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Mixing political venom with a kid’s trick or treating

It's Halloween.

November 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca needs a Del Webb-style solution to avoid creation of blight

A large chunk of people's gripes with the City of Manteca come down to property use and maintenance. At the same time the city is hard pressed to maintain parks, street lights, and abate blight.

October 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

From a horse kiss to inspiration beneath the famous Golden Arches

It's fantastic to find some moment in time spontaneously, and this picture of a small boy being kissed by a horse was more than special. I can't remember who sent it to me but it came via Facebook recently – the photographer did not take credit.

October 31, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Brace yourself for the scariest day of the year

The scariest place this Halloween isn't the Winchester Mystery House. Nor is it watching the Zombie Apocalypse in 3-D.

October 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Why do cities pick up tab for victory riots when teams make the money?

Detroit's city leadership is probably relieved that the Tigers didn't win the World Series.

October 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Is there a Benghazi media cover-up?

Is there a mainstream media cover-up of an Obama administration cover-up in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead?

October 30, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Local Columns

Home was a car for 4 years

So many times, we see them, but not really "see" them.

October 29, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Giants’ improbable season: It’s why we love sports

A friend broached the question to me just the other day about sports fandom.

October 29, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

High speed rail is an old school transit solution

It's ironic that Jerry Brown - a governor who embraces high tech innovation, the environment, economic growth, and improving the lot of the little guy - wants his legacy decided by the modern-day equivalent of a 220 miles per hour dodo bird.

October 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Magic of words and the power of reading books

The fact I'm typing this on an i-Pad may lead one to believe that I would be right at home with a Kindle. I'm not.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or winners?

Early in Ronald Reagan's second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.

October 26, 2012 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Local Columns

‘We’re so vain, we probably think this world is about us’

Carly Simon's ode to former beau Warren Beatty - "You're So Vain" - could be easily adapted to serve as the anthem of today's movement to capture every waking moment we have on digital images.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ignore the scary messages: We’ve never had it so good

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 24, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Prepare for the Big Quake by carrying business cards from lawyers

The Salem Witch Hunt has finally been topped.

October 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

‘Antique’ transistor radio brings back memories of younger times

It was a transistor radio I found – an early Christmas gift for me – at the Antique Warehouse in Salida. A hand-held radio, it's just what I had been looking for over the past few years from the '50s – and it works.

October 22, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

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September 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca may buy $577K in wetland credits

Manteca is posed to buy $577,000 worth of wetlands credits in the Consumnes River floodplain in Sacramento County in order to develop the proposed ...

September 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon home builders will soon have new landscape guidelines

When it comes to residential landscaping, the City Ripon is seeking to maintain its historic character while using less water as new homes are being ...

September 12, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Custom jewelry store thrives in Ripon

There is a small cottage-style jewelry store in the 100 block of Main Street in downtown Ripon that specializes in creating custom new pieces from ...

September 12, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

There’s a roundabout way to slow traffic along Woodward

Speed kills.

September 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca must kill Raymus expressway

It's time to do the honorable thing. It's time to do the right thing. It's time to do the fiscally wise thing ...

September 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

What about the lies public colleges feed students to cover tuition tabs?

No one should find joy in ITT Technical Institute pulling the plug on its 130 plus campuses including the Lathrop location that has been around ...

September 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

ACE Forward deals Manteca a winning hand

The infamous "Train to Nowhere" - the first segment of the California High Speed Rail Authority line to connect Los Angeles with San Francisco - has changed ...

September 07, 2016 | | Local Columns

Proposition 57: Get out of Jail Free measure

There's a measure on the ballot you're going to want to pay extra attention to on Nov. 8.

September 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Chicken Little now rules California barnyards

Cows fart. Cows belch.

September 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

No, we didn’t can the Friday column

"Dear Kaepernick,

September 02, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Guess who killed proposal to build more affordable California housing?

Who killed the modest proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $400 million in state money to subsidize affordable housing?

September 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The best idea yet for Manteca library services

The best advice I have for the Manteca City Council when it comes to library services is this: Take Stephen Breacain's suggestion to heart.

August 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It was the sweetest music Jose Baron ever heard.

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The biggest hot air balloon festival in the Central Valley returns this weekend in Ripon under a new name.

August 30, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

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