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July 6, 2020

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...

Equality and housing in Santa Clara County

Last month’s Women’s Equality Day Celebration hosted by the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women bore witness to the triumphs and challenges women still face. It is staggering to think that 2019 marks the 99th year since the passage of the...

Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting victims: We owe them a memorial

The large teddy bear has a layer of dust, and the candles are burned out. The cut flowers are wilted. Some of the handwritten notes are smudged by the morning dew, others are faded by the late-summer sun or were distributed along the Uvas...

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...

Gilroy, stay strong

Gilroy is where my home and businesses are located. My family and lifelong friends also have their families, lives, homes and businesses in the Garlic Capital of the World. We are a close-knit community. My family and I volunteer at the Garlic Festival to help raise...

Mental illness doesn’t explain gun violence

The notion that mental illness drives the current spate of mass shootings is a dangerous oversimplification. Some shooters, such as the Aurora. Col., movie theater gunman James Holmes, yes, have had diagnosed mental illness, while others have not. To unfairly stereotype people with conditions...

What can we do?

“Do Something! Do Something!” The chants rang out loud and clear in Dayton, Ohio. There hasn’t been much of a response. The signs at vigils in Texas read, “No more guns.” In Texas, well, not much of a response. The calls to action in these cities followed...