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

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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.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: Let’s be real, Hernandez is neither unifying or honest

Jesus Guerrero writes in response to a recent commentary by Supervisor Peter Hernandez.

Supervisor Peter Hernandez. File photo.

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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.

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COMMENTARY: An open letter to downtown

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

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COMMUNITY OPINION: What does it mean to preserve our rural community?

Jennifer Egan gives her take on the issue of development along Highway 101.

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

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COLUMN: Captain’s Log—How to save a life

Eric Taylor with the Sheriff's Office writes about responding to a drowning and "the heroism shown by many people yesterday."

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COMMUNITY OPINION: A senior’s take on COVID-19

SBHS senior Jody Gibbs writes about the conflict between Class of 2020 activities and the coronavirus pandemic.

Noah and Melia Magaña meet their newborn brother, Nathan.

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COMMENTARY: Giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Shelby Schipsi writes about her experience.

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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 OPINION: “I have mine, that’s all we need!”

"The proponents of a radical initiative have picked the worst possible time to put a stranglehold on the local economy," writes Salvador Mora.

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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 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.

Betabel Project Drawing, from R. McDowell. Provided by Mia Casey.

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COMMUNITY OPINION: On Measure K, the Betabel project and accidental activism

When Mia Casey researched Measure K and the nodes, she and like-minded individuals moved to action and created a petition to be presented to the SBC Board of Supervisors on April 7.

San Benito County Supervisor Mark Medina. Photo by John Chadwell.

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COLUMN: On March 24 virtual board meeting

Supervisor Mark Medina writes about changes to meetings during the coronavirus pandemic and addresses his decision to postpone C-1 rezone of Betabel node.