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Do you think that we as a nation are becoming more polarized? If so, why?

Do you think that we as a nation are becoming more polarized?  If so, why?

I think so. There's many common issues that we’re all facing and we find unity in this economy. Everybody is going through their struggles. I think unity is the best savior.
Sujan Bhahee
Santa Cruz | Analyst



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Astrology

Obedience of the Heart

Obedience of the Heart

Thursday is overshadowed by the Cancer new moon (27 degrees). There is a quote in Labors of Hercules that explains the task given to Hercules during Cancer. Hercules represents humanity (the world disciple), living on Earth, encountering life experiences, given tasks and being tested. In the Cancer task, the Fourth Labor, Hercules must make a choice. 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

Summer is in full bloom. This is good. Even better is the fact that we seem to be one of the only states in America with decent weather this season. There’s nothing like bragging about cool foggy nights and 75-degree days to your pals in the Midwest, who have been braving 100-degree-plus weather.

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Local Talk

What do you think should be done to address hunger in Santa Cruz County?

What do you think should be done to address hunger in Santa Cruz County?

I think that it would be great to turn all our ornamental parks into edible parks, and have more food education direct to the public. I think we should decriminalize feeding hungry people and make it completely OK for anyone who feels compelled and compassionate to go direct service and bring out a pot of soup. And I feel like it's about education and access.
Roxanne Evans
Santa Cruz | Dreamer 


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Astrology

Mercury & Uranus Retrograde

Mercury & Uranus Retrograde

After Thursday’s calm Taurus moon, Friday, the 13th, we’re shaken up as Uranus, the star of revolution (the cool cat of the zodiac), changes direction, retrograding at 8:32 degrees Aries (till Dec. 13). 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor 

I received some good news recently, and, perhaps, proof that people can change their thoughts and perceptions. At last, my Polish mother back in Chicago is willing to admit there is such a thing as climate change. This, after Chicagoland experienced its mildest winter in years, and, more recently, braving 90- to100-plus degree heat for nearly a week, only to be pummelled with 90-mile-an-hour winds last weekend, which left many suburbs without electricity for some time.

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare?

What are your thoughts on the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare?

I'm very much for Obama. I believe he's trying to do the best thing for as many people as he can, and I believe that it would be nice for everybody to have healthcare. We have to pay for auto insurance and home insurance, so why not health insurance?
Bonnie Belcher
Santa Cruz, Account Clerk

 

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Astrology

Mars in Libra, War Meets Peace

Mars in Libra, War Meets Peace

 Mars entered Libra Tuesday and is most likely trying to find a way out. Mars, on the personality-building level, is desire, action, anger, assertion, aggression and war—how the personality stumbles toward peace, which, along with education, Libra tries to offer. Libra is air, the mind, Right Human Relations, learning how to balance relationships with equanimity. Sometimes Libra encounters war. She backs off, turns toward mediation, non-violent (compassionate) communication, things beautiful, reasonable and good. 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus letter to the editor 

Birthdays are good, especially when we can learn something about ourselves. These celebratory moments offer us a time to reflect on our lives. Which brings us to the Fourth of July, which is fast approaching. Brace yourselves: We, as a nation, will technically be (roughly) 7.4 billion seconds old.

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Local Talk

What changes would you like to see to improve Downtown Santa Cruz?

What changes would you like to see to improve Downtown Santa Cruz?

I'd like to see a more family- and tourist- friendly vibe downtown. And a safe place for people to hang and feel like they can bring their families and relatives from out of town and not get harrased and harangued by various elements down here.
Jimmy Yarnell
Santa Cruz | X-Ray Tech

 

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We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Mission Critical

How reading Lisa Jensen’s reviews taught me to love film
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