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Why Ripon is using stimulus money

I am sure most Ripon residents are aware the country is in the depths of a recession. Unfortunately, we are not immune from the effects of this very difficult economic time magnified by the poor decisions made by our leaders in Sacramento.

March 25, 2010 | By CHUCK WINN Mayor of Ripon | Local Columns


A tale of two high schools: Sierra and Itawamba

Manteca has come a long ways from the day when former Councilwoman Denise Giordano reduced a young lady who had just graduated from Manteca High to tears during a special council meeting.

March 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Targeting habitual offenders: Most bang for resources

Scott Nicholson was arrested again on Monday.

March 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Donner Party would laugh at doomsayers

The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.

March 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consuelo comes back

As always, she catches me by surprise. There huddled at the back door, this time clutching a brand new jacket. With her other hand she holds a sheet of pink laminated paper, as if it means all the world to her.

March 21, 2010 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Dawn is starting to nudge out the economic darkness

The shutting down of Toyota production at the NUMMI plant in Fremont is scarier than a runaway Prius.

March 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pleasanton puts housing squeeze on workers

Pleasanton is a shining city in the Tri-Valley.

March 19, 2010 | | Local Columns


‘I’d rather be tried by 12 than carried by six.’

Robert Ortiz is a reasonable man.

March 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress’ business savvy reflected in Postal Service’s financial quagmire

Not too many moons ago – before the Internet spawned spam to give junk mail a good name – Congress set up the Postal Service as a separate entity.

March 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bringing back Tidewater passenger rail service

There was a time when 24 passenger trains passed through Manteca daily to take you to Stockton or Modesto.

March 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sadness turns to tears of joy

Tears, smiles and hugs were the order of the day in Ripon Saturday as some 200 girls from all over the region picked out prom dresses for their special graduation occasions – without paying a dime for the gowns.

March 14, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Invest 44 cents to help keep California safe

Want to help make California streets a bit safer for your family and neighbors?

March 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No separation between church and state in the actual pledge

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stealing is stealing no matter how you rationalize it

We were bicycling down River Road a few years ago when the lady I was with – a deputy with the Dade County Sheriff's Department in Florida – said she wanted to stop for a second.

March 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s $9.8M care package for CEO Darbee

The young man knocking on my door wanted to know if I knew about the PG&E CARE program and if I wanted to apply.

March 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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A quick memo on how to build a better Manteca

In the coming 210 days at least five men are going to be vying for your vote to elect them to the Manteca City Council either as a council member or mayor.

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Steinberg not happy with low gas prices

"Higher prices discourage demand."

April 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STAGE PRESENCE

Drama departments produce plays.

April 05, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Samsung’s crass use of the President

Bravo, Mr. President!

April 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Extra step just might be too far

"He is the one who will build a house for my Name…."

April 04, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Criminals keep changing rules of engagement

The world has come a long way since a cold Sunday morning in December of 1971.

April 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy Flapjacks, Lockeford sausage & asparagus dishes

Eat out and support a good cause! APPLEBEE'S is hosting a FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER on Saturday, April 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 1272 E. Yosemite Avenue restaurant in Manteca as a fundraiser for the Manteca-Lathrop-Escalon-Ripon Community Council of United Way of San Joaquin with proceeds benefitting local charities. Tickets are $5. Yummy!

April 04, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Reddy Kilowatt might just look good in orange

Not that anyone in the upper echelons at PG&E is going to be exchanging an executive suite at 77 Beale Street in San Francisco for a cell at Leavenworth federal prison but the firm that once was represented by the lovable Reddy Kilowatt is anything but lovable these days.

April 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Long before college PC movement there was Farhang

Hamid Aboutalebi has been appointed by Iran as its new ambassador to the United Nations.

April 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca city taxes, service levels & reality

"Taxes" is not a four-letter word.

April 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


At 58, I get that patience is a virtue

I never want anything for my birthday.

March 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IRS has two sets of rules: One for them & one for the rest of us

Ever been audited by the IRS?

March 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Religion: Making choices in faith

Religion resides at the heart of every human person. It might be described as a way of healing - or at least dealing with - what we call Original Sin: that black hole in the core of the human race since the Fall.

March 28, 2014 | By DEAN McFALLS Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Did Mr. Gun Control broker a terrorist deal for rocket launcher?

Where's the best little whorehouse in California?

March 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going soft on vicious dogs in Arizona

There were perhaps two dozen Dalmatians barking in the various pens when I made the second of three trips to the Save a Spot rescue in rural Turlock.

March 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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