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October 5, 2022

Letter: Bell is a painful symbol for Native Americans

​​I’m from Tyler, Texas, and I attended Robert E. Lee High School, home of the Rebel football team. I was a proud Rebelette on our drill team. We had the largest Confederate flag west of the Mississippi. We had a Rebel Guard that dressed...

Letter: Not ‘Mission Bells’

If there is only one thing that comes out of our Paseo project, let it be the understanding of the true name of the El Camino Real road markers.  Our new El Camino Real road marker has never been in a “Mission,” and to refer...

Letter: Make Gourmet Alley bigger and better

It looks like some people want to get a grant to do some new work on the alleyway between Fifth and Sixth streets, somewhat like the work done with Gourmet Alley. I wonder where the grant will come from? Sounds and looks expensive! Maybe it’s...

Letter: Council needs to revisit bell installation

When I was in fourth grade, I was so proud of the Mission I had constructed with popsicle sticks and glue! Now, however, many years later, I've been made aware of how the missions in California were used to exploit and subjugate indigenous peoples. Roadside...

Letter: Consolidating Gilroy city commissions

At the Jan. 10 city council meeting, the council voted 5-2 to consolidate our 13 city commissions into nine commissions. For perspective with our nearest neighbors, Morgan Hill has four commissions and Hollister has six.  The decision to consolidate down to nine places the function...

Letter: We have much to learn from Amah Mutsun

Naka Elelleh has told one side, an important side, of the El Camino Bell story (“These bells don’t jingle,” Dec. 31). But as we know, there are many points of view and the El Camino Bells mean different things to different people. There is...

Letter: Do what’s right—get vaccinated

We are now going in reverse (again) because of all the ignorant people who refuse to be vaccinated for Covid-19. I don’t understand it at all. If everyone had done it after day one we would not be going backwards. Wake up and do...

Letter: Poem left out the Gilroy Rodeo

I enjoyed reading your 2021 Holiday Poem...but how could you forget to include the one and only large event that happened this year: Gilroy Rodeo.  The Gilroy Rodeo was a much-needed and fun event, enjoyed by returning attendees, as well as many first-time attendees. This...

Letter: Inaction on transportation problems is deadly

Whenever I read about another fatal crossover collision I remember giving the eulogy for Morgan Hill’s Janet Graham at her church. The San Benito County Health Nurse was killed in one of these on Hwy. 25 before COG “leaders” decided to install center dividers.  I...

Letter: Nursery’s generosity helps local charities

At the end of each year, bright red poinsettias can be seen in homes and businesses all over. In most cases, around South County, there is a silver sticker on the side of the shiny red foil that reads, Headstart Nursery.  For more than 25...

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