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Facebook stock value part of California budget house of cards

Facebook stock closed at $21.09 a share on Friday.

August 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Inland California’s woes The Neil Diamond factor

The concert that cost taxpayers $1 million to book Neil Diamond to christen the Stockton Arena back in 2006 has been used as a punch line in numerous stories chronicling the city's bankruptcy.

August 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley keeps getting the short end of the stick

What did the San Joaquin Valley do wrong?

August 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $300K question: Why do some deer get killed crossing California freeways?

Why are deer getting killed by a car crossing the freeway?

July 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does it hurt giving platelets? A lot less than it does to have cancer

I have never met Joseph Greenwood.

July 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Those in power seek to punish political speech they don’t like

Political correctness is getting a bit dangerous.

July 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The economy: Most of us still have it pretty darn good

Experts say the recession ended nearly three years ago.

July 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Brown Bore is too expensive plus too disruptive to Delta ecology

There is a much less expensive alternative to the Brown Bore - the twin tunnels that the governor wants to drill to allow Sacramento River water for Los Angeles and corporate farmers to bypass the Delta.

July 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The reason you pay more taxes than GE

Let me tell you how it will be

July 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council’s respect for state constitution has cost city $10M

Does the Manteca City Council ignore the California Constitution?

July 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Turning Delta into the next victim of LA’s insatiable thirst

Want to see the future?

July 24, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bay Area tax on miles traveled will place burden on northern SJ Valley

Beware of unintended consequences.

July 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Three reasons not to vote for state tax hike this November

Manteca's police and firefighters - just like many other municipal and private sector workers - have gone without a pay raise for three to four years. And in many cases, people have had their pay cut over the past three to four years either through a reduction in what they earned per hour or having hours cut back. Even those paid via set salaries have had their compensation slashed while being expected to work more.

July 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sam: Effective advocate for Ripon business community

RIPON - It's easy to write about someone in business who is always there for you when you call, or go by their office in need of help or direction.

July 20, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Delta protection: A modern day Trojan horse?

They just don't get it.

July 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Race card, criminals wearing blue & finding a solution

Although I hated nearly every minute of my time in the Army, it gave me an education on life that I could never receive anywhere ...

July 12, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Mixing methane & food waste

Digesters - a critical process of the wastewater treatment plant that currently serves nearly 90,000 people in Manteca and Lathrop - aren't exactly glamorous.

July 11, 2016 | | Local Columns


GOING NUTS FOR ALMONDEE

Daryll Quaresma, a third-generation dairy farmer sold his long time, family-owned cow dairy to one of his siblings 16 years ago before focusing his attention ...

July 11, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


Filing opens next week for council

Manteca city voters on Nov. 8 will get to do something that Modesto voters no longer can - vote to fill all council seats that are ...

July 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon chamber happy with July 4 celebration

Tamra Spade was pleased with the overall results of the Fourth of July festivities in Ripon.

July 11, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mosquito bites pose health risks

Mosquitoes are out for blood.

July 11, 2016 | | Local Columns


Why not ban ability to buy soda using food stamps?

You've heard the pitch.

July 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lawyers use class action to take you to cleaners

My front-end washing machine generated an odor after a number of uses.

July 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeat childhoods of yesteryear today & trigger child abuse charges

I drank chocolate milk - gallons of it - when I was a kid. The same goes for soda, sugar, potato chips and Twinkies.

July 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘I’m sorry, the number you have reached . . .”

I came across a relic on Sunday.

July 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ROAD TO RECOVERY, RIO

Amy Haapanen isn't ruling out making another run at it four years from now, but this could be her last chance to make the ...

July 06, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Local Columns


Illegals, college aid, the draft and the Valley

Down in the valley - Manteca, Modesto, Hanford, Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton, Turlock, and virtually every other community - is where the proverbial rubber hits the road in ...

July 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1M BLOCK REDO?

It will cost almost $150,000 to do the necessary engineering, design work, and environmental studies to fulfill a Manteca City Council decision to rip ...

July 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDALING SWEET FUN

Jon Anderson was first introduced to organized bicycle racing on a dirt track, better known as BMX as a young boy in the 70s by ...

July 05, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


Dinner honors pioneer families, helps cemetery

The public is invited to an old-fashioned Prairie Dinner Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Manteca. Guests may even come to the sumptuous dinner ...

July 05, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


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