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Summertime has arrived and so, too, has a diverse series of events. Between  Cabrillo Stage (July 12), The Santa Cruz Fringe Festival (July 11) The Santa Cruz Music Festival (July 20), Shakespeare Santa Cruz (opening July 23) and The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Aug. 2), it’s hard to keep up with all the fun things to do in the coming months. July also happens to be quite full at Bookshop Santa Cruz, which, this year, appears to have more authors, speakers and events than it typically has during a summer month.

And then there are the visitors who head into Santa Cruz County during the holiday season. If you are one of them, let me draw your attention to our annual publication of the Good Times Visitor Guide, which hits the streets this week. In a bold re-imaging of the guide, Jenna Brogan offers a compelling look at what the area has to offer and even provides some historic factoids to boot. Dive in and enjoy exploring the area. You can also find the guide online at

In the meantime, this week’s issue should keep readers occupied for a while. In News (page 8), there’s an update on the labeling of Genetically Modified Food (GMOs). Last month, Santa Cruz joined the worldwide March Against Monsanto, the biotech behemoth that has fueled the rise of GMO crops. More than two million people worldwide participated in that event, including 300  locals here in Santa Cruz County. Take note of another march on July 4—Moms Across America will join forces for the cause. Turn to our News section for the full report.

Summer is also a time of change—change of season, change of direction, change of focus, perhaps. Sometimes “changing”/transformation requires one to coast or remain “still.” That, too, is a part of change. So, whenever you find yourself in the middle of changes in your life, perhaps a few words (in broken English) from my eightsomething Polish aunt may assist you in your journeys: “Sometime I no like how I feel, sweetheart. But my heart is big as house. I can’t help it. It always know what I supposed to do.”

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief



Nice Stone
Your Town Hall report on Assemblyperson Mark Stone shows that he has been diligent in his work as a freshman legislator. His efforts to support key safety-net programs is impressive. What I found lacking in the report was any attention paid to eliminating waste or increasing the efficiency of Sacramento's use of our hard-earned tax dollars. While Governor Brown seems to have made some headway in collecting the low-hanging fruit in the Executive, I see no equivalent effort in the Legislature. Perhaps if our legislators were paid the average income for all Californians, they would come to realize, and even appreciate what it really takes for us ordinary folks to pay our bills plus their salaries.
Allan McLean | Scotts Valley


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Cabrillo Stage in Summer
Cabrillo Stage unveils its summer shows next month. By the looks of it, the lineup is full of variety. There’s wholesome “Oklahoma” (opening July 26) and then there’s frothy and robust: “La Cage A ux Folles” (Opening July 12). In the meantime, the impressive“Escaping Queens” returns for another run. Cabrillo Stage has been delivering astounding work for many decades, but over the past few years, in particular, it has risen beyond its previous ambitions to produce some of the most dynamic musical theater in the Bay Area. Onward ...

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Santa Cruz Fringe Festival It burst onto the scene last year and surprised locals with its diversity and massive onslaught of talent. This year, SCFF returns on July 11. Check out its website (below) for all the details, and be sure to read GT in the coming weeks, too. But let me draw your attention to several free events and the Fringe Kick-off Event from 6-10 p.m. July 10 at 7 Squid Row in Downtown Santa Cruz. Locals can meet the artists and get sneak previews of the Fringe shows in a talk-show setting. Visit for more details.

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On Body Image ...
Everything in the article makes complete sense. I can relate to so much of the battle with the food. I like the "healing through feeling" factor.
—Lulu Durham

Great article! This is a growing issue that needs to be faced. I am happy that Good Times made it the cover story. I am disappointed that it did not mention how ridiculous the cost of treatment programs for eating disorders are. Recognizing that you have a disorder and need treatment is only part of the dilemma. Often stigmatized as the rich white girl problem, eating disorders can affect all races, genders, and people of all socioeconomic classes. Many don't have insurance and even if they do, many insurance companies fight to even recognize it as a disease.
—Jocelyn McMahon

I just finished reading the cover article, "Body Image + Why Fat is Not a Feeling" by Andrea Wachter. While I think the author of the article makes a lot of good points about combating negative body image, your choice of a model and photographs for that article are really inappropriate for the content.

You chose a girl to photograph who is perfectly thin, toned, and sculpted —a girl who matches every modern-day body ideal for women that we typically see in the media. So, what your article says is it's OK to eat fat and have fat on your body, but it's not ok to actually show that in the media. 
I eat moderately and work out and I've never been overweight in the medical sense. As your article advises, I'm not obsessively trying to be thin, so, like lots of people, I have some padding on all the usual places we store weight. It's not about health, but until I'm nothing but chiseled muscle I will never feel good enough. And the reason is because I'm surrounded by these media images of girls who have attained that look (slim, sculpted). And your choice of photographs plays right into that cultural neurosis. It reminds me of those articles you see on Women's World or something at the grocery check-out stand that talks about how it's ok to age, but then the woman they feature looks like she's 40 (as if that's so old. So this tells you it's ok to look "old" as long as you only look 40).

I don't think the article needed some glorified view of body fat featured, but just a girl who was not perfectly achieving the thin/slim/toned/fit ideal the author claims we shouldn't be obsessively trying to attain.  Whoever put this article and photo session together really didn't think it through.

Editor’s Note...  These are great points. And while it was not our intention to glorify a particular body type, it is also important to note that women and men of all sizes—whether they are thin and toned (or not) can suffer from the afflications mentioned in the article.

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