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Wall Street needs GA chapter as in Greed Anonymous

Playing the stock market and gambling - what's the difference?

January 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon High students applaud new classroom cell phone use policy

Every student at Ripon High was familiar with the school's cell phone policy – phones stay hidden during class or else good-bye cell phone – until this year.

January 03, 2013 | By OLIVIA SHIPHERD Ripon High correspondent | Local Columns


California needs effective 18-month, $10,000 degree

Dan Logue believes California can deliver a college degree in 18 months for $10,000.

January 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca buying PG&E street light system has saved taxpayers $1M so far

Back in the Dark Ages, Manteca was paying PG&E the proverbial arm and leg to power and maintain street lights in the city.

January 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CASWELL IN WINTER

You aren't going to find any snow at Caswell State Memorial Park.

January 02, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon, Salida history intertwined since the days of the Gold Rush

Ripon's history has been intertwined with Salida's from the beginning, despite the invisible boundary line drawn upon the Stanislaus River. Stanislaus County was born via the passage of a bill by the California state legislature on April 1, 1854 annexing part of Tuolumne County to create Stanislaus County.

January 02, 2013 | By KATHERINE BORGES Correspondent | Local Columns


What next? Air bags on bumper car rides?

Smriti Nalwa and her 9-year-old son partook in an American pastime back in 2005.

January 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of cats, tough sweet girls, 13-year-old insight & uses of panic alarms

A demonstration of animal love and concern was paramount at the Simmons' home in Ripon when 9-year-old daughter Riley was able to come home from a Bay Area hospital over the holidays. The picture a family member snapped tells it all as the family cat snuggled up next to the young Ripon girl who had brain cancer surgery early in December.

January 01, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


You can’t save time so don’t let fear rule your life

"There's no time to kill between the cradle and the grave

December 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Service is the price they paid for the space they occupied

Service is the price you pay for the space you occupy.

December 30, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The fiscal cliff & the unfairness of being Californian

Getting a bit antsy about the fiscal cliff?

December 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $500 flag pole permit & the fiscal cliff

Betsy Ross would be stunned.

December 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hey, dude, that’s one awesome hearing aid

Hollister - the store not the town - has to be one of the last places on earth that any sane 56-year-old would go.

December 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Etiquette training all part of the Almond Blossom queen court’s program

It was much to do about etiquette training and modesty when six Ripon girls signed their contracts to take part in the upcoming contest for the crown of Almond Blossom Queen.

December 28, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Let’s have Christmas every month in 2013

As I reflect over the past month, tons of feelings and emotions rush to mind! Many are heartwarming, some are sad, some made me smile, a lot of laughs, and some are exhausting to even think about again! Now that's a lot for one month! I want to focus on the way we feel when Christmas rolls around. As I check Facebook, I see endless posts letting the world know how much my "friends on Facebook" love their life, Christmas, baking, spending time with family, shopping, decorating, etc. I only wish we could be inspired every month like we ...

December 28, 2012 | By JANELL ZUIDERVAART Ripon Chamber of Commerce, President | Local Columns


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Visa’s goal: Kill off cash to fatten their bottom line

Walk into 2nd City - a Filipino taqueria in New York City - and if you are male, female, straight, gay, transgender, black, white, Asian or whatever ...

July 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bay Area cities’ escalating wage laws good for 209

If your household had four members and together you were grossing $84,700 a year, how "rich" would you feel?

July 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will emotion trump business once again at city golf course?

Manteca's 76,000 residents - whether they are golfers or not - should have a high expectation that the five elected people they have entrusted with ...

July 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Draining the Delta like Owens & Tulare lakes

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave ...

July 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youth can draw inspiration from Komenich

Hardly a student at Manteca High School knows anything about Kim Komenich today - I know, as I continue to ask those I meet at the ...

July 07, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Why shouldn’t jail inmates pay toward the cost of feeding them?

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 11, 2014.

July 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Rotarians get educated on safes

Ripon Rotarians were surprised to learn at their noon meeting at Spring Creek Country Club last Wednesday, June 28 that the Tractor Supply Co. – with ...

July 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


2 men sought for gas station theft

LATHROP - Police in Lathrop are on the lookout for two men who vandalized the Chevron Super-K on Lathrop Road last week during a brazen daytime ...

July 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Academy brings youth closer to police, fire depts.

LATHROP - When it comes to building a relationship with the community it serves, Lathrop Police Services wants to start with the youth.

July 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Kiwanis continues Independence Day tradition

Once again, Mantecans flocked to the Kiwanis Club tradition of renewing old friendships over breakfast before the red, white and blue parade down Main Street ...

July 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Young chefs get cookin’ in STEM summer camp

Kierra Blackwell looked forward to preparing a nice, healthy meal for the family.

July 04, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Drought reveals why SJ County will flood again

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Jan. 14, 2010.

July 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How did we survive without ACA insurance?

My mother was born on a working cattle ranch in the Nevada County foothills in a setting similar to what Loretta Lynn described as a ...

June 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Traffic fines are the stick while surcharges are the anvil drop

So why are we writing traffic tickets in California?

June 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Better late than never

In 34 years of life I had never sat in a boat with just my father and taken in the splendor of the great outdoors ...

June 30, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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