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What are your thoughts on the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare?

What are your thoughts on the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare?

I'm very much for Obama. I believe he's trying to do the best thing for as many people as he can, and I believe that it would be nice for everybody to have healthcare. We have to pay for auto insurance and home insurance, so why not health insurance?
Bonnie Belcher
Santa Cruz, Account Clerk

 

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What changes would you like to see to improve Downtown Santa Cruz?

What changes would you like to see to improve Downtown Santa Cruz?

I'd like to see a more family- and tourist- friendly vibe downtown. And a safe place for people to hang and feel like they can bring their families and relatives from out of town and not get harrased and harangued by various elements down here.
Jimmy Yarnell
Santa Cruz | X-Ray Tech

 

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Would you support the use of drones in our skies in the name of security?

Would you support the use of drones in our skies in the name of security?

No, not under any circumstance should drones, without the knowledge of the public, be circulated in our air space.
Nicholas Gyorkls
Bonny Doon | Musician/Service Industry




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What’s your most cherished memory?

What’s your most  cherished memory?

My most cherished memory was doing math problems with my mom early in the morning with a beautiful view of our backyard and spending time with her.
Gabrial Craft
Santa Cruz | Math Teacher 




 

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What does the future of Burning Man look like to you?

What does the future of Burning Man look like to you?

The future of Burning Man as it is is quite bleak, so I'd say the future goes towards thinking about pooling resources together and creating a sustainable piece of land, nurture it towards festival grounds, of and for the community, that can actually be a place that can be sustainable with resources that can grow. It's not just throwing resources into a burning desert situation.
Sasha Rose
Corralitos | Musician


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How would you describe society in one word? Why?

How would you describe society in one word? Why?

Colorful. Because there's so many different textures and colors of people’s personalities and faiths and beliefs. Everything about us—the way we look, the way we sound, the way we speak. There's so many different textures. It's beautiful.
Stephen Bigger
Santa Cruz | Musician

 

 

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What are your thoughts on Obama supporting same-sex marriage?

What are your thoughts  on Obama supporting  same-sex marriage?

Whether or not he's making a political move, he is having an opinion about a very controversial subject which is usually really avoided, and that alone deserves respect. The reason it's avoided is because there's the chance of losing a bunch of voters. Gaining or losing, at least it's an opinion on a very serious and cared-about issue.
Adriane White
Santa Cruz | Wedding Photographer

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Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”