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Nov 29th
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From the Editor

altI suppose there’s nothing wrong with tossing yourself a little nod of approval every now and then. That seems to be the case this week as the City of Santa Cruz gears up for its official Proclamation Day. For those of you who have attended events where a proclamation from the city’s mayor was in order, you already know much of the script features one word repeatedly—whereas. 

Keeping that in mind, GT’s ever-humorous scribe Kim Luke explores the deeper meaning of proclamations, offers insights—and oh, so much wit—into the upcoming P-day. She even guides us toward entering a contest to write our very own proclamation. Whereas Ms. Luke is clever and snappy with her words, and wheras we at GT like to keep our many fingers on the passionate pulse of Santa Cruz, and whereas this issue will feature more whereases than any other issue during the entire year ... we invite you to turn to page 12 and ... have at it.

Elsewhere ... while it may not have the official sizzle of a bona fide event filled with a gaggle of whereases (or is it a proclamation of whereases, it’s hard to keep track?), the buzz continues to grow on Grind Out Hunger, launched by Danny Keith. The local has suddenly captured the attention of reality TV show producers interested in spotlighting Grind Out Hunger in a new outing. Learn more about all that at, or on its Facebook page. It’s just another indication that as we keep venturing forth into the future, and as modern media stops at nothing in its quest to reach all corners of pop culture, Santa Cruz itself continues to capture the spotlight—from James Durbin and Chris Rene to Restaurant Impossible and now, Grind Out Hunger. Stay tuned for more updates.
In the meantime, what’s on your agenda this week? What are you 
committed to “grinding out?” Ponder on it ... and enjoy the issue.
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief 

Letters to the Editor

I am all for banning the plastic bag. I have been using my own bags for years anyway. When I do happen to get plastic bags I use them to crochet diaper bag for young new mothers. They last for years. I make sure they do not end up some place where they could hurt the environment. Short of plastic bags I use bread bags and also make braided crocheted rugs from them. Very colorful. 
I grew up around Capitola and Santa Cruz. Although I am no longer a California resident, (sure wish I were) I dearly love Capitola.  I know full well the beach area has change drastically as I have a friend who sends me pictures every so often. Please keep up the great work with the banning of these awful bags. Too much damage has been done by them already. Not everyone has the time to crochet or be creative other ways with the bags. Most people just don't care one way or another what happens to the bag after their groceries are home. 
Thank you for all your hard work. I am sorry I cannot be there to help with 
the struggle.
Cindy McCaffrey
Santa Cruz
Regarding “Hatching a Lawsuit” (GT 3/22), push back and push hard. Don't let this slip out of the public eye view. While we are lucky to have a choice to eat free range meat or not at all, there are many places where that isn't the case. We need to set a precedent and not let this be swept under the rug. Otherwise animals continue to suffer.
R. Faith
Santa Cruz

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Quit complaining you hippies. If you boycott California chicken soon you will have imported Chinese chicken with lots of chemicals and lack of taste and quality.
—I Love California Chicken

It's sad that livestock or animal operations in Santa Cruz would be able to get away with this level of cruelty. As for the other comment, I hardly find it to be a "hippie" thing to be against cruelty and torture to animals or, in that case, to be in support of utilizing the laws in place to prevent it. If by "quit complaining" you mean "get over it and be OK with blatantly cruel and illegal practices," you are one complacent, disempowered cog in the industrial machine, my friend.
—Think for Ourselves
"Quit complaining?" Someone has to complain because the ducks and chicks can't. If you don't want to, fine, but we should support (or at least not chastise) the people who do, because someone has got to do it. Animals don't deserve this treatment, yet it's the industry norm.
—Quit complaining?
Time to make a choice. Don't eat meat. Eat free-range, cruelty-free meat ... or eat crap! YOU are what you eat!
—Don't Accept it Anymore
Excellent article. The speculation then subsequent crashing of our system has hurt America's most valued assets, home and family. We must take back our children's future from the 1 percent. For those who have not woken up or do not understand, think of a home being crashed in value by the same men who told the American people they could re-finance their most valued asset. Instead, so many saw their home value fall so far below the bank-estimated value that they ended up losing it. "Underwater" would be more accurately described as purposefully flooded. The banks even sometimes "give away" the foreclosed homes for further government rewards after they have stolen them—FOR PR! Wake up. Thanks, Good Times. Let’s work so we can have them again.
—Denica De Foy


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written by John P. McEnery III, March 30, 2012
SOME OUTRAGE, PLEASE! The headlines on Saturday said, “Gas prices hike - no outrage”. Why? George Bush isn’t President anymore and you can’t blame his friends in the oil business. Where is the outrage that unemployment is around thirty percent in some locales for African-American youth? Surveys show they favor Obama’s re-election by 95%! Now that’s some prejudice! You couldn’t get that percentage of any group to say the sky is blue. Where is the outrage for Obama’s terrible economy, this band of “economic No-Nothings” running this country – lawyers, academics and just plain old hacks. I know, I know, they got handed a tough economy, but did they have to make it worst?
And where is the outrage on the Afgan war he is still waging, the Congressional ‘earmarks, and the lobbyists in high places? Now we know the Republicans in Congress are venal and quite adept at sensing the divisive over the practical. Yet the President had control of White house, Congress and the Senate for two years – and he had the vast support of those who believed in his change mantra. The result was a Health Care Bill that gave much to many, but in a collapsing economy, promised only jobs for bureaucrats, not real people. This was a colossal wrong priority.

We need a President who is grounded in the real world, not the musty halls of Harvard or the pocket boroughs of Chicago; one who keeps his word, and will not stoop to international apologies in place of straight talk in foreign policy and a simple goodbye to Afghanistan, what he foolishly called the “good war.” Such casual naivety. His history and his judgment need a reset. How much more can we take from a man supremely unprepared for this weighty burden. Even though the Republicans cause concern with their unerring target on the childish and the hypocritical - from Gingrich to Santorum – we have to change direction from this political and confused Administration.

Simply put, we need some outrage ‘and’ a new President.

John P. McEnery III
Santa Cruz, Ca.

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