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The insanity of safe and sane fireworks

Modesto last month lost nine townhouses to a fast-moving grass fire.

June 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City planning discriminates against workers living in Manteca

The working thesis of the Manteca General Plan is simple. It's all about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

June 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The battle cries being raged over Kaiser’s Manteca hospital

One hopes that some of the nurses carelessly making inaccurate representations of Kaiser's financial picture are a bit more careful when administering medicine to patients.

June 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t defend Obama on Bergdahl

Not even I can defend this one. Since Barack Obama was elected President, he has misstepped many times. I have defended most of those because every step he takes a step he does so with an anchor in the form of the Republican Party pulling him back. The Republicans have attempted to marginalize him since before he took office.

June 09, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


There’s something to be said for riding in a taxi

It was 12:45 a.m. on New Year's Eve (day, technically) and I was standing outside of a bar on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco with no cell phone, no wallet, no ID and five crinkled $1 bills in my pocket.

June 07, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Bullying laws need context instead of just harsh penalties

Brian McClain is an assistant professor for physical and natural sciences at the College of Western Idaho,

June 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for the new rage: The $300 ‘perfect’ T-shirt

My idea of a quality T-shirt is a California muscle shirt made by Urban Pipeline.

June 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Christian dance show & rodeo this weekend

SONdance presents this year's production entitled "Abundance" at the Ripon Christian High Performing Arts Center located at 435 N. Maple Ave., in Ripon, on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door.

June 05, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca needs to get farmers on board now for recycled water

How do the folks on the space station orbiting earth right now get fresh drinking water?

June 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca makes rights of some superior to rights of others

I admire the Manteca Firefighters Association and their dedication to raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The world needs more respect not more fences

Forget that fences make good neighbors.

June 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Santa Barbara tragedy & gun laws

I was shocked, saddened, and angered the other day when I read that some crazy guy in Santa Barbara had killed six innocent people before taking his own life.

June 03, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Local Columns


Weaning Manteca general fund off its addiction to bonus bucks

What does $12.3 million buy?

June 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case to make library investment a high priority

Are libraries relevant?

May 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Veterans suffer in blame game

Around 10 years ago – I believe that time is accurate, because as I grow older, time speeds up immensely – I took my mother to the Veteran's Administration outpatient clinic in Redding for an appointment. I remember looking at the clientele in the waiting room thinking how when the waves of post-war casualties from our then- (and now-) current conflict starting hitting the VA system how much it would be overrun and over-burdened.

May 31, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


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Ripon Unified keeps board meetings at council chambers

In recent years, the Ripon Unified school board has conducted most of its monthly meetings in the Council Chambers.

November 27, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon starts season with tree lighting

The Ripon Christmas tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Christmas season in Ripon on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Veterans ...

November 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters’ feast included smoked turkey

It was a "smoked Thanksgiving turkey" that got the raves at Manteca's Union Road fire station Thursday from family members. The cooks, however, didn ...

November 27, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


WORLD WAR I MURAL

The fifth and final installment of arguably the most ambitious mural project in the Northern San Joaquin Valley is now underway.

November 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Acorn 2.0 sprouts successfully

Physical fitness and mental sharpness go hand in hand.

November 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Black Friday: Not exactly mankind’s finest moment

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran on Nov. 28, 2002

November 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Since when is vigilantism the answer to problems?

Apparently, homeowners around Stella Brockman Elementary School believe that somebody in their neighborhood is trapping their cats and then releasing them outside of the city ...

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Lathrop may slash number of meetings

Could the Lathrop Planning Commission be the next governing body to cut their monthly meeting dates in half?

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Man shot in hip during drive-by

A 23-year-old male was struck in his hip during a drive-by shooting as he was walking in the 500 block of West Alameda Street Thursday ...

November 24, 2017 | | Local Columns


Making room(s) for money

Manteca's fastest growing source of municipal revenue since 2013 isn't property tax nor is it sales tax.

November 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


30-YEAR TRADITION

Thirty years ago, Jim Todd showed up at Northgate Park with less than a dozen people for a pickup flag football game the day before ...

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sharing their blessings

Jeff Liotard didn't want just another community Thanksgiving dinner.

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


We all owe a tremendous debt for the gift called America

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Nov. 21. 2007

November 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeal of gas tax would shake state politics to core

The perfect storm is gathering on the horizon for another California tax revolt.

November 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We were fools for letting Manson live

Charles Manson lived 48 years too long.

November 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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