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3,050 miles in eight days

Traffic was so light as we drove along Interstate 80 just west of Wendover, Utah, on our way to Denver. Actually, it was lighter than light. There was hardly any other soul this Sunday morning driving on the highway in front of us that stretched like a snaking ribbon in the vast horizon ahead. So when a silver Toyota appeared on the lane to my right, I visually checked it out more closely than I normally would. As the small car smoothly zoomed past our seemingly lumbering heavier pickup, I glanced idly at the license plate.

September 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Urns hold more than just plants

It's just a bunch of clay that has been molded and then baked in dry heat at hellish temperatures.

September 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fighting gang violence by requiring school uniforms

Should Lathrop School pursue school uniforms or common dress?

September 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California Senate resists pressure to bag freedom of choice when you grocery shop

Californians still have the freedom to choose between paper and plastic.

September 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Abercrombie & Fitch versus Muslim religion

Abercrombie & Fitch, to put it politely, sells sex.

September 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Berryhill sides with high-priced PG&E against farmers, families & business

Is Bill Berryhill against South County farmers, hardworking small businesses, and struggling families being crushed by oppressive PG&E power rates like his brother Tom Berryhill?

September 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters answer the call & set stage for future budgets

The Manteca Firefighters Association is arguably the most powerful and influential force in Manteca politics.

August 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Virtual bank robbers thrive, thanks to an act of Congress

Washington's much ballyhooed program aimed at helping struggling homeowners is highly successful in at least one aspect - it has given those not in financial trouble the ability to walk away from homes that are underwater without literally paying the price.

August 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two bars, illegals driving & Manteca DUI checkpoints

Call it the tale of two bars.

August 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making BLD work for betterment of Manteca

Tracy has a sports complex that they are making payments on.

August 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca ignores homeless problem at its own peril

It was a discovery that rattled the tenant and even surprised Manteca Police.

August 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Loud train horns & love-hate relationship with railroad trains

The San Joaquin Valley has a long love-hate relationship with railroads.

August 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Disney ban of Muslim hijabs Mickey Mouse?

Imane Boudlal is a devout Muslim who happens to work as a restaurant hostess at the Disneyland Resort's Grand Californian hotel in Anaheim.

August 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I wonder if they are true fans of Def Leppard?

I'm amazed that my older brother Ron can even hear.

August 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Press McNerney & Harmer to provide solution to illegals bumping jobless American workers

Aqua Spa & Pool went belly-up this past week.

August 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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ARE YOU GAME?

Many needy families and children did not get a visit from Santa last year because of wasted food. Apparently, a lot of the food served during the annual Costa's Wild Game feed ended up in trash cans because some of people decided they did not like the "game-y" taste.

December 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Time to bite the bullet (train) & pull plug

If you own a Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or a Honda Civic it costs you 16.3 cents a mile to operate your vehicle once gas, maintenance, tires, insurance and depreciation are taken into account.

December 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley tule fog is why Santa needs Rudolph

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Dec. 14, 2010.

December 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeat childhoods of yesteryear today & they’d be child abuse charges

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on May 12, 2011.

December 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC acts more like lapdog than watchdog of PG&E

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on July 26, 2011

December 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sagging economy may be starting back up but what about pants?

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 8, 2002.

December 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going door-less curing me of cluttering urge

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Dec. 6, 2010.

November 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SWAT rolls out turkeys & pies

To say it isn't a monstrosity would be doing it a disservice.

November 27, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


They will sing of their joy

This holiday, almost upon us, seems to be different, slightly more tension, more pressure, life moving faster.

November 27, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Special Correspondent | Local Columns


It wasn’t perfect in a Mayberry vanilla way

My brothers dared me to do what they caught Jeff, a young kid from across the alley, doing one day.

November 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Giving thanks for all the things we do not have

We give thanks every day. But Thanksgiving is a special time to be thankful for the many blessings we have.

November 26, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Free Thanksgiving dinners in Manteca, Oakdale, Escalon

Join the 5th annual Thanksgiving in Manteca for a free traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Mountain Mike's Pizza (corner of Main and Louise) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

November 26, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Shoplifters are stealing from you & me

The woman ahead of me in Target was doing her best to distract and confuse the clerk.

November 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Freeing yourself from PG&E’s expensive power & indifference

I am a PG&E stockholder.

November 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A costly penny for your thoughts

It costs taxpayers 1.83 cents to mint a penny.

November 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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