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February 25, 2024

Letter: Hospital’s problems date back decades

The perspective I am about to share is purely my own, yet it is rooted in decades of personal and professional investment in Hollister.  As a lifelong resident, this town has been the backdrop to my family’s milestones—from the joyous birth of my children to...

Letter: Hospital leadership’s claims fall short

While I appreciate whenever an elected official takes the time to communicate with the public, especially of our San Benito Health Care District, the public should take offense at the letter from board president Jeri Hernandez, recently published (July 14) by the Hollister Free...

Letter: Denial is deadly

Re: Opinion Page Cartoon, Free Lance, July 14 The Joe Heller cartoon on my favorite Free Lance page concerning a complex issue enlightened and entertained me. In one cartoon, it contained a whole strip explaining an issue difficult to understand. Beginning with: “It’s the hottest...

Letter: Hospital board has full confidence in CEO

Over the last few weeks, a small but vocal group in our community has continued to call into question the performance and legitimacy of the District’s interim CEO, Mary Casillas. Let me assure you that the San Benito Health Care District Board fully supports...

Letter: Shameful spending

In the words of Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer, “Fix the damn roads!” And this is directed to the COUNTY.  By no means should the COUNTY ever rely on any input from the CITY in this regard, considering the absolutely disgusting revisions to the streets of...

Letter: The next age of water

The California Water Plan is the state’s strategic roadmap for managing the state’s precious water resources equitably and sustainably. First developed in 1957, it has been continually updated to tackle the evolving issues and challenges of the day. The latest update, expected mid-2024, will highlight sustainable water...

Letter: More open space, less need for sewer

Hot/cold, run/walk, up/down, fast/slow, like these opposites the Free Lance front page (June 30) displayed two stories each one opposite to the other. I am wondering what readers think and how they respond.   One story, a true bottom report, documented, “Hollister OKs more housing hookups...

Letter: We must ensure equality for online charter school students

As a parent advocate for quality education and equitable opportunities, I firmly believe that all students, regardless of their educational setting, deserve equal access to resources and support. In California, online charter school students have been a growing population, and it is imperative that...

Letter: Magnificent people of Hollister

Clearly, we are all living in a stressful, difficult time. It is alarming that according to the Public Health Department, every year the number of mental health cases are growing. This is not surprising because we experience the constant stress of prices going up, while...

Letter: Hospital should disclose details of expenses

Open letter to Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Interim CEO Mary Casillas: You are interim chief executive officer of the San Benito Health Care District, also known as Hazel Hawkins Hospital. It is a public entity, not your private company to spend funds without having to...

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