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Big Mother: Hitting the bottle (of soda) can kill you

Drinking water can kill you.

May 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Life: It’s how you play it that makes all the difference

It's time once again for Pomp and Circumstance.

May 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Downtown antique fairs in Ripon & Tracy

Ripon's 1st Antique Fair will take place on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Street Downtown Ripon. All proceeds go to Ripon Historical Society. There will be antiques, primitives and vintage signs for sale. For more info go to

May 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Yes, your toilet can be intelligent

Are you ready for a toilet smarter than you?

May 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Big Mother government & Kristen Olsen

Kristen Olsen doesn't like "unnecessary nanny government policies."

May 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fed’s strategy: Destroying river & other fish to save some fish

In 127 days the unthinkable could happen.

May 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Saying thanks for the gift given by Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez

I never had the honor of meeting Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez.

May 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Moonwalking his way to fame

The song that he was dancing to was 15 years older than he was.

May 24, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

In just seconds sex-texting can ruin kids’ future

It was a typical teen split up.

May 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Weekend honors America’s fallen

Join the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 as they remember the Fallen Veterans from California who were either killed in action or are currently prisoners of war or missing in action the Vietnam War during the 15th annual Reading of the Names Ceremony at California State Capitol Park on Sunday, May 25, at noon. Before the ceremony, at 7 a.m., volunteers will start reading the approximately 5,823 names found on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 15-minute intervals.

May 22, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

High speed rail spurs run away government

There are two sets of rules when it comes to environmental concerns in California.

May 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Bullying free zones & being a victim today in America

Larry Winget is a dangerous man.

May 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Let the camel onto campus

I used to look forward to listening to the Sacramento talk show Armstrong and Getty on my way to work in the mornings. The hosts were light-hearted, humorous and at times sophomoric – right up my alley. But all things change with time, and now more often than not A&G is more like Fox News lite with the constant haranguing and criticizing of Barrack Obama, and when that happens I just flip the channel.

May 21, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns

Trigger-happy university students

Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas.

May 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


Adam Gonzales was just a spectator last year. He was in sixth grade. His sister was in seventh grade, a special time if you are a student at Nile Garden Elementary School. That's because this campus in rural south Manteca is the only one in Manteca Unified that celebrates a non-celebration that transports the school back to medieval times.

May 20, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

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Library Park homeless ‘occupation’ has abated

The homeless aren't "occupying" Library Park as they used to do.

January 24, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The deals: Great Wolf vs. Amazon

The deal of the century - at least from the perspective of the City of Manteca at this point in time - is in what apparently are ...

January 23, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon cuts water use in December by 15 percent

Wet weather has pelted the area with more rain in the forecast.

January 22, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Truck traffic prompts rehab of Harlan Road

Travelers along Harlan Road over the course of the next two months might be subjected to delays as the city works to repair the extensive ...

January 22, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Decision on high schools’ field overhaul next month

The big decision about whether Manteca Unified will go ahead with all-weather tracks and a new Bermuda-hybrid style grass playing surface at each of its ...

January 22, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


He always said was just a farm boy from Kansas.

January 22, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Let there be light

Is downtown too dark when it comes to public parking lots after the sun goes down?

January 22, 2018 | | Local Columns

Gentlemen: We need more of them today

The world needs more gentlemen.

January 22, 2018 | | Local Columns

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