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Code enforcement: Spitting into the wind Manteca-style

Spitting on public sidewalks in many cities such as in Daytona Beach is illegal.

September 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Common sense & code enforcement? Here’s your sign

Make your way down Industrial Park Drive and you may find one of the most egregious examples of illegal sign placement in Manteca.

September 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get money for schools today & short change the future of students

You show up for work for a month without an absence.

September 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting paying customers to do the dirty work

Walter Reuther - a labor leader if there ever was one - was once given a tour of a modernized Ford assembly plant.

September 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Democrats honor labor with exception of farm workers

Honor labor.

September 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Blue moon rising over dairy will soon be just a nostalgic memory

Driving home Thursday evening in rural south Manteca, I was struck by the sight of black foliage atop a pair of tall dead trees in the middle of a field. I noticed the leaves moving, darting to and fro which I found puzzling. As it turned out, they were not leaves at all. They were little black birds looking for a crepuscular place to roost for the night. At least, that's what I thought they were doing.

September 02, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The high cost of building temples at Texas schools

There's high school football and then there is Texas high school football.

September 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gillette likes the fact I’m a living Chia Pet

AskMen did a survey of 4,600 American males earlier this month.

August 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A marquee firm? Give me Simplot any day over Facebook or Apple

Facebook, Apple and the likes of Intel and Oracle are firms that many of us fawn over.

August 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Take our water and give us your garbage

Give us your garbage, your hardcore felons, and your air pollution.

August 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley: The new (high speed rail) dust bowl

High speed rail, we are told, will not pollute our air.

August 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$120,000 question: Why educate part of our future and then deport it?

You invest 15 years educating someone.

August 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Compassionate slaughtering? Give me a break

Central Valley Meat Co. on Hanford has been shut down - at least temporarily - putting 500 employees out of work.

August 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t find a job? Might want to learn Spanish

Sarah is frustrated.

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For the ashes of fire — rebirth

It's an eerie feeling standing in the middle of a fire-scarred forest.

August 23, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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MUSD rolling out Delta classes at high schools

Manteca Unified high school students starting next fall will be able to take Delta College classes after school at Weston Ranch High and Sierra High.

April 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vick ended up steering Manteca football

Walker Vick didn't know quite what to expect when he came to Manteca in 1959 for his first teaching job at Manteca High School.

April 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


LATHROP HIGH SAYS GOOD-BYE

It was a solemn assembly in the Lathrop High School gym where a funeral was staged honoring the memory of those students "killed" in an ...

April 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


MANTECA’S ‘CRACK’ EPIDEMIC

Manteca has a crack epidemic.

April 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca City Council getting ready to make $1 million mistake

There is no other way to say this.

April 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes, we are the land of fruits & nuts

It's the same old slam.

April 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For whom the smartphone ring bell tolls

There are times I miss Ma Bell. For those of you under 40, that is the affectionate name that some folks had for what today ...

April 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When things were different in Manteca

Sometimes it's easy to get swept up in the nuances of modern life.

April 14, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Brown knows how to play the ACE card

Jerry Brown is shrewd.

April 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tango lessons for the city & downtown

It takes two to tango. The same is true when it comes to picking up the pace in downtown Manteca. And it requires the private ...

April 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Water allocation decree signals scorched earth fish strategy

Our faucets are at the mercy of bureaucrats beholden to a New California Order where fish trump people.

April 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Do-gooder hurts homeless effort

Mike Kelly works hard at his job.

April 07, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Pavlov’s dogs, Manteca City Council & hiring consultants

It takes people making $260,000 in taxable purchases within Manteca's city limits to raise $13,000 via the half cent public safety tax.

April 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for the I-580 parking lot

Interstate 580 across the Altamont Pass is the canary in the mine.

April 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I have yet to come across a bear texting

Now I've seen everything.

April 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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