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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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OPINION: A Middle Way on Gun Violence

Gun violence is a fact of life in America. Is there a way to stop or minimize it that will find wide support?

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OPINION: On the proposed Gavilan College bond

"I'm amazed at the articles that have circulated floating the possibility of another Gavilan College bond to fund a Hollister campus."

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OPINION: On Treasurer-Tax Collector-Public Administrator

Mary Lou Andrade endorses candidate Melinda Casillas for June 5, 2018 primary election.

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OPINION: Misleading advertisements recommend not voting for Robert Rivas

Two mailers against Robert Rivas are making the rounds thanks to Coalition to Restore California's Middle Class, paid for by the oil lobby including Chevron, Phillips 66, and Valero Energy.

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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

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COLUMN: Water Irrigation System Inspections

As the temperatures start heating up in summer, your water use will go up as well.

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OPINION Robert Rivas: The Integrity and Heart We Need in Sacramento

Your voice will matter to Robert Rivas. I know firsthand, it's truly his character to listen and consider all sides. He will be unrelenting in his work to represent Assembly District 30.

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COLUMN: Frequently Asked Questions for Monterey Bay Community Power

Residents have been receiving postcards from Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) and they have questions. Learn what the most asked questions are and the MBCP's answers.

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OPINION: Could Gavilan College Pass Their Own Course in Social Justice?

Considering how they chased the big money in Santa Clara County at the expense of San Benito County, Gavilan gets an F in Social Justice.

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OPINION: Politics ain’t beanbag, but we deserve a new act

Supervisor Botelho needs to put some originality into his role as attack-dog. This shtick is worn out.

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OPINION: To do or not to do, that is the question

The fate of Hazel Hawkins Hospital should be in the hands of the owners - the people of San Benito County. 

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OPINION: Landfill Contract Already Crushing County Road Budget

Mitigating countywide road damage from transporting out-of-county waste to the John Smith Road Landfill is estimated to cost $30 million that's not in the budget.

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OPINION: Bad Road Ahead – How the Board of Supervisors Added Decades and Millions to the Route 25 Widening Project

Who benefited from the votes that stopped collecting Route 25 widening impact fees from new development?

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OPINION: Time to Quit Using the Property Tax Distribution Rate as an Excuse

San Benito’s property tax distribution rate is not as bad or as wrong as the county would have you believe, but they will continue to use it as an excuse until the voters wise up.

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COLUMN: Understanding the role of a Realtor

What should your Realtor do for you?

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OPINION: The Board of Supervisors Continues to Operate Without a Workable Staffing Plan

“We don’t have the staff” is not a management strategy, it’s the road to nowhere.

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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.

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COLUMN: 2040 Draft Regional Transportation Plan Funding Has Some Real Eye-Openers

COMMENTARY: Developer fees are forecasted to supply $263 million, 54%, of local funding and local funding is the largest source of transportation funds.

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