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High speed rail is an old school transit solution

It's ironic that Jerry Brown - a governor who embraces high tech innovation, the environment, economic growth, and improving the lot of the little guy - wants his legacy decided by the modern-day equivalent of a 220 miles per hour dodo bird.

October 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Magic of words and the power of reading books

The fact I'm typing this on an i-Pad may lead one to believe that I would be right at home with a Kindle. I'm not.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or winners?

Early in Ronald Reagan's second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.

October 26, 2012 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Local Columns


‘We’re so vain, we probably think this world is about us’

Carly Simon's ode to former beau Warren Beatty - "You're So Vain" - could be easily adapted to serve as the anthem of today's movement to capture every waking moment we have on digital images.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ignore the scary messages: We’ve never had it so good

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 24, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prepare for the Big Quake by carrying business cards from lawyers

The Salem Witch Hunt has finally been topped.

October 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Antique’ transistor radio brings back memories of younger times

It was a transistor radio I found – an early Christmas gift for me – at the Antique Warehouse in Salida. A hand-held radio, it's just what I had been looking for over the past few years from the '50s – and it works.

October 22, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Antique’ transistor radio brings back memories of younger times

It was a transistor radio I found – an early Christmas gift for me – at the Antique Warehouse in Salida. A hand-held radio, it's just what I had been looking for over the past few years from the '50s – and it works.

October 22, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California: Plenty of oil with highest gas prices in the nation

Contemplate this little tidbit the next time gasoline prices push the $5 a gallon mark: The nation's largest known shale oil reserve is in our own backyard.

October 22, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sin taxes fatten big government very effectively

Taxing the sinners never works.

October 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing the Delta so LA can keep growing

The Delta for centuries was a massive flooded plain in spring and a borderline desert by late fall.

October 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E may benefit from CPUC’s political power play

Mediators - by definition - are supposed to be neutral disinterested third parties to a conflict they are being asked to resolve.

October 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The danger of making schools exclusive concern of parents, educators

By all accounts, the three individuals seeking election to the Area 1 set on the Manteca Unified School District board are fine individuals.

October 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ballot measures’ triage approach to school funding

Let's be honest.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why do I have a problem with big government?

Someone the other day asked in an e-mail why I had a problem with big government.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Entries sought for parade marking July 4th

A parade, aerial fireworks, and a pancake breakfast are the community events planned to celebrate July Fourth this year in Manteca.

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DESIGN SLASHES COSTS

There are 12 student restrooms at Sequoia School.

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quintessential family man & Pumpkin King George Perry Sr. dies at age 99

George Perry Sr. was more than just the man who planted the seeds nearly a half century ago for what would blossom into the largest ...

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would you pay 8 cents a day to make Manteca better?

The Manteca City Council is about to go from being fiscally conservative to being fiscally responsible. There is a big difference

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going to pot is raising a stink in Colorado

Pot smells.

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Best stress-reliever on the planet

I grew up fishing.

June 09, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Kmart blues: Manteca voted with its feet

Who killed Kmart in Manteca?

June 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Keep Paris, I’ll take Bakersfield over Pittsburgh

Forget Paris - or Pittsburgh for the matter. I'd rather have Bakersfield.

June 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A modest plan to make Manteca a better place

Manteca's future is too important to be left to bean counters.

June 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Buying into $400B health care plan without funding it

If you signed a contract to buy an $89,000 Cadillac Escalade with no idea of how you were going to pay for it you ...

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Car takes out power pole in rural Manteca accident

The driver of a car that crashed in rural South Manteca left a bouquet of red roses on the front seat of the vehicle where ...

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Firefighters knock down Lathrop market blaze

Multiple calls from citizens late Sunday afternoon brought four engines from the Lathrop-Manteca and Manteca fire departments to the La Reina Supermarket due to fire ...

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop takes look at levee efforts for 200-year protection

Last year the City of Lathrop received the necessary "finding of adequate progress" that will allow them to continue to develop within the 200-year flood ...

June 05, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


½ cent sales tax covers 30 of 108 police, fire positions

A half a cent is making it possible for Manteca to hire 15 police officers and 15 firefighters when the next fiscal year starts in ...

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca may make citizens’ water board permanent

Manteca municipal leaders have declared water conservation is here to stay even with the end of the most recent drought.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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