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Ripon school officials should encourage, not discourage student scholarships

Some school officials at Colony Oak Elementary School in Ripon are reportedly unhappy with the fact that scholarships were awarded to some of its eighth graders by a representative of Central Catholic High School in Modesto.

June 14, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


I’m one lucky guy to be able to wear glasses

I had a habit of running into things growing up.

June 14, 2012 | | Local Columns


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


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Archie Bunker is alive & well at UC Berkeley

Some 53 years later it is apparent the Free Speech Movement spawned at the University of California at Berkeley comes with a big asterisk - * as ...

February 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My 7th grade teacher: Don’t vote for Nixon

"Tell your parents they shouldn't vote for Nixon-Agnew."

January 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Starbucks goes Grande on principle

Starbucks apparently has two types of corporate citizenship - conscience and de-conscience.

January 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Diapers, ‘flushable’ wipes create havoc with Ripon sewer

So-called "flushable" wipes and diapers are creating havoc with Ripon's wastewater treatment plant by plugging up the system.

January 30, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop used 22% less than during 2013

Residents of Lathrop used slightly more water in 2016 than they did the year before, increasing consumption less than one percent over the previous year ...

January 30, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


120 BYPASS SOLUTION

Manteca - working in concert with surrounding communities as it has done three times before - has help set in motion a critical upgrade for Highway 120.

January 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca museum turning 25

The Manteca Museum marks its 25th year this July.

January 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From Beowulf to Mary Tyler Moore Show

Elevating the Mary Tyler Moore show to the cultural status of Beowulf - the oldest surviving long poem in Old English - is a bit disconcerting.

January 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sanctuary cities: You can’t have your smoothie and eat it too

I am not a citizen of the United States of San Francisco.

January 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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