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First responders risk life & limbs every day

When the first responders – firefighters, policemen and other emergency personnel – rushed to the twin towers of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the main thing on their mind was to save lives. That's what these brave men and women are trained to do. That's their mission. Tragically, on that fateful day, the price they paid was their lives.

March 04, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Why require some hospitals to withstand an unlikely quake?

It's the $110 billion question plus financing costs: How likely is a 7.0 Richter scale earthquake in Manteca or places like Alturas in Modoc County?

March 03, 2013 | | Local Columns

Almonds: One & a half trees a year is all growers ask

That wonderful elixir of almond blossoms filling the air these days is the scent of spring to many.

March 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Going from nation of risk takers to sue-happy nation

A baseball fan turns away from the action at a minor league game in Idaho to chat with a friend. Suddenly, the crowd around him starts yelling. He turns back toward the field and is hit in the eye with a foul ball. Ultimately he loses vision in the eye. He sues.

February 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Growing wrong way means Manteca can dig itself into long-term financial hole

Manteca is growing itself to death.

February 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Penalizing those who obey laws to go after those who break laws

How do you fight lawbreakers?

February 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The SJ Valley awakes from winter slumber

There is something delightfully sinful about jogging this time of year.

February 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Walking the parade route – before and after – was a new approach for me at writing a column about the Almond Festival on Saturday. You have to admit I had the best seat in the house, never stopping longer than to chat for a few minutes with old friends, or those folks I had never met. After all, a friend is often only a smile and a handshake away.

February 24, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

The new math: 49 + 29 = fewer full-time jobs

A side effect of more healthcare insurance coverage is becoming painfully apparent - a less robust economy for those struggling to stay afloat.

February 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Potomac myth: More taxes are good for economy

Taxes - according to more than a few folks in positions of power - stimulate the economy.

February 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A way Manteca can help homeless & clean up the city

Manteca's panhandling ordinance is a bust.

February 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Are the rich different? Check out their closets

"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." - a line written by Scott Fitzgerald in the 1926 short story, The Rich Boy

February 20, 2013 | | Local Columns

Should Delta College sell the farm?

Delta College is mulling over an offer by a developer to buy 160 acres the district owns just northwest of the Highway 99 and Lathrop Road interchange.

February 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

It’s time to fight back with Ethel Merman at full tilt

I was jogging down Van Ryn Road when I heard Mick Jagger belting out "Satisfaction".

February 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca needs to abandon downtown

It's time to think out of the box that has been downtown Manteca.

February 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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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

Homeless: ‘They’re human and I’m human’

Call it the power of compromise. Call it being human. Call it community policing. Call it whatever you want. The deployment of just one community ...

August 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Smoking ballast at movie ends with a marriage

You may have seen the AT&T ad campaign for its Internet service. Some of the pieces are pretty funny, and I saw one this ...

August 27, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns

The case for a $10 per person surcharge to help protect Yosemite

People who visit Yosemite National Park often use words such as "spectacular," "breath-taking," as "incredible" to describe the experience.

August 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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