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News flash! Everyone can’t be special

My son sent me a commencement speech that was recently given at a high school in Pennsylvania. It was a rather lengthy speech, but if it had to be summed up in a few words, these would be them: None of us are special. While that may fly in the face of all the self-help gurus we have here in the Golden State, it is true. We are part of the world – it is not part of us.

June 11, 2012 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


There’s no happy ending to this story

Just the concept of Alzheimer's and dementia is something that elicits negative feelings. Nobody wants to think about what it would be like to forget who you are or the life that you lived – the very identity that you work so hard to craft during your years on this planet.

June 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California’s 13th largest city’s luck is about to run out

Luck is running out for Stockton.

June 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pension version of Proposition 13 could be on its way

The party, as they say, is over.

June 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just think how bad it would be without Prop. 13

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

June 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to stop the spread of ‘crack’? Then legalize it

Legalize "crack".

June 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bigger impact on environment? Lowe’s or high speed rail?

Lowe's spent close to $400,000 and two years on environmental studies to gain approval to build a 140,000-square-foot store on the northeast corner of the 120 Bypass and Airport Way in Manteca.

June 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $290,000 annual public educator pension

How do you get a $290,000 a year pension?

June 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taking a stand for religious liberty

Last Thursday evening, I found myself at Los Angeles' Academy of Motion Picture and Arts on Wilshire Boulevard. There, a battle-front of cameras fired volley after volley at the prestigious actors and actresses about to enter the premiere screening of their soon-to-be famous movie. I had already seen the epic historical drama at a publicity preview in Modesto. But this would be different. Seated among benefactors, nuns and missionaries, priests and a few bishops, I took in, tearfully and with tremendous gratitude, the story once again. The film: "For Greater Glory". The topic: the Mexican Catholic resistance, first peaceful, then ...

June 02, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


DA’s slow-mo investigation in police shooting erodes public trust

It seems simple and straightforward.

June 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give me a Big Gulp or give me death

Who ever thought drinking a 32-ounce Big Gulp could one day constitute an act of civil disobedience?

May 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about getting SACLIES on your personalized plate?

Keep Lake Tahoe Blue.

May 31, 2012 | | Local Columns


Yes, even buying Facebook stock is not without risk

Facebook stock has dropped 24 percent since the company went public on May 18.

May 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: The Land of Death by Ma Nature?

Sawyer – our granddaughter's boyfriend who heralds from North Dakota – has a friend who wants to visit him but is leery to do so.

May 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


7,000 crosses: The reason we are free today

The sound of freedom was loud and clear Sunday at Woodward Park.

May 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Trustee stays away from closed sessions

Nancy Teicheira didn't want to be accused of leaking information discussed in closed session.

April 04, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


3rd graders learn about video game design

Most youngsters today are all too familiar with video games.

April 04, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Who needs any gifts when you have grandkids?

It was the perfect 60th birthday gift.

April 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beheaded teen & why I drive ‘too’ defensively

The Angel of Luck was hovering over Manteca a few months back.

March 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy it: Life is meant to be a journey

A California Blue Oak with a canopy that for some reason reminded me of a tree I'd seen in a black and white photograph ...

March 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca waters down appeal of Library Park’s $1.4M makeover

Want to see Manteca's most expensive art work?

March 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is government about fiefdoms or getting most bang for buck?

Are you made of money?

March 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joint-use Manteca library?

Manteca Unified in the next five years could use Measure G bond money to build a replacement campus for Calla High - an alternative secondary school ...

March 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


3 RESTAURANTS CLOSE

Mr. Biggs Smoke House & Custom Cake. Closed.

March 28, 2016 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


R-rated films get OK for high school

Film students in Manteca Unified could end up being able to watch R-rated movies after all.

March 28, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon low income count surprises some

The City of Ripon will again update its Housing Element.

March 28, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Free tickets to hear Benghazi hero speak

A limited number of free tickets are still left to hear Mark "Oz" Geist speak on Saturday.

March 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Supreme Court unanimous on gun right ruling

A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right to the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be ...

March 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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