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You’re not dead until government says you’re dead

I used to laugh when I heard someone say, "You're not dead until the government says you're dead."

January 08, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Ammiano wants to give homeless keys to Manteca

California could soon become one big toilet.

January 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

How does bloody landing feel after avoiding fiscal cliff?

So how does avoiding the fiscal cliff feel?

January 06, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Wall Street needs GA chapter as in Greed Anonymous

Playing the stock market and gambling - what's the difference?

January 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon High students applaud new classroom cell phone use policy

Every student at Ripon High was familiar with the school's cell phone policy – phones stay hidden during class or else good-bye cell phone – until this year.

January 03, 2013 | By OLIVIA SHIPHERD Ripon High correspondent | Local Columns

California needs effective 18-month, $10,000 degree

Dan Logue believes California can deliver a college degree in 18 months for $10,000.

January 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca buying PG&E street light system has saved taxpayers $1M so far

Back in the Dark Ages, Manteca was paying PG&E the proverbial arm and leg to power and maintain street lights in the city.

January 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You aren't going to find any snow at Caswell State Memorial Park.

January 02, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Ripon, Salida history intertwined since the days of the Gold Rush

Ripon's history has been intertwined with Salida's from the beginning, despite the invisible boundary line drawn upon the Stanislaus River. Stanislaus County was born via the passage of a bill by the California state legislature on April 1, 1854 annexing part of Tuolumne County to create Stanislaus County.

January 02, 2013 | By KATHERINE BORGES Correspondent | Local Columns

What next? Air bags on bumper car rides?

Smriti Nalwa and her 9-year-old son partook in an American pastime back in 2005.

January 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Of cats, tough sweet girls, 13-year-old insight & uses of panic alarms

A demonstration of animal love and concern was paramount at the Simmons' home in Ripon when 9-year-old daughter Riley was able to come home from a Bay Area hospital over the holidays. The picture a family member snapped tells it all as the family cat snuggled up next to the young Ripon girl who had brain cancer surgery early in December.

January 01, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

You can’t save time so don’t let fear rule your life

"There's no time to kill between the cradle and the grave

December 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Service is the price they paid for the space they occupied

Service is the price you pay for the space you occupy.

December 30, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

The fiscal cliff & the unfairness of being Californian

Getting a bit antsy about the fiscal cliff?

December 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The $500 flag pole permit & the fiscal cliff

Betsy Ross would be stunned.

December 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Developers pay $17,808 per acre to protect farming

The loss of farmland to build employment centers, retail and housing will cost developers $17,808 an acre.

October 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca changing noise rules to allow city well drilling

Manteca needs to drill two new water wells.

October 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon, growth & the candidates

Ripon is a town with a population of slightly over 15,000.

October 17, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

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

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