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Water Project Funding is as Complex as Water Politics

I was looking for a simple answer to questions about water project funding – it turns out there is no such thing.

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Column: The tax cut bill and you

Three main concerns of home owners addressed - interest deduction, tax exemption and State and Local Taxes

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COMMENTARY: Internet canaries are dying, but government fails to respond

You’ll probably read this on BenitoLink via the Internet, but what happens to your life if the Internet doesn’t work at all?

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COLUMN: SBC Suicide Rate Relatively Low, But Still Has Great Impact

Marty Richman, county resident and citizen journalist, researches suicide and finds that San Benito County has a very low rate. His column provides statistics and some helpful information.

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OPINION: Should you move if you’re retired?

Moving to stretch your income and assets may be worthwhile, but it requires a lot research and planning and the right place to go.

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Robert Rivas speaks to a community member.

OPINION: The clear choice is  Robert Rivas for Assembly

Aromas knew San Benito County Supervisor Robert Rivas was a champion of protecting the environment, fixing our local roads, building better schools for our children, and proving healthcare for all Californians.

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OPINION: If You’re 40, What’s in Your Future?

You can get some perspective on the future by understanding what was in the past and what is now, but much will be a surprise.

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COLUMN: Goal setting- The smart way to success

A few helpful tips on getting back on track after the holidays.

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OPINION: Make a Difference – Run for Public Office

Win or lose, merely running for public office can give you insight and stir your imagination.

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Rick Rivas (left) and Mark Medina (right) listen to residents about the levees in Lover's Lane area. Photo by John Chadwell

OPINION: Looking Back At 2017

As San Benito County Supervisor for District One, Mark Medina reports to the community on his first year in office.

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OPINION: Tax Preparation is Big Business

With CPAs, self-help software, and 38 registered preparers locally, tax preparation is big business

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OPINION: The View from Bonnie View Road

“We don’t bother the county or the city and they don’t bother us”

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Opinion: A Maze: City Staff Fails to Provide Analysis and Public Info

Vehicle leasing maze looks like poor staff work and the details were not provided to the public.

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OPINION: I Must Have Missed the Obnoxious Revolution

Romance and foreplay aren’t necessary when it’s all about power

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OPINION: San Benito County Finances Need a Hand

Responsibility for the county’s continuing revenue problems lie with the Board of Supervisors who have failed to deal with the basic issue.

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OPINION: Who should we thank at Thanksgiving?

One of my old columns on Thanksgiving - I believe it's worth repeating

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OPINION: Shot Down Like A Duck On Opening Day Over School Safety Concerns

As a Hollister School District board member, I just want your kids safe at school. 0 drugs and weapons, 0 violent incidents, and 0 injuries. What's wrong with those goals?

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OPINION: Will San Benito County Lose Out in California’s Cannabis Market?

SBC Sheriff's department issued cultivation abatement notices to all 27 commercial cannabis amortization applicants to terminate grow operations in two weeks time. The Board of Supervisors will vote on banning commercial cannabis at its next meeting.

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OPINION: Measure U Redux: U is for Unsatisfactory

Hollister digs up the old, failed, Growth Management plan to become the new failed plan

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