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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


Turning an offer of oranges into two lemon pies

It was suppose to be a gift of oranges from a backyard tree in Ripon, but it ended up with a lemon pie.

December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Gun control won’t get at the root of the real evil

There are 300 million guns in America.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca doesn’t want to regulate T-shirts & tattoos - not yet at least

One must wonder what Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the gang that started this grand experiment known as the United States of America would think of the government they created today.

December 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So how can we celebrate Christmas without snow?

How can you possibly celebrate Christmas in California?

December 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Into each life some rain must fall, but there’s always new life in spring

As I look back at the year that is quickly passing, I remember with vivid sharpness the final couplet in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Rainy Day." It is half of a quatrain I often heard my mom quoting long before I knew the beloved bard's name.

December 16, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


State helps make SJ County haven for criminals & unscrupulous folks

Manteca is receiving $86,250 from Sacramento to fight crime.

December 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why should schools care more about athletes when it comes to drug use?

Why are high school athletes always placed on a pedestal?

December 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What do federal stimulus funds & tumbleweeds have in common?

Using federal stimulus funds to energize the economy is a bit like using CPR on an elephant 10 days after it died.

December 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Worried about stalkers? Uncle Sam should top your list of fears

Andrew Bell is an East Union High graduate from a few years back.

December 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taxpayers and the price tag for personal salvation

Steve Fossett was a successful American businessman and a multi-millionaire. He also was a risk taker.

December 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a wonderful time to be a California criminal

The California Department of Corrections website calls it a "historic solution" to solving the problem of prisons being revolving doors for low-level criminals. It is also touted as the "cornerstone" of plans to get inmate population to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 13, 2013 as ordered by federal courts.

December 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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108 Sycamore & what ails downtown

Want to know what is stopping Manteca from getting the downtown everyone says they want?

April 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


At age 61: I’m gonna live until I die

I'm gonna live till I die! I'm gonna laugh 'stead of cry,

March 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commitment to exodus? Sounds about right

A few months ago, I wrote an antagonistic column calling on fans of the Oakland Raiders to do one simple thing if their beloved franchise ...

March 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


They all live in big boxes behind walls & they all look the same

Little boxes on the hillside,

March 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sanctuary cities & illegals

Does anyone really want California to be a sanctuary state for illegals?

March 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Steal checks from grandma & receive get out of jail card

Who said crime doesn't pay?

March 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


One drink could cost teen driver 10 years

Superior Court Judge Richard Vlavianos laid down the law to Ripon High's junior and seniors.

March 27, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon council meets to work out details for spring collection

The Ripon City Council has called for a special meeting on Tuesday, in part, to hammer out details on the residential large item pick-up program.

March 27, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Blockbuster success: Four classes a term in high schools

Minutes add up under block scheduling.

March 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GOLDEN BEAR GROWS PHYSICALLY

When Bobby Ismail was an athlete at Downey High School he spent his fair share of time at a physical therapy clinic near the Modesto ...

March 27, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


GOAL: ID TRUCK ROUTES

Manteca wants to keep on trucking when it comes to landing distribution centers.

March 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The joy of a $1.69 flyswatter

It doesn't take too much apparently to make me happy.

March 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fix family van before buying the Ferrari

What would your spouse think if the plumbing was leaking from your second floor bathroom and your home's aging sewer pipes were corroded to ...

March 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parking lots & living in civilization

What ails America can be found in a parking lot.

March 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for $2,000 a month apartment rent

This is going to sound a tad blasphemous, but here goes: But why does Sacramento worry about affordable housing to the point they mandate cities ...

March 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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