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Can’t find a job? Might want to learn Spanish

Sarah is frustrated.

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For the ashes of fire — rebirth

It's an eerie feeling standing in the middle of a fire-scarred forest.

August 23, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Fiona Ma, I-80 carpool lanes & ‘Animal Farm’

What's wrong with Sacramento?

August 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Delta council is the big threat to Lathrop’s future

The biggest threat to the future economic viability of Lathrop isn't the remnants of the foreclosure meltdown. Nor is it a future recession that could eclipse the dive we just took.

August 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good times during bad times

The 7-year-old boy stayed close to his brother. Concern was etched all over his face. He was trying hard to hold back his tears. His backpack, looking more bulky than his slight frame, was slung over his shoulders. He wouldn't let go of his brother's own backpack, deploying its wheels and holding on to it by its handle. His small red and white bicycle was lying on the street corner. His brother's own wheels were in the middle of the street, just a few feet away, its front wheel pinned under the right front tire of the ...

August 21, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Special education is costly proposition for struggling schools

Education funding in California is like a Rubik's Cube.

August 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sugar taxes: The real goal to fatten government more

Sugar taxes are not about health.

August 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are we getting ruder? Well, excuuuuse me!

Supposedly America as a whole is turning into a mass of rude people.

August 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Proposition 30: The new math, Jerry Brown style

Pity the governor. The money is not there. The man is dealing with a legislature that's controlled by his own party but is suffering from full-scale denial. Special interest groups are doing full-court presses to protest cuts. And the general population wants more services but doesn't want to pay for them.

August 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to four SJ supervisors: Eight is enough

Odds are you don't know who Steve Bestolarides, Larry Rushstaller, Carlos Villapudua, and Ken Vogel are.

August 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Take it from the lopsided kid - I’m definitely not athletic

It was one of those twilight zone moments.

August 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why reflect when you can just push the send button?

Remember the good old days when silence was golden?

August 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our university & what hangs in the balance on Nov. 6

Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to point out that you can't see the forest for the trees.

August 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LMD proposal: Saving face by causing more woe

It's time for the Manteca City Council to take charge of the train wreck that the landscape maintenance district (LMD) concept has become of late.

August 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Money: The Mother’s Milk of politics

News alert: Mitt Romney is raising a lot of money. A whole lot. So much that in the past three months, he's been out-raising the incumbent president, which is no easy feat. So much that the chattering class is beginning to wonder whether the president's team has been spending too much too early, as opposed to saving it for later.

August 11, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Columnist | Local Columns


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Bet you China won’t push back school start times

Education elitist experts like to point out repeatedly how they believe China is cleaning our collective clock when it comes to public education.

August 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Complaining isn’t going to solve the problem

Okay – I get it.

August 11, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Would SJ leaders jump at chance for legal brothels?

Let's say California voters in their infinite wisdom legalized prostitution.

August 11, 2017 | | Local Columns


Dennis Rodman, Dr. Strangeglove & duck and cover

Remember Bert the Turtle?

August 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dennis Rodman, Dr. Strangeglove & duck and cover

Remember Bert the Turtle?

August 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID conserving water could hurt those relying on groundwater

Flood irrigation of the endless almond orchards surrounding Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon is an inefficient use of water. That is especially true when compared to ...

August 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

Manteca has a memorial to those from the greater community who gave their lives while serving America in wartime.

August 08, 2017 | | Local Columns


Manteca Unified schools gear up for solar eclipse

It's called the Great American Total Solar Eclipse.

August 07, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Bright idea to cut power costs: Switch to LED

All of the City of Ripon could one day have LED in all street lights.

August 07, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


WATER PARK TORTURE

Former City Manager Steve Pinkerton back in 2010 placed a wristband on his wrist while touring a Great Wolf Resort in the State of Washington.

August 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The 120 Bypass; A bird in hand vs. 2 in the bush

Councilman Mike Morowit is right about the severe impacts Manteca would have to deal with if access to Highway 99 is eliminated at Austin Road.

August 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Barebones Maple Avenue Plaza ideal for community partnership

Manteca does a lot of things right.

August 04, 2017 | | Local Columns


So you say you want a Manteca aquatics center

Everybody wants something.

August 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From dictator to Pulitzer Prize

Surprises never cease – especially in Ripon – from the finding of a cannon ball years ago near Caswell State Park on the Stanislaus River to the ...

August 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Stockton in the spotlight again — this time over sanctuary city controversy

For reasons that nobody can quite figure out, the Trump administration has decided to name Stockton as one of the four American cities it is ...

August 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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