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The truth about America can be found in Manteca

Editor’s note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran on July 4, 2007.

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Stop the world . . .

When I was in eighth grade one of the moms who worked at my elementary school gave me a pin of hers I had admired for years and that pin has hung on the wall in my childhood bedroom ever since. It says, “Stop the world I wanna get off.”

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Why pay 1,875 times more than you have to?

I do something that is putting me down the same path as the dodo bird. I drink tap water.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 12:28 a.m. | | Why pay 1,875 times more than you have to? Comments 0 Comments

Ten faces and our freedoms

Do yourself a favor.

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Posted: jul. 01, 2015 11:54 p.m. | | Ten faces and our freedoms Comments 0 Comments

San Francisco, like LA, needs to atone for its water sins

Why is San Francisco privileged?

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Posted: jul. 01, 2015 12:40 a.m. | | San Francisco, like LA, needs to atone for its water sins Comments 0 Comments

Texas tries to dilute marriage decision

Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 12:28 a.m. | | Texas tries to dilute marriage decision Comments 0 Comments

Homeless & Manteca property crime

My neighbor had an unexpected visitor recently.

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Posted: jun. 29, 2015 12:10 a.m. | | Homeless & Manteca property crime Comments 0 Comments

Trump should sit down with brain surgeon

Who would you rather perform brain surgery on you: Donald Trump or an illegal immigrant from Mexico?

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Posted: jun. 27, 2015 12:38 a.m. | | Trump should sit down with brain surgeon Comments 2 Comments

Crying foul: Are we now a nation of paranoids?

Jogging down Tannehill Drive I heard the familiar cranking of a bicycle coming up from behind.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2015 12:46 a.m. | | Crying foul: Are we now a nation of paranoids? Comments 0 Comments

Pray for rain as Sacramento isn’t going to save California

It may surprise Sacramento and its bureaucratic hordes that large segments of California are in danger of lapsing into death throes due to a fourth year of severe drought.

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Posted: jun. 25, 2015 12:55 a.m. | | Pray for rain as Sacramento isn’t going to save California Comments 0 Comments

Performing arts center option for Manteca

Manteca has a performing arts center on its wish list.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2015 12:50 a.m. | | Performing arts center option for Manteca Comments 1 Comment

Cauchon is an optimist who may run for board

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is an optimist.

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Posted: jun. 23, 2015 1:46 a.m. | | Cauchon is  an optimist who may run for board Comments 1 Comment

Confederate flag, rap music & symbolism

I do not like rap music.

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Normal dog owners get normal dogs

DEAR DIDI: I just want a normal dog for once.  My last dog had separation anxiety. The dog before that was overprotective.  The dog before that kept running away from home. How do I get a normal dog? -Frustrated in Tracy

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Death awaits you along the 120 Bypass

I cannot predict where the next stabbing will occur in Manteca.

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Posted: jun. 19, 2015 1:19 a.m. | | Death awaits you along the 120 Bypass Comments 1 Comment

Don’t take a Pepsi to bed in SF

Remember the Summer of Love?

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Manteca trustees play double dare with voters

There is an erroneous assumption that many make that you have to be an educator or have children in school to serve on the school board.

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Posted: jun. 16, 2015 1:39 a.m. | | Manteca trustees play double dare with voters Comments 3 Comments

Don’t raise floor, climb the ladder

Los Angeles and San Francisco leaders want burger flippers to be paid $15 an hour.

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Posted: jun. 12, 2015 12:37 a.m. | | Don’t raise floor, climb the ladder Comments 1 Comment

Sam Fant: Political high roller

Welcome to the Manteca Unified casino.

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Filling jobs to help feed America

“Treat aliens living among you as native born.”   — Leviticus 19:33.34

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HOW HOT WAS IT?

“It’s so hot outside you could fry and egg on the sidewalk.”

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Let voters decide on replacing Bronson

The question shouldn’t even have to be asked but here goes: Should the Manteca Unified board appoint a replacement for trustee Alexander Bronson who resigned shortly after having felony charges filed against him for election fraud or should they call for a special election?

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Affordable Care Act may no longer be affordable

The Affordable Care Act is about to become a lot less affordable.

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Posted: jun. 08, 2015 12:28 a.m. | | Affordable Care Act may no longer be affordable Comments 0 Comments

MANTECA’S BIG CHEESE

I don’t know if Steve DeBrum got all the facts before he became mayor.

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Las Vegas has better grasp on grass than Manteca

Is the city dictating how much grass new homes can have in their front yards an affront to the notion of property rights?

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Bus ride costs same as vending machine soda

Was I asking too many questions upon arriving at the hub of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton?

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Of the Grand Jury, schools, background checks & felons

The San Joaquin County Grand Jury is alarmed that Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer allowed a felon to be hired to mentor Weston Ranch High students without going through a background check.

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The council, veterans & doing the right thing

Doing the right thing.

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Forging your fears to reach better place

It was a silly thought.

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Uncle Sam wants to make wearing certain logos criminal

The odds are you either know or heard of some younger person being intimidated or even jumped because they happened to be wearing red or blue.

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Legislative lushes get free rides via taxpayers

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” — George Orwell in his novel “Animal Farm

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Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?

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To the Class of 2015: It’s all about attitude

Dear graduates:

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How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later

There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.

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Posted: may. 28, 2015 2:10 a.m. | | How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later Comments 0 Comments

Chickens, private air space & drones

“If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run.”  — Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

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Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

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Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K’s café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

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Posted: may. 26, 2015 1:09 a.m. | | Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch Comments 0 Comments

Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

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Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 12:31 a.m. | | Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do. Comments 1 Comment

Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women’s legs. I’m not being sexist. I’m a guy.

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Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I’m a closet taker of selfies.

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Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word “audacity.”

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Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

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The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people — school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 1:27 a.m. | | The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson Comments 1 Comment

Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds — we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis — are water guzzlers.

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Manteca needs user friendly water bills

Reading your City of Manteca water bill is kind of like reading Latin.

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Want $41,600 a year tax free? Then panhandle

Want to earn $17 an hour tax free plus get a meal or two each day?

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Posted: may. 12, 2015 1:53 a.m. | | Want $41,600 a year tax free? Then panhandle Comments 0 Comments

Learning to love global warming

Thank god for climate change.

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Is Manteca City Council back on bonus bucks crack?

Manteca Councilman Mike Morowit gets points for two things: Standing up for tax integrity and cutting though government red tape. But at the same time he may have cracked open the door wider for Manteca to renew its addiction to snorting bonus bucks,

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 1:18 a.m. | | Is Manteca City Council back on bonus bucks crack? Comments 0 Comments

Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class

I’m losing it.

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Posted: may. 07, 2015 1:15 a.m. | | Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class Comments 0 Comments

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