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Texas and barnyard sex education

In 2009, an interim Texas school superintendent declared that sex-education classes were unnecessary in his rural district. Most of the area's school kids live on farms, he explained, therefore: "They get a pretty good sex education from their animals."

March 19, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Local Columns


KIDS ON THE RUN

Michelle Crippen watched them spin circles around campus, plodding through an open field and skipping across the blacktop.

March 19, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Fiefdoms & high paying jobs win out over providing higher education

Just 36.4 miles separate Delta College and Modesto Junior College.

March 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Texas, Utah, Iowa, et al: California here they come

Here are three news tidbits from the past week:

March 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why should the deaths of 8,358 be more important than 10,839 lives?

Mark Leno is an interesting politician.

March 16, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The ‘Make Everyone but the Larry Ellisons of the World Live in Smaller Houses Act’

Call it the McMansion Death Act of 2006.

March 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An astounding life of prayerfulness, humility

The Holy Spirit has spoken.

March 14, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


One-size-fits-all makes no sense for seismic safety or education rules

It was an icon.

March 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Birdbrains’ pour billions into economy

Have you thanked a bird today?

March 12, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Eroding freedom one sugary drink at a time

Who would have thought Give Me a Super Big Gulp or Give Me Death would have been a libertarian rallying cry?

March 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FOOD, FRIENDS & FUN

It was all about food and beverage tasting at its best.

March 12, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


New California gold rush: Folks making $200K+

They don't call California the Golden State for nothing.

March 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Federal workers wanting fairness should be careful what they ask for

It's been a lament repeated by federal workers in and around Virginia and Washington, D.C., in stories and newscasts regarding the sequester: It's not fair that they are getting treated differently than the rest of Americans.

March 10, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs a park designed for the homeless

There are the homeless in Manteca who are "real" problems in terms of drug and alcohol use, not to mention those that engage in copper theft and such.

March 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A RIPARIAN WONDERLAND

Ripon is made for walkers.

March 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Moorhead: Manteca is not just surviving

The last 10 years have been good for Manteca from where Debby Moorhead sits.

December 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Chamber office moving to new locale

The Ripon Chamber of Commerce office is moving to a new location in the historic downtown from its present site in the 900 block of ...

December 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop Manteca Fire remodeling J Street station

The City of Lathrop is expected to undergo steady growth over the course of the next decade.

December 11, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Restuccia in line to serve as next Ripon mayor

It's Michael Restuccia's turn to take the helm at the Ripon City Council.

December 11, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Tests pivotal in how far $40M will go at Manteca

Key tests to determine Manteca High's future have nothing to do with what goes on inside classrooms.

December 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TASTE OF RIPON

True to its name, the 22nd annual "A Taste of Ripon" wine stroll gave revelers a taste not of just wines made from grapes grown ...

December 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


RURAL CRASH KILLS 2

Two Manteca men in their early 30s were killed Saturday afternoon in a grinding collision that split their northbound 2011 Hyundai Sonata in half with ...

December 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The kid playing with power tool in a restaurant

Seconds after we walked into an older Stanislaus County drive-in on Saturday where soft serve cones are still called a frosty, we were unable to ...

December 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We need to protect those who protect us

Manteca does not need a gleaming, new police station.

December 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Wolf, Manteca & the $7M question

Free market purists are absolutely right that Adam Smith and Milton Friedman would likely disapprove of municipal deals such as the one Manteca's elected ...

December 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


America — & the world — changed 76 years ago today

Bummed about the economy?

December 07, 2017 | | Local Columns


Making tips an entitlement for entire staff

If I tip whoever cuts my hair, I don't expect them to share it with the janitor or the owner.

December 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You need to have a hunger to be hungry

So what is the value of standardized tests?

December 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Salesmen are just as vital as ever

It's been 53 years since I bought my first car - a 1967 Cougar with 120,000 miles on it that I purchased from my ...

December 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Top spellers compete for county title

The top spellers in the area will gather this week at the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

December 04, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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