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Three reasons not to vote for state tax hike this November

Manteca's police and firefighters - just like many other municipal and private sector workers - have gone without a pay raise for three to four years. And in many cases, people have had their pay cut over the past three to four years either through a reduction in what they earned per hour or having hours cut back. Even those paid via set salaries have had their compensation slashed while being expected to work more.

July 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Sam: Effective advocate for Ripon business community

RIPON - It's easy to write about someone in business who is always there for you when you call, or go by their office in need of help or direction.

July 20, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Delta protection: A modern day Trojan horse?

They just don't get it.

July 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca sets up big guys to compete with little guys such as Mike & Jeff

Mike Morwit is a nice enough guy.

July 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

CPUC more so than PG&E deserves wrath of the public they supposedly protect

Pity the poor souls who make a living as PG&E company spokespersons.

July 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Online sales tax avoidance: It’ll end now that it hurts government

Congress is finally going to do something to stop killing jobs and bleeding local governments.

July 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ken Hafer & his true blue love affair with Manteca history

Ken Hafer is the Dean of Manteca History.

July 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

‘I have not loved the world, nor the world me’

Virginia Garrett - my high school English teacher who also happened to live across the alley when I was growing up - stopped me one day on the street.

July 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Willis Carrier’s hot idea: Has it cheated us of enjoying the heat of summer?

Old Man Sol has the Northern San Joaquin Valley in a Half Nelson.

July 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Should non-citizens with gang tattoos be allowed entry into United States?

Do you believe the wearing of a gang tattoo is an indication one might be a gang member?

July 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Paying it forward: Small gestures lead to big things in life

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

July 11, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

The tower: Is it visual pollution or equivalent of background noise?

Visual pollution is a buzz word that is growing in use.

July 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Can’t afford to pay day-to-day bills? Splurge on bullet train

Spend a few hours or so each week day over the course of a month at San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose airports.

July 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Cable cars as well as hypocrisy climb halfway to the stars in San Francisco

"Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water-tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man." - John Muir

July 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Young high tech zombies walking around on streets

There are a minimum of three sign wavers dancing along the stretch of Yosemite Avenue sidewalk I use to jog home from In Shape.

July 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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The biggest hot air balloon festival in the Central Valley returns this weekend in Ripon under a new name.

August 30, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Rule changes keep $500K in flood insurance savings in place

Building under certain conditions in the 100-year floodplain in rural areas of San Joaquin County such as south of Manteca could result in National Flood ...

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lathrop is using 20% less water

Residents of Lathrop continued the water conservation trend in July, cutting their water usage by 20 percent during one of the hottest months of the ...

August 30, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Almond milk sales soar as harvest starts

The shaking of almond trees around Manteca and Ripon as the harvest gets underway is giving the dairy industry a cow.

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Kaepernick is right about injustice

"People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust ...

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Everyone pays taxes except perhaps PG&E

Wal-Mart paid $7.1 billion in income taxes during 2012 on $22 billion in pre-tax profits.

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The 375 families that now reside in River Islands at Lathrop are enjoying electrical rates 5 percent lower than the rest of Lathrop, Manteca, and ...

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vehicle accidents - by far the most likely way a Manteca resident will get injured or suffer significant financial losses - were up 7.26 percent on ...

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Maldonaldo ends 7 years at SHARP helm

Marty Maldonado is replacing her captain's bars for those of a lieutenant as she steps down from the command of the Manteca Police Seniors ...

August 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

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