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Let’s all slap on bumper stickers reading ‘I brake for pedestrians’

Everyone loves an underdog - unless it's a pedestrian.

May 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Berryhill working on sensible Delta solution for state water & fish needs

It doesn't have to be "us" against "them" in California water politics.

May 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Junior high siren call: Beware of throwing the baby out with bath water

There is a quiet debate going on in Ripon.

May 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Celebrating the legacy of Cesar Chavez

Fifty years ago, a quiet farm-worker, together with a diverse gathering of people concerned with the rights and the wellbeing of those who labor in our fields and orchards, founded the United Farm Workers.

May 19, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns

Sacramento vampires draining California economy of its life

It's wearing thin. Real thin.

May 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lathrop passing the buck to grand jury not wise move

What were they thinking?

May 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

‘Doc’ more than worthy of Hall of Fame honor

Mike Davis was riding shotgun with me the one and only time I have ever been pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving.

May 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Life’s rough on single moms but it is really about one’s choices

It is a sight I will never forget.

May 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Winds of change coming June 5 in Congressional race

Voters in Manteca, Ripon, Escalon and Stanislaus County could shake the machine apparatus of both the Democrat and Republican parties to the core in 25 days.

May 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fresh air gives way to same old, same old at Lathrop city hall

When Joseph "Chaka" Santos raised his right hand, took the oath of office and sat behind the dais as the Mayor of Lathrop, he did so as anything but your run-of-the-mill politician.

May 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

The Occupy folks prove once again it’s all about them

Occupy Everything & Anything.

May 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Student loan rates aren’t what ails higher education

It's time that common sense guided higher education spending in California.

May 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Bing was sweet on Manteca, John Steinbeck wasn’t

Bing Crosby liked Manteca.

May 07, 2012 | | Local Columns

You need lots of patience to catch the moon

I was one of those who got caught up in the perigee-moon hype.

May 06, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

End county’s role as dumping ground for SF Bay Area

Michael and Jeannie LaForge are not NIMBYs as in not in my backyard.

May 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Living beyond our needs: When will we ever learn?

The houses that dropped the most in value - and took the longest to bounce back - during the Great Recession triggered by liar loans were the ...

October 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Proposition 62: Rabid dogs & rabid people

When I read Proposition 62 on the Nov. 8 ballot, I don't see it as a "yes" or "no" issue or even as a ...

October 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Delta College wants to sell out Manteca

Some educational elitists frame it as "just selling the farm."

October 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Trick or treat: Californians propositioned

First comes Halloween. It's just a warm-up for the real scary event - Election Day.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Candidates touch on water, ACE & Ripon homeless

Questions on everything from water supplies and retaining law enforcement officers to how the city should handle homeless were fielded by Ripon City Council candidates ...

October 10, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Food + biogas = fuel

Manteca's food waste combined with methane gas from the municipal wastewater treatment plant could generate enough compressed natural gas to power properly-equipped vehicles averaging ...

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


On paper the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over.

October 10, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

MUSD funding bounces back 39% in 8 years

It was arguably the darkest hour in the 50-year history of the Manteca Unified School District.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon spending $620K on streets

Streets in Ripon and other cities can develop wear and tear over time from the elements and extensive use.

October 10, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Manteca Rec mother-son dance Friday

Manteca Parks & Recreation's first fall special event takes place on Friday, Oct. 14, when the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission stages the annual mother-son dance.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Advice from a former ‘fat’ kid

OK. I confess. I was 5-foot-10 and weighed 260 pounds in the seventh grade.

October 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Drive by shootings & the Manteca council race

Jeff Zellner doesn't want other Manteca families to go through what his did.

October 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Social media hasn’t changed the world

Living your life in real time on social media is not wise.

October 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Carnage on the Bypass: You know what happened

You know how it happened.

October 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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