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It’s time to cut to the chase: We need to tax Halloween candy

San Francisco is the latest city to contemplate sin taxes on soda.

October 30, 2013 | | Local Columns

The new world ruled by social media zombies

We have come a long way since Flight 90.

October 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

AK-47 era: Play time is no longer cops & robbers

•Seventy law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during 2012 in the United States. Forty-nine of them were gunned down.

October 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Psst. Want some street grade Oreos?

The latest abuse of rats comes from Connecticut College.

October 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Insurance isn’t meant to be a lottery ticket

Why are insurance rates so high?

October 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Firms believe it is better to take from Manteca than to give

Giving isn't a two-way street for some corporations.

October 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

To wear a tie or not wear a tie: That is the question

Barack Obama is no Richard Nixon.

October 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Stupid streaking stunt leads to horrific tragedy

We were bicycling over Daggett Pass when a semi-truck passed us.

October 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A sure thing set aside to go after Great Wolf deal

How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.

October 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The story of ‘The Good Capitalist’

Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.

October 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Does growth or existing Manteca residents ‘pay their own way’?

Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.

October 16, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

School’s out for a week: Let the learning begin

School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.

October 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Want to kill a federally protected eagle? Place a wind turbine on the Altamont Pass

Want to see what green hypocrisy looks like?

October 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Federal follies: We’re going to pay for bonus vacation time

Federal employees are different from you and I.

October 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Biggest threat to Manteca Kaiser Hospital is quake safety overkill

The clock is ticking for the Manteca Kaiser Permanente Hospital.

October 10, 2013 | | Local Columns

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Remember when boycotts meant something?

The good old days. That's when you shopped for items based on prices and what they were selling you and not the political views ...

February 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lathrop supports bid to fix roads

California's aging roadways have long been a problem – plagued by overuse and an antiquated gas tax that doesn't generate nearly as much money ...

February 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

ACE cancels passenger service today, Tuesday

Heavy rains that have triggered a rapid snow melt have created unsafe track conditions prompting Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) to cancel all passenger service today ...

February 13, 2017 | | Local Columns

Woman hit in head with baseball bat

A baseball bat assault to the head left a woman in her late 20s unconscious and bleeding at the edge of the 200 block of ...

February 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

188,000 FLEE DAM

OROVILLE - At least 188,000 people were asked to evacuate in Northern California after authorities warned an emergency spillway at Oroville was in danger of ...

February 13, 2017 | The Associated Press | Local Columns


As 10,000 plus people waited for Manteca's most visible landmark to come tumbling down in March of 1997, then Mayor Bill Perry stood ...

February 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

In the Year 2525, if Boy Scouts are still around . .

Let's just cut to the chase and mandate that people from this day forth can only have unisex babies.

February 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

9th District, Uncle Sam & illegals

Manteca Police do not go looking for illegal immigrants.

February 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Left or Right? It’s crazy across the board

It's been a little bit over a week since I decided to take a step back from online politics.

February 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns

Making city more responsive to Mantecans

Is there a new dawn in Manteca?

February 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Free tuition isn’t enough. They want free living as well.

Free tuition - as some struggling students pointed out to the Associated Press this week - doesn't mean free college.

February 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

1,443 days left & we’ve stopped communicating

George Buljan was the City of Roseville mayor in the 1980s.

February 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca’s monument to drug use

Want to see how drug use can destroy a neighborhood?

February 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Sacramento discouraging significant water conservation

Imagine South San Joaquin Irrigation District being able to reduce water use by 60,000 or so acre feet annually. That's enough water based ...

February 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

It’s never too late to go after your dream

In a way, Jim Anderson has already accomplished nearly everything one could ask for.

February 03, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

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