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Life: It’s how you play it that makes all the difference

It's time once again for Pomp and Circumstance.

May 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Downtown antique fairs in Ripon & Tracy

Ripon's 1st Antique Fair will take place on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Street Downtown Ripon. All proceeds go to Ripon Historical Society. There will be antiques, primitives and vintage signs for sale. For more info go to

May 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Yes, your toilet can be intelligent

Are you ready for a toilet smarter than you?

May 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Big Mother government & Kristen Olsen

Kristen Olsen doesn't like "unnecessary nanny government policies."

May 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fed’s strategy: Destroying river & other fish to save some fish

In 127 days the unthinkable could happen.

May 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Saying thanks for the gift given by Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez

I never had the honor of meeting Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez.

May 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Moonwalking his way to fame

The song that he was dancing to was 15 years older than he was.

May 24, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

In just seconds sex-texting can ruin kids’ future

It was a typical teen split up.

May 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Weekend honors America’s fallen

Join the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 as they remember the Fallen Veterans from California who were either killed in action or are currently prisoners of war or missing in action the Vietnam War during the 15th annual Reading of the Names Ceremony at California State Capitol Park on Sunday, May 25, at noon. Before the ceremony, at 7 a.m., volunteers will start reading the approximately 5,823 names found on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 15-minute intervals.

May 22, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

High speed rail spurs run away government

There are two sets of rules when it comes to environmental concerns in California.

May 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Bullying free zones & being a victim today in America

Larry Winget is a dangerous man.

May 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Let the camel onto campus

I used to look forward to listening to the Sacramento talk show Armstrong and Getty on my way to work in the mornings. The hosts were light-hearted, humorous and at times sophomoric – right up my alley. But all things change with time, and now more often than not A&G is more like Fox News lite with the constant haranguing and criticizing of Barrack Obama, and when that happens I just flip the channel.

May 21, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns

Trigger-happy university students

Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas.

May 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


Adam Gonzales was just a spectator last year. He was in sixth grade. His sister was in seventh grade, a special time if you are a student at Nile Garden Elementary School. That's because this campus in rural south Manteca is the only one in Manteca Unified that celebrates a non-celebration that transports the school back to medieval times.

May 20, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

California is business friendly for ADA lawyers

Sam Guedoir is among at least 21 Manteca merchants and commercial property owners slapped with "drive-by" American with Disability Access compliance lawsuits.

May 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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LA Should worry about quakes at dam & not at levees

Fear of a levee collapse during a major Northern California earthquake from a yet-to-be-found fault in the Delta is hawked as the moral high ground ...

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: A place 78,000 call home

I came home 27 years ago this month.

February 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lathrop looks to ban parking on Lathrop Road

Now that Lathrop Road has two lanes in each direction, the city has one more small item of business to take care of before the ...

February 10, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Manteca water use up 25% as weather forces ski resort closure

Manteca's water use shot up 25 percent last month compared to January 2017 as much of the state including the Northern San Joaquin Valley ...

February 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified is school district of 24,500 students on its way to becoming 50,000 students if all of the housing plans in Manteca ...

February 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


South San Joaquin Irrigation District is caught in a Catch-22 that could make water conservation the highest priority in the coming months for farmers as ...

February 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Twin Tunnel repackaged by Brown as Myopic Tunnel

Oh, joy.

February 09, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Opioid ‘crisis’: Carte blanche not justified

All life is precious.

February 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Protecting Ripon High’s Indian heritage

There are at least 84 public schools in California that have Native American names as mascots.

February 07, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Wrong solutions for 2 of 3 local housing markets

Perhaps the wrong generation is being tapped to find the answer to affordable housing needs in Manteca and other communities under the unique influence of ...

February 06, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

How to create enough ‘new’ water for a city of 474,000

If you want to make a dent in California's perpetual water crisis you need to take a little trip.

February 05, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lawsuit threatened over Lathrop Road

The residents that are unhappy about the City of Lathrop's decision to widen Lathrop Road have been anything but quiet about how they feel.

February 05, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Cities seek seat on SJ County flood board

Currently the San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency is managed by the City of Stockton, the County of San Joaquin and the San Joaquin County ...

February 05, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Bicyclists and walkers today cover the ground that once hosted a vital Manteca economic link to United States markets.

February 05, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Making way for granny flats

Your backyard could hold the key to you keeping your home, generating extra income, or allowing you to retire with more financial security while helping ...

February 05, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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