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Commerce, as propane rail car fire underscores, comes with risks

Life isn't without risk.

August 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teachers helping others one quilt at a time

RIPON - Elementary school teachers definitely have heart – especially when they see a need. It's amazing how many adults I have interviewed who clearly remember their kindergarten through second grade teachers when they were youngsters in the primary grades.

August 24, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


You can get case of the shakes anywhere in US

Why do you live in California?

August 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps there’s a reason for the moniker ‘starving vendors’

"They had no money. They all traded in their clunkers and bought new wheels and now they got their cars repossessed. Some of them just walked around and got fatter while others socialized or played with vendor's items. What else are they going to do? No money here or anyplace else in the valley. Economy is completely shot along 99 from Marysville to the Grapevine. Economically disadvantaged area and people just go through the motions. Tire-kickers, teenagers pushing strollers, overweight welfare moochers.... they're all there."

August 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: Where land ends and the future starts

Land's End is aptly named.

August 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Southside residents, police are both getting frustrated

He served his country for 30 years.

August 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Duplicating a small miracle on Locust Avenue

There is no entitlement mentality at 314 Locust Avenue.

August 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will fools allow another gold rush in Bodie?

"Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie!" - A quote widely attributed to have been written in the diary of a young girl whose family headed to the Eastern California gold boom town in the 1880s

August 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam’s plan: San Joaquin Valley economy must be destroyed to save us

Losing weight is healthy.

August 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ominous sign: San Joaquin Jail population drops

There's room at the inn.

August 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Free speech in the name of chaos is not an absolute right

Free speech has never been absolute.

August 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does the justice system work for the people? Video holds the answer

You have probably never met Ernest Duenez Jr.

August 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pages from FDR’s playbook aren’t working today due to bureaucrats

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." - Excerpt from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inauguration speech in 1933

August 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Environmentally approved politically correct fairy tale

Back in the late 1880s, a man named Joshua Cowell set out from Nevada to seek his fortune in the Great Central Valley.

August 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Judging economy by uppercase & lowercase apples

"Never underestimate Joe Six Pack's need to buy the latest and greatest tech products." - Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Co.

August 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Guess who killed proposal to build more affordable California housing?

Who killed the modest proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $400 million in state money to subsidize affordable housing?

September 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The best idea yet for Manteca library services

The best advice I have for the Manteca City Council when it comes to library services is this: Take Stephen Breacain's suggestion to heart.

August 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


COME BLOW YOUR HORN FOR EU

It was the sweetest music Jose Baron ever heard.

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SOARING OVER RIPON

The biggest hot air balloon festival in the Central Valley returns this weekend in Ripon under a new name.

August 30, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Rule changes keep $500K in flood insurance savings in place

Building under certain conditions in the 100-year floodplain in rural areas of San Joaquin County such as south of Manteca could result in National Flood ...

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop is using 20% less water

Residents of Lathrop continued the water conservation trend in July, cutting their water usage by 20 percent during one of the hottest months of the ...

August 30, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Almond milk sales soar as harvest starts

The shaking of almond trees around Manteca and Ripon as the harvest gets underway is giving the dairy industry a cow.

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kaepernick is right about injustice

"People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust ...

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Everyone pays taxes except perhaps PG&E

Wal-Mart paid $7.1 billion in income taxes during 2012 on $22 billion in pre-tax profits.

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PAYING 5% LESS

The 375 families that now reside in River Islands at Lathrop are enjoying electrical rates 5 percent lower than the rest of Lathrop, Manteca, and ...

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2.5 CRASHES A DAY

Vehicle accidents - by far the most likely way a Manteca resident will get injured or suffer significant financial losses - were up 7.26 percent on ...

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Maldonaldo ends 7 years at SHARP helm

Marty Maldonado is replacing her captain's bars for those of a lieutenant as she steps down from the command of the Manteca Police Seniors ...

August 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Homeless: ‘They’re human and I’m human’

Call it the power of compromise. Call it being human. Call it community policing. Call it whatever you want. The deployment of just one community ...

August 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Smoking ballast at movie ends with a marriage

You may have seen the AT&T ad campaign for its Internet service. Some of the pieces are pretty funny, and I saw one this ...

August 27, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


The case for a $10 per person surcharge to help protect Yosemite

People who visit Yosemite National Park often use words such as "spectacular," "breath-taking," as "incredible" to describe the experience.

August 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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