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The tower: Is it visual pollution or equivalent of background noise?

Visual pollution is a buzz word that is growing in use.

July 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t afford to pay day-to-day bills? Splurge on bullet train

Spend a few hours or so each week day over the course of a month at San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose airports.

July 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cable cars as well as hypocrisy climb halfway to the stars in San Francisco

"Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water-tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man." - John Muir

July 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Young high tech zombies walking around on streets

There are a minimum of three sign wavers dancing along the stretch of Yosemite Avenue sidewalk I use to jog home from In Shape.

July 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Intense spiritual, prayer experience in Medjugorie

Dear Friends, Greetings from Medjugorje, where the Virgin Mary (the Gospa, in Croatian) is reported to have been appearing daily since June 24, 1981. I arrived here overnight by bus on Thursday morning. Like my experience in Chenslohova (the central pilgrimage shrine of Poland, in Krakov (Poland's former capital), and Vienna (the very heart of Europe), this experience is an intense one of prayer and of visiting places of great spiritual power, of healing, and of new life through our Catholic Faith.

July 07, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Train Armageddon: Crossing Manteca will become a test of your patience

Frustrated by having to wait for a train at a track crossing in Manteca?

July 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Del Webb residents, city soon may have a towering problem

Get ready for what could become the first big issue of the November 2012 Manteca City Council election.

July 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consider yourself blessed to be an American citizen

Take a close look at the flags you see flying today.

July 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Verbal pollution in form of cussing wears down the soul

Cussing no longer shocks me - or most of us for that matter

July 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for a meeting of minds in Manteca to combat gangs

Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford is right.

July 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Volunteers make Manteca Police even more SHARP

The most cost effective program ever to roll out of the Manteca Civic Center?

June 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reflecting on Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage

I'm writing from a picturesque island in Puget Sound called "Vashon", just west of Seattle, where I've been re-uniting with a very important group of friends. Just over 30 years ago, we launched our 7,000-mile walk called the "Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage".

June 30, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Today’s struggling taxpayers asked to subsidize more of future’s wealthier folks

Is paying $253 a month for 10 years a fair exchange for a shot at making $1,000 a week for 40 years?

June 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to politicians in Sacramento: The party was over four years ago

You've just had your pay cut 20 percent.

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How growth saved Manteca from going under financially

So how did Manteca manage to stay afloat while it was spending more to run day-to-day government operations from roughly 2001 to today?

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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We want the world and we want it now

Patience is still a virtue but the concept is on life support these days.

October 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When it comes to fairness, rate increase plan is real garbage

Let's call the proposed Manteca garbage rate hike as presented what it really is - a sham.

October 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legalize pot? Democrats & GOP will party on regardless

Now that postal carriers have risked getting a hernia delivering the 220-page California General Election Official Voter Information Guide, perhaps you might want to contemplate ...

October 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s $1.44 a month homeless tax on solid waste

Manteca's elected leaders are voting Dec. 6 to take the amount of money Manteca residents pay for garbage service up by as much as ...

October 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hillary & the battered Black Voter Syndrome

What will it take for Democrats to lose the 95 percent black vote?

October 20, 2016 | | Local Columns


Targeting Denham: Guilty by association

Guilt by association.

October 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scary lesson on patriotism in Buffalo

Colin Kaepernick did not beat his significant other. Nor did he run dog fights and then execute the losing dogs.

October 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca accidents accelerating

It's not just your imagination.

October 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DEUEL VOCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Deuel Vocational Institute - 10 miles southwest of Manteca - is a lot less crowded these days.

October 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Developers pay $17,808 per acre to protect farming

The loss of farmland to build employment centers, retail and housing will cost developers $17,808 an acre.

October 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca changing noise rules to allow city well drilling

Manteca needs to drill two new water wells.

October 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon, growth & the candidates

Ripon is a town with a population of slightly over 15,000.

October 17, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Living beyond our needs: When will we ever learn?

The houses that dropped the most in value - and took the longest to bounce back - during the Great Recession triggered by liar loans were the ...

October 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Proposition 62: Rabid dogs & rabid people

When I read Proposition 62 on the Nov. 8 ballot, I don't see it as a "yes" or "no" issue or even as a ...

October 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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