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It’s fair to say what ails SJ Fair is its location

Is the San Joaquin County Fair worth saving?

September 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Survivor’s guide to the streets of Manteca

Turn signal? In Manteca? You don't need to use no stinkin' turn signal to drive in Manteca.

September 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


United States of America: Made by labor

The temperatures are still in the 90s.

August 31, 2013 | | Local Columns


Helping needy: Slamming farmers while praising Internet billionaires

Come October literally hundreds if not thousands of tons of "food" will be plowed under throughout San Joaquin County.

August 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to Cowsills: Cover my head with hair? If that were the only place, I’d be happy

I admit I'm a candidate for the missing link.

August 29, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The working poor discover 29 + 49 + 89 adds up to less money & still no healthcare

During the early stages of the foreclosure crisis I got into a heated phone exchange with Congressman Jerry McNerney's communications director.

August 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If $150 fee goes away Cal Fire needs “George Runner Rule”

Wildfires, they say, are getting worse.

August 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘This is where we’ll fight it, boys’

MI-WUK VILLAGE – It's going to take more than a bucket of water and hoses to extinguish the Rim Fire.

August 27, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Southside Park: The city cuts the grass, gangs own the turf

Southside is unlike any other city park.

August 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember the good old days when saying ‘I’m bored’ wasn’t a prelude to a thrill kill

"We were bored and didn't have anything to do so we decided to kill somebody." - what one of three teen suspects in a thrill kill told police in Oklahoma.

August 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would Louisa Clapp view her namesake ‘lane’ as ugly today?

Louisa Clapp arrived in what is now known as Manteca in 1849 with her husband Noah.

August 23, 2013 | | Local Columns


Manteca decides smoking in parks less obnoxious than Big Government

Manteca is not New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's kind of town.

August 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breathable air or drive-thru windows?

Enjoying the air quality of the last few days?

August 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Privacy, helmet cams, ‘The Truman Show’ & Big Brother

Face it. You are Jim Carrey and you are the star of "The Truman Show."

August 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No yolk. Uncle Sam may require $11.2B chicken cage investment

QUESTION: If a chicken rancher has 50,000 chickens and he has to pay $40 a hen for new roomier cages to meet a state mandate how much of the cost are consumers going to absorb?

August 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Thirteen months & no movement on city crosswalk

Imagine, if you will, if the traffic signals at Union Road and Center Street did not function for 13 months.

December 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead: Manteca is not just surviving

The last 10 years have been good for Manteca from where Debby Moorhead sits.

December 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Chamber office moving to new locale

The Ripon Chamber of Commerce office is moving to a new location in the historic downtown from its present site in the 900 block of ...

December 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop Manteca Fire remodeling J Street station

The City of Lathrop is expected to undergo steady growth over the course of the next decade.

December 11, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Restuccia in line to serve as next Ripon mayor

It's Michael Restuccia's turn to take the helm at the Ripon City Council.

December 11, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Tests pivotal in how far $40M will go at Manteca

Key tests to determine Manteca High's future have nothing to do with what goes on inside classrooms.

December 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TASTE OF RIPON

True to its name, the 22nd annual "A Taste of Ripon" wine stroll gave revelers a taste not of just wines made from grapes grown ...

December 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


RURAL CRASH KILLS 2

Two Manteca men in their early 30s were killed Saturday afternoon in a grinding collision that split their northbound 2011 Hyundai Sonata in half with ...

December 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The kid playing with power tool in a restaurant

Seconds after we walked into an older Stanislaus County drive-in on Saturday where soft serve cones are still called a frosty, we were unable to ...

December 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We need to protect those who protect us

Manteca does not need a gleaming, new police station.

December 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Wolf, Manteca & the $7M question

Free market purists are absolutely right that Adam Smith and Milton Friedman would likely disapprove of municipal deals such as the one Manteca's elected ...

December 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


America — & the world — changed 76 years ago today

Bummed about the economy?

December 07, 2017 | | Local Columns


Making tips an entitlement for entire staff

If I tip whoever cuts my hair, I don't expect them to share it with the janitor or the owner.

December 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You need to have a hunger to be hungry

So what is the value of standardized tests?

December 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Salesmen are just as vital as ever

It's been 53 years since I bought my first car - a 1967 Cougar with 120,000 miles on it that I purchased from my ...

December 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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