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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


Woodward Park: One dollar goes a long, long way

It was 52 acres of old almonds.

August 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise, surprise! Gasoline already up 10 cents a gallon

You'd think Chevron would have the decency to at least be subtle.

August 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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BURGERS TOP BOOKS

A citizens group striving to write a new chapter for public libraries in San Joaquin County is counting the Golden Arches to make its case.

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


260,000 BY 2060

More than 260,000 people will call Manteca, Ripon or Lathrop home in 2060 if population forecasts issued by the San Joaquin County Council of ...

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chevron station, mini food store south of Bypass

The architecture for a proposed Circle K convenience store and Chevron gas station south of the 120 Bypass along South Main Street will dovetail into ...

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon plans National Night Out on Aug. 2

The Ripon Consolidated Fire District is looking for a three-peat.

July 25, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon Book Club: Great way to connect

If you are looking for a great way to connect with other people while expanding your mind at the same time, Ripon Memorial Library offers ...

July 25, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


‘The mountains are calling and I must go’

Why do I hike? I was wondering that Monday as I was bypassing snow nearing the 14,232-foot summit of White Mountain, California's third ...

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs STEM volunteers

Are you a scientist, engineer, mathematician or somebody else in a STEM career that is passionate about sharing your love for science with students?

July 18, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Traffic signal for Harlan at Stoneridge?

Residents have complained that Harlan Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road is a racetrack for motorists.

July 18, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Massage business entry doors to remain unlocked

Should the front door of a massage places in Ripon remain unlocked and unobstructed during business hours?

July 18, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon Veterinary Hospital growing

RIPON - Ripon Veterinary Hospital is expanding.

July 18, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Bulbs’ & de facto right turn lanes

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared March 26, 2005 in the Manteca Bulletin. The city, 11 years later, is ...

July 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Environmental perfectionism can kill people

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 16, 2005 in the Manteca Bulletin.

July 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s problem: Silicon in Bay Area

Manteca's destiny is sealed but its fate isn't.

July 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cantu swings away with new golf course idea

Ben Cantu's proposal during his unsuccessful 2014 campaign for the Manteca City Council to convert the Manteca Golf Course into a low-key community park ...

July 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about background checks on buyers of smartphones to save lives?

I feel so much safer knowing that California will soon be doing background checks on those who buy ammunition.

July 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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