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Uncle Sam spends taxes to determine that I should be dead man walking

I should be dead or at least severely incapacitated by illness.

February 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Medical marijuana induces epidemic of chronic pain suffering among young males

The few days that Manteca's medical marijuana clinic was open in the 300 block of West Yosemite Avenue in 2010 it had quite a few customers seeking relief from "chronic pain."

February 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re rewarding those irresponsible borrowers once again

Here's a sobering statistic: Some 42 percent of all borrowers with mortgages in foreclosure haven't made a loan payment in two years.

February 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


War on drugs: Cut users loose from benefits of civilized society

If the entire population of Ripon was killed in 2010 because of drug violence every politician in the four corners of the United States would be getting the Full Monty from voters to do something.

February 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We often forget how good we really have it here in USA

It seemed endless.

February 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Having a heart attack over the selling of Quadruple Bypass Burgers

The food police are at it again.

February 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail: No longer their way or the freeway

Finally, a bit of sanity is surfacing around the folks at the California High Speed Rail Commission. They are taking their foot off the accelerator when it comes to their strategy of trying to steamroll over California by figuratively pursuing a one-track high speed rail vision.

February 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop state retirees from working for state to help reduce deficit, unemployment

California has an 11.1 percent unemployment rate.

February 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca should consider making highest vote getter every 2 years mayor

Is the direct election of Manteca's mayor a bane or a blessing?

February 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The price of a half cent sales tax vote: True pension reform

Just how good of a salesman is Jerry Brown?

February 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Many in foreclosure partake in $50 billion squatter economy

There is a couple that lived just south of Woodward Park that finally lost their home in 2011.

February 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy ranters & their AstroTurf movement

"As long as we don't destroy anything, the police don't care. It's a win-win situation. We get our message across and they (police) get paid."

February 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So who’ll join the race to replace Weatherford as Manteca’s mayor?

Manteca's Willie Weatherford Era comes to an end in two years and nine months.

February 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More people, less snow can add up to California disaster

Clear skies are spelling trouble for California.

February 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam worries more about sports cheating than about Wall Street cheating

Perhaps if Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens were Wall Street bankers defrauding investors in such a manner that they sent the economy to the cusp of ruin they would not have had to spend money on lawyers.

February 08, 2012 | | Local Columns


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Manteca tree lighting set for Thursday

Manteca's traditional lighting of the city Christmas tree on Thursday kicks off an evening of holiday fun at the Civic Center.

November 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA HAS MAIL

Manteca's Post Office on Maple Avenue was built 77 years ago.

November 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


de Graaf leads in race for council seats

According to the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters, Daniel de Graaf, Leo Zuber and Jake Parks continue as the leaders for three seats on ...

November 29, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


3-mile pursuit called off for safety of the public

A three-mile-long police pursuit was called off about 10:30 Monday morning as it was going over the Highway 120 Bypass when the red Dodge ...

November 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Detectives investigating drowning in home swimming pool

Manteca police detectives are investigating the 1 p.m. Monday drowning of a 54-year-old woman in a backyard swimming pool while family members were away.

November 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon Chamber, Hospice of San Joaquin join forces for tree lighting

The Ripon Chamber of Commerce shared its annual Christmas tree lighting event with San Joaquin Hospice at 6 p.m. Monday evening at the Veteran ...

November 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Take it from the lopsided kid — I’m definitely not athletic

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Aug. 15, 2012.

November 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Joaquin County’s most flood prone area

Spanish explorers climbing to the top of Mt. Diablo in the early summer of 1776 thought they had stumbled onto a great inland lake.

November 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beck’s Holiday Specialties back for 17th year

Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday season.

November 28, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Christmas in the Park to feature ice skating rink

Ice skating is coming to downtown Manteca this Friday and Saturday.

November 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon replacing garbage trucks lost to fire damage

A few months ago, the City of Ripon lost a pair of garbage trucks to fire damage.

November 28, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Doctors Hospital volunteers in search of new recruits

The Doctors Hospital of Manteca Auxiliary volunteers are working overtime to recruit new members to their 50-strong group that assists hospital staffers in non-critical duties ...

November 28, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Two men killed on rain-swept Moffat Blvd

Two Modesto men died from their injuries following a collision with a tow truck on Moffat Boulevard Saturday noon - the driver, 24, reportedly passed away ...

November 28, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California turning into Tower of Babel

Editor's note: Denis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Feb. 20, 2011.

November 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Colony Oak shows appreciation for military veterans

Betty Rhea Newman, 93, of Manteca was the one and only woman veteran from the U.S. Marine Corps from World War II who was ...

November 26, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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