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High speed rail is an old school transit solution

It's ironic that Jerry Brown - a governor who embraces high tech innovation, the environment, economic growth, and improving the lot of the little guy - wants his legacy decided by the modern-day equivalent of a 220 miles per hour dodo bird.

October 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Magic of words and the power of reading books

The fact I'm typing this on an i-Pad may lead one to believe that I would be right at home with a Kindle. I'm not.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or winners?

Early in Ronald Reagan's second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.

October 26, 2012 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Local Columns


‘We’re so vain, we probably think this world is about us’

Carly Simon's ode to former beau Warren Beatty - "You're So Vain" - could be easily adapted to serve as the anthem of today's movement to capture every waking moment we have on digital images.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ignore the scary messages: We’ve never had it so good

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 24, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prepare for the Big Quake by carrying business cards from lawyers

The Salem Witch Hunt has finally been topped.

October 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Antique’ transistor radio brings back memories of younger times

It was a transistor radio I found – an early Christmas gift for me – at the Antique Warehouse in Salida. A hand-held radio, it's just what I had been looking for over the past few years from the '50s – and it works.

October 22, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Antique’ transistor radio brings back memories of younger times

It was a transistor radio I found – an early Christmas gift for me – at the Antique Warehouse in Salida. A hand-held radio, it's just what I had been looking for over the past few years from the '50s – and it works.

October 22, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California: Plenty of oil with highest gas prices in the nation

Contemplate this little tidbit the next time gasoline prices push the $5 a gallon mark: The nation's largest known shale oil reserve is in our own backyard.

October 22, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sin taxes fatten big government very effectively

Taxing the sinners never works.

October 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing the Delta so LA can keep growing

The Delta for centuries was a massive flooded plain in spring and a borderline desert by late fall.

October 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E may benefit from CPUC’s political power play

Mediators - by definition - are supposed to be neutral disinterested third parties to a conflict they are being asked to resolve.

October 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The danger of making schools exclusive concern of parents, educators

By all accounts, the three individuals seeking election to the Area 1 set on the Manteca Unified School District board are fine individuals.

October 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ballot measures’ triage approach to school funding

Let's be honest.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why do I have a problem with big government?

Someone the other day asked in an e-mail why I had a problem with big government.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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At age 61: I’m gonna live until I die

I'm gonna live till I die! I'm gonna laugh 'stead of cry,

March 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commitment to exodus? Sounds about right

A few months ago, I wrote an antagonistic column calling on fans of the Oakland Raiders to do one simple thing if their beloved franchise ...

March 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


They all live in big boxes behind walls & they all look the same

Little boxes on the hillside,

March 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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