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Brown’s legacy could be saving California from splurge spending

Jerry Brown's legacy awaits. And so does the future of California.

January 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scouting still lingers in the Victorian Age

There is little argument that gay teens have been in Scouting since the movement started a century ago.

January 10, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spending $19,999 on a TV set takes lunacy to new level

The consumer electronics gadget show in Las Vegas is wasted on me.

January 09, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


River Islands survives best intentions of government

The revolution - or more accurately, the rebirth of sound urban planning - will start bearing fruit this year.

January 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You’re not dead until government says you’re dead

I used to laugh when I heard someone say, "You're not dead until the government says you're dead."

January 08, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Ammiano wants to give homeless keys to Manteca

California could soon become one big toilet.

January 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How does bloody landing feel after avoiding fiscal cliff?

So how does avoiding the fiscal cliff feel?

January 06, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Wall Street needs GA chapter as in Greed Anonymous

Playing the stock market and gambling - what's the difference?

January 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon High students applaud new classroom cell phone use policy

Every student at Ripon High was familiar with the school's cell phone policy – phones stay hidden during class or else good-bye cell phone – until this year.

January 03, 2013 | By OLIVIA SHIPHERD Ripon High correspondent | Local Columns


California needs effective 18-month, $10,000 degree

Dan Logue believes California can deliver a college degree in 18 months for $10,000.

January 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca buying PG&E street light system has saved taxpayers $1M so far

Back in the Dark Ages, Manteca was paying PG&E the proverbial arm and leg to power and maintain street lights in the city.

January 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CASWELL IN WINTER

You aren't going to find any snow at Caswell State Memorial Park.

January 02, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon, Salida history intertwined since the days of the Gold Rush

Ripon's history has been intertwined with Salida's from the beginning, despite the invisible boundary line drawn upon the Stanislaus River. Stanislaus County was born via the passage of a bill by the California state legislature on April 1, 1854 annexing part of Tuolumne County to create Stanislaus County.

January 02, 2013 | By KATHERINE BORGES Correspondent | Local Columns


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


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More rooftops & paving means more flooding

No sooner had Coyote Creek overflowed in San Jose on Monday forcing 225 residents to flee knee deep water that the buzz started about how ...

February 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We are turning smartphones into dumbphones

Smartphones are getting less and less expensive.

February 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The problem with California conceit

How high's the water, mama?

February 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fears mislead us to focus on burglaries

If you have a home security system you are likely spending $360 a year or so to guard against financial loss.

February 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


55th annual Grange Breakfast Saturday

The 55th annual Ripon Grange Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 10 a.m., at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona ...

February 20, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon reduces water use 33% during 2016

More rain may be in the forecast but water conservation efforts are still in effect.

February 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Tree crushes pickup truck & workshop

What are friends for? They can ease a heavy burden that crushed and crumpled to the ground destroying valuable properties.

February 20, 2017 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


ALMONDS TAKE SHELLING

Richard Phillips has lost nearly a hundred blooming almond trees just in the last three days. He is hoping that today and the rest of ...

February 20, 2017 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


WILL DON PEDRO SPILL?

The big test is coming.

February 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Levee upgrades need to go forward first

California as a civilized state is a fluke.

February 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting Lathrop Road onto the right path

Lathrop Road is a mess and is likely to get a loss worse.

February 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Greed: Is it factor for river flows?

Is it all a cash grab gone terribly wrong?

February 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


UC’s problem isn’t its police force as much as its culture

Pity a University of California peace officer, especially those assigned to double-standard campuses such as Berkeley and Davis where unrestrained free speech is reserved for ...

February 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Oroville Dam: Honestly, what do we expect?

Want to see California's future?

February 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember when boycotts meant something?

The good old days. That's when you shopped for items based on prices and what they were selling you and not the political views ...

February 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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