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California vote to legalize pot scares Humboldt

Get ready for the economic collapse of Humboldt County.

March 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Manteca shops for purloined carts solution

Taking shopping carts off of a store's property is theft.

August 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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