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Crime doesn’t pay unless you’re the government

Oakland has $316,000 that the city is not legally entitled to keep.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Turning an offer of oranges into two lemon pies

It was suppose to be a gift of oranges from a backyard tree in Ripon, but it ended up with a lemon pie.

December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Gun control won’t get at the root of the real evil

There are 300 million guns in America.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca doesn’t want to regulate T-shirts & tattoos - not yet at least

One must wonder what Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the gang that started this grand experiment known as the United States of America would think of the government they created today.

December 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So how can we celebrate Christmas without snow?

How can you possibly celebrate Christmas in California?

December 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Into each life some rain must fall, but there’s always new life in spring

As I look back at the year that is quickly passing, I remember with vivid sharpness the final couplet in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Rainy Day." It is half of a quatrain I often heard my mom quoting long before I knew the beloved bard's name.

December 16, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


State helps make SJ County haven for criminals & unscrupulous folks

Manteca is receiving $86,250 from Sacramento to fight crime.

December 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why should schools care more about athletes when it comes to drug use?

Why are high school athletes always placed on a pedestal?

December 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What do federal stimulus funds & tumbleweeds have in common?

Using federal stimulus funds to energize the economy is a bit like using CPR on an elephant 10 days after it died.

December 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Worried about stalkers? Uncle Sam should top your list of fears

Andrew Bell is an East Union High graduate from a few years back.

December 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taxpayers and the price tag for personal salvation

Steve Fossett was a successful American businessman and a multi-millionaire. He also was a risk taker.

December 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a wonderful time to be a California criminal

The California Department of Corrections website calls it a "historic solution" to solving the problem of prisons being revolving doors for low-level criminals. It is also touted as the "cornerstone" of plans to get inmate population to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 13, 2013 as ordered by federal courts.

December 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Artificial or real tree: It’s all about learned behavior

Artificial or real. It's the seasonal version of the plastic or paper question.

December 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BATTING THE BREEZE

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial by George Murphy Jr. first appeared in his column, "Batting the Breeze," in the Dec. 28, 1950 issue of the Manteca Bulletin. Murphy, who has since passed away, was publisher of the Bulletin at the time. He also served onboard a ship when Pearl Harbor was attacked 71 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.

December 06, 2012 | | Local Columns


An incentive plan for increased golf play that makes sense for pro, city

Steve Pinkerton, before he left Manteca to assume city manager duties in Davis - the Sacramento Valley beachhead for Berkeley sensibilities - had a trademark mantra. It was simple and to the point: Things are not going to go back to the way they were before.

December 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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PREPARING FOR WORST

As part of ongoing disaster preparedness drills on Thursday at 3:19 p.m. the city will pretend that an "earthquake" will cause the collapse ...

October 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle, can you spare $30M?

Manteca wants to break ground on two freeway interchange projects along the 120 Bypass in the next two years.

October 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels key to keeping LA humming at others’ expense

The Twin Tunnels aren't really about water.

October 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bored? That’s your problem and not the government’s

You've heard the whine: "There's nothing to do in Manteca."

October 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t blame wildfires on climate change

Climate change means we will have more and more destructive wildfires.

October 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An entire neighborhood gone overnight?

When I first heard about there being a fire raging through Wine Country, my initial thought was some high-end wineries were in danger of losing ...

October 13, 2017 | | Local Columns


An illegal minor, abortion, & our dysfunctional immigration enforcement

How bizarre is political discourse in America today?

October 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps Page should ‘Google’ social host laws

Google, Facebook, et al say they are just conduits - much like the proverbial public square - so that they can't be held legally responsible for ...

October 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My George of the Jungle hike routine

Falling into a tree is one of those things I'm placing on a list of stuff I never want to do again.

October 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Meanwhile drunks keep on truckin’

A protest convoy of more than 300 trucks minus trailers rolling down Highway 99 from Yuba City to Fresno on Friday was designed to bring ...

October 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want affordable housing? Then bring back RDA

Voters are being asked in November to approve a $4 billion general obligation bond to pay for affordable housing.

October 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


There’s no place like home

I'm writing this piece at more than 30,000 feet above Texas on my way home to Ripon and Manteca.

October 06, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Memo to city on downtown: How about it, partner?

If you are among the 30,000 plus people heading downtown this weekend for the 33rd annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair, make sure you ...

October 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca about to get on a better growth course?

Brace yourself for a watershed event.

October 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to correct bad homeless move

Jeff Zellner was right. Manteca made a big mistake.

October 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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