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There is no shortage of creativity in Santa Cruz County. Big dollars for creativity and creative folk? Well, that can be debated. Regardless, all the panache that makes Santa Cruz stand out artistically comes to life this weekend as the annual Open Studios Art Tour officially begins. All that, coupled with First Friday, make this week truly art-inspired. GT reflects on several Open Studios artists whose work seems destined to capture the attention of locals.

 

 

Beyond art, you may be intrigued with what is unfolding in News this week. There’s a report of some changes taking place in the Middle East, particularly as it relates to medical marijuana. More intriguing perhaps is the local individual that is helping fuel the state-run effort. 

There are more international matters to ponder from another local in this week’s cover story, penned by John Malkin. In it, readers are taken into the illuminating email exchanges between two longtime friends—one in Santa Cruz; the other in Syria. No doubt many of us have been brought up to speed on the current happenings in Syria—over the last few months especially. Turn to page 14 and explore the tale, which, in addition to shining the light on a unique friendship and bond between two women, also manages to accentuate one family’s plight in trying to flee the country to safety. Read on. And keep the disucssion alive online, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In the meantime, something to consider: This fall, GTv is looking to spotlight the Top 5 videos from locals. The winners’ festive offerings will appear on an upcoming segment of GTv on Community Television (Channel 27) as well as our website. Look for more contest details in GT in the coming weeks, but consider all those funky Instagram videos you may have been capturing lately and feel free to submit to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "with GTv Video in the subject heading.

Thanks for reading. More next time ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Time For a Real Discussion
Regarding the article on sanctuary camps (GT 9/19), after the recent presentations at the Board of Supervisors and the Santa Cruz City Council, I believe it is time to come together on the issue of the Sanctuary Camp and by that I mean it is time to honestly discuss our opinions. If there is criticism of the idea, let it be heard. If there is support and praise for the concept, let that also be heard. I won't presume to speak for the organizers, but I believe that this vision is strong enough to withstand the doubts of others and the plan is practical enough to convince the community of its wisdom. But above all we must discuss this idea in an atmosphere of respect and tolerance. As a community, we have momentarily lost sight of that. Let's not lose sight of it again.
Steve Pleich | Santa Cruz

Guns, Guns, Guns
What if the only place you could buy guns and ammunition was at a state or federal government center.  Supposing there were such centers in every county and  you were given a background check and a test to show you knew how to use the gun you chose. Suppose you also  had to report the guns you have and register the guns you bought, and also report when you sell or give away a gun.
The centers would be well staffed and the hours and days easily accessible so that you did not have to wait in long lines.
The centers would offer as much and as varied products as any well- stocked gun shop or sporting goods stores.  Also there would be online information about any kind of guns or ammunition you wanted to know about.  You could order what you wanted from the online service and receive it quickly.
 Gun and ammunition makers would be competitive.  Privately owned or corporate-owned businesses would sell their products to the Government, just like those corporations and businesses in the arms and weapons industries sell their products to the Defense Department and to law enforcement agencies.
The taxes to pay for the State or Federal gun and ammunition centers would be on the sales of the products. Also registration fees paid by the consumers would go to pay for the centers.
What effect would the establishment of Government ammunition and gun stores have on the economy?  
Patricia Rayne | Santa Cruz

Online Comments
On ‘The Imagine Supported Living Services Short Film Festival’ ...             
Congratulations for having found a way to creatively share your message! I like this from the article: “Imagine’s Board President, Mark Tracy, notes that a fundraising opportunity like the film festival allows clients to play an active role in their care.” This is so empowering.
Sabine Otto

On ‘Finding Freedom in Prison’ ...     
We have all made poor choices, big and small. After the poor choice, we have perhaps found lessons to learn within and that may have come from empathy and compassion. Each of these men in prison has made a poor choice at some point that landed them there. At the same time, they are humans with a heart. And potentially one that you may meet back on the street one day. But regardless of potential for release into society, they are humans with a heart. Every human deserves the process that is being offered to these men.
Compassionate Heart


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photo contest
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Perfect Pit stop  Santa Cruz County boasts some of the best weather and roads for riding bikes. The riders above take a break at Monty’s in Felton.
photo/Joshua Toback. Submit to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include information (location, etc.)
and your name. Photos may be cropped. Preferably, photos should be 4 inches by 4 inches and minimum 250 dpi.

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Shannon Collins Memorial Garden
The spirited business LELO and the Walnut Avenue Women’s Shelter have joined forces to create a Memorial Garden for former Camouflage business owner, the late Shannon Collins. On the first Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., locals are encouraged drop by—” come as long or short as you can; bring your children and your spirit—and assist with creating and maintaining the garden. Visit the Camouflage’s Facebook page for more details and drop by Saturday, Oct. 5. 303 Walnut Avenue in Santa Cruz.

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We’re Open
The local entity Art Research Office may capture attention with We’re Open. The event gathers together nine prominent local artists with past-and-present involvement in Open Studios, and places their creations
side by side in one group show. Think of it as a simple way to experience the variety of artistic works here—trés Open Studios but without the county-wide travel for instance.
The big opening is Friday, Oct. 4 (First Friday) from 7-10 p.m. at 285 Water Street in Santa Cruz. Learn more at artresearchoffice.com/yes.


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“I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
—J.D. Salinger


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