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From The Editor

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Hello again, Santa Cruz! By now, you’ve probably heard about the merging of Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly, and I’m thankful to have heard best wishes, suggestions and concerns from so many community members in the last week. It’s been both exciting and humbling, and I’m set for all the work there is to do to carry on the legacy of alt-weekly journalism here.

I last worked for Good Times in the mid-’90s, when it was owned by some New Zealand company that none of us who worked here had a clue about. So what did we do? We put out the best paper we could every week, regardless. Those who came after me no doubt did the same. But I also wished at the time that I could say with Santa Cruz pride that it was locally and independently owned.

Now, I can. For the first time in 25 years, GT is under local ownership again. To get a sense of why that’s important, and what has made independent journalism in Santa Cruz great, read this week’s cover story by Geoffrey Dunn about the late Buz Bezore, a truly iconoclastic veteran of many Santa Cruz publications (including both Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly) and the piece by Christina Waters about Bezore’s time at the trailblazing Santa Cruz Express.

I feel lucky to be part of a lineage of Santa Cruz journalists that includes Buz as well as several great editors at both Santa Cruz Weekly and Good Times, like Tai Moses, Traci Hukill, Stacey Vreeken (my editor at GT back then) and Greg Archer, who has done an excellent job here for the last 14 years.

What are we doing here now? We’re still putting out the best paper we can every week. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Steve Palopoli | Editor-in-Chief



Slippery Slope
As a physician who specializes in nutrition, I believe orthorexia is a valid concept (though the article on it fails to mention that this is not yet an officially sanctioned diagnosis). However, it's debatable where to draw the line. Andrea Wachter implies that any vegetarian who chooses organic food and avoids sugar and gluten has a psychological disorder. A large body of research demonstrates that vegetarians have better health than meat eaters. Ten-20 percent of the population is sensitive to gluten. Eating organic is the only way to be sure one avoids GMO foods which are likely rather toxic. Sugar is indisputably toxic. While I generally minimize such foods, I do believe in moderation and indulge in my share of pizza and sweets, but many who are in fragile health do not have this luxury, suffering clear adverse effects when eating poorly. Yes, anxiety about diet can be as harmful as eating unhealthy foods, but the American diet is permeated with GMO's, trans fats, dairy with growth hormones and a wide range of toxic chemical and additives. Unfortunately, avoiding the many toxic foods proffered by big corporations takes a concerted effort. Labeling anyone who makes an effort to avoid these hazardous foods as suffering from a psychological disorder can lead us down a dangerous slippery slope.
—Randy Baker| Soquel

Review of Reviewers
Exciting news about the merger of the two weekly papers! For many years, I have picked up both each week: the Weekly to read everything except the movie reviews, and the Good Times to read the movie reviews. Richard von Busack is a mean-spirited reviewer who has nothing nice to say about anyone, and his reviews invariably manage to spoil every major and minor plot point. Additionally, only a handful of the current movies are included. Please consider retaining the writing, style, and format of the Good Times reviews in your new and improved paper, or at the very least, the non-von Busack-ness!
—Veronica Garrett| Santa Cruz

Online Comments
On ‘Orthorexia ...’     
This is an opening salvo here in Santa Cruz. You could be run out of town in an all-electric car. I would point out that, like other forms of obsessive-compulsive behavior, it is not the act itself that is the pathology, but it's being done with extreme intent.
—Erick, Soquel

On the Merger ...  
Greg Archer has done a truly amazing job over the past 14 years at Good Times. Archer's staff has been amazing, as well. Along with thousands of other loyal readers in our community, I wish Greg Archer the absolute best. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating such a wonderful newspaper.
—Dyane Harwood

On E-cigarettes ...  
The biggest danger of e-cigarettes is that they make it easier for people, especially the young, to play around with using an extremely addictive drug. Of course, no future addict expects it to happen to them, but few non-users realize how quickly and completely they can become hooked. Nicotine is often more addictive and difficult to quit than heroin; that's why it spread all over the world. The main gratification of using becomes getting relief from the withdrawal symptoms that occur many times every day. E-cigarettes may have a place as a kind of Methadone, but the vast majority of nicotine addicts, when they are truly honest, wish they had never gotten involved with this junk.
—Chris Kenney

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Life imitates art?  The calm before opening day of salmon season in the north end of the Santa Cruz Harbor. photo//Joshua Coville. Submit 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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Healthcare for All

The Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center has come a long way since opening in 1974. Today, it is rolling out a corporate entity called Santa Cruz Community Health Centers to oversee the existing downtown center and its new, 9,000-square-foot sister clinic in Live Oak, the East Cliff Family Health Center, which opens in May. As healthcare becomes a perennial issue, these centers are offering affordable care to women, men and children locally, while accepting all insurances and offering a sliding scale for those without insurance.

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Say Yes to the Dress

Prom is a night many teens will remember for years to come, and, for the sixth year, a local effort is making sure that no teen must forfeit the rite of passage because their family can’t afford a dress. The Prom Dress Drive was founded by former Santa Cruz City Councilman Tony Madrigal and is co-organized by Classic Vapor Dry Cleaners. Participants will have the chance to shop for a gently used dress from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Santa Cruz Teen Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. Learn more at


“What you thought was the end is the beginning.”
—Rod Serling

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