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Democrats' war on money

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., came across as a moderate, sensible Democrat when he said on "Meet the Press" Sunday that negative political ads are "nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright."

May 23, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Local Columns

Let’s all slap on bumper stickers reading ‘I brake for pedestrians’

Everyone loves an underdog - unless it's a pedestrian.

May 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Berryhill working on sensible Delta solution for state water & fish needs

It doesn't have to be "us" against "them" in California water politics.

May 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Junior high siren call: Beware of throwing the baby out with bath water

There is a quiet debate going on in Ripon.

May 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Celebrating the legacy of Cesar Chavez

Fifty years ago, a quiet farm-worker, together with a diverse gathering of people concerned with the rights and the wellbeing of those who labor in our fields and orchards, founded the United Farm Workers.

May 19, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns

Sacramento vampires draining California economy of its life

It's wearing thin. Real thin.

May 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lathrop passing the buck to grand jury not wise move

What were they thinking?

May 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

‘Doc’ more than worthy of Hall of Fame honor

Mike Davis was riding shotgun with me the one and only time I have ever been pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving.

May 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Life’s rough on single moms but it is really about one’s choices

It is a sight I will never forget.

May 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Winds of change coming June 5 in Congressional race

Voters in Manteca, Ripon, Escalon and Stanislaus County could shake the machine apparatus of both the Democrat and Republican parties to the core in 25 days.

May 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fresh air gives way to same old, same old at Lathrop city hall

When Joseph "Chaka" Santos raised his right hand, took the oath of office and sat behind the dais as the Mayor of Lathrop, he did so as anything but your run-of-the-mill politician.

May 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

The Occupy folks prove once again it’s all about them

Occupy Everything & Anything.

May 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Student loan rates aren’t what ails higher education

It's time that common sense guided higher education spending in California.

May 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Bing was sweet on Manteca, John Steinbeck wasn’t

Bing Crosby liked Manteca.

May 07, 2012 | | Local Columns

You need lots of patience to catch the moon

I was one of those who got caught up in the perigee-moon hype.

May 06, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

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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

Lathrop is using 20% less water

Residents of Lathrop continued the water conservation trend in July, cutting their water usage by 20 percent during one of the hottest months of the ...

August 30, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

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