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2 a.m. Sunday, Ben Franklin & your PG&E bill

What do Benjamin Franklin, Al Gore, global warming and 2 a.m. this Sunday as well as you PG&E bill all have in common?

November 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mixing political venom with a kid’s trick or treating

It's Halloween.

November 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs a Del Webb-style solution to avoid creation of blight

A large chunk of people's gripes with the City of Manteca come down to property use and maintenance. At the same time the city is hard pressed to maintain parks, street lights, and abate blight.

October 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From a horse kiss to inspiration beneath the famous Golden Arches

It's fantastic to find some moment in time spontaneously, and this picture of a small boy being kissed by a horse was more than special. I can't remember who sent it to me but it came via Facebook recently – the photographer did not take credit.

October 31, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Brace yourself for the scariest day of the year

The scariest place this Halloween isn't the Winchester Mystery House. Nor is it watching the Zombie Apocalypse in 3-D.

October 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why do cities pick up tab for victory riots when teams make the money?

Detroit's city leadership is probably relieved that the Tigers didn't win the World Series.

October 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is there a Benghazi media cover-up?

Is there a mainstream media cover-up of an Obama administration cover-up in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead?

October 30, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Local Columns


Home was a car for 4 years

So many times, we see them, but not really "see" them.

October 29, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Giants’ improbable season: It’s why we love sports

A friend broached the question to me just the other day about sports fandom.

October 29, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


High speed rail is an old school transit solution

It's ironic that Jerry Brown - a governor who embraces high tech innovation, the environment, economic growth, and improving the lot of the little guy - wants his legacy decided by the modern-day equivalent of a 220 miles per hour dodo bird.

October 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Magic of words and the power of reading books

The fact I'm typing this on an i-Pad may lead one to believe that I would be right at home with a Kindle. I'm not.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or winners?

Early in Ronald Reagan's second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.

October 26, 2012 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Local Columns


‘We’re so vain, we probably think this world is about us’

Carly Simon's ode to former beau Warren Beatty - "You're So Vain" - could be easily adapted to serve as the anthem of today's movement to capture every waking moment we have on digital images.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ignore the scary messages: We’ve never had it so good

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 24, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prepare for the Big Quake by carrying business cards from lawyers

The Salem Witch Hunt has finally been topped.

October 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

The days of Manteca Unified teachers and administrators communicating with parents almost exclusively with notes or flyers has gone the way of the slide rule.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: Reliance on SSJID water growing

Manteca's municipal water fortunes will become more and more reliant on how well the South San Joaquin Irrigation District protects and manages its water ...

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rules proposed for Manteca’s new dog park

Manteca's dog park - due to open by the end of November - won't be a free-for-all.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon ups water saving goal to 30%

Ripon will set its water conservation goals at 30 percent.

September 19, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Stockton beats Modesto but even so . . .

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

September 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca has less than stellar record of being water visionaries

Manteca municipal bureaucrats like to point with pride of the city being farsighted enough to secure surface water supplies to blend with well water to ...

September 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Accusing Brown of ‘mansplaining’ when he’s acting like the only adult

Can we stop the political posturing for one day and act like adults?

September 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Colleges don’t need coddling, indoctrination

I remember Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975 well.

September 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Too far to walk? Don’t complain to Joshua Cowell

Joshua Cowell - the man who was called "The Father of Manteca" by his peers - would likely be amazed if he were to stand on his ...

September 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GETTING IN SHAPE

The days of getting home, grabbing two bags of chips to snack on while playing video games, and downing a 12-pack of soda a day ...

September 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca may buy $577K in wetland credits

Manteca is posed to buy $577,000 worth of wetlands credits in the Consumnes River floodplain in Sacramento County in order to develop the proposed ...

September 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon home builders will soon have new landscape guidelines

When it comes to residential landscaping, the City Ripon is seeking to maintain its historic character while using less water as new homes are being ...

September 12, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Custom jewelry store thrives in Ripon

There is a small cottage-style jewelry store in the 100 block of Main Street in downtown Ripon that specializes in creating custom new pieces from ...

September 12, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


There’s a roundabout way to slow traffic along Woodward

Speed kills.

September 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca must kill Raymus expressway

It's time to do the honorable thing. It's time to do the right thing. It's time to do the fiscally wise thing ...

September 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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