Plus Letters To the Editor
Fall has arrived—and so, too, have a gaggle of holiday decorations long before Thanksgiving weekend. In between all those reminders to “buy, buy, buy,” it might be refreshing to turn your attention elsewhere—specifically, on the environment. That’s what one local has done and the result has proven to be not only creative but downright effective.
Back in 2008, interdisciplinary artist, activist and UC Santa Cruz professor Beth Stephens went home to West Virginia and was shocked by what she saw from the plane—mountaintop removal. The beloved Appalachians, a vast expanse of mountains in which she grew up, were being dismantled. Big Coal had come in and leveled their once-glorious existence. Compelled to do something about it, she turned to her creativity and eventually carved out a path to make a documentary that chronicled her exploration of the issue. The result is Goodbye Gauley Mountain. The film, which Stephens made with Annie Sprinkle, has its California premiere this week (turn to the cover story). For more information on the film, check out goodbyegauleymoutain.org.
Elsewhere this week, you may be interested in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s final show. After UC Santa Cruz’s controversial decision to drop the ax on the revered creative entity, there has been significant public outrage. Regardless, one last show must go on. Catch up on that, and more.
Over in film, if you haven’t already caught the review online, take note of film critic Lisa Jensen’s take on the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave, now playing at the Del Mar Theatre. See page 50 for more on that.
In the meantime, be on the lookout for our fall Food & Wine magazine, where we capture an abundant array of fascinating locals—and the culinary wonders they create—in a unique light. Dig in.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the issue. More soon ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
I recently read an article in your paper regarding opening an area of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary up to trawling. I was very upset to read this as I am an environmental veteran and know that trawling can be very invasive, destructive and upseting to all marine mammals in the area it occurs.
Trawling indescriminately rakes the bottom of the ocean floor mechanically and nets everything in its course as your article put it like a farmer plows his fields." I speak on behalf of the community that lives in the Pleasure Point area and all the visitors that visit this area from all over Santa Cruz including world travelers. Monterey Bay is a "Natural Treasure."It is very unique and bountiful.
If you have visited the area recently this year you would have been over come with the majesty of humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, seals, California brown pelicans, migrational terns, even a blue footed boobie from Galapagos, and let’s not forget our sweet otter population. Many of these species expired over the years here in Santa Cruz due to lack of food. This year the feeder fish population is in over abundance.I counted 1,400 birds just the other day feeding there and flocks of pelicans in numbers of 80 and more. It is a natural miracle.
I try to empathize with the fishing industry as I know it is dying trade, but Monterey Bay is the not the place for this. It is a "sanctuary" as it is termed and should remain that I have rehabilitated wildlife for over 25 years and can tell you the most common cause for injured creatures are humans. Let us join together and respect the natural nurseries so that we all may flourish.
Denise Arasin | Santa Cruz
Who’s Your Zombie Daddy?
Historically, zombies represent the rising up of the underclass. Considering the growing gap between wealthy and poor— in the U.S. the widest since 1929—and the armies of the hungry and dispossessed soon to be mustered by global warming, perhaps the question isn't why we're preoccupied with zombies, it's who's creating them.
Ryan Boerema | Santa Cruz
On ‘Town Hall and Mark Stone’...
Finally someone to take on the fight against plastic pollution in the ocean at the government level! Plastics are toxic and are contaminating our food chain! Check the website for the 5 Gyres Institute. Here in Scotts Valley, the Sustainability Committee of the Rotary Club is starting an education program on plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Mark Stone is a Rotarian member of our club. I was taking care of my husband with a knee replacement surgery and could not participate in the Town Hall Meeting, but will in the future. Thank you for the opportunity.
On ‘A Conversation With Daniel Sheehan’...
Without any constructive implications or conclusions of law by me, and supported solely by the statutes within the Controlled Substance Act itself, I am able to prove that Tile 21 USC Section(s) 841(b), 841(a), 822(b), and 821, when read in that order, prove that there is no Congressional enacted federal criminal statute that prescribes punishment for "any person" not registered for federal jurisdiction to be federally regulated in the closed commercial system of "controlled substances"! I am not that smart! Am I nuts or what?
—Duane R. Olson
ON THE HORIZON On a beautiful fall day along West Cliff, thousands of pelicans wing their way toward Monterey Bay where the anchovies are running. photo//don monkerud.
O’Neill Coldwater Classic
In case you may have missed the news, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational launched on Wednesday. Nov. 6 and plays out the rest of the week. The über popular event, will see 16 unsponsored surfers compete for that coveted $50,000 grand prize, which also comes with an attractive yearlong sponsorship package. Kudos to all of the organizers of this annual event, but we can’t let this moment pass without acknowledging the folks who work to be in it: The surfers. Such athletic prowess isn’t easy to come by and these fiery souls remind us that sometimes the impossible is possible.
Green Schools Program
It has been in effect for some time, but because GT’s eyes have been focused on the environment lately, take note of The County of Santa Cruz Green Schools Program (GSP). The unique program furthers the education of students, teachers and staff on a variety of environmental topics—from storm water runoff and water quality to energy conservation and waste reduction. Thus far, it has been a downright valuable support to the county’s schools, helping them evolve into "green schools.” Learn more about the program and, perhaps, by contacting 454-2160.
“Mountaintop removal is the biggest environmental battle of our hemisphere. You can restore the Hudson River in perhaps a hundred years. But you will never, never, get these mountains back. This is truly a crime against every human being in the world.” —Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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