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Yes, your toilet can be intelligent

Are you ready for a toilet smarter than you?

May 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Big Mother government & Kristen Olsen

Kristen Olsen doesn't like "unnecessary nanny government policies."

May 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fed’s strategy: Destroying river & other fish to save some fish

In 127 days the unthinkable could happen.

May 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Saying thanks for the gift given by Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez

I never had the honor of meeting Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez.

May 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moonwalking his way to fame

The song that he was dancing to was 15 years older than he was.

May 24, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


In just seconds sex-texting can ruin kids’ future

It was a typical teen split up.

May 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weekend honors America’s fallen

Join the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 as they remember the Fallen Veterans from California who were either killed in action or are currently prisoners of war or missing in action the Vietnam War during the 15th annual Reading of the Names Ceremony at California State Capitol Park on Sunday, May 25, at noon. Before the ceremony, at 7 a.m., volunteers will start reading the approximately 5,823 names found on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 15-minute intervals.

May 22, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


High speed rail spurs run away government

There are two sets of rules when it comes to environmental concerns in California.

May 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bullying free zones & being a victim today in America

Larry Winget is a dangerous man.

May 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Let the camel onto campus

I used to look forward to listening to the Sacramento talk show Armstrong and Getty on my way to work in the mornings. The hosts were light-hearted, humorous and at times sophomoric – right up my alley. But all things change with time, and now more often than not A&G is more like Fox News lite with the constant haranguing and criticizing of Barrack Obama, and when that happens I just flip the channel.

May 21, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Trigger-happy university students

Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas.

May 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


SIMPLY MEDIEVAL

Adam Gonzales was just a spectator last year. He was in sixth grade. His sister was in seventh grade, a special time if you are a student at Nile Garden Elementary School. That's because this campus in rural south Manteca is the only one in Manteca Unified that celebrates a non-celebration that transports the school back to medieval times.

May 20, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


California is business friendly for ADA lawyers

Sam Guedoir is among at least 21 Manteca merchants and commercial property owners slapped with "drive-by" American with Disability Access compliance lawsuits.

May 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From Park Avenue to park bench

Crouched forward in his seat, shoulders slumped toward the table, Doug Borges rubs calloused hands against one another.

May 17, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


It’s the Wild, Wild West for copper thieves

Prospectors ravaged California's countryside 165 years ago searching for gold.

May 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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FRIVOLOUS ADA LAWSUITS

It's still happening – and this time it's taking place in our own backyard. Predatory American Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits are being filed against small business owners across Manteca. Twenty-one businesses have already been hit, all by Sacramento-area attorney Scott Johnson who has over 3,000 such lawsuits pending throughout California.

June 12, 2014 | By KRISTIN OLSEN California State Assemblywoman | Local Columns


The insanity of safe and sane fireworks

Modesto last month lost nine townhouses to a fast-moving grass fire.

June 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City planning discriminates against workers living in Manteca

The working thesis of the Manteca General Plan is simple. It's all about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

June 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The battle cries being raged over Kaiser’s Manteca hospital

One hopes that some of the nurses carelessly making inaccurate representations of Kaiser's financial picture are a bit more careful when administering medicine to patients.

June 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t defend Obama on Bergdahl

Not even I can defend this one. Since Barack Obama was elected President, he has misstepped many times. I have defended most of those because every step he takes a step he does so with an anchor in the form of the Republican Party pulling him back. The Republicans have attempted to marginalize him since before he took office.

June 09, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


There’s something to be said for riding in a taxi

It was 12:45 a.m. on New Year's Eve (day, technically) and I was standing outside of a bar on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco with no cell phone, no wallet, no ID and five crinkled $1 bills in my pocket.

June 07, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Bullying laws need context instead of just harsh penalties

Brian McClain is an assistant professor for physical and natural sciences at the College of Western Idaho,

June 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for the new rage: The $300 ‘perfect’ T-shirt

My idea of a quality T-shirt is a California muscle shirt made by Urban Pipeline.

June 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Christian dance show & rodeo this weekend

SONdance presents this year's production entitled "Abundance" at the Ripon Christian High Performing Arts Center located at 435 N. Maple Ave., in Ripon, on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door.

June 05, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca needs to get farmers on board now for recycled water

How do the folks on the space station orbiting earth right now get fresh drinking water?

June 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca makes rights of some superior to rights of others

I admire the Manteca Firefighters Association and their dedication to raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The world needs more respect not more fences

Forget that fences make good neighbors.

June 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Santa Barbara tragedy & gun laws

I was shocked, saddened, and angered the other day when I read that some crazy guy in Santa Barbara had killed six innocent people before taking his own life.

June 03, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Local Columns


Weaning Manteca general fund off its addiction to bonus bucks

What does $12.3 million buy?

June 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case to make library investment a high priority

Are libraries relevant?

May 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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