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From the Editor

greg archerPlus Letters to the Editor

Do you know a Good Giver having a good time? Lately, I have come across many of them. So, if you find yourself swimming in a mindset of “lack,” take note of how much abundance there actually is around out there. You may have heard this local story: Not that long ago, Pastor Rene Schlaepfer of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos asked his congregation to donate one million pounds of food to the Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive by Thanksgiving.

He asked each person in the church to set aside $1.40 a day for 10 weeks. The reason? Second Harvest notes that one buck is the equivalent to three pounds of food per dollar during the holiday food drive. The $1.40-a-day marker would eventually equate to a million pounds’ worth of food. (Second Harvest’s main goal is 2.5 million pounds during the season.) So, what happened? Well, what followed smacked of It’s A Wonderful Life. The congregation raised more than 1.2 million pounds of food and cash equivalent. (Local businesses got involved, neighbors sold old furniture, and apparently two young brothers even sold toys they made themselves and garnered $300. And that’s just a glimpse of the scope of the endeavor.) Overall, it became the largest single-handed contribution that Second Harvest has ever received.

The lesson in all this? I’ll leave that up to you to decide, but kudos to Twin Lakes for the inspiring idea, as well as to Second Harvest titans Willie Elliott- McCrea and Danny Keith for their ongoing, tireless efforts to raise the level of awareness of hunger issues locally. (FYI: Second Harvest provides food for more than 55,000 people in the County every month—over half of those are children.) Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information, or visit thefoodbank.org. In the meantime, keep me apprised of Good Givers Having A Good Time via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Enjoy the issue ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the EDITOR

Mayor’s Words Upsetting
In regards to the “Meet The Mayors” article, if you're not an "expert," shut up, says the mayor. (GT 12/8). Ryan Coonerty says: “The first challenge is that there tends to be skepticism of experts in this community. For example, we will have water engineers present actual figures for our annual demand and supply of water. Then people with no background in the subject will ignore or reject those findings when they wouldn't do the same thing in other parts of their life—with mechanics, doctors or other professionals. We can agree to look at facts and come to different conclusions, but we have to agree on the facts or we will just talk right past each other."

This is so absurd that it shames the very concept of representative government to know this guy holds public office. Any office.

The fact is no facts have been presented by Mr. Coonerty's so-called "experts." No numbers on desalination costs at all to this day, just believe them because they are "experts." They have the credibility, you are nobody. The Soviet Union couldn't have devised it better.
Bob Lamonica
Santa Cruz

SmartMeters
In the Nov. 30 Letter to the Editor submitted by Techy in the Woods, Techy claims that SmartMeter health complaints are "a bunch of b.s. hysteria" because "these meters emit just as much RF radiation or less than cell phones, wireless phones, WiFi hotspots and microwave ovens."

First point: Daniel Hirsch, UCSC lecturer and expert in nuclear policy who has been widely quoted in the media, offers a study indicating that a SmartMeter emits 100-150 times more cumulative (whole body) radiation than does a cell phone. See Hirsch's chart comparing microwave radiation from SmartMeters to cell phones, microwave appliances and other devices: stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math.

Second point: No one in my household owns or uses a wireless phone, WiFi, or microwave (nor do we eat microwaved food). I use my cell phone for emergencies only, totalling one to two hours per year (nor do I carry it in my pocket, which poses a health risk). Many other individuals, for varying reasons, purposely limit their exposure to electrical fields. Techy's argument is irrelevant for those who live a low-tech lifestyle.

Thus—since the long-term effects of SmartMeters are unknown, and, in the short-term, they may already be associated with serious health hazards and pain—I do not want an outside source mandating that such a meter be installed at my residence. If I permanently decline a SmartMeter, it will not affect anyone's safety but my own. Similarly, if I decline periodic visits to a dentist or M.D., that is my individual choice, as is dealing with the consequences. SmartMeters should also be the consumer's choice—or choice to forever reject.
Teacher in Aptos


Best Online Comments

On ‘Meet the Mayors’ ..
I find this article rather amusing. Don Lane still is the Old Guard Progressive and his Ideals and Opinions have not changed much: Misusing City funds for his pet projects, Idealistic Cycling infrastructure, anti-business agenda, anti-growth agenda, Increasing fees and taxes to add to the General Fund—again, to fund his agenda, and a lack of regard for the destruction of private property by the more radical elements of our town, and a lack of regard for the safety and welfare of our legal residents while misappropriating funds, again, for his pet projects.

This along with his backing by UC Snata Cruz sheeple students, it's going to be more of the same-o, same-o and maybe even worse.
—Anonymous


Holiday Deadlines
GT offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Dec. 30 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s.
Deadlines for Dec 29 issue are: Display, Class Display and Classified ads: 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Deadlines for Jan. 5 issue are: Display, Class Display and Classified ads: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20. Calendar: noon, Thursday, Dec 15.

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Growing Hope

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Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

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Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.