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August 6, 2020

Guest View: San Benito County roads about to be overwhelmed

Poor transportation planning and lack of coordination, especially by San Benito County, will soon overwhelm a critical portion of the local road network.

Guest View: Firefighter loss would be big hit

It is a shame we could lose 12 firefighters. We need our fire fighters, we need more at that. We cannot afford this kind of thing to happen. It’s very unfortunate. I believe the grant was put into place when Mike O’Conner was fire chief. It, of course ,was not going to last forever. We have to be on things like this, make sure everything goes through properly and correctly. We should have had some kind of backup plan. Just like we need more police officers; I hope they don’t say we will be losing police officers as well. Let’s make sure this does not happen.

Community Board: City council uses sensible approach on marijuana

But the Hollister City Council must take a hard look at putting in restrictions to bar dispensaries from downtown, other areas where children congregate.

Guest View: Foundation leader tells history with 400 block

As a result of the strong and passionate voices we have heard from the community, I would like to provide you with more insight on how we got to where we are today in planning for a new Philanthropic Center for San Benito County, a lasting home for the Community Foundation, as well as a hub for charitable collaboration—convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities.

Guest View: Former nurse speaks out on hospital situation

Inspirational nurses providing quality healthcare transforms a building into a hospital. This metamorphosis portrays the exact vision of our founding father, T. S. Hawkins. His astounding gift compensated his broken heart by providing unimagined compassion to our small community. The untimely death of his darling granddaughter who had no hospital care moved him to unknown generosity. She was his Shirley Temple. She loved helping the sick and the poor. This observation can be confirmed by looking at her sweet photo hanging next to Madelyn’s Gifts as the aroma of food reaches from the “Little Sunshine café”. Her grandfather nick named this precious sparkle of a child, “Little Sunshine”.

Guest View: Spring into immunity

With the coming of summer, families of sixth-graders are looking forward to a fun-filled season that also includes the mandatory tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccination for seventh-grade entry. This middle-school rite of passage is frequently left to the precious last days of summer vacation. This quirk of human nature causes a late-summer “Tdap tsunami” at local pharmacies, healthcare providers’ offices, and here at Public Health Services.

Guest View: Whine without solutions on athletic balance

Whine and complain, moan and groan, it appears that’s all your “Community ‘Insight’ board” can do. Throwing slings and arrows out and never once offering a solution to the problem. I do not even intend to argue about the “intentional deceit” of your editorial.

Guest View: Hollister school district pays teachers well

Why are the teachers of the Hollister School District (HSD) demanding the board approve raises when their earnings and pay schedules show that they are very well paid compared to local workers, families, or even the teachers at the much wealthier Gilroy Unified School District (GUSD) and others? The demands appear so unjustified one must wonder if they are serious or is this just a stress test or bow shot for the new Superintendent.

Letter: Lots to love in this great hometown

I love Hollister. It’s a great place to live. We have open space, a historic downtown, not far from beaches, wonderful wine trails, caring community organizations, wonderful churches, schools with hardworking teachers, a great police department. I could go on and on.

Letter: Disappointed in 400 block move by the council

I was very disappointed in the city council’s decision to sell the grassy corner lot at Fourth and SanBenito streets. It has become a treasured corner for many community activities and will be greatly missed if this happens. I hope you will revisit this decision.