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You’ll pay price via premium hikes for the wildfires

That crackling Christmas Day fire - the largest wildfire in recorded state history that continues to burn after scorching an area larger than Rhode Island in Southern California - is a gift for climate change alarmists.

December 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A penny you earn & isn’t taken is yours

The national media is tripping over itself to try and sell the just passed tax reform as a tax increase.

December 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My four trips in high school to principal’s office

I was called to the principal's office four times during high school.

December 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just a few kind words . . . .

This column has been plagiarized.

December 22, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


AT LEVI WITH 49ER FANS

It's been at least a decade since I had been to an NFL football game, and that was partially by design.

December 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Elon Musk nails what’s ails high speed rail

"Why do we want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn't leave where you want it to leave, doesn't start where you want it to start, doesn't end where you want it to end? And it doesn't go all the time . . . That's why everyone doesn't like (public transit) . . . . That's why people like individualized transport, that goes where you want, when you want." - Elon Musk commenting on public transit

December 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Granny flat 2.0 affordable housing solution

It's been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

December 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Old traditions, cough drops & DHM volunteers

There is something about old traditions in families including health care remedies. Last year when winter was approaching and I was grocery shopping in Ripon's Save Mart, I couldn't help but notice the lack of the old tried and true Vicks cough drops on their shelves amid countless other brands.

December 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


St. Vincent de Paul Society delivering 300 food baskets

Fresh from helping needing families for this past Thanksgiving, the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Manteca is gearing up to do likewise once again.

December 18, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Farmer beaten in rural Manteca home invasion

Retired Manteca area dairyman Arnold Rothlin survived a severe beating in a 2 a.m. Saturday home invasion robbery at his home on South Airport Way.

December 18, 2017 | | Local Columns


Lathrop may impose temp ban on pot sales in city

The pending arrival of legalized marijuana has left many California cities unprepared to deal with the potential impacts of commercialized cannabis.

December 18, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Chiek served 26 years as Manteca officer

After serving nearly 26 years as a Manteca Police officer, Randy Chiek got the traditional send off Saturday morning with a police escort from his home to the department marking his last day on the job.

December 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


SANTA NEEDS HELP

Santa's helpers need a little help this year.

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$731,690 to get lead out

The plan to transform municipal land once used to grow corn for dairy cows using reclaimed wastewater into a family recreation mecca required the city to remove the Manteca Police Department's firing range.

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Big tax hit on way so spend $1B on Medi-Cal for illegals

Assemblyman Phil Ting says he's concerned about how the federal tax cut proposal will end up being a tax increase for middle-class and working-class Californians.

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Looking for arts? Then drive out of Manteca

Every two years when Manteca City Council elections roll around the arts somehow become a cornerstone issue.

January 15, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


50 YEARS & STILL SELLING

Editor's note: An occasional series on the people who have helped build Manteca as the city gets ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of ...

January 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Steve DeBrum versus Ben Cantu: The 2.0 version

Ben Cantu - after debating whether to make his fifth run for elective city office in Manteca a race for the council or for mayor - has ...

January 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The myth legal pot will rain $$ on government

If you really believe legalizing marijuana will reduce black market sales substantially the obvious question is "what have you been smoking?"

January 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Neglecting real world for digital one

Is social media ruining America?

January 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The climate change chorus is gnashing its teeth once again

Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Mudslides. Tornadoes. Wildfires. Blizzards. Droughts. Why do we call them natural disasters when they are what nature does constantly to keep evolving?

January 11, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For Sacramento politicans charity deductions begin at home

It's nice that somebody in Sacramento finally thinks we're paying too much taxes.

January 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teacher pensions, Apple, & teen mental health

They just can't resist it.

January 09, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Resolution One: Being able to put on more mileage

It wouldn't matter much if the human body came with an instruction book on how to care for it.

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fees collected on new homes topic of council report

Every new home sold in Lathrop is subject to a series of fees based on the square footage of the dwelling.

January 08, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


‘Real time’ data allows schools to adjust effort

Education is taking place in "real time" in Manteca Unified and other California public school districts.

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1.8M in donations powered RHS dream

In a way, the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation defied the odds of what appeared to be a pipe dream some 10 years ago.

January 08, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


When Manteca grew 120% in 1 year

Editor's note: This is an occasional series looking back on Manteca's first 100 years as a city as the centennial date of the ...

January 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City manager should say no to zombie CVB

The city in the coming weeks will get a request to waive fees associated with the Crossroads Street Fair in downtown Manteca. The fees cover ...

January 06, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother Nature not PC with male, female thing

"Male, female, or are you declining to state?"

January 05, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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