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Ripon’s very own Santa under the weather this year

Ripon's very own Santa and Mrs. Claus have added Christmas cheer in town for the last 24 years only to be sidelined by a serious double bout with the flu this yuletide season.

December 22, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Santa, bring some coal for the legislature

Dear Santa,

December 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E upset $3K a year would go to kids & not them

There are grumblings from the PG&E camp that the Boys & Girls Club board has endorsed the South San Joaquin Irrigation District in its bid to takeover the PG&E retail system in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon with the objective of reducing rates 15 percent across the board.

December 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Imagine what ruins of Manteca homes would look like in 2039

Visiting places like Bodie – the fabled eastern Sierra mining ghost town that is now a state park – makes me a bit uneasy.

December 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California must adopt specific water goals, rules

They huff and they puff over global warming, the budget, the prison system, and education.

December 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Children shouldn’t have to eat dog food

As a kid, I thought it was just weird.

December 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s worth having ice water running through your veins

I now know where the phrase "ice water running through your veins" comes from.

December 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified reduces access by cutting meetings

If there was ever a time that schools need the full support of the public it is now.

December 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If it tastes like chicken, then it must be rattlesnake

Sue Inglish has no problem eating wild game for supper, whether it is served indoors or outdoors.

December 12, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


No one is laughing at Manteca now

It wasn't too many years ago that Manteca was the laughingstock of the Northern San Joaquin Valley thanks to a dysfunctional city council.

December 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So long to a real hero & idol

She was a hero, an idol in so many ways that do not have anything to do with fame, fortune, or notoriety.

December 11, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Levee farther south will trigger more Manteca growth

There is a way to stop urbanization from destroying farmland to the southwest of Manteca.

December 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Auburn Dam: Better solution than Delta canal

California has a growing water problem.

December 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Maldnaldo is a Republican in the truest sense

Finally someone gets it.

December 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gum smackers, rude clerks & dogs in stores

There are pet peeves and then there is absolute rudeness.

December 05, 2009 | 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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