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Can’t find a job? Might want to learn Spanish

Sarah is frustrated.

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For the ashes of fire — rebirth

It's an eerie feeling standing in the middle of a fire-scarred forest.

August 23, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Fiona Ma, I-80 carpool lanes & ‘Animal Farm’

What's wrong with Sacramento?

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Delta council is the big threat to Lathrop’s future

The biggest threat to the future economic viability of Lathrop isn't the remnants of the foreclosure meltdown. Nor is it a future recession that could eclipse the dive we just took.

August 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good times during bad times

The 7-year-old boy stayed close to his brother. Concern was etched all over his face. He was trying hard to hold back his tears. His backpack, looking more bulky than his slight frame, was slung over his shoulders. He wouldn't let go of his brother's own backpack, deploying its wheels and holding on to it by its handle. His small red and white bicycle was lying on the street corner. His brother's own wheels were in the middle of the street, just a few feet away, its front wheel pinned under the right front tire of the ...

August 21, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Special education is costly proposition for struggling schools

Education funding in California is like a Rubik's Cube.

August 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sugar taxes: The real goal to fatten government more

Sugar taxes are not about health.

August 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are we getting ruder? Well, excuuuuse me!

Supposedly America as a whole is turning into a mass of rude people.

August 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Proposition 30: The new math, Jerry Brown style

Pity the governor. The money is not there. The man is dealing with a legislature that's controlled by his own party but is suffering from full-scale denial. Special interest groups are doing full-court presses to protest cuts. And the general population wants more services but doesn't want to pay for them.

August 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to four SJ supervisors: Eight is enough

Odds are you don't know who Steve Bestolarides, Larry Rushstaller, Carlos Villapudua, and Ken Vogel are.

August 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Take it from the lopsided kid - I’m definitely not athletic

It was one of those twilight zone moments.

August 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why reflect when you can just push the send button?

Remember the good old days when silence was golden?

August 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our university & what hangs in the balance on Nov. 6

Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to point out that you can't see the forest for the trees.

August 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LMD proposal: Saving face by causing more woe

It's time for the Manteca City Council to take charge of the train wreck that the landscape maintenance district (LMD) concept has become of late.

August 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Money: The Mother’s Milk of politics

News alert: Mitt Romney is raising a lot of money. A whole lot. So much that in the past three months, he's been out-raising the incumbent president, which is no easy feat. So much that the chattering class is beginning to wonder whether the president's team has been spending too much too early, as opposed to saving it for later.

August 11, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Columnist | Local Columns


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California here they come: Drug cartels & Teamsters

The priceofweed.com website puts the current average California pot price for an ounce of high quality marijuana at $248.56.

May 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Christian starts 2017 graduation season

The playing of "Pomp and Circumstance" in Ripon begins on Friday, May 26.

May 08, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Dorothy Indelicato, member of winery family & tireless volunteer passes on

Dorothy Indelicato, who paired her family's successful wine business with community service, passed away Friday at age 84.

May 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Inc. improves its bottom line by $39.2M

Politics and pressing needs aside, Manteca's bottom line is healthy.

May 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rina’s Run departs Ripon High Saturday

Ripon's final and 10th Rina's Run is set for Ripon High on Saturday, May 13, with a 5K, 10K and half marathon in ...

May 08, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


CAPS THANK FIREFIGHTERS

Valley CAPS Plus consumers welcomed Manteca firefighters to their campus to say thanks for the job they do protecting the community.

May 08, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Growing Neighborhood Watch

There is a reason why Del Webb at Woodbridge has arguably the lowest neighborhood crime rate in Manteca.

May 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Animals are big hit during Great Valley School Ag Day

It's the animals that students at Great Valley Elementary School enjoy most about Ag Day.

May 08, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Drumstick ice cream, pizza calorie counting & DC overreach

I don't get the fascination federal food police have with calories.

May 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Rotary has thanked law enforcement for 45 years

LAUREL TO THE MANTECA ROTARY for faithfully recognizing and honoring law enforcement officers for 45 years as part of their annual observance of Law Day.

May 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It likely won’t flood. But it could.

Nobody wants to be Chicken Little when it comes to predicting a natural disaster.

May 05, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca murder: ‘I’m not going to live in fear’

A murder in the parking lot of a Manteca fast food restaurant followed by a carjacking at gunpoint at a red light.

May 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The joys of being on foot & getting hit in a parking lot

He was laughing. And it angered me.

May 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca can go all out to secure trash enclosure but not police station

The Manteca Police Department is a disgrace.

May 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tax debate: Who best can spend your money; Congress or you?

The jury won't be coming in for a while on President Trump's tax plan but I can assure you this: Most taxpayers - read ...

May 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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