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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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The Pope is stepping down. If you had his job, what would be the first three things you would do?

The Pope is stepping down. If you had his job, what would be the first three things you would do?

Women can be priests, abortion legal, and they got to share all that wealth they've been storing for centuries.
Lauren Joe
Santa Cruz | Garbage Truck Driver

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Columns - Local Talk

What are you all about?

What are you all about?


I hunt bike thieves. I hate 'em! Scum! They got to go! I've recovered a lot of expensive bikes, more than the cops do. And to the bike thieves I say beware! I will get you!
Michael Smith
Santa Cruz | Vigilante


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Do you think the Boy Scouts should change their policy and allow gays to join?

Do you think the Boy Scouts should change their policy and allow gays to join?

No they should not. That would be absolutely horrifying to let gay men handle the Boy Scouts.
Richard Wood
Santa Cruz | Mechanic


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Do you think police should have to live in the community they serve?

Do you think police should have to live in the community they serve?

It's definitely preferable that they live in the communities they serve. I used to be the mayor of Santa Cruz, so I understand that police have difficulty finding housing like everyone else. The city needs to do more to make it available to all types of city employees, so that they can understand the community they're in—being located here.
Tim Fitzmorris
Santa Cruz | Retired

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Columns - Local Talk

What’s your motto?

What’s your motto?

My motto would be "live life to the fullest." My wife, however, would say "more cowbell!"
Nate Witten
Santa Cruz | Health Information Associate

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management