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Why Ripon is using stimulus money

I am sure most Ripon residents are aware the country is in the depths of a recession. Unfortunately, we are not immune from the effects of this very difficult economic time magnified by the poor decisions made by our leaders in Sacramento.

March 25, 2010 | By CHUCK WINN Mayor of Ripon | Local Columns


A tale of two high schools: Sierra and Itawamba

Manteca has come a long ways from the day when former Councilwoman Denise Giordano reduced a young lady who had just graduated from Manteca High to tears during a special council meeting.

March 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Targeting habitual offenders: Most bang for resources

Scott Nicholson was arrested again on Monday.

March 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Donner Party would laugh at doomsayers

The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.

March 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consuelo comes back

As always, she catches me by surprise. There huddled at the back door, this time clutching a brand new jacket. With her other hand she holds a sheet of pink laminated paper, as if it means all the world to her.

March 21, 2010 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Dawn is starting to nudge out the economic darkness

The shutting down of Toyota production at the NUMMI plant in Fremont is scarier than a runaway Prius.

March 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pleasanton puts housing squeeze on workers

Pleasanton is a shining city in the Tri-Valley.

March 19, 2010 | | Local Columns


‘I’d rather be tried by 12 than carried by six.’

Robert Ortiz is a reasonable man.

March 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress’ business savvy reflected in Postal Service’s financial quagmire

Not too many moons ago – before the Internet spawned spam to give junk mail a good name – Congress set up the Postal Service as a separate entity.

March 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bringing back Tidewater passenger rail service

There was a time when 24 passenger trains passed through Manteca daily to take you to Stockton or Modesto.

March 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sadness turns to tears of joy

Tears, smiles and hugs were the order of the day in Ripon Saturday as some 200 girls from all over the region picked out prom dresses for their special graduation occasions – without paying a dime for the gowns.

March 14, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Invest 44 cents to help keep California safe

Want to help make California streets a bit safer for your family and neighbors?

March 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No separation between church and state in the actual pledge

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stealing is stealing no matter how you rationalize it

We were bicycling down River Road a few years ago when the lady I was with – a deputy with the Dade County Sheriff's Department in Florida – said she wanted to stop for a second.

March 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s $9.8M care package for CEO Darbee

The young man knocking on my door wanted to know if I knew about the PG&E CARE program and if I wanted to apply.

March 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Yosemite puts the whole world in perspective

The smoky haze on Saturday obscured what would have been 80-mile views on a clear day from atop a granite perch overbooking Ten Lakes and ...

August 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Affordable housing & Manteca

The phrase "affordable housing" is rapidly become a paradox in Manteca.

August 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LA’s twin grab for SJ Valley, Delta land & water

All Californians are created equal unless you're the little guy in the San Joaquin Valley or the Delta.

August 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


100 reasons to jog in 99 degree heat

It was 99 degrees at 12:55 p.m. Monday, perfect for a celebratory jog.

August 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Only police should carry guns in Manteca municipal parks

Manteca city staff is so concerned about the safety of part-time people they employ to lock park restrooms in the evening that they'd like ...

August 16, 2015 | | Local Columns


Drought rules drop home values so much they’re up 3%

Property values, we were told, were going to plummet in Manteca due to the city's stepped up water conservation rules that most residents are ...

August 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Don’t go around with a chip on your shoulder’

Edna Towle by all standards should have been angry at the world.

August 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dropping the bomb: No reason to apologize

The United States lost 14,000 men in 82 days in the epic battle to take Okinawa. Japan virtually fought to the last man.

August 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you go nuts attacking almond growers

"Your (&*!%&**)ing farmers are wasting water growing almonds. Why should we have to sacrifice our lake for them and stupid fish?"

August 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you go nuts attacking almond growers

"Your (&*!%&**)ing farmers are wasting water growing almonds. Why should we have to sacrifice our lake for them and stupid fish?"

August 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento’s plan: Waste future rain & snow runoff

If the skies were to open up this winter would the runoff help raise depleted reservoir levels?

August 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Woodward: No man’s land for pedestrians

In a perfect world drivers would always drive only as safe as conditions allow. They would be 100 percent focused on driving and would drive ...

August 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Putting kids first: River Islands: A+ Banta Schools: F

What's horribly wrong and what's absolutely right about education in California can be found perhaps 100 or so yards from each other on ...

August 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca shops for purloined carts solution

Taking shopping carts off of a store's property is theft.

August 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Interning with Manteca Unified: Incredible

I am not an architect. I am not an engineer. The field of work I want to be a part of isn't even remotely ...

August 03, 2015 | By Lawrence Silveira | Local Columns


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