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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




SWEET MUSIC

I really didn't know what to expect when I decided to go to the Lindsey Pavao concert.

August 07, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Neighborhoods kept SHARP in bid to fight crime

Walk down a street in Manteca.

August 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A reminder that I’m half the man I used to be

A picture - they say - is worth a thousand words.

August 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Facebook stock value part of California budget house of cards

Facebook stock closed at $21.09 a share on Friday.

August 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Inland California’s woes The Neil Diamond factor

The concert that cost taxpayers $1 million to book Neil Diamond to christen the Stockton Arena back in 2006 has been used as a punch line in numerous stories chronicling the city's bankruptcy.

August 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley keeps getting the short end of the stick

What did the San Joaquin Valley do wrong?

August 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $300K question: Why do some deer get killed crossing California freeways?

Why are deer getting killed by a car crossing the freeway?

July 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does it hurt giving platelets? A lot less than it does to have cancer

I have never met Joseph Greenwood.

July 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Those in power seek to punish political speech they don’t like

Political correctness is getting a bit dangerous.

July 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The economy: Most of us still have it pretty darn good

Experts say the recession ended nearly three years ago.

July 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Brown Bore is too expensive plus too disruptive to Delta ecology

There is a much less expensive alternative to the Brown Bore - the twin tunnels that the governor wants to drill to allow Sacramento River water for Los Angeles and corporate farmers to bypass the Delta.

July 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | 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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