The S.S. San Benito is Rusty and Ready to Sink

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I don’t know for how long I will be able to read and write
because my sight is fading. I just don’t enjoy it as much as I used
to.
While reading the Free Lance on Jan. 14, I spotted a small
letter with my name in it. It was written by Robert Gila with his
opinion about a letter I had published on Jan. 11 with my opinion
after attending our Board of Supervisors’ first meeting of the
year.
Editor,

I don’t know for how long I will be able to read and write because my sight is fading. I just don’t enjoy it as much as I used to.

While reading the Free Lance on Jan. 14, I spotted a small letter with my name in it. It was written by Robert Gila with his opinion about a letter I had published on Jan. 11 with my opinion after attending our Board of Supervisors’ first meeting of the year. I complimented some in this letter and disagreed with another.

Mr. Gila is a person I have never met, but the way he speaks he seems new to the area. This is what he wrote to answer my comment, “I don’t think ‘so and so’ is keeping the ship in the harbor as Mr. Amadeu Lima suggests. Even if you have lived here for 46 years, new residents don’t like that there are not wide enough roads going north to work,” and so forth.

Mr. Gila, I couldn’t agree with you more. I have been following these county leaders for many years. I spent 30 years in Public Works and another 15 years attending regular meetings with an interest in seeing the people of this county who grew up here can live here and be able to find jobs here without going several miles to find one.

I’d like to admit that by now we should have many more new roads, more wide roads, more business, more jobs and have the county in much better shape. We don’t because it’s always the ones who volunteer to guard the ship to ensure it doesn’t move. That’s why the ship is so rusty and ready to fall apart. One day, a big hole will open then our ship will sink without leaving any benefit. That’s what I call waste.

I welcome you and anyone else with your opinions. I like to read the ones with common sense. Seems to me 46 years from now you will have lots to say.

I heard one of our leaders on TV complain that people have been criticizing their performance. You earn that when you like to play a leader. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. The opposition to fix highway 152/156 deserves to be criticized. That showed a lack of understanding, lack of knowledge and lack of experience. All this deserves to be criticized. Nobody is a must. It’s all voluntary. Just taking a ride to Dos Palos, it’s sad to compare San Benito County with what I saw. I’d like to sincerely admit this is only my opinion.

Amadeu Lima, Hollister

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