Children being read to during story time at the San Benito County Free Library. File photo.

Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Library need elicits buck passing from local politicians

Marty Richman says that leadership means getting out front with the right answer, not just counting votes or making excuses.

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Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Exploring the universe is our destiny

July 20 will be the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon; what does it foretell?

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Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Free Lance article on Hollister Salaries: Incompetence or Fake News?

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman says if you're going to do a compensation analysis, it's better if you have some idea of what you're talking about.

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Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: The right answer for Highway 101 commercial nodes

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman writes that the answer to the commercial node issue is in the county's General Plan.

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Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: The unaccountability of illegal occupancy

Marty Richman says that while the debate over growth rates drones on, anecdotal evidence and indications of increased illegal occupancies abound.

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Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Area economy is overwhelmingly private and service-providing

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman says good service-providing jobs are an economic necessity.

Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Let’s Get Back to Hometown California

Hollister Vice Mayor Marty Richman says to welcome new residents, not scapegoat them.

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Local Politics

COMMUNITY OPINION: 100 Million Good Reasons to Oppose the Gavilan Bond

“A fool and his money are soon parted.” – English proverb

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Why are we buying an expensive education dinosaur?

Gavilan College is proposing to build a 1990s era SBC Education Center that will be obsolete on day one in the age of distant learning. What we need is nimble technology for education.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Area Top-Notch Community Colleges Are Ignored By SBHS Grads

The two best community colleges within driving distance, Foothill and De Anza, will only get five San Benito High School graduates, according to a survey of the 2018 class.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Happy Birthday To My Perpetually Divided Nation

As my beloved U.S.A. celebrates another Independence Day it remains as it has always been, a deeply divided nation, but now without a vision.

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OPINION: Workers Commute to Santa Clara for More Jobs and Bigger Bucks

For those whose skills are in-demand and who can take the grind of the daily commute the motivation is simple – more jobs and higher pay.

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OPINION: You’re Not Stuck In Traffic, You Are Traffic

Yes, traffic is terrible and everyone, including me, thinks that everybody else should not be there.

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Local Politics

OPINION: Leaders Must Fix The County’s Underlying Problems, Not Just Recite The Symptoms

There are complex reasons for our problems and there are solutions, but there are no silver bullets.

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OPINION: Memorial Day 2018

A Personal Remembrance