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What’s your favorite quote? Why?

What’s your favorite quote? Why?

"People have the power to redeem the work of fools."—Patti Smith.
It's motivating and it allows you to realize that as an individual you have the power to make a difference, even when you see others doing things you dislike or disprove of. It puts the emphasis on an individual’s actions and living as you believe.
Tim Clark
Santa Cruz | Classroom Aid

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Should we keep Santa Cruz weird, or keep Santa Cruz safe and clean? Or can we do both?

Should we keep Santa Cruz weird, or keep Santa Cruz safe and clean? Or can we do both?

I think Santa Cruz will always be weird because of the type of people that it draws. But we could definitely focus on staying safer and always being aware of keeping our environment clean, happy and healthy.
Kelly Malloy
Bonny Doon | Sales

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Does Santa Cruz need more surveillance cameras?

Does Santa Cruz need more surveillance cameras?

Absolutely not. Why? I think we’ve moved beyond that. I'm all in for a strong police presence. I think the homeless issue downtown has got a little out of control, but it's too much like "Big Brother" looking over your shoulder watching every single move you make.
Jim Cook
Aptos | Retired

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Columns - Local Talk

What gives you hope?

What gives you hope?

The promise for a bright and beautiful future, and my family, which consists of my husband and cat, working, such a beautiful environment, and being in
Santa Cruz and alive. It's hard not to be hopeful here.
Lindsay Martin
Santa Cruz | Florist



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Who is the most inspirational human in Santa Cruz County?

Who is the most inspirational human in Santa Cruz County?

I'd say it's Rene Schlaepfer, the pastor for Twin Lakes Church. Very, very inspirational. He really inspires people to get out there and be in the community, community service, helping the homeless, food drives, missions right here in our own community with the schools, without asking for anything in return.

Rae Boerema
Aptos | Financial Strategist



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Columns - Local Talk

Is buying local always the best option?

Is buying local always the  best option?

Yes. Because it supports our community, it keeps our money in our community, and provides jobs for people I care about. My understanding is that for every dollar we spend is the equivalent of $6 if we keep it in the local economy.
Eliahu Goodman
Santa Cruz | Healer


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To drone or not to drone? Thoughts on the U.S. drone program.

To drone or not to drone? Thoughts on the U.S. drone program.

I'm totally against the drones. I'm very pro Obama and that is one thing I strongly disagree [with] that he's doing. It really upsets me and it upsets a lot of us. I admit I don’t know what conflict and war is all about, but just in my heart and the feeling of the randomness ... I mean war is bad enough without having some unmanned thing up there blowing up kids and stuff.
Barbara P.
Soquel | Involuntarily Unemployed Pet Sitter

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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