Saturday, April 4, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 5

Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

With tight living spaces and work that's not conducive to social distancing, H-2A farmworkers are at risk

Even before the days of stay-at-home orders and record-breaking numbers of unemployment applications, our nation struggled with domestic labor shortages in the agricultural sector. As American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall wrote during 2019’s mid-summer harvest season, “Farmers and ranchers in every state tell me that the shortage of labor is the greatest limiting factor on their farms.”  According to Claire Wineman, president of the Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Co... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Why our for-profit health care system is unprepared for this current crisis

Every family in America has a horror story to tell around our current health care system. You know what it is. The high cost. The inability to be seen. The denials. The long waits for appointments. The cost of the cure. Many, who have cancer, have gone bankrupt trying to save a life. We all know this, but little has been done to cure our ailing health care system.  Big hospitals have bought out small ones. Medical c... [ Read More ]

Weekly Poll
What has you most worried as coronavirus cautions continue?

I'm afraid that I or someone close to me will get sick.
The government isn't telling us everything we need to know.
People in my neighborhood aren't sheltering at home.
The possibility that Netflix and Amazon could crash.

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