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Making sense & cents for Caswell State Park

One can easily come up with perhaps more than a dozen reasons to preserve Caswell State Memorial Park from budget-beleaguered, cost-cutting-crazy California. As everyone probably knows by now, the Golden State's more than 200 state parks are being eyed by the powers-that-be in Sacramento as one of the convenient cuts that could be done to trim the $27 billion deficit.

March 21, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Let’s stop calling people racist for stating the facts

One Saturday night three years ago Manteca Police were running a fairly routine sobriety checkpoint on Yosemite Avenue just past Powers Avenue.

March 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Message from Japan: Finding the way to life

Last Friday, one week following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan March 11, I heard a fascinating broadcast. A fisherman had been out to sea just before the disaster stuck. Noticing whirlpools in the water, he headed for shore and ran to his home. By then, the sirens were blaring and the villagers were already evacuating toward the hills. Driving as fast as he could, without time even to save his most valuable property, he fell quickly in line with the vehicles ascending the principal route out of town.

March 20, 2011 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


A reminder of what really matters

It seems like merely days ago the public dialogue bounced between the skyrocketing price of groceries and gasoline; the rising up of working people in the mid east - as well as our own mid west; and the rambings of a seemingly unstable, implausibly garrulous celebrity whose veins course with "dragon's blood." It seems like just days ago because, well, it was.

March 20, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Lathrop policy clears way for Jack in Box mobile food trucks

Here's some food for thought for municipal leaders in the South County: What if corporate fast food companies piggyback on city efforts to "help people make a living" via food vending trucks?

March 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sales tax rule makes Internet firms richer at everyone’s expense

Some $220 million annually in sales tax is not being collected by California cities and counties.

March 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McKinley battle is more than just a fight over a way of life

McKinley Avenue expressway is far from dead.

March 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Will work for food’: Then let’s help them do it

It was panhandling central.

March 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making pit bull & other dog owners more responsible

Responsible pit bull owners do have a point.

March 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taco trucks: Convenient and cheap

LATHROP – Once I became a junior in high school there wasn't a week that went by that I didn't eat at a taco truck with my friends.

March 13, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Growth brought more than just 17,838 additional Manteca residents

So what has 17,838 more Manteca residents brought us?

March 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for a true South County seat on San Joaquin Board of Supervisors

South San Joaquin County has a mixture of four expanding cities and a growing job base with an even brighter outlook that is destined to clash with vibrant agricultural endeavors.

March 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to ignore politics of downtown and move on

Wide streets may bring people downtown but it doesn't get them to stop there.

March 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who is more pathetic? Sheen or those of us who feed off his rants?

Charlie Sheen - the pundits say - is one witty guy.

March 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Berryhill ventures into Twilight Zone of California politics

Bill Berryhill has got it right.

March 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Brown says not a word about his Twin Tunnels

Water, without a doubt, is perhaps the biggest issue facing California.

January 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’ve all been given licenses to kill based on the way we drive

What's a bigger threat to your life: Someone driving a car or a madman with a gun?

January 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thoughts of a migratory Mantecan

I've finished my first semester at Columbia College Chicago and lived in the "Windy City" for three months. My last column, printed Oct. 2, was written during my second week at school, so I was a little off on some things (the "crazy" weather - while it may be colder, the weather isn't that bad) and spot-on with other comparisons (most notably the "goat as exotic as a hippopotamus" proclamation).

January 06, 2015 | By LAWRENCE SILVEIRA Sierra High graduate | Local Columns


Government dictating food choices: Let them eat bread

There is a school of thought that the Manteca City Council has the power – or should have the power – to dictate exactly what businesses can and can't open in Manteca.

January 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More homes will save money in Lathrop, Manteca floods zones

If you live in Lathrop, southwest Manteca or Weston Ranch and you're against growth then you'd better get ready to spend a lot of money if you get your wish.

January 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t like the police? Then let’s have a ‘Purge’ 24/7

Just how thin is the thin blue line?

January 03, 2015 | | Local Columns


SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past year, I've witnessed many challenges facing our region, as well as tremendous progress and significant achievements. The Board has taken numerous actions over the past year to set San Joaquin County on an exciting path toward continuing financial stability, cutting-edge innovation, and becoming a magnet for economic development and new jobs.

January 03, 2015 | By BOB ELLIOTT San Joaquin County Supervisor | Local Columns


Dying art of polite conversation

He seemed a nice enough of a young man.

January 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, circa 2014

Old-fashioned Americana, some claim, is passé.

December 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

The world isn't just about you or I.

December 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grisham was part of Manteca’s heart & soul

Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca's heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.

December 30, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Oh, the pain, the pain, the pain of it all’

Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.

December 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I cringe at wild, gray eyebrow hair

It was there, stark as heck.

December 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What if movie on taking out a sitting USA leader was made by N. Korea?

Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.

December 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McBrian served Ripon with distinction

Bob McBrian was a unique fixture at Ripon's Veterans' Museum.

December 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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