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Aiding fraud: It’s what Uncle Sam seems to do well

It's only $1.18 a month.

March 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


First responders risk life & limbs every day

When the first responders – firefighters, policemen and other emergency personnel – rushed to the twin towers of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the main thing on their mind was to save lives. That's what these brave men and women are trained to do. That's their mission. Tragically, on that fateful day, the price they paid was their lives.

March 04, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Why require some hospitals to withstand an unlikely quake?

It's the $110 billion question plus financing costs: How likely is a 7.0 Richter scale earthquake in Manteca or places like Alturas in Modoc County?

March 03, 2013 | | Local Columns


Almonds: One & a half trees a year is all growers ask

That wonderful elixir of almond blossoms filling the air these days is the scent of spring to many.

March 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going from nation of risk takers to sue-happy nation

A baseball fan turns away from the action at a minor league game in Idaho to chat with a friend. Suddenly, the crowd around him starts yelling. He turns back toward the field and is hit in the eye with a foul ball. Ultimately he loses vision in the eye. He sues.

February 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Growing wrong way means Manteca can dig itself into long-term financial hole

Manteca is growing itself to death.

February 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Penalizing those who obey laws to go after those who break laws

How do you fight lawbreakers?

February 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The SJ Valley awakes from winter slumber

There is something delightfully sinful about jogging this time of year.

February 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ENJOYING RIPON TRADITION

Walking the parade route – before and after – was a new approach for me at writing a column about the Almond Festival on Saturday. You have to admit I had the best seat in the house, never stopping longer than to chat for a few minutes with old friends, or those folks I had never met. After all, a friend is often only a smile and a handshake away.

February 24, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The new math: 49 + 29 = fewer full-time jobs

A side effect of more healthcare insurance coverage is becoming painfully apparent - a less robust economy for those struggling to stay afloat.

February 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Potomac myth: More taxes are good for economy

Taxes - according to more than a few folks in positions of power - stimulate the economy.

February 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A way Manteca can help homeless & clean up the city

Manteca's panhandling ordinance is a bust.

February 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are the rich different? Check out their closets

"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." - a line written by Scott Fitzgerald in the 1926 short story, The Rich Boy

February 20, 2013 | | Local Columns


Should Delta College sell the farm?

Delta College is mulling over an offer by a developer to buy 160 acres the district owns just northwest of the Highway 99 and Lathrop Road interchange.

February 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time to fight back with Ethel Merman at full tilt

I was jogging down Van Ryn Road when I heard Mick Jagger belting out "Satisfaction".

February 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Mantecans help hurricane victims

It was a great team effort by Manteca residents for those unfortunate Texans who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Gunfire after a football game?

The Ceres High School sophomore football team must have been terrified when shots started striking the windows of the school bus they were in as ...

September 01, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tear down fire gutted buildings in downtown

It's time to take back downtown Manteca from slumlords.

August 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Twin Tunnels, Hurricane Harvey & eco opportunists

Within minutes after it became clear Hurricane Harvey was doing a number on Houston, the Chicken Littles took to social media, were granting interviews, and ...

August 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prime Now a throwback to the 1920s

Before the arrival in Manteca of the technology that experts proclaimed would change the world - telephone service invented by Alexander Graham Bell - there was just ...

August 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slipping on iced over snow and unanswered prayers

About the time it was 102 degrees in Manteca on Saturday I lost my footing on iced over snow and slid down a fairly steep ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soaring over Ripon on stage Saturday, Sunday

Those opting to venture to Ripon's Mistlin Sports Park this Saturday and Sunday at dawn to see hot air balloons take to the skies ...

August 28, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


EU High stages Back to School Wednesday

Raul Mora was wearing neon on Friday and for good reason.

August 28, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


L-M Fire adding nine firefighters

The Lathrop-Manteca Fire District will soon be adding nine firefighters to its ranks to staff a rescue unit that will help provide services to the ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


REDUCING SJ FLOODING

The San Joaquin River flowing between its confluence with the Stanislaus River south of Manteca to where the Old River channels splits off just beyond ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You may get your Big Mac patty one day from a petri dish

Marshall Dillion in Dodge City circa 2050 may have to deputize the townsfolk to deal with rowdy lab techs and ride with Chester to go ...

August 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon High: What’s in a name?

Much to my delight I woke up earlier this week and saw that a San Francisco-based social worker decided to take issue with Ripon High ...

August 25, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


2,200 student high schools: The emerging MUSD standard?

Call it "The New Math, Manteca Unified Style."

August 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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