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Legislature pays the price for their poor performance

"I halted a fulfilling private sector career path to enter public service. I now have to explain to my wife and daughter that we won't be able to pay the bills because a politician chose to grandstand at our expense." - Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Los Angeles, lamenting about forfeiting his pay for the legislature's failure to adopt a balanced budget on time

June 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s heaven on earth: Summer in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

June 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Impressed with postal worker & post office tour

On June 13, 2011 several special education classes from Manteca Unified schools took a walking field trip to the post office on Maple Avenue for a summer school activity. When we arrived I asked to speak to a supervisor in hopes that we would be able to take a tour of the facility. Autumn Winters spoke to me and said she would be more than happy to accommodate us.

June 21, 2011 | | Local Columns


Rumor has it: The truth about pull tabs from aluminum cans

About two weeks ago, an older man who collected recyclable aluminum cans on a daily basis was physically assaulted in the early morning hours during one of his regular rounds.

June 20, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

A tip is a gratuity, right?

June 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brown’s RDA budget trick burdens local taxpayers with bill for excessive state spending

You tell your family that it's time to live within your means.

June 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Dead man eating. That's how the public health advocacy organization known as the Environmental Working Group would probably describe me.

June 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


National winner in ‘What our Flag Means to Me’ essay contest

Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:

June 15, 2011 | By SHARYN BLOUDOFF Manteca teen | Local Columns


A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Jason, ever so slowly, is changing

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and my wife and I were going to be heading to San Francisco with her aunt and uncle to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

March 11, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tragedy on 120 Bypass no accident

Driving eastbound on the 120 Bypass is akin to riding into the Valley of Death.

March 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca USD’s big flop as public Internet service provider

Netflix - the primary whiner behind the successful campaign to get the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet by pushing the concept of net neutrality - is having second thoughts.

March 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life is good. If you doubt that, then go take a hike.

I had just finished a way-too-short visit meandering around Mono Pass.

March 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Do not put dog park by VFW Hall

Let's cut to the chase.

March 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Modesty & consorting with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spaghetti dinner tonight; quilt show this weekend

The spaghetti dinner for the Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship is today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca High cafeteria. Takeout meals are available. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under $5. For tickets call April at 403.1956 or Wilma at 823.4938. Tickets are also available at the door.

March 05, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Springtime in Manteca means gophers are popping up

Capistrano has its swallows. Pier 39 has its sea lions. And Manteca has its gophers.

March 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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