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The $8.3 million view in downtown Manteca & what to do about it

Dilapidated trailers. Debris stacked in piles. A rundown picket fence. And on some days there are more shopping carts than at a Dollar General Store.

August 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Founding Fathers, the SR71, the IRS, NSA & Snowden

Thirty years later, I still remember the presentation.

August 06, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Neighbors watching out for neighbors is effective crime fighting strategy

Twice neighbors have prevented me from becoming a crime victim.

August 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Saving the water tower: Confusing historical significance with sentimentality?

Just because something is old doesn't make it historical.

August 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cad of San Diego: Is he serial sexual harasser?

There was a time before color TV and princess phones that prehistoric creatures such as San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would simply be called a cad for his transgressions.

August 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


George H. W. Bush was right; That vision thing is pretty important

I can see these words as I type them.

August 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Distracted driving & speeding: Buildings fare better than pedestrians

About 12 years ago on West Ripon Road, just east of Austin Road, a dairy manure truck plowed into the front door of a home, spilling part of its contents.

July 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moonies, Zimmerman et al: We have nothing to fear but fear itself

She wouldn't leave me alone.

July 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The IRS, unlike you or I, can opt not to produce documentation

\The Internal Revenue Service has turned over less than 1 percent of the documents Congressional investigators have asked for to determine whether there was intentional targeting of political groups in the auditing process.

July 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would Pilgrims slam modern farm practices?

Thank modern farming practices and other bogeyman of the environmental perfectionists such as chemicals and fossil fuels for helping provide you with 27.5 more years to protest modern farming practices, chemicals, and fossil fuels.

July 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What Doc Obama ordered: Full-time jobs start at 30 hours per week

What is more important - having health insurance coverage or feeding, clothing and housing your family?

July 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Union Ranch’s wishful thinking elementary school

Union Ranch East is in a twilight zone.

July 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TRUE HERO: HENRY HOLMES

Henry Holmes III was a hero in life. He stood tall.

July 23, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


North-south high speed rail bigger gamble than casino train

So why are all bets off - at least on the federal level - with Xpress West?

July 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Digital plates: Big Brother partners with Madison Avenue

Digital license plates could become government's next Big Brother move.

July 21, 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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