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News flash! Everyone can’t be special

My son sent me a commencement speech that was recently given at a high school in Pennsylvania. It was a rather lengthy speech, but if it had to be summed up in a few words, these would be them: None of us are special. While that may fly in the face of all the self-help gurus we have here in the Golden State, it is true. We are part of the world – it is not part of us.

June 11, 2012 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


There’s no happy ending to this story

Just the concept of Alzheimer's and dementia is something that elicits negative feelings. Nobody wants to think about what it would be like to forget who you are or the life that you lived – the very identity that you work so hard to craft during your years on this planet.

June 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California’s 13th largest city’s luck is about to run out

Luck is running out for Stockton.

June 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pension version of Proposition 13 could be on its way

The party, as they say, is over.

June 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just think how bad it would be without Prop. 13

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

June 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to stop the spread of ‘crack’? Then legalize it

Legalize "crack".

June 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bigger impact on environment? Lowe’s or high speed rail?

Lowe's spent close to $400,000 and two years on environmental studies to gain approval to build a 140,000-square-foot store on the northeast corner of the 120 Bypass and Airport Way in Manteca.

June 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $290,000 annual public educator pension

How do you get a $290,000 a year pension?

June 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taking a stand for religious liberty

Last Thursday evening, I found myself at Los Angeles' Academy of Motion Picture and Arts on Wilshire Boulevard. There, a battle-front of cameras fired volley after volley at the prestigious actors and actresses about to enter the premiere screening of their soon-to-be famous movie. I had already seen the epic historical drama at a publicity preview in Modesto. But this would be different. Seated among benefactors, nuns and missionaries, priests and a few bishops, I took in, tearfully and with tremendous gratitude, the story once again. The film: "For Greater Glory". The topic: the Mexican Catholic resistance, first peaceful, then ...

June 02, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


DA’s slow-mo investigation in police shooting erodes public trust

It seems simple and straightforward.

June 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give me a Big Gulp or give me death

Who ever thought drinking a 32-ounce Big Gulp could one day constitute an act of civil disobedience?

May 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about getting SACLIES on your personalized plate?

Keep Lake Tahoe Blue.

May 31, 2012 | | Local Columns


Yes, even buying Facebook stock is not without risk

Facebook stock has dropped 24 percent since the company went public on May 18.

May 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: The Land of Death by Ma Nature?

Sawyer – our granddaughter's boyfriend who heralds from North Dakota – has a friend who wants to visit him but is leery to do so.

May 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


7,000 crosses: The reason we are free today

The sound of freedom was loud and clear Sunday at Woodward Park.

May 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Would you pay 8 cents a day to make Manteca better?

The Manteca City Council is about to go from being fiscally conservative to being fiscally responsible. There is a big difference

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going to pot is raising a stink in Colorado

Pot smells.

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Best stress-reliever on the planet

I grew up fishing.

June 09, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Kmart blues: Manteca voted with its feet

Who killed Kmart in Manteca?

June 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Keep Paris, I’ll take Bakersfield over Pittsburgh

Forget Paris - or Pittsburgh for the matter. I'd rather have Bakersfield.

June 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A modest plan to make Manteca a better place

Manteca's future is too important to be left to bean counters.

June 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Buying into $400B health care plan without funding it

If you signed a contract to buy an $89,000 Cadillac Escalade with no idea of how you were going to pay for it you ...

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Car takes out power pole in rural Manteca accident

The driver of a car that crashed in rural South Manteca left a bouquet of red roses on the front seat of the vehicle where ...

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Firefighters knock down Lathrop market blaze

Multiple calls from citizens late Sunday afternoon brought four engines from the Lathrop-Manteca and Manteca fire departments to the La Reina Supermarket due to fire ...

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop takes look at levee efforts for 200-year protection

Last year the City of Lathrop received the necessary "finding of adequate progress" that will allow them to continue to develop within the 200-year flood ...

June 05, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


½ cent sales tax covers 30 of 108 police, fire positions

A half a cent is making it possible for Manteca to hire 15 police officers and 15 firefighters when the next fiscal year starts in ...

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca may make citizens’ water board permanent

Manteca municipal leaders have declared water conservation is here to stay even with the end of the most recent drought.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Ongoing urban renewal in the 600 and 700 blocks of Grant Avenue and Lincoln Avenue could get a $17 million boost.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to tweak North Main decision

Sitting in traffic on North Main Street on a weekday afternoon or a late Saturday morning as it struggles to snake through downtown makes you ...

June 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why is it a given state will reopen California 1?

This may sound a tad blasphemous but why reopen Highway 1 through the Big Sur Wilderness where a mudslide earlier this month added 13 acres ...

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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