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The power of intention

Being a news junkie, I'm glued to the cable networks. Wedged between the peccadilloes of badly behaving starlets and inappropriately tweeted photos, the anchor brings in two political panelists to discuss the upcoming election (Already? Really? Oy!) To feign "balance" he has a GOP strategist and his Democratic counterpart (as if there are only two sides to a story – but don't get me started). I don't remember the first question, and frankly, it doesn't matter; but what I do recall was once the argument commenced, it became animated without delay. Lots of energy and of course ...

July 17, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Giving ex-cons ‘protected class’ over law-abiding Californians

More than 40,000 prisoners are having their sentences reduced in California either due to a decree by the U.S. Supreme Court or as a cost saving move by the state legislature.

July 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The government cost of pursuing risky business

One's heart goes out to the families of the seven men missing from the fishing boat tragedy on July 3 in the Sea of Cortez.

July 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


12% tuition hike underscores need to rethink higher education system

It will now cost $5,742 a year in tuition to attend a California State University campus full-time.

July 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If you want your kids to run wild, go to Chuck E. Cheese

If I'm ever in Monroeville in Pennsylvania, I intend to stop at McDain's Restaurant.

July 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Overkill from the environmental perfection folks

Environmental perfection will be the death of the Middle Class.

July 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What would Manteca be like today had Brown killed RDAs off 15 years ago?

They were not just the tallest structures in Manteca as they soared 15 stories above the ground.

July 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vernalis: The epicenter of farming & water wars

The future of agriculture can be found a few miles south of Manteca.

July 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Complain, complain, complain…

My, but we've become a grouchy lot, haven't we? Maybe it's climate change, or the economy; who knows? It could be the alignment of the stars for all I know, but we've got our cranky pants hitched on and we're wearing 'em a little too snug around our sensitive parts.

July 10, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bureaucracy keeps on trucking: Get ready to pay $2B a year more for goods you buy

Look around you.

July 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified, Great Valley & public education

Competition in public education is about to arrive in Manteca.

July 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is city creating private park without privacy?

A private neighborhood park.

July 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Should Manteca grow as Modesto has?

It's a question no one asks: How big should Manteca ultimately get?

July 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


By any yardstick it was a life-long learning experience

Everything I needed to know about prejudice I learned in the first grade.

July 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joe & Marge: True blue Americans

North Main Street in Manteca is a long way from Fifth Avenue in New York City. One can only imagine the thoughts that a classy lady who once modeled and taught piano in Manhattan must have thought when she rolled into town decades ago and passed what then passed as local culture – a topless bar.

July 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Future Manteca park needs

It is costing Manteca taxpayers $475,000 so the city can have a plan for the next 20 years about what they should do to ...

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


100 percent Chromebooks by end of 2017

Every Ripon Unified student from kindergarten through 12th grade will be using Chromebooks by the end of 2017.

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New police chief plans coffee series

Lathrop's new police chief Captain James Hood is conducting coffees to hear citizens' concerns at the Starbucks on Harlan Road.

June 27, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Teens gradate from junior police academy

A cadre of Manteca teens graduated from a week-long junior police academy in Ceres that taught the cadets everything from basic first-aid to the proper ...

June 27, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca saves $140K a year by shedding PG&E

Is the epic struggle the South San Joaquin Irrigation District has undertaken to replace PG&E as the retail power supplier for Manteca, Ripon, and ...

June 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The next step: Preventing homelessness

Mike Kelly is a wise man.

June 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Frosted flakes, sin taxes & North Korea

It was a Saturday morning ritual for way too many years.

June 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The council is clear: Manteca must deal with the homeless

The message Tuesday was clear: No more fooling around when it comes to the homeless.

June 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for Sacramento ‘magic’ to deal with homeless

Get ready for the big lie - or at least being misled whether it is intentional or not.

June 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ultimately Ford did have a better idea

I love top 10 lists. You know the ones. The 10 best places to live. The 10 weirdest places to hang glide. The 10 proven ...

June 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Widening Airport Way

Those who travel Airport Way for commuting or head down it to shop at Costco on the weekend know that navigating the stretch between Daniels ...

June 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


4 Lathrop council seats up for grabs

The Lathrop City Council gets a shakeup every two years.

June 20, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Want to run for Ripon school board?

Ripon Unified - in conjunction with the League of Women Voters - is conducting an informational workshop for potential candidates seeking to run Nov. 8 in the ...

June 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead: Manteca Needs to help homeless

Debby Moorhead wants the city to step up its efforts to address the growing number of homeless Manteca.

June 20, 2016 | | Local Columns


Boot camp combines learning with fun

Juvraj Sidhu enjoyed his time at the 2016 STEM Summer Camp.

June 20, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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