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Sunshine & California: Life doesn’t get much better than that

"Isn't this why we live in California?" - Teen Grant Bryson commenting on the 90-degree temperatures and sunshine

June 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to take the joy out of ‘girl watching’? Then judge a pageant

I have never been a fan of beauty pageants.

June 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DUDES change the world one bird house at a time

RIPON - Two young boys – one 13 and the other 14 – definitely won't be bored during their summer vacations.

June 11, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


A way Manteca can hire seven more police officers

Four shootings, seven wounded - two seriously - in six days.

June 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News flash! Everyone can’t be special

My son sent me a commencement speech that was recently given at a high school in Pennsylvania. It was a rather lengthy speech, but if it had to be summed up in a few words, these would be them: None of us are special. While that may fly in the face of all the self-help gurus we have here in the Golden State, it is true. We are part of the world – it is not part of us.

June 11, 2012 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


There’s no happy ending to this story

Just the concept of Alzheimer's and dementia is something that elicits negative feelings. Nobody wants to think about what it would be like to forget who you are or the life that you lived – the very identity that you work so hard to craft during your years on this planet.

June 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California’s 13th largest city’s luck is about to run out

Luck is running out for Stockton.

June 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pension version of Proposition 13 could be on its way

The party, as they say, is over.

June 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just think how bad it would be without Prop. 13

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

June 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to stop the spread of ‘crack’? Then legalize it

Legalize "crack".

June 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bigger impact on environment? Lowe’s or high speed rail?

Lowe's spent close to $400,000 and two years on environmental studies to gain approval to build a 140,000-square-foot store on the northeast corner of the 120 Bypass and Airport Way in Manteca.

June 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $290,000 annual public educator pension

How do you get a $290,000 a year pension?

June 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taking a stand for religious liberty

Last Thursday evening, I found myself at Los Angeles' Academy of Motion Picture and Arts on Wilshire Boulevard. There, a battle-front of cameras fired volley after volley at the prestigious actors and actresses about to enter the premiere screening of their soon-to-be famous movie. I had already seen the epic historical drama at a publicity preview in Modesto. But this would be different. Seated among benefactors, nuns and missionaries, priests and a few bishops, I took in, tearfully and with tremendous gratitude, the story once again. The film: "For Greater Glory". The topic: the Mexican Catholic resistance, first peaceful, then ...

June 02, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


DA’s slow-mo investigation in police shooting erodes public trust

It seems simple and straightforward.

June 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give me a Big Gulp or give me death

Who ever thought drinking a 32-ounce Big Gulp could one day constitute an act of civil disobedience?

May 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Postal Service: Do they really care about theft?

Lorene lives near Woodward Park.

June 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Know anyone in need of bigger sized clothing?

I really should have rethought the decision to spend so much money on clothes when I was at my heaviest because I'm suddenly finding ...

June 14, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


It’s time to ‘wine’ about 209

Napa Valley may be the Lamborghini of California's wine regions - with the sexy, splashy, and pricey veneer that goes with it - but it doesn ...

June 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Obama can save Yosemite for future generations

President Obama and his family are visiting Yosemite National Park later this week.

June 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$2.7M hit on forced RDA sale?

Buying the 57,000-square-foot building that once housed Kodak's Qualex film processing division on Industrial Park Drive to serve as a new home for ...

June 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SUMMER WORK

School's out for the summer.

June 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon ponders opting for water miserly plants

Water conservation will again be the hot button topic at Tuesday's Ripon City Council.

June 13, 2016 | | Local Columns


SJ Ag Fest starts 5-day run Tuesday

San Joaquin AgFest is a five-day celebration of youth agriculturists from throughout the county.

June 13, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon works to keep river visitors safe

The dangers of swimming and rafting on the Stanislaus River have been minimal during the drought due to lower water volume, slower flows, and water ...

June 13, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Progress being made in resort deal talks

There isn't a drought when it comes to water parks interested in building a resort in Manteca.

June 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


November vote is bigger than either Trump or Clinton

"See, I told you it didn't make any difference to vote. I shouldn't have bothered. Bernie Sanders lost anyway."

June 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Higher BLD entry fees just the start

Want to see the impact of government decree versus that quaint old-school concept known as initiative?

June 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Using ACE to solve Bay Area affordable housing needs

San Jose leaders are upset that they've become the affordable housing solution for job-rich Santa Clara.

June 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flipping over board isn’t how you play chess

There's got to be a morning after

June 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $460,000 offer Manteca can refuse

It's time to bury the hatchet.

June 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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