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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


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

You can’t save time so don’t let fear rule your life

"There's no time to kill between the cradle and the grave

December 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Service is the price they paid for the space they occupied

Service is the price you pay for the space you occupy.

December 30, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

The fiscal cliff & the unfairness of being Californian

Getting a bit antsy about the fiscal cliff?

December 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The $500 flag pole permit & the fiscal cliff

Betsy Ross would be stunned.

December 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Articles by Section - Local Columns

Lathrop getting into cell towers

The City of Lathrop doesn't like the idea of somebody building a communication tower in their right of way.

September 24, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Del Webb gearing up for car show

It's the 2016 Rods, Roadsters & Cruising Cars car show.

September 24, 2016 | | Local Columns

Absentee landlords & downtown Manteca

For years, Manteca civic leaders have slammed absentee landlords for making it next-to-impossible to get any traction downtown.

September 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: Has it lost it’s mojo?

Not one, not two, but three Manteca City Council members Tuesday lamented how Tracy - and Lathrop to a lesser degree - was kicking Manteca's proverbial ...

September 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

San Francisco is helping ‘kill’ river salmon

Environmental Defense in February of 2005 noted 85 percent of the 260,000 acre feet of water San Francisco takes from the Tuloumne River watershed ...

September 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

For you, my love

A love lost with the passing of my wife? No way. Mary Lou is still by my side.

September 19, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The days of Manteca Unified teachers and administrators communicating with parents almost exclusively with notes or flyers has gone the way of the slide rule.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: Reliance on SSJID water growing

Manteca's municipal water fortunes will become more and more reliant on how well the South San Joaquin Irrigation District protects and manages its water ...

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Rules proposed for Manteca’s new dog park

Manteca's dog park - due to open by the end of November - won't be a free-for-all.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon ups water saving goal to 30%

Ripon will set its water conservation goals at 30 percent.

September 19, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Stockton beats Modesto but even so . . .

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

September 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca has less than stellar record of being water visionaries

Manteca municipal bureaucrats like to point with pride of the city being farsighted enough to secure surface water supplies to blend with well water to ...

September 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Accusing Brown of ‘mansplaining’ when he’s acting like the only adult

Can we stop the political posturing for one day and act like adults?

September 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Colleges don’t need coddling, indoctrination

I remember Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975 well.

September 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Too far to walk? Don’t complain to Joshua Cowell

Joshua Cowell - the man who was called "The Father of Manteca" by his peers - would likely be amazed if he were to stand on his ...

September 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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