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October 15, 2021

FFA reporters win award

You helped four Gilroy FFA chapter reporters win the California Star FFA Reporter award by publishing every news article about the FFA that was submitted to the Gilroy Dispatch by the chapter reporters. Thank you for publishing the articles. Bob Kuntz, Retired Gilroy FFA...

Gilroy Library lacking in black history

I want to express my deep dissatisfaction with Gilroy Public Library for not adequately celebrating Black History Month. There were no indications outside this public library, the entrance or the hallways about Black History Month. My 11-year-old daughter and I walked inside past the...

Support for BMX

The first annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Garden City BMX on Nov. 16 at Hecker Pass Winery raised over $5,000. Funds generated will be used to fund a planned BMX pump track for the community at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy. Garlic City BMX would...

Turn in guns, save lives

After the horrible Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, so many people were wringing their hands and saying, “What can we do?” I think this was actually one of your own headlines in August. The Gun Buy Back on Dec. 14 is an opportunity to make our...

A Sunday without electricity

I awoke Sunday morning in Gilroy to the glowing, rose-colored sun (unfortunately from fires burning to the north), varying sounds of chimes blowing in the wind, happily chirping birds sitting in swaying trees and the rumbling vibrations of generators providing electricity—because as of 9pm...

Proposed sales tax

So we need to increase taxes to ensure that our fire and police protection are adequate for our great city? No one can argue that we need good fire and police protection, but why do we need more?  We need more because our infrastructure...

Join 4-H!

Congratulations to the new youth executive board of San Martin 4-H Club. With this great youth team, our club will strive for a successful year. The executive board will keep the meetings running smoothly and plan fun events for our members to enjoy throughout...

Reinforcing the future

Last month I was invited to photograph remnants from Gilroy’s past, several fragments of circus posters from the 1800s revealed when rafters were exposed during renovations at 7533 Monterey Street, once the home of Mafalda’s Bridal Shop. As the circuses involved operated in the...

Moon landing saved Joe

On July 20, 1969—50 years ago—a team of about five American soldiers was surrounded by what seemed like hundreds of Vietnamese. As the enemy closed in, all the brave Americans could do was hunker down and wait for the inevitable—scared,  as flashbacks of home...

We shall overcome

The Gilroy Unified School District has been working cooperatively with the Gilroy Police Department since the tragic shooting occurred. Multiple school facilities have been made available for evacuations, space for law enforcement to use as they see fit and housing for people who couldn’t...