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Toilet plungers & health care

I needed a toilet plunger the other day, and life is never good when you need a toilet plunger. And the worse thing is, I did not have one.

January 22, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Be careful what you ask for in this cold season

Be careful what you ask for in this cold and flu season – you might get a surprise like I did recently after looking just about everywhere for the cough drops I have used for years – the tried and true small boxes of Vicks.

January 22, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Why are there less vehicle thefts in Ripon?

Modesto and Stockton are consistently among the Top 5 cities in the United States for vehicle theft.

January 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why not require thumbprints to purchase gas?

What kills more people in the United States: Guns or cars?

January 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing local services on altar of the almighty state workers

Shortly after arriving in Manteca in 1991 I was told by several people of how some Bay Area counties would "pay" welfare recipients to help them move to the Central Valley by providing everything from bus tickets to assistance with getting an apartment.

January 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting past Blue Monday

What a way to kick off the week: Blue Monday.

January 19, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


California Dream: From Gold Rush to state government going bust

Six days from now marks the 163rd anniversary of the most defining event in California history - the discovery of gold by James Marshall at Coloma.

January 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Wrapping dishes with clothing at the checkout

I should have said something, but I didn't.

January 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Short life spanned the Great Abyss

Between the day she was born and the day she died the world had changed.

January 16, 2011 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Taking Manteca’s bike path system to the next level

The Tidewater Bikeway rates as a true visionary move made by Manteca civic leaders in the 1990s.

January 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perks of jogging in refrigerator weather: Prelude to spring’s bounty

January in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.

January 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No escaping fact Uncle Sam wants to kill off SUVs

My family thought I had lost it when I moved to Manteca 20 years ago.

January 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why are we even shocked by what happened in Arizona?

There is evil in the world.

January 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise! Brown’s honeymoon is over after 7 days

India has its sacred cow.

January 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making it safer for illegals to enter California

It is illegal to enter the United States without going through the proper channels.

January 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

May 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pulling the plug on death penalty

It's come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn't put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

May 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento and their tunnel rat mentality

Expediency is the motto of the administration of Governor Jerry Brown.

May 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The smack down in Baltimore

Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.

April 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Judge Agbayani and 1.8 seconds

Judge Tony Agbayani has quite a right hook when it comes to driving home to high school seniors the serious consequences of drinking and climbing behind the wheel.

April 28, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Free lunch morphs into free health care in USA

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Quote attributed to Pogo in the comic strip by the same name

April 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address?

Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as "educators."

April 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taking fishing to new heights

"Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in" – Not Otis Redding

April 25, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

April 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California’s coming firestorm

There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost.

April 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sin taxes deadlier than vices

Death and taxes.

April 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno?

Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.

April 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.

April 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

April 17, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


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