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We all owe a tremendous debt for the gift called America

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Nov. 21. 2007

November 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeal of gas tax would shake state politics to core

The perfect storm is gathering on the horizon for another California tax revolt.

November 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We were fools for letting Manson live

Charles Manson lived 48 years too long.

November 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon city worker benefits costs up 4.9 percent for year

Ripon City Council members are eligible for the same benefits as city employees.

November 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


2 Lathrop parks get rubberized playing surfaces

Lathrop taxpayers have already been enjoying new rubberized play surfaces at some of the city's most heaviest used parks thanks to proceeds from Measure C.

November 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon tradition: Cal Crush Clydesdales rides

The sound of Cal Crush Clydesdales hoofs clicking against street pavers in downtown Ripon will return Saturday, Dec. 2.

November 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BURIED WITH HONORS

All of Manteca's fallen in World War II have now been accounted for and buried with military honors.

November 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


$112.2M PENSION SHORTFALL

Manteca's elected leaders facing a daunting unfunded pension liability could get a better handle on future debt and bring stability to city finances down the road by making decisions that households facing long-term debt with home mortgages often do to reduce long-term costs.

November 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to make alarm companies pull their weight in City of Manteca

The uproar this past week over a city coding error that sent Janis Music a $700 bill for false alarms that turned out to actually have been alarms set off by criminal activity nicely masks a much bigger outrage: Why are Manteca taxpayers indirectly subsidizing alarm companies?

November 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting classes, not shaking hands & monitoring social media sites

Back in 1939 my mother - then a junior at Lincoln High of Lincoln in Placer County - and several of her friends decided to cut school and head out to a swimming hole near Bear River.

November 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He was one of the good ones

I admit that I didn't know Fred Millner all that well.

November 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Golden ‘Stoner State’ isn’t all that laid back on pot

A few years back, a reporter asked Gov. Jerry Brown what he thought of the movement to legalize marijuana.

November 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to cut weight? Count pink slips for FDA employees

In my day I could polish off an entire extra-large combo pizza - sausage and pepperoni - in nothing flat.

November 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A car is much more likely to kill you if you live in Manteca

There were 2,626,418 deaths in the United States in 2015.

November 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taste of Ripon set in downtown area

The Taste of Ripon Wine Stroll can be a warm and romantic way to start the Christmas season in the historic Ripon business district on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6 until 9 p.m.

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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Man shot in hip during drive-by

A 23-year-old male was struck in his hip during a drive-by shooting as he was walking in the 500 block of West Alameda Street Thursday ...

November 24, 2017 | | Local Columns


Making room(s) for money

Manteca's fastest growing source of municipal revenue since 2013 isn't property tax nor is it sales tax.

November 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


30-YEAR TRADITION

Thirty years ago, Jim Todd showed up at Northgate Park with less than a dozen people for a pickup flag football game the day before ...

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sharing their blessings

Jeff Liotard didn't want just another community Thanksgiving dinner.

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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