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Texas and barnyard sex education

In 2009, an interim Texas school superintendent declared that sex-education classes were unnecessary in his rural district. Most of the area's school kids live on farms, he explained, therefore: "They get a pretty good sex education from their animals."

March 19, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Local Columns


KIDS ON THE RUN

Michelle Crippen watched them spin circles around campus, plodding through an open field and skipping across the blacktop.

March 19, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Fiefdoms & high paying jobs win out over providing higher education

Just 36.4 miles separate Delta College and Modesto Junior College.

March 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Texas, Utah, Iowa, et al: California here they come

Here are three news tidbits from the past week:

March 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why should the deaths of 8,358 be more important than 10,839 lives?

Mark Leno is an interesting politician.

March 16, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The ‘Make Everyone but the Larry Ellisons of the World Live in Smaller Houses Act’

Call it the McMansion Death Act of 2006.

March 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An astounding life of prayerfulness, humility

The Holy Spirit has spoken.

March 14, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


One-size-fits-all makes no sense for seismic safety or education rules

It was an icon.

March 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Birdbrains’ pour billions into economy

Have you thanked a bird today?

March 12, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Eroding freedom one sugary drink at a time

Who would have thought Give Me a Super Big Gulp or Give Me Death would have been a libertarian rallying cry?

March 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FOOD, FRIENDS & FUN

It was all about food and beverage tasting at its best.

March 12, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


New California gold rush: Folks making $200K+

They don't call California the Golden State for nothing.

March 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Federal workers wanting fairness should be careful what they ask for

It's been a lament repeated by federal workers in and around Virginia and Washington, D.C., in stories and newscasts regarding the sequester: It's not fair that they are getting treated differently than the rest of Americans.

March 10, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs a park designed for the homeless

There are the homeless in Manteca who are "real" problems in terms of drug and alcohol use, not to mention those that engage in copper theft and such.

March 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A RIPARIAN WONDERLAND

Ripon is made for walkers.

March 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Cashless society aiming to make you pay for it

I do not have a PayPal account.

January 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mayor DeBrum, Manteca, & the five ‘P’ words

Manteca Mayor Steve DeBrum wanted everything to go right.

January 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How Manteca can chip away at bad streets

Manteca is in a state of deterioration.

January 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flushing has helped lengthen your expectancy

I'm happy. I can now flush my toilet.

January 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who will win the battle for Manteca USD classrooms?

The battle for the classroom is about to begin.

January 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rina’s Run in Ripon taking off on May 13

Rina's Run benefiting the completion of the Ripon High stadium is set for May 13 starting from the Ripon High School track.

January 23, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon man overcame handicap that started with mosquito bite

Jeffrey Kincaid – now 63 years old – has made his family proud with his spirit and tenacity that went against all odds in the life of ...

January 23, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Council deciding on how they will fill vacant seat

It has been nearly a month since newly-elected councilman Ruben Sandoval passed away unexpectedly just two days after he took the oath of office.

January 23, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


More business park space in works for Spreckels Park

A 21,450-square-foot building is being proposed for one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in Spreckels Park.

January 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


REPEATING LOUISE MISH MASH

Manteca's mish mash approach to major arterials continues unabated.

January 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You might want to buckle your seat belt

It doesn't take an economic genius to understand what will happen next in Manteca.

January 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Highway 49’s bridge over troubled waters

"And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory ...

January 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon doing indoor soccer better than Manteca?

Big League Dreams won't be the only show in town anymore when it comes to providing a quality indoor soccer facility.

January 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Manteca Council Twilight Zone & building the 5th fire station

Every Manteca City Council candidate says it: Public safety is priority one.

January 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will Trump yank high speed funds?

Hanford is a true San Joaquin Valley city.

January 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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