rest of us because they can't benefit from them such as Social Security tax.

April 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dognapping: Shades of Cruella DeVille

There was a noon-time drama that developed from a dog knapping Friday at lunchtime in a downtown Manteca parking lot that attracted a half dozen volunteers who turned out looking for the culprit and the missing six-month-old Morkie – a Maltese and Yorkie mix.

April 23, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Treasure Island: San Francisco’s answer to Atlantis

San Francisco - some pessimists contend - is a city waiting to die.

April 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for the bell to toll for class-action lawyers

I've got nothing against Taco Bell. It is what it is.

April 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Dalben earns nod for government service

The late Peter Dalben- a French Camp resident who had a combined 33 years of service on various government agency boards - is being inducted into ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Adult graduates eight

A few years ago, Patrick Chun chose the Manteca Adult School to continue his education.

May 16, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


More money doesn’t mean better outcome for our schools

Sixty-two percent of us - according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California - favor a 12-year extension on temporary taxes imposed on those ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dropping the bomb: We never should apologize

The President's plan to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27 is prompting some to call for Obama to apologize for the ...

May 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $155,000 white lie told by Manteca’s City Council

It's time to end Manteca's annual budget charade.

May 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning a lesson from Lincoln Park

It is arguably the most efficiently used park on a square-foot basis in Manteca.

May 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why do we pay almost 2,000 times too much for drinking water?

Go back the Dark Ages, say the 1970s.

May 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Peace unless, that is, I disagree with you then it’s death to you

Hardcore militant vegans - those that eschew animal products in any form to consume not based on health reasons but the morality of killing any animal ...

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will ‘line’ seal their fate?

It's arguably be the most expensive and contentious line ever to be drawn in the history of Manteca.

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dedication of Korean War mural May 21

America's so-called "forgotten war" - the Korean Conflict - is being remembered in Manteca.

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop: Potential for jobs at depot site

It has brought back millions of dollars in transportation funds for San Joaquin County.

May 09, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Community service earns Yepez hall spot

Arnita Marie Montiel Yepez - a tireless Lathrop volunteer who has made it her mission to make sure the community's rich heritage is remembered and ...

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The expressway to hell: Why the council is holding on to a disaster

Head south of Manteca beyond where the blue collar pianist swings a hammer tapping out notes created by slamming nails into wood mixing with the ...

May 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Conceding Manteca to the homeless?

Is Manteca losing its mojo?

May 06, 2016 | | Local Columns


Soda sin tax backfires big in Mexico

The difference between you and me and the filthy wealthy is simple. We don't think we can lord over other people by lecturing them ...

May 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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