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Gillette likes the fact I’m a living Chia Pet

AskMen did a survey of 4,600 American males earlier this month.

August 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A marquee firm? Give me Simplot any day over Facebook or Apple

Facebook, Apple and the likes of Intel and Oracle are firms that many of us fawn over.

August 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Take our water and give us your garbage

Give us your garbage, your hardcore felons, and your air pollution.

August 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley: The new (high speed rail) dust bowl

High speed rail, we are told, will not pollute our air.

August 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$120,000 question: Why educate part of our future and then deport it?

You invest 15 years educating someone.

August 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Compassionate slaughtering? Give me a break

Central Valley Meat Co. on Hanford has been shut down - at least temporarily - putting 500 employees out of work.

August 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t find a job? Might want to learn Spanish

Sarah is frustrated.

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For the ashes of fire — rebirth

It's an eerie feeling standing in the middle of a fire-scarred forest.

August 23, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Fiona Ma, I-80 carpool lanes & ‘Animal Farm’

What's wrong with Sacramento?

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Delta council is the big threat to Lathrop’s future

The biggest threat to the future economic viability of Lathrop isn't the remnants of the foreclosure meltdown. Nor is it a future recession that could eclipse the dive we just took.

August 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good times during bad times

The 7-year-old boy stayed close to his brother. Concern was etched all over his face. He was trying hard to hold back his tears. His backpack, looking more bulky than his slight frame, was slung over his shoulders. He wouldn't let go of his brother's own backpack, deploying its wheels and holding on to it by its handle. His small red and white bicycle was lying on the street corner. His brother's own wheels were in the middle of the street, just a few feet away, its front wheel pinned under the right front tire of the ...

August 21, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Special education is costly proposition for struggling schools

Education funding in California is like a Rubik's Cube.

August 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sugar taxes: The real goal to fatten government more

Sugar taxes are not about health.

August 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are we getting ruder? Well, excuuuuse me!

Supposedly America as a whole is turning into a mass of rude people.

August 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Proposition 30: The new math, Jerry Brown style

Pity the governor. The money is not there. The man is dealing with a legislature that's controlled by his own party but is suffering from full-scale denial. Special interest groups are doing full-court presses to protest cuts. And the general population wants more services but doesn't want to pay for them.

August 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Chevron station, mini food store south of Bypass

The architecture for a proposed Circle K convenience store and Chevron gas station south of the 120 Bypass along South Main Street will dovetail into ...

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon plans National Night Out on Aug. 2

The Ripon Consolidated Fire District is looking for a three-peat.

July 25, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon Book Club: Great way to connect

If you are looking for a great way to connect with other people while expanding your mind at the same time, Ripon Memorial Library offers ...

July 25, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


‘The mountains are calling and I must go’

Why do I hike? I was wondering that Monday as I was bypassing snow nearing the 14,232-foot summit of White Mountain, California's third ...

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs STEM volunteers

Are you a scientist, engineer, mathematician or somebody else in a STEM career that is passionate about sharing your love for science with students?

July 18, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Traffic signal for Harlan at Stoneridge?

Residents have complained that Harlan Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road is a racetrack for motorists.

July 18, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Massage business entry doors to remain unlocked

Should the front door of a massage places in Ripon remain unlocked and unobstructed during business hours?

July 18, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon Veterinary Hospital growing

RIPON - Ripon Veterinary Hospital is expanding.

July 18, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Bulbs’ & de facto right turn lanes

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared March 26, 2005 in the Manteca Bulletin. The city, 11 years later, is ...

July 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Environmental perfectionism can kill people

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 16, 2005 in the Manteca Bulletin.

July 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s problem: Silicon in Bay Area

Manteca's destiny is sealed but its fate isn't.

July 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cantu swings away with new golf course idea

Ben Cantu's proposal during his unsuccessful 2014 campaign for the Manteca City Council to convert the Manteca Golf Course into a low-key community park ...

July 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about background checks on buyers of smartphones to save lives?

I feel so much safer knowing that California will soon be doing background checks on those who buy ammunition.

July 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Race card, criminals wearing blue & finding a solution

Although I hated nearly every minute of my time in the Army, it gave me an education on life that I could never receive anywhere ...

July 12, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


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