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SJ Valley: The new (high speed rail) dust bowl

High speed rail, we are told, will not pollute our air.

August 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$120,000 question: Why educate part of our future and then deport it?

You invest 15 years educating someone.

August 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Compassionate slaughtering? Give me a break

Central Valley Meat Co. on Hanford has been shut down - at least temporarily - putting 500 employees out of work.

August 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t find a job? Might want to learn Spanish

Sarah is frustrated.

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For the ashes of fire — rebirth

It's an eerie feeling standing in the middle of a fire-scarred forest.

August 23, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Fiona Ma, I-80 carpool lanes & ‘Animal Farm’

What's wrong with Sacramento?

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Delta council is the big threat to Lathrop’s future

The biggest threat to the future economic viability of Lathrop isn't the remnants of the foreclosure meltdown. Nor is it a future recession that could eclipse the dive we just took.

August 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good times during bad times

The 7-year-old boy stayed close to his brother. Concern was etched all over his face. He was trying hard to hold back his tears. His backpack, looking more bulky than his slight frame, was slung over his shoulders. He wouldn't let go of his brother's own backpack, deploying its wheels and holding on to it by its handle. His small red and white bicycle was lying on the street corner. His brother's own wheels were in the middle of the street, just a few feet away, its front wheel pinned under the right front tire of the ...

August 21, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Special education is costly proposition for struggling schools

Education funding in California is like a Rubik's Cube.

August 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sugar taxes: The real goal to fatten government more

Sugar taxes are not about health.

August 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are we getting ruder? Well, excuuuuse me!

Supposedly America as a whole is turning into a mass of rude people.

August 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Proposition 30: The new math, Jerry Brown style

Pity the governor. The money is not there. The man is dealing with a legislature that's controlled by his own party but is suffering from full-scale denial. Special interest groups are doing full-court presses to protest cuts. And the general population wants more services but doesn't want to pay for them.

August 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to four SJ supervisors: Eight is enough

Odds are you don't know who Steve Bestolarides, Larry Rushstaller, Carlos Villapudua, and Ken Vogel are.

August 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Take it from the lopsided kid - I’m definitely not athletic

It was one of those twilight zone moments.

August 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why reflect when you can just push the send button?

Remember the good old days when silence was golden?

August 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Celebration for 6 Ripon centenarians

Six women now in their second century were lauded during a celebration at Bethany Homes.

August 08, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon Police plan community meeting

Ripon Police want to learn about neighborhood issues as well as arm residents with information on how they can help combat crime.

August 08, 2016 | | Local Columns


Revving up for Project HERO opening

Duke Cooper revved up his supped up 1969 Camaro Friday in front of the Manteca Jimmie Connors Veterans of Foreign War Post 6311.

August 08, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Developers push Manteca closer to year round schools

The party is almost over.

August 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City is risking Manteca High student safety with Garfield

Garfield Avenue between Moffat Boulevard and Yosemite Avenue is a symbol of what ails Manteca.

August 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Handcuffing: It helps avoid deadly force

About 15 years ago I took a phone call from an angry citizen.

August 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca faces non-fulfilling growth ahead

The 3.9 percent growth cap doesn't matter any longer. With its rollover feature of unused sewer allocations builders - if they so desired and ...

August 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S NUMBER: 3.9%

Manteca set the trend when it comes to controlled growth in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2,852 homes built during past 8 years in Manteca

It took Escalon 164 years to reach its current population of 7,388.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Did Eggman violate federal donation law?

The Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Congresman Jeff Denham may be in hot water after a series of campaign contributions with an embattled Sacramento Congressman ...

August 01, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


No challengers so far for 3 SSJID seats

All three board members up for reelection for the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors are seeking another term.

August 01, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California Connection boasts 879 students

About four years ago, the Ripon Unified School District welcomed the California Connections Academy Virtual Charter School to its educational family.

August 01, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca grade for affordable housing: ‘D-‘

Classes start Thursday.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Truck stop flap: 1,100+ voters threaten to shoot themselves in foot

Perhaps the San Ramon-based political action committee known as California Future Fund should step up its campaign to make Lathrop safer and pressure the City ...

July 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City Council makes citizens lawbreakers

The Manteca City Council made me a lawbreaker.

July 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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