Students are struggling with distance learning. Photo provided by Youth Alliance.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Keeping youth at the heart of our recovery

Youth Alliance Executive Director Diane Ortiz writes that distance learning does not serve community members equally, and that the community must come together to address issues now.

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COMMENTARY: McDowell Charity Trust-funded research for cancer leads to possible breakthrough

Betabel Project creator Rider McDowell writes about progress made in treating medulloblastoma, a form of pediatric brain cancer.

Supervisor Peter Hernandez. File photo.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: To be unified, we need an honest conversation

Supervisor Peter Hernandez shares comments he made at an April meeting concerning the face covering mandate.

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Hollister District 1 Councilwoman Carol Lenoir. File photo by John Chadwell.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: An open letter to downtown

Hollister Councilwoman Carol Lenoir writes about downtown revitalization and efforts to continue ad hoc committee work.

Noah and Melia Magaña meet their newborn brother, Nathan.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Shelby Schipsi writes about her experience.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Face masks—compassion and solidarity

Patty Anne writes that wearing a face mask in public is a considerate gesture towards others, lessening the spread of any germs.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Observations to help reduce contamination

Denise Olson writes that making local grocery stores safer may reduce the hoarding and short supplies seen in the region.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Autopsy of the Measure K opposition campaign

Valerie Egland writes that low voter turnout and a campaign of disinformation tipped the scales of the county's future.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: On HSD and 2020 Census

Aurelio Zuniga writes that HSD Superintendent Ochoa's participation in the 2020 Census could help secure additional federal funding.

Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Self-awareness in a time of distraction

Samantha Slykas to host March 2 self-awareness event for all ages.

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Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Tribute for Martha Moses

In this contributed commentary, resident Joan Sattler shares a tribute on her friend Martha Moses.

Leia Bernabe, Johnny's one on one aide (left), John Schilling (center), and his nurse Veronica Guerra (right). Veronica was with him for many years, and is a close family friend. Photos and captions provided by Casandra Guerrero, SBHS Special Education Specialist.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Schilling made everyone’s day ten times better

Vanessa Kirchner reflects on the radiant qualities and life of San Benito High School student John Schilling.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Photo provided.


COMMENTARY: Hazel Hawkins prioritizes transparency and public involvement

After accusations of a Brown Act violation regarding transparency, the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors issued a response.

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Business / Economy

COMMENTARY: San Benito County Association of Realtors celebrates National Home Ownership Month

National Home Ownership Month is a time for the real estate industry to celebrate and promote the American dream of owning a home.

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COMMENTARY: Will the County Walk Away from CalPERS? Not in this Lifetime

Huge CalPERS unfunded termination estimates show how much the system bets on high investment returns to fund future obligations.