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From the Editor

Greg 2012Plus Letters to the Editor 

Where were you 50 years ago? I can hear the cries from the twentysomethings out there: “Hey—I wasn’t born yet.” Well, neither was I, but something significant to Santa Cruz history came alive in 1962: the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Five decades later, with maestra Marin Alsop now commanding the spotlight, the venerable institution is about to unleash one of its most significant seasons to date. In addition to celebrating five decades of creating one of the most diverse, unique and internationally heralded music festivals around—and that’s not an easy feat, mind you—you can expect some real surprises this season.

GT Entertainment Editor Jenna Brogan is on top of all the buzz this year and in this week’s cover story, delivers both a fascinating look back at the festival’s origins and why it’s been able to continue thriving through the decades. Beyond that, Brogan shines the spotlight on two females worthy of our attention—The Kitchen Sisters (of Santa Cruz). And be sure to check in next week for more updates on this year’s festival.
Take note, too, of the summer’s fresh offerings over at Cabrillo Stage.“Anything Goes” opens this week and promises to be memorable. (Where were you in 1934 when the show orginally blossomed? Oy—that’s too far back.)


Beyond that, how are we all faring with summer, the tourists—great job last weekend Wharf-to-Wharfers—and beyond? I recently hopped on the Chardonnay II for a friend’s birthday bash and was reminded, yet again, of how mesmerizing this area actually is. Spotting dolphins and sea otters along the way always helps, but it was a refreshing sail all around. And, perhaps, somewhat of an elbowing in the ribs. As difficult as it may seem, some of us take this area for granted on occasion.


Onward. Enjoy the days ahead. Thank you for reading. More next time ...

 

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief 


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Watch Your Language
Regarding “Living The Dream” and the decision to provide work permits to undocumented youth (GT 7/19), please, please, please do not fall into the pseudo-jounalistic jargon spin of using the term "immigrants." We are talking about illegal aliens in this article. To use the term "immigrants" is doing a great disservice to those who abide by the rules and laws of our immigration system and take the time to become U.S. citizens. It is they who are being harmed by this and any other amnesty put forth by disrespecting their efforts in honoring our values..
Don Honda
Santa Cruz


Online Comments

On ‘Living The Dream’ ...
Many of our industries have always enjoyed near-slave labor, be it China, prisoners or black slaves. Many companies and government leaders have been happy to allow poor people into this country and make sure Mexico never developed a sizeable middle class. Blocking the borders was never a priority till the right wing drove the economy into the ground and the Tea Party started screaming "Wolf." Our republican duty is to find a way to live with coherence and respect —like we do with all members of our community.
—G Rowe

Thanks to Dave DeGive and Good Times for a clear, informative article on what can be a confusing issue to many people. Gratitude to Carmen Macias for being willing to share her powerful and moving story. And to Sam Farr for his persistence in working to pass the DREAM Act.
—Deb Abbott

Why hasn't she applied for citizenship? If she has "known" since she was 18 and she has since graduated from college (four years) I'm assuming she has had more than enough time to apply for citizenship and practically meet the five-year requirement. But is it still so much of a "shock" to her, she hasn't had the time to apply? I guess it's better taking advantage as a illegal than applying and having to pay taxes like a citizen. Typical.
—Crys

On Amy Sheppard and ‘Defining Accessibility’ ...
Thanks Roger for giving me a heads up about Amy's article in the Good Times. Amy's ambitious project is essential and should be funded, as far as I am concerned, to make it possible for folks with a variety of special needs able to know where they can safely stay or visit when traveling. Wouldn't it be ideal to have a grant written to find a team, (Amy could appoint them) to put together a website for this so Amy's project could take flight. Thanks Amy for your dream and your follow through. —Annica Rose It's such a needed service and has long been over due. Amy's Access Report is informative, researched and written extremely well. Amy, please come to Boulder Creek as there are places that could use your review. Spread the word this website is a vital part of our community and an integral part of our society! Go Amy. Thanks for truly helping the community!
—Michele McCarthy

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