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PG&E can’t afford a SSJID success story

PG&E's long-range ability to survive as a monopoly protected by what are essentially government price controls now may very well depend upon stopping the South San Joaquin Irrigation District from entering the retail power business.

June 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Battle for California: The Entrepreneur vs. The Preacher

We don't have normal elections in California. We have spectacles.

June 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Robo calls helping candidates chase off possible votes

I finally made up my mind who to vote for in Tuesday's Republican primary for Congress.

June 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When things just don’t make sense

For those who long for a universe that's fair, things haven't been going so well. Why Gulf oil rig Deepwater Horizon's meltdown in leadership and accountability in April led to a deadly explosion and environmental disaster will be better understood with time. But what's hard to understand is how millions of innocent human beings and other forms of life should suffer so much irreparable loss at the hands of companies who simply don't comply.

June 06, 2010 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Pombo & what ails those who wish to lead us

Richard Pombo is a political lightning rod.

June 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IRS tax ruling part of same-sex union debate

The Internal Revenue Service has now created another marriage penalty to the benefit of California's registered domestic partners - primarily same-sex couples.

June 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Paper or plastic may soon become phrase of the past

I am a firm believer in using reusable tote bags at the grocery store.

June 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E doesn’t care about taxpayers

When a tsunami hits, first there is an earthquake. Then, the ocean recedes only to recoil with a massive surge that devastates everything in its path.

June 03, 2010 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Erasing individual values to counter gangs: Is it worth it?

It is open season on rosary beads in a growing number of school districts across the United States.

June 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Joaquin One Voice trip

Every year officials from county, cities, agencies and community leaders embark on a journey to Washington, D.C., to meet with federal officials and elected representatives to advocate for funding for local transportation and infrastructure projects.

June 02, 2010 | By Leroy Ornellas San Joaquin County Supervisor Fifth District | Local Columns


Deport honors student, cuddle drug dealers

Before the federal government starts suing Arizona over immigration law, maybe Uncle Sam should get his own house in order.

May 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What greater purpose is served knowing details of 8-year-old’s death in light of guilty plea?

Do we really need to know the sordid details of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu's death?

May 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


5,800 crosses: A solemn reminder of freedom’s price

A slight drizzle had turned into a steady rain following the cracking of thunder while I was on an early afternoon run down Wellington Avenue on Thursday.

May 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop School gets A+ for its eighth grade promotion

Lathrop Elementary Principal David Silveira gets extra credit for going against the grain.

May 28, 2010 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon Farmers’ Market: Working together

Last year, the Ripon City Council explored the idea of developing a farmers' market in our historical downtown sector. The plan was to collaborate with downtown businesses, farmers' market vendors and the community to revitalize our downtown businesses. Unfortunately, due the multitude of regulations and to a late start, it was decided to postpone it until this year.

May 28, 2010 | By CHUCK WINN Mayor of Ripon | Local Columns


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Interning with Manteca Unified: Incredible

I am not an architect. I am not an engineer. The field of work I want to be a part of isn't even remotely ...

August 03, 2015 | By Lawrence Silveira | Local Columns


Federal sugar support is sour deal for taxpayers & consumers

Wheat was king in these parts some 150 years ago.

August 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pay your full tax liability & state dings you for $17.31 more

I owe the State of California $17.31.

August 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$5M solution for libraries & other needs

Manteca - for $5 million - can have a 9,600-square-foot "Generations Center" with library, teen center, a killer skate park, amphitheater and paracourse.

July 31, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Upset about things? Then look in our own backyard

"Yosemite is bad a--."

July 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Upset about things? Then look in our own backyard

"Yosemite is bad a--."

July 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing the Delta to hose down LA sidewalks

The lifeblood of Delta farmers, towns, and fish drains into two series of pumps northwest of Tracy - one feeding the Delta-Mendota Canal and the other ...

July 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will signs slow Bypass carnage?

Caltrans is apparently working on a way to try and enhance safety on what has become the deadliest mile in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

July 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting a Lyft & why cities shouldn’t care

Steve DeBrum is no Bill de Blasio.

July 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget 5 o’clock shadows, I’m four hours ahead of time

Fred Flinstone is a rank amateur.

July 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


World War III MUSD style is up next

Sam Fant is either brilliant or his peers on the Manteca Unified School District board are not in his league.

July 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


World War III MUSD style is up next

Sam Fant is either brilliant or his peers on the Manteca Unified School District board are not in his league.

July 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soldiers should not be sitting ducks in a shooting gallery

Are we are at war?

July 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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