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January 31, 2023

Letter: Measure Q bad for services, jobs, farmers

Measure Q will be devastating to San Benito County, with huge negative impacts that will last for years, as Q’s restrictions would go until 2050. Why? Let’s look at some basic county facts and the consequences of Measure Q: Revenue: We are a very poor...

Guest view: Measure P would deter career politicians on county board

If you’re wondering about Measure P on the November ballot and why you’re not seeing organized campaigns, it’s because this proposal to implement term limits for San Benito County supervisors should largely sell itself. I’m here to reinforce why—as a sitting supervisor—I personally support term...

Guest View: Watershed thinking and Measure Q

I have been thinking a lot lately about measure Q and the importance of slowing growth, protecting both open space and the environment as well as preserving agriculture in our region. I have had the incredible opportunity, over my lifetime, to spend a considerable...

Letter to the editor: Give people a voice

First, there was the unprecedented move by the board and county to authorize $50,000 in taxpayer dollars to “educate” the public on Measure Q. Why should the county waste these resources when the voter pamphlet already covers the initiative?  And then it arrived, the fully...

Letter to the editor: Keep agriculture thriving

In considering how to vote on measure Q, it is important to realize the benefits of a viable local agriculture and the reasons for protecting and promoting it.  One interesting point of clarification in this discussion is that there is a difference between “farmers” and...

Letter to the editor: Keep our families safe

From the moment I first learned about the large-scale “Strada Verde development plan,” I had some worries that I would have with any big development: how it would impact our community?  I am not “anti-development,” but a large-scale development will inevitably have an impact....

Guest View: Smart growth through smart tax sharing

It’s often said the City of Hollister and San Benito County have a history of not getting along. We want to share a shining example of the city and county working together to enhance economic development opportunities while avoiding sprawl in our community.  In early...

Letter: Here’s to another 150 years for Hollister

In our society we often forget to really celebrate major milestones, and we almost always don’t understand the significance of a 50th wedding anniversary, 90th and above birthday, 25 years in business, etc. That is why I want to congratulate all the people and...

Letter to the editor: For safety’s sake, eliminate gas lines

Re: Safety First, Free Lance 9/2/22 Everyone wants to be safe. Yes, of course, safety first, especially now in this heat wave inside this drought. It seems that we have never been less safe.  So how can we be safe? According to PG&E, we can check gas...

Letter to the editor: Demand local coverage from Anthem PPO

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital (HHMH), a special healthcare District, was forced to make the very difficult decision to end our contract with Anthem Blue Cross PPO and Anthem Medicare Advantage. This was not a decision taken lightly.  Negotiations with Anthem for an appropriate payment rate...

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