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Ripon garden tour: The best of all worlds

Taking part in the annual September Stroll garden tour fund-raiser sponsored by the Ripon Garden Club is always a win-win situation in more ways than one or two.

September 04, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Labor built our military might & Twin Towers

The temperatures are in the 90s still.

September 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What would Andy & his son Opie think of Bass Pro’s fishing department?

Dad died in 1965.

September 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $144,690 question & other thoughts on pay

Is being city manager of Manteca worth paying someone $144,690 a year?

September 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Orchard Valley foray proves downtown can win people’s hearts

You don't need a crystal ball to see what direction downtown Manteca needs to take.

September 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a ‘reasonable time’ to get rid of residency rule for city manager

At least once - if not twice a month - for over 30 months Richard Hansen made his way to the City Council podium to ask basically the same question: When is City Manager Steve Pinkerton going to move to Manteca?

September 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To those who have a cow over meat production

It is one of the greatest mysterious of our time.

August 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A realistic step to enhance the Manteca Library

You need wheels.

August 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Profit Gouging & Exploitation is at it again

PG&E is not a business.

August 28, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The apple’s not rotten so Steve’s departure won’t make a difference

The world is not going to fall apart because Steve is departing.

August 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Alan Thomas has helped keep Manteca golf course in the green

Alan Thomas' critics will likely never give him his due.

August 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commerce, as propane rail car fire underscores, comes with risks

Life isn't without risk.

August 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teachers helping others one quilt at a time

RIPON - Elementary school teachers definitely have heart – especially when they see a need. It's amazing how many adults I have interviewed who clearly remember their kindergarten through second grade teachers when they were youngsters in the primary grades.

August 24, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


You can get case of the shakes anywhere in US

Why do you live in California?

August 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps there’s a reason for the moniker ‘starving vendors’

"They had no money. They all traded in their clunkers and bought new wheels and now they got their cars repossessed. Some of them just walked around and got fatter while others socialized or played with vendor's items. What else are they going to do? No money here or anyplace else in the valley. Economy is completely shot along 99 from Marysville to the Grapevine. Economically disadvantaged area and people just go through the motions. Tire-kickers, teenagers pushing strollers, overweight welfare moochers.... they're all there."

August 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Handcuffing: It helps avoid deadly force

About 15 years ago I took a phone call from an angry citizen.

August 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca faces non-fulfilling growth ahead

The 3.9 percent growth cap doesn't matter any longer. With its rollover feature of unused sewer allocations builders - if they so desired and ...

August 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S NUMBER: 3.9%

Manteca set the trend when it comes to controlled growth in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2,852 homes built during past 8 years in Manteca

It took Escalon 164 years to reach its current population of 7,388.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Did Eggman violate federal donation law?

The Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Congresman Jeff Denham may be in hot water after a series of campaign contributions with an embattled Sacramento Congressman ...

August 01, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


No challengers so far for 3 SSJID seats

All three board members up for reelection for the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors are seeking another term.

August 01, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California Connection boasts 879 students

About four years ago, the Ripon Unified School District welcomed the California Connections Academy Virtual Charter School to its educational family.

August 01, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca grade for affordable housing: ‘D-‘

Classes start Thursday.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Truck stop flap: 1,100+ voters threaten to shoot themselves in foot

Perhaps the San Ramon-based political action committee known as California Future Fund should step up its campaign to make Lathrop safer and pressure the City ...

July 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City Council makes citizens lawbreakers

The Manteca City Council made me a lawbreaker.

July 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News flash: Profiling & prisons work

Profiling per se and prisons reduce crime.

July 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give Reichelt her due: She was right about Mello Roos taxes

Georgiana Reichelt has been called a lot of things over the years.

July 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two decades in Manteca of broken promises regarding library

You can't - as they say - judge a book by its cover.

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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