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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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Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Roger That

The late film critic Robert Ebert profiled in lively doc, ‘Life Itself’

 

The Maestra Returns

Cabrillo Festival’s Marin Alsop is back to ‘rock the boat of tradition’
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Time is Ripe

Local fruit harvests hit markets, Storrs Winery celebrates ‘Best White’, and a salt fix from heaven

 

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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

 

Hunter Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Smooth with soft tannins, this velvety crimson Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is delicious and very drinkable.