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Ronald McDonald proves a clown is smarter than SF political ruling class

Here's today's riddle: Who is smarter - the world famous corporate clown Ronald McDonald or the San Francisco Board of Supervisors?

December 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A lesson in life from an 82-year-old above Death Valley

I had started my descent from the top of Wildrose Peak at 9,069 feet above Death Valley.

December 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tasers often blamed for the death of violent crime suspects

Since the advent of tasers, their electric shocks have often been blamed for the deaths of violent suspects in the field and in jail cells after resisting arrest by police.

November 27, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Highway 395: Different scenery

Recently I was tasked with driving from southeast of Reno to San Diego. Had it just been Reno to San Diego, it would have made sense to backtrack on I-80 and then south on I-5. But, since a stop was necessary in the garden spot of Silver Springs, Nev., I decided to head over to Highway 395.

November 23, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local Columnist | Local Columns


It wasn’t perfect in a Mayberry vanilla way

My brothers dared me to do what they caught Jeff, a young kid from across the alley, doing one day.

November 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FALLING IN LOVE

The weather in recent days has gifted me with enough incentive to get up earlier than usual in the morning. As a night owl, I've never been an ardent fan of Ben Franklin's "early to bed, and early to rise" no matter how many promises of wealth come with it.

November 23, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Father Joe, Pastor Mike & being an American on this Thanksgiving Day

We take a lot for granted.

November 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Postal Service compares itself to refrigerators

Pity the United States Postal Service.

November 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California going to pot: Crime & non-punishment

San Joaquin County is a trendsetter when it comes to crime and non-punishment in California.

November 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give students & professors more time to protest

We require sex education in school.

November 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tale of 2 visions: River Islands at Lathrop versus California City

Cambay Group Allan Chapman and sociology professor Nat Mendelsohn both qualify as men of vision when it comes to urban planning. Both are also among the breed of modern-day riverboat gamblers who willingly tied their fortunes to the roll of real estate development dice.

November 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s plan to increase services & not local taxes

The average household income in Menlo Park is $110,000.

November 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy Oakland sticks it to the people on Main Street not the man on Wall Street

What has Occupy Oakland accomplished?

November 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $2M annual question: How will Manteca staff next two fire stations?

It is tough to forget 1985.

November 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Retired columnist Charley Reese, his ‘545 People’ editorial, and taxes

Someone sent me an e-mail a while back about a column that was supposedly penned by Charley Reese, formerly of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel where he worked for three decades – from 1971 to 2001 when he retired. During that time, he wrote three columns a week for the newspaper which were also distributed to other publications nationwide by King Features Syndicate.

November 14, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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Sanctuary cities & illegals

Does anyone really want California to be a sanctuary state for illegals?

March 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Steal checks from grandma & receive get out of jail card

Who said crime doesn't pay?

March 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


One drink could cost teen driver 10 years

Superior Court Judge Richard Vlavianos laid down the law to Ripon High's junior and seniors.

March 27, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon council meets to work out details for spring collection

The Ripon City Council has called for a special meeting on Tuesday, in part, to hammer out details on the residential large item pick-up program.

March 27, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Blockbuster success: Four classes a term in high schools

Minutes add up under block scheduling.

March 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GOLDEN BEAR GROWS PHYSICALLY

When Bobby Ismail was an athlete at Downey High School he spent his fair share of time at a physical therapy clinic near the Modesto ...

March 27, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


GOAL: ID TRUCK ROUTES

Manteca wants to keep on trucking when it comes to landing distribution centers.

March 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The joy of a $1.69 flyswatter

It doesn't take too much apparently to make me happy.

March 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fix family van before buying the Ferrari

What would your spouse think if the plumbing was leaking from your second floor bathroom and your home's aging sewer pipes were corroded to ...

March 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parking lots & living in civilization

What ails America can be found in a parking lot.

March 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for $2,000 a month apartment rent

This is going to sound a tad blasphemous, but here goes: But why does Sacramento worry about affordable housing to the point they mandate cities ...

March 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Park projects don’t have to take 99 years

Manteca's new dog park and adjoining sidewalk along Eucalyptus Street might have been built for at least 20 percent less than the $235,000 ...

March 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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