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October 17, 2021

Guest View: Are we invisible?

We are people of all genders, of Ohlone, Black, Filipino, Portuguese, Mexican/Chicano, Chinese and Japanese heritage. We have grown prunes, sugar beets, tobacco, apricots, tomatoes, chili peppers, onion, corn, cucumbers, raspberries, grapes, cherries, and run dairy farms. In 2020, 43 different languages were spoken...

Letter: Remarks on time capsule were hurtful

Every level of government relies on volunteers. Nowhere is this more visible than in our local community, for it is here, at home, where community spirit is strongest. People freely volunteer their time and talent to support their schools, churches, civic committees and other...

Letter: Remember, it’s 2021

The Downtown Business Association had a party Aug. 28. They want to open eight new restaurants on Gourmet Alley. Good luck. Will they be part time, and what about parking? We should have more on Monterey Street, I said. They told me they want to...

Letter: SB 10 unlikely to accomplish its purpose

I’ve just written this letter to Governor Newsom and think the public should know too.  SB 10 needs your veto. It was produced under pressure to “do something” about our critical lack of affordable housing, but is highly unlikely to accomplish its stated purpose. In...

Letter: What makes Gilroy Strong?

As long as we have people who are willing to help those in need, we will always be strong. Here is an example of people willing to do so: I had an appointment with Mr. Britton Bonsall of Walk-Rite Shoes at 60 Fourth St. last...

Guest View: Delta surge, research shows it’s time to support public virtual charter schools

Like many parents across America, I watched the struggles of students, parents and teachers as the Covid-19 lockdown forced schools to adapt and find new ways of keeping their students engaged and on track. I saw the results of that evolution as well: social...

Letter: Gilroy needs jobs, not more houses

Water rationing makes sense, given what we've done to the climate and given that we've allowed development to far outstrip the water supply. Gilroy has been growing rapidly for decades, but between 2010 and 2020 the city grew by over 11,000 people, or almost...

Letter: Just copy Morgan Hill

It was a nightmare on the Fourth of July. As usual, the fireworks got out of hand, but still within reason. The city, not so much. No more access to the levee. You should have seen the people come from there, and they were mad,...

Letter: Hats off to Jeff Garcia

Once again Jeff Garcia has returned to mentor the kids of Gilroy. Recently, with the help of many volunteers, Jeff and his team were able to put together a football camp for boys and girls. Gilroy youth of all ages enjoyed two days of...

Guest View, Stephanie Hernandez and Sarah Manjra: Advocate for the unhoused

Being a resident of Gilroy my entire life, it is disheartening to witness the growth of our homeless population over the past several years. Knowing how much the pandemic has affected millions of people all over the country, we have also seen its effects...