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Should we continue to use the Electoral College?

Should we continue to use the Electoral College?

I think the Electoral College is in place for a really good reason, which is, if you look at how many uninformed voters there are, you can be swayed, especially the way the media is set up today, I think that it's a really good control mechanism to make sure that the majority of the people’s votes are counted correctly, and that it's a fair and honest system that’s had over 200 years of proven success.
Mark Andrews
Santa Cruz | V.P. Business Development/Software

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What should be Obama and/or Romney’s campaign slogans?

What should be Obama and/or Romney’s campaign slogans?

Mitt Romney’s political campaign slogan should be "Rich People Rule the World."
Beth Sherman
Santa Cruz | Professional Cult De-programmer

 

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If you could share one idea with everyone, what would it be?

If you could share one idea with everyone, what would it be?

Energy heals. Like Qi Gong, energy healing, [and] so forth. We all have the ability to heal ourselves by accessing the life force energy.
Can Truong
Santa Cruz | Energy Healing

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What are your thoughts on the recent homeless camp evictions?

What are your thoughts on the recent homeless camp evictions?

It depends how it's done. I'm against them making a mess behind them because I walk in the Pogonip and I see sometimes a lot of the garbage that they leave around. But at the same time they have a problem and I know that there are resources here in Santa Cruz, and the police should gently but firmly take them to, or show them where to go to get, decent shelter.
Howard Furer
Santa Cruz | Marketing Research 

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What was the best part of your summer?

What was the best part  of your summer?

I went on a bike ride to San Francisco from Santa Cruz. We stopped at Pigeon Point and spent the night in a hostel. And there was this guy singing songs and telling jokes, and it was pretty chill.
Juliet Deamicas
Santa Cruz | Student

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What issues would you like to see Obama and Romney debate?

What issues would you like to see Obama and Romney debate?

Paul Ryan's budget plan and how it does or does not deal with the poor. The Catholic Church wrote a letter saying it doesn't meet with the moral and ethical needs of the poor.
Jonathan Crow
Santa Cruz, Marketing Manager 

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Which is the bigger issue— disenfranchising voters or voter fraud?

Which is the bigger issue— disenfranchising voters or voter fraud?

Disenfranchised voters pose a far greater threat to our democracy than anything that we can imagine, because if we don’t have participation we have the electoral college which will never elect the right person.
Daniel Passino
Capitola, Retired

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Aries Solar Festival

Sunday is Palm Sunday. Symbolizing victory and triumph, paradise, sacrifice and martyrdom, the Pisces World Teacher entered Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (signifying humility).

 

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.

 

Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.

 

Printer's Devil

Iconic editor Buz Bezore, who died last month at the age of 68, left a huge mark on Santa Cruz journalism   Eventually, it’s all a blur. You live long enough, and maybe a little too hard at times, so that when you hit the rewind button of faded memory, it moves so fast that you can hardly sort and gather the details. One scene skips to the next, and to the next, without proper editing or sequencing. Chronologies get distorted. Which came first: stealing the chickens or coloring the eggs?
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Foodie File: Yan Flower

Yan Belleville has owned Yan Flower, an affordable Chinese restaurant in Downtown Santa Cruz, with her husband Raymond for eight years, and it’s a family affair. Her brother, sister, sister-in-law, and cousins work there too. Locals know the joint for its massive lunch specials starting at $4.

 

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

 

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

 

Comanche Cellars

Pinot Noir 2010 I first tasted Comanche Cellars Pinot when a friend brought a bottle to share over lunch at Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. Upon trying it, I knew I had to find out more about it.