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What next? Air bags on bumper car rides?

Smriti Nalwa and her 9-year-old son partook in an American pastime back in 2005.

January 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of cats, tough sweet girls, 13-year-old insight & uses of panic alarms

A demonstration of animal love and concern was paramount at the Simmons' home in Ripon when 9-year-old daughter Riley was able to come home from a Bay Area hospital over the holidays. The picture a family member snapped tells it all as the family cat snuggled up next to the young Ripon girl who had brain cancer surgery early in December.

January 01, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


You can’t save time so don’t let fear rule your life

"There's no time to kill between the cradle and the grave

December 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Service is the price they paid for the space they occupied

Service is the price you pay for the space you occupy.

December 30, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The fiscal cliff & the unfairness of being Californian

Getting a bit antsy about the fiscal cliff?

December 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $500 flag pole permit & the fiscal cliff

Betsy Ross would be stunned.

December 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hey, dude, that’s one awesome hearing aid

Hollister - the store not the town - has to be one of the last places on earth that any sane 56-year-old would go.

December 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Etiquette training all part of the Almond Blossom queen court’s program

It was much to do about etiquette training and modesty when six Ripon girls signed their contracts to take part in the upcoming contest for the crown of Almond Blossom Queen.

December 28, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Let’s have Christmas every month in 2013

As I reflect over the past month, tons of feelings and emotions rush to mind! Many are heartwarming, some are sad, some made me smile, a lot of laughs, and some are exhausting to even think about again! Now that's a lot for one month! I want to focus on the way we feel when Christmas rolls around. As I check Facebook, I see endless posts letting the world know how much my "friends on Facebook" love their life, Christmas, baking, spending time with family, shopping, decorating, etc. I only wish we could be inspired every month like we ...

December 28, 2012 | By JANELL ZUIDERVAART Ripon Chamber of Commerce, President | Local Columns


Good old American regulations can save our wilderness from rogue marijuana farms

Where are the Greenpeace folks when you need them?

December 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Heaven has plenty of impish angels covered with spots

It was a simple question.

December 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Phil Waterford knows it’s a wonderful life

Manteca's lucky number is 55.

December 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BUBBLES OF HOPE

They were everywhere.

December 22, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


To reduce gun deaths take a ‘Q’ from the latest James Bond flick

Twenty six people - mostly kids - were shot to death at Sandy Hook School.

December 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crime doesn’t pay unless you’re the government

Oakland has $316,000 that the city is not legally entitled to keep.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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So you say you want a Manteca aquatics center

Everybody wants something.

August 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From dictator to Pulitzer Prize

Surprises never cease – especially in Ripon – from the finding of a cannon ball years ago near Caswell State Park on the Stanislaus River to the ...

August 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Stockton in the spotlight again — this time over sanctuary city controversy

For reasons that nobody can quite figure out, the Trump administration has decided to name Stockton as one of the four American cities it is ...

August 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Just what the doctor ordered: Universal car insurance

There are 218 million licensed drivers in the United States.

August 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca encouraging gang graffiti art along Moffat

10.08.120 Removal of vehicles authorized when.

August 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flash floods, locking kids in cars & opioids

People need to be more paranoid.

August 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


#NoFreeSpeech is growing goal of social media

One wonders whether Samuel Clemens would have written any of his classics if social media had been around in the mid-19th century.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nothing says welcome to Manteca like festering blight

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for finally installing concertina wire on top of the fencing surrounding the air conditioning unit at the Manteca Veterans ...

July 31, 2017 | | Local Columns


NIMBYism isn’t the problem. It’s broken promises.

The term NIMBY - not in my backyard - is a lazy label that borders on being patronizing.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop-Manteca Fire District budget tops $9.5 million

Things are changing for the Lathrop-Manteca Fire Protection District.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Snow lingers but conserving water is ongoing concern

It looks like early June on the slopes of the 11,459-foot Sonora Peak - the farthest point eastern point on the Stanislaus River watershed that ...

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Board OKs longer time for public comments

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is no stranger to the lectern at a Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


WENT FROM 60 TO 660

Carlon Perry - a former Manteca mayor who led the effort to secure a permanent home for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 and to increase ...

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DOUBLING 120/99 FLOWS

Capacity for traffic transitioning between the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 heading to and from Ripon would double in volume under a Caltrans plan.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rocky the Squirrel & transgenders

I was stunned.

July 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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