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Is city saying Bass Pro matters while Weber’s BBQ doesn’t?

Carissa Patton by all accounts is a good cook.

February 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Police, copper wiring thieves & 2,300 marijuana plants

It isn't surprising that there are people ripping into Manteca Police for their superb job of taking out a multi-million pot growing operation in the heart of the Manteca Industrial Park.

February 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We must never apologize for dropping the bomb on Japan

Japan's narrative of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for years has painted the Japanese as victims.

February 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth-inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

February 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fly swatters for $6.99? Are they crazy or what?

All I wanted was a simple fly swatter.

February 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deville without Cruella is like Fred Astaire without Ginger Rogers

There's an empty spot in my heart today.

February 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case to make McKinley extension Manteca’s DMZ for growth

It's time that Manteca took its scrutiny of ways to deliver government services more efficiently and for less money to the next level.

February 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No truck route for McKinley is sound planning

McKinley Avenue should not under any circumstances be designated as a truck route.

February 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Discriminating against renters simply based on their youth

He's a young man. He works an honest day doing construction work. And he's about as clean-cut as you can get - no sagging pants, fairly well-groomed, polite, and hardworking.

February 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Defining misery by standards that really count

The Central Valley - according to the insightful people at Forbes who pride themselves on catching business trends but somehow were asleep at the wheel when the Wall Street Turks used sleight of hand and unadulterated greed to crash the economy - is hell on earth.

February 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps they thought levee was just a big gopher mound

It was the defining moment of the January 1997 floods.

January 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC cozies up even closer to for-profit utilities

The Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco was the setting for a dinner that brought for-profit California utility company fat cats and the upper crust of bureaucrats together.

January 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fire sprinklers in homes & former Fire Chief Rule

Charlie Rule over 20 years ago pushed to get his bosses on the Manteca City Council to require new home builders to install fire sprinklers in all new single family residential construction.

January 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cyclists pedal camaraderie with group rides

The holidays have come and gone and now it's time for a return to normalcy.

January 28, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Food fight in Lathrop over taco trucks

Taco trucks vs. brick-and-mortar eating establishments.

January 27, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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SOGGY STRAWBERRIES

While many area residents were grateful for the recent rains in the wake of record-setting drought in California, Manteca-Lathrop strawberry farmers were downcast.

April 11, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Denham seeks to cut $1.7B in federal waste

Congressman Jeff Denham wants to sell 770,000 empty federally-owned buildings that taxpayers are spending $1.7 billion yearly to maintain.

April 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon board to hear English pilot program

Kathy Coleman, who is Ripon Unified's Director of Curriculum and Categorical Program, is scheduled to give an update on the English Language/Development programs ...

April 11, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Hit the Streets for Hunger May 1

A special "Hit the Streets for Hunger Fun Run" is set for Saturday, May 1, at the River Island Technology Campus in Lathrop that will ...

April 11, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Un-ringing the hollow bell that is the Raymus Expressway

Yes, the bell has to be un-rung to kill the Raymus Expressway.

April 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BAN THIS GUN

I wanted to call Kirk Kjellberg an idiot.

April 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In good health? You can thank refuse, sewer, water workers

I had dropped part of my granola bar the size of a dime on the ground.

April 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consultants shouldn’t dictate Manteca growth

Who runs the City of Manteca: High-paid consultants or elected council members?

April 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dying in prison & morality

Over the past three decades, judges and juries have filled America's prisons with non-violent offenders.

April 04, 2016 | JOHN Kiroakou | Local Columns


Manteca Unified shouldn’t be at the vanguard of changing mores

A little over a decade ago two gay Sierra High students were spied walking on campus holding hands.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BULBS OR NO BULBS

The days of the controversial landscaping bulb-outs in the 100 block of North Main Street in downtown Manteca may be numbered.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SIZZLING GROWTH

The hottest place for commercial development this year for Manteca is the Airport Way corridor north of the 120 Bypass.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cell phone sale ends with shots

A cell phone sale went bad when shots were fired at the seller as he ran away from a handgun-toting buyer on a Manteca street ...

April 04, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Trustee stays away from closed sessions

Nancy Teicheira didn't want to be accused of leaking information discussed in closed session.

April 04, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


3rd graders learn about video game design

Most youngsters today are all too familiar with video games.

April 04, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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