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Guns: Being judged by 12 instead of being carried by 6

She's a single mom in her early 30s. She lives in an old farmhouse in an almond orchard five miles east of Manteca. The closest neighbor is a quarter mile of a way but the trees make it impossible to see their home.

May 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want a safe environment for vacation? Then stay out of Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is not Disneyland.

May 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps Manteca should work with Wal-Mart to create a homeless park

The aging RV was parked under a stately tree providing relief from the 90-degree midday heat.

May 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Count your blessings that disco didn’t survive the ‘70s

Bell bottom pants. Flare-leg pants. Men's rayon tie scarves. Polyester suits.

April 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California makes sure car buyers pay the price twice in taxes

Call it farmer smarts

April 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beware of sugary drink tax: It might end up killing you

How many calories are in 16 ounces of orange juice? Try 220 calories.

April 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Adam: Big heart & even bigger inspiration

Anthony Alcaraz sat forward in his seat, staring quizzically at the track, convinced someone had made a mistake.

April 25, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


LAFCo’s Subliminal message: SJ County is not business friendly

Is San Joaquin County business friendly?

April 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


King George III: Behind the smoke in New York City

I can't stand cigarette smoke.

April 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CARE to know why your power rates are higher?

CARE to know what PG&E and South San Joaquin Irrigation District agree upon?

April 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


POETRY CAFÉ DRAWS 75

Wednesday was the Eleventh Annual Poetry Café held at the Ripon Library with the help of the library staff and the Ripon High School English Department in celebration of national Poetry Month – 75 filled the meeting room.

April 20, 2013 | By OLIVIA SHIPHERD Ripon High correspondent | Local Columns


A Marshall Plan to fight Manteca crime

Bruce Lownsbery is by all standards a thoughtful man.

April 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A lost wallet led to snipe hunt in yard

I used to find it amusing when my mom would misplace her wallet.

April 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Traffic too fast on Cottage Ave? It’ll get worse

If you think people drive too fast on Cottage Avenue and elsewhere in Manteca, just wait.

April 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


RELAY FOR LIFE

On Saturday night, when the sun has set and thousands of tiny lights illuminate the dark of Dino Cunial Field, Kim Bettencourt will whisper softly into a breeze.

April 17, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


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How Manteca’s council allows public safety to be jeopardized

The Manteca City Council is inadvertently placing the safety of the public and police at risk.

June 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Point a finger & three fingers will point back

Every so often something pops up on Facebook that is thought provoking. Recently, a posting by Facebook caused me to do something I do not ...

June 24, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Lathrop Road is about to ruffle a few feathers

Last week the Lathrop City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that widens Lathrop Road to four lanes from the Westerly grade ...

June 23, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Defying ‘death’ & making water bottlers wealthy

Twenty-four times a year I spend upwards of two hours with a needle in my arm donating platelets at what is now the Red Cross ...

June 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would you call a 61-year-old man a ‘dude’?

"Dude, you read my mind."

June 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does downtown matter as much as the big deals?

Is the future of downtown Manteca - or any part of the existing city for that matter - worth the resources, time, and money that has been ...

June 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon cuts May water use 26.4%

The drought isn't quite over.

June 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


$136M worth of building in Manteca through May

Tactical 5.11 - the most expensive structure ever built in Manteca - along with a housing surge could make 2017 a record setting year for new ...

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ROBOTIC SUMMER

Doug Obrigawitch had high praises for the seventh- through 10th-grade students in his Robotics and Electronics summer camp.

June 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Temporary McKinley Ave. closure needed for new building

A 622,000 square-foot warehouse is going in along Louise Avenue.

June 19, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


SIX FIGURE DEPARTING CHECK

Elena Reyes walked away from her 38-week stint as city manager - including 19 weeks she was paid for not working - with at least an additional ...

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sweet summer sweat: Embrace the heat instead of fighting it

Back in August of 1965 when the mercury in Lincoln flirted with 120 degrees after several back-to-back 115 degree days I was complaining to my ...

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To this day I wonder how he slept at night

In 1982 after the boy came along, I had to find a job. College was done for the time being and I ended up working ...

June 19, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Single payer pill: It requires only one to overdose

No one has ever mistaken the California Legislature for the Hoover Institute think tank at Stanford University.

June 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


114 degrees? Time to buy an ice ax

The high is supposed to hit 114 degrees in the coming few days.

June 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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