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January 17, 2022

Letter to the editor: Masks are worse than tyranny

According to the April 11 San Jose Mercury News, there have been 30,960,646 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 558,755 deaths for a case fatality rate of 1.8%—meaning 98.2% of all people who get Covid will not die from it. California’s is...

Letter: Abolish the COG

Motorists are paying more than 102% of the cost of highway construction and maintenance with our gas taxes. Meanwhile, transit riders are paying only about 1% of all costs, fixed, capital and operational of their transit rides. Most bus seats are transported empty in SBC,...

Guest view: Funding the childcare industry supports working women

With a lack of societal and government support during the pandemic, women are having to make some tough decisions. In the U.S., more than 2.3 million women have left the labor force since the start of the pandemic as shown in research done by...

Guest view: Film fest brings online cinema, family fun to South Valley

By Mattie Scariot The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival will take place virtually from Wednesday, April 7 to Tuesday, April 20 this year. This longtime, internationally acclaimed, local festival in Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy, Hollister and San Juan Bautista will feature fantastic films, panels,...

Letters to the editor: Covid-19 restrictions; Health Foundation

Hold them accountable With the loosening up of some of the unconstitutional Covid restrictions that have been implemented in California, it’s important that we don’t let up with the pressure campaign on all of our elected and appointed officials.  The governor, our state representative, state senator,...

Guest view: Sign up for vaccine on My Turn site

By Kollin Kosmicki San Benito County experienced two significant milestones this past week with regard to Covid-19.  For one, we moved from the most restrictive “Purple” tier to the less restrictive “Red” tier for state guidance. This allows us to permit such activities as dining, fitness...

Letter: Fairview Road is in dismal condition

The condition of Fairview Road is more than just appalling (could be said to be shocking, disgusting, and with a thesaurus, I could go on and on). I have not seen any helipads within any of the city developments, so I’m guessing many travel...

Guest View, Victor Gomez: Lawyers ramp up advertising under Covid

Under the current economic slowdown, most Americans have spent time thinking about how they will cut personal spending, how they will pay their rent or mortgage, and some are also asking themselves how long they can endure this economy that is hanging on by...

Letters: Reopen schools; vaccine myths

Reopen schools now The time for talking is over, THE SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA NEED TO BE REOPENED IMMEDIATELY! San Benito County has an interesting record in terms of schools. Many rural schools in San Benito County have been open for in person instruction since August,...

Letters to the editor: Sargent Ranch

Quarry would destroy critical ecosystem Just outside of Gilroy, Sargent Ranch is home to critical plant and animal life. Yet the land was purchased in auction by an investor group located in San Diego. The group is bent on building an open sand and gravel...