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Cheap Seats?
Settle Down, Please
2012: Business as Usual
Holiday Deadlines
How much do we really know about Santa Cruz County? Chances are, we probably could know more. That’s where The Community Assessment Project (CAP) comes in. CAP is a bold study published every five years. It’s filled with collected research on a number of local topics—from health to homelessness and more. The entire project is designed to gain a better understanding of what’s really unfolding here in Santa Cruz County. The end result illuminates revealing statistics which then can be later used to better access needs and services for the community, and also to create a vision for life here in 2015. But there’s much more to it than that, which you will discover in this week’s cover story, written by News Editor Elizabeth Limbach.  Take note, too, of our survey online. We’d like to hear from you about what issues you feel are important in the county. Head to to log in your thoughts.

In the meantime, some good news for our own Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. The internationally revered fest was honored with a 2009-2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras’ 65th Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The League and ASCAP present the awards annually to orchestras of all sizes for programs that “challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time.”  Well, Cabrillo certainly does that. Congratulations to Maestra Marin Alsop et al. Take note: The fest celebrates its 48th season in Santa Cruz Aug.1 (

Stay tuned. More soon ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief

Letters to Good Times Editor

2012: Business as Usual
Regarding some theories about 2012 mentioned in last week’s cover story, so, on 12/21/12, at 11:11, the sun will “align” with a black hole at the center of the Milky Way, resulting in the Apocalypse. Um, yeah. Let's see, where to begin? First, all numerical designations for time, such as hours, minutes, days, months, and years, are purely arbitrary inventions of human beings. They have no significance in the natural universe. And the Mayan calendar would not have indicated this point in time with these numbers, anyway, much less the Chinese calendar, the Jewish calendar, etc.
Then, there's the galaxy thing. So some black hole in the center of the galaxy is going to “align”(What does that mean, anyway?  There is always an “alignment” between any two points in space) with our teeny little sun way out here on the edge of the spiral, and this will wreak havoc. That must be one honking black hole. In fact, it would be so big, it would swallow all the rest of the galaxy before it got to us. So, why didn't “alignment” with any of the gazillion larger, closer suns in the galaxy set off this destruction? And how is a bomb shelter stocked with supplies going to allow anyone to survive this?
You know what I think is way more likely? Scientific ignorance and gullibility  will reach critical mass on Dec. 12, 2012, and the human race will self destruct. The universe won't notice.
Shari Prange
Bonny Doon

Settle Down, Please
The cover story, “2012,” focused upon dire speculation and dark possibilities of the 2012 Winter solstice event. There were many (breathless) "voices" in the article stating many unreal realities charging the emotional field that obliterate intelligence. Winter Solstice, 2012 is, in fact, an important astrological esoteric event. However, the astrology of the event wasn't researched or included in the article. And the picture of Lady Liberty being swept away underscored the many voices predicting devastation. The article's heavily one-sided slant was disturbing.
Santa Cruz

Cheap Seats?
It was gratifying to hear from a rational adult concerning the cheapening of the Panetta Lecture Series by inviting Al Gore. Lost 17's letter, Best Of The Online Comments on June 10, proves that not all who hear Gore buy in to this global warming farce like so many sheep.
Although the writer claims a lack of scientific evidence to argue the case, he certainly sees right through this charlatan's game. Just follow the money. And that goes for those junk scientists at East Anglia who violated the first principle of scientific discovery, Truth.
If one would "empower" oneself and "learn about it" as the High Priest of Junk Science suggested, one might start by reading “The Great Global Warming Blunder” by Roy W. Spencer.
Paul D. Browne

Holiday Deadlines
Good Times offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Offices reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 6. The following deadlines will be in effect for the Thursday, July 8 issue. Display and Classified Display advertising deadlines are 3 pm, Thursday July 1. Classified advertising deadline is 11 am, Monday, July 5. Editorial Calendar and Music Events deadlines are noon, Tuesday, June 29.҅

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