I have lived in Hilmar 30 years. I graduated from Hilmar High School. I can tell you that 90 percent of the people here, if not more, like Hilmar the way it is and don't want change. We like our small town. That's why we still live here because of the small-town feeling and the friendly community.
We do not need bike paths and seven new parks, walking trails and a wider variety of housing. We don't need any of it. Just ask around.
If we need certain services the town does not provide, we go to Turlock or Modesto; neither is that far. The only people who want change and want to make the town bigger is Merced County so they can get more tax revenue and the people who have land that they want to
sell to developers for big profit. The town's advisory council is on the side of the landowners wanting to sell, unless it affects the area where they live.
If you still want to live in a small town and have good safe schools for your children, please let your voices be heard. Town meetings are every month at the community hall behind the public pool. Find out dates and times.