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So just what did you say?

"You know what I am going to say even before I say it Lord" – Psalm 139:4

March 10, 2012 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Sometimes going backwards helps you go forward

I got a call the other night from someone I consider to be my best friend…Sparky Gehres. He is an art teacher at Livingston High School. I think people down there call him "Mark" Gehres, or Mr. Gehres, or Coach Gehres. I know him as Sparky. I never see him enough or talk to him enough…but he just intuitively knows when to call, and when to keep calling until I answer. He has always known when to…not so simply…show up…to call. When each of my parents died. Those first years of teaching, coaching. Trying to ...

March 10, 2012 | By MICK FOUNTS San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools | Local Columns


The trick is to get people to see a unique value to going downtown

Sam Walton's legacy of big box retail isn't what ails downtowns in cities such as Manteca.

March 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to set interchange landscaping standard employing xeriscape

Consultants - a genre that knows a thing or two about raising green as in big hefty fees - believe it will cost between $120,000 and $180,000 a year to maintain landscaping they envision for the new Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange breaking ground in the next few years.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for government to debate control funding in a manner that makes sense

It is time to end the charade.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The bigger threat: Second-hand smoke from neighbor’s yard or government edicts?

James Baker lives in Rocklin. His two kids have asthma.

March 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re slowing flushing behavior standards down the proverbial toilet

"We all have to go. So enjoy the go." - the latest Quilted Northern toilet paper TV commercial

March 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Court edict: No right to display USA flag images on Cinco de Mayo

Afghans shoot and kill American soldiers and burn our flag and we apologize.

March 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Food police going after mobile food vendors by schools

The food war is heating up.

March 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Farmer’s persistence & innovative thinking by city workers save Mantecans $1M a year

Water in Manteca in many locations has gone soft over the past six years.

February 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You will have no real say as voter in Peripheral Canal 2.0

Take a trip down the backbone of the Sierra to Owens Valley.

February 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Instead of paving over portion of Woodward Park rethink the options

Manteca's elected leaders deserve credit for not pushing forward with the wholesale destruction of the Woodward Avenue neighborhood west of South Main Street simply because "the plan" adopted years ago said it was for the greater good.

February 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Valley’s growth story is about to enter a new chapter as in 9

Stockton is on the verge of becoming the largest American city ever to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

February 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam spends taxes to determine that I should be dead man walking

I should be dead or at least severely incapacitated by illness.

February 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Medical marijuana induces epidemic of chronic pain suffering among young males

The few days that Manteca's medical marijuana clinic was open in the 300 block of West Yosemite Avenue in 2010 it had quite a few customers seeking relief from "chronic pain."

February 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Why are things the way they are in Manteca?

"People get the neighborhood they want."

March 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They may call 2017 pickups primitive 52 years from now

Remember the good old days when pickup trucks were cheaper than cars and defined the terms "basic" and "Spartan"?

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop council may cut $24,000 a year deal with chamber

The City of Lathrop has long positioned itself as a "business friendly" community.

March 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Water battle is now going underground

There are over 500 wells pumping water from the same source - the Eastern San Joaquin Groundwater Sub-Basin.

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High teens spread safety word

They took their message of promoting safe driving Thursday to Sequoia Elementary School.

March 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


HELP FOR unCERTain TIMES

Your neighbor might one day save your life.

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S GREEN INITIATIVE

Manteca - under a Climate Action Plan adopted in 2013 - must reduce its per capita greenhouse gases by 21.7 percent by the time 2020 roll ...

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sunlight for the Stockton mentality

There's something called the law of diminishing returns.

March 17, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


San Joaquin Valley ground zero for latest Trump effort

Remember Bakersfield in 1992?

March 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making George Jetson pay taxes on Rosie robot

Bet you George and Jane Jetson are wishing they hired an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper instead of hiring Rosie the robot maid.

March 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


College cost not student debt is the real problem

"California is taking the boldest step in the nation toward making college debt-free." - California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon speaking about a plan to create a ...

March 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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