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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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Don’t take a Pepsi to bed in SF

Remember the Summer of Love?

June 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca trustees play double dare with voters

There is an erroneous assumption that many make that you have to be an educator or have children in school to serve on the school board.

June 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t raise floor, climb the ladder

Los Angeles and San Francisco leaders want burger flippers to be paid $15 an hour.

June 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sam Fant: Political high roller

Welcome to the Manteca Unified casino.

June 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Filling jobs to help feed America

"Treat aliens living among you as native born." - Leviticus 19:33.34

June 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOW HOT WAS IT?

"It's so hot outside you could fry and egg on the sidewalk."

June 09, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Let voters decide on replacing Bronson

The question shouldn't even have to be asked but here goes: Should the Manteca Unified board appoint a replacement for trustee Alexander Bronson who resigned shortly after having felony charges filed against him for election fraud or should they call for a special election?

June 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Affordable Care Act may no longer be affordable

The Affordable Care Act is about to become a lot less affordable.

June 08, 2015 | | Local Columns


MANTECA’S BIG CHEESE

I don't know if Steve DeBrum got all the facts before he became mayor.

June 06, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Las Vegas has better grasp on grass than Manteca

Is the city dictating how much grass new homes can have in their front yards an affront to the notion of property rights?

June 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bus ride costs same as vending machine soda

Was I asking too many questions upon arriving at the hub of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton?

June 05, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Of the Grand Jury, schools, background checks & felons

The San Joaquin County Grand Jury is alarmed that Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer allowed a felon to be hired to mentor Weston Ranch High students without going through a background check.

June 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The council, veterans & doing the right thing

Doing the right thing.

June 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forging your fears to reach better place

It was a silly thought.

June 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam wants to make wearing certain logos criminal

The odds are you either know or heard of some younger person being intimidated or even jumped because they happened to be wearing red or blue.

June 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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