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Yes, your toilet can be intelligent

Are you ready for a toilet smarter than you?

May 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Big Mother government & Kristen Olsen

Kristen Olsen doesn't like "unnecessary nanny government policies."

May 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fed’s strategy: Destroying river & other fish to save some fish

In 127 days the unthinkable could happen.

May 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Saying thanks for the gift given by Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez

I never had the honor of meeting Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez.

May 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moonwalking his way to fame

The song that he was dancing to was 15 years older than he was.

May 24, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


In just seconds sex-texting can ruin kids’ future

It was a typical teen split up.

May 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weekend honors America’s fallen

Join the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 as they remember the Fallen Veterans from California who were either killed in action or are currently prisoners of war or missing in action the Vietnam War during the 15th annual Reading of the Names Ceremony at California State Capitol Park on Sunday, May 25, at noon. Before the ceremony, at 7 a.m., volunteers will start reading the approximately 5,823 names found on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 15-minute intervals.

May 22, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


High speed rail spurs run away government

There are two sets of rules when it comes to environmental concerns in California.

May 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bullying free zones & being a victim today in America

Larry Winget is a dangerous man.

May 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Let the camel onto campus

I used to look forward to listening to the Sacramento talk show Armstrong and Getty on my way to work in the mornings. The hosts were light-hearted, humorous and at times sophomoric – right up my alley. But all things change with time, and now more often than not A&G is more like Fox News lite with the constant haranguing and criticizing of Barrack Obama, and when that happens I just flip the channel.

May 21, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Trigger-happy university students

Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas.

May 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


SIMPLY MEDIEVAL

Adam Gonzales was just a spectator last year. He was in sixth grade. His sister was in seventh grade, a special time if you are a student at Nile Garden Elementary School. That's because this campus in rural south Manteca is the only one in Manteca Unified that celebrates a non-celebration that transports the school back to medieval times.

May 20, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


California is business friendly for ADA lawyers

Sam Guedoir is among at least 21 Manteca merchants and commercial property owners slapped with "drive-by" American with Disability Access compliance lawsuits.

May 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From Park Avenue to park bench

Crouched forward in his seat, shoulders slumped toward the table, Doug Borges rubs calloused hands against one another.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


It’s the Wild, Wild West for copper thieves

Prospectors ravaged California's countryside 165 years ago searching for gold.

May 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns


Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Navy blue frames then skydiving?

Selecting eyeglass frames is always interesting given my eyesight.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Snyder: You may not like the man but he delivered

There is no middle ground with Jack Snyder. You either like him or you don't.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breaking up California is so hard to do

Perhaps splitting California into six states wouldn't be all that bad.

July 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bottlers tap into baseless fears to sell you water

"You're going to get sick!"

July 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing back alley political hatchet job on Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision continues to offer its employees health insurance coverage for contraception including birth control pills.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to talk about use of that four-letter word: ‘lawn’

Water use is down 20.4 percent in Manteca in June compared to June of 2013.

July 17, 2014 | | Local Columns


Ignoring youth refugees fleeing from violence in American homes

Go down Yosemite Avenue after the bars close.

July 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton may become Venice but at least LA gets water

It is nice to know that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has taken into account potential sea level increases in designing the Twin Tunnels to "avoid water supply disruptions and protect water quality."

July 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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