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R.C. Owens and the measure of a man

This oft-quoted statement quickly came to mind Mondayafter I heard about the passing of sports great R.C. Owens. "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

June 20, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Blaming websites for consequences of our risky behavior

You be the judge.

June 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

I’ll miss RC Owens’ out of the blue calls

My first-ever encounter with R.C. Owens took place during a work assignment at the Crutchfield Center inside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca / Lathrop.

June 19, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Want to save the state from disaster? Then go fishing

Want to see an end to California's perennial budget crisis?

June 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Can Great Wolf keep proverbial wolf from knocking on Manteca’s door?

Great Wolf Resorts is still interested in building what could be its first California location in Manteca.

June 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A chat with ‘The Father of Manteca’

It's Father's Day on Sunday making this a perfect time to see what the Father of Manteca - Joshua Cowell - thinks about what's going on today.

June 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

If you can eat code feel free to trash Fresno

President Obama has never visited Fresno.

June 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon school officials should encourage, not discourage student scholarships

Some school officials at Colony Oak Elementary School in Ripon are reportedly unhappy with the fact that scholarships were awarded to some of its eighth graders by a representative of Central Catholic High School in Modesto.

June 14, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

I’m one lucky guy to be able to wear glasses

I had a habit of running into things growing up.

June 14, 2012 | | Local Columns

Sunshine & California: Life doesn’t get much better than that

"Isn't this why we live in California?" - Teen Grant Bryson commenting on the 90-degree temperatures and sunshine

June 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Want to take the joy out of ‘girl watching’? Then judge a pageant

I have never been a fan of beauty pageants.

June 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

DUDES change the world one bird house at a time

RIPON - Two young boys – one 13 and the other 14 – definitely won't be bored during their summer vacations.

June 11, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

A way Manteca can hire seven more police officers

Four shootings, seven wounded - two seriously - in six days.

June 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

News flash! Everyone can’t be special

My son sent me a commencement speech that was recently given at a high school in Pennsylvania. It was a rather lengthy speech, but if it had to be summed up in a few words, these would be them: None of us are special. While that may fly in the face of all the self-help gurus we have here in the Golden State, it is true. We are part of the world – it is not part of us.

June 11, 2012 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns

There’s no happy ending to this story

Just the concept of Alzheimer's and dementia is something that elicits negative feelings. Nobody wants to think about what it would be like to forget who you are or the life that you lived – the very identity that you work so hard to craft during your years on this planet.

June 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

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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

Rule changes keep $500K in flood insurance savings in place

Building under certain conditions in the 100-year floodplain in rural areas of San Joaquin County such as south of Manteca could result in National Flood ...

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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