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Stop state retirees from working for state to help reduce deficit, unemployment

California has an 11.1 percent unemployment rate.

February 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca should consider making highest vote getter every 2 years mayor

Is the direct election of Manteca's mayor a bane or a blessing?

February 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The price of a half cent sales tax vote: True pension reform

Just how good of a salesman is Jerry Brown?

February 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Many in foreclosure partake in $50 billion squatter economy

There is a couple that lived just south of Woodward Park that finally lost their home in 2011.

February 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy ranters & their AstroTurf movement

"As long as we don't destroy anything, the police don't care. It's a win-win situation. We get our message across and they (police) get paid."

February 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So who’ll join the race to replace Weatherford as Manteca’s mayor?

Manteca's Willie Weatherford Era comes to an end in two years and nine months.

February 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More people, less snow can add up to California disaster

Clear skies are spelling trouble for California.

February 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam worries more about sports cheating than about Wall Street cheating

Perhaps if Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens were Wall Street bankers defrauding investors in such a manner that they sent the economy to the cusp of ruin they would not have had to spend money on lawyers.

February 08, 2012 | | Local Columns


Alex & Mary Costa: Valentine sweethearts in love 60 years later

It had been months since I last saw Alex and Mary Costa when I saw them walking hand-in-hand toward me in the parking lot of In-N-Out Burger late Monday afternoon. They were smiling like young kids totally involved in their conversation with each other.

February 07, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


These are bad times? Those who lived thru World War II would say we never had it so good

Gas is pushing $4 a gallon again.

February 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Obama essentially decrees that Catholics can’t be Catholics

I am not Catholic.

February 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remembering Valentine’s Day back in elementary school

I started out by doing some research. I wanted to really know how this "Valentine's Day" thing started. The Internet is wonderful. I can see why we all just jump on our computers and start looking up things that we don't know about. After even just a few minutes, I learned more about Valentine's Day than I really wanted to know. I was going to write about the history of Valentine's Day…but stopped.

February 04, 2012 | By Mick Founts, Ed.D. SJC Superintendent of Schools | Local Columns


If new agency can’t walk on water it’ll walk over us

Fear can be a wonderful thing.

February 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is little birdie saying Emken lacks depth?

I don't Twitter.

February 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop sets new precedent for perks for elected leaders

Omar Ornelas is about to enter a whole new world of digital connectivity.

February 01, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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HARD WORK PAYS OFF

Melvin Kauffman goes to work four days a week at Delta A/C Supply in Lathrop. His day-to-day routine is mostly desk work such as ...

November 21, 2016 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


First class of at-risk teens set for academy

There's a new lesson plan for underachieving at-risk 16 to 18 year olds.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


9 vying for 2017 Almond Blossom title

Candidates for the upcoming 2017 Almond Blossom Queen Contest gathered Saturday morning to hear what is going to be expected of them prior and during ...

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The 900-pound gorilla imperiling Manteca City Council members

The Manteca City Council election is almost over.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Never talk politics when you’re getting your hair cut

These are dangerous times we are living in.

November 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Attention Millenials: Deal with it

I saw a meme on Facebook last week that showed a bunch of twentysomethings blocking a freeway with the caption "this is what happens when ...

November 17, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Just how ‘healthy’ is state’s rainy day fund?

Say what you want about Jerry Brown - and there's a lot to say about his one track mind on high speed rail as well ...

November 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: A real true purple state

My infatuation with California is barely eclipsed by my love of the United States of America.

November 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Molotov cocktail the state is tossing

The State Water Control Board's 3,500-page plan to dismantle the Northern San Joaquin Valley economy in a bid for a net gain of ...

November 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop may mark Lincoln Highway

Lathrop gets its fair share of traffic thanks to Interstate 5 that flows from Mexico to the Canadian border.

November 14, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon plans April 1st Responders Day

The City of Ripon took a big step forward towards a "First Responder Appreciation Day" last week.

November 14, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Sewer going solar to cut PG&E bill

The second largest single solar installation operated by a South County government agency could start reducing wastewater treatment power costs for Manteca ratepayers by 2018.

November 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


VIETNAM MURAL PROPSOALS

Renderings from three muralists competing to be commissioned by the Manteca Mural Society to create the Vietnam War mural will be available for review by ...

November 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2 DEATHS ON WOODWARD

Two Manteca brothers were killed riding motorcycles at a high rate of speed late Sunday afternoon after slamming into a roundabout.

November 14, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Flushing toilets & social mores

The runaway train may have stopped just short of the proverbial cliff.

November 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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