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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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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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What’s one socially acceptable behavior that you wish didn’t exist?

What’s one socially acceptable behavior that you wish didn’t exist?

Texting. If you’re having a meal with somebody and your trying to talk to them and they're using their phone, I think it's kind of rude. People think it's acceptable, but it can be kind of annoying.
Nick Chao
Santa Cruz | Photographer/Artist

 

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What’s the best thing about the Warriors being in Santa Cruz thus far?

What’s the best thing about the Warriors being in Santa Cruz thus far?

The best thing is the vibe. You know what I mean? It gives a good vibe to Santa Cruz, and there are a lot of people here that like basketball and they like sports. It gives the families out here something to do, and it's something to do downtown.
Paris Lenc
Santa Cruz | Barista

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Name our local government’s biggest flaw and its strongest asset.

Name our local government’s biggest flaw and its strongest asset.

The biggest flaw is that they want to spend money on a desalination plant. And the biggest asset is that there are people there that we can talk to that we can work with.
Betsy Phillips
Santa Cruz | Retired

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Would you support tougher gun regulations?

Would you support tougher gun regulations?

I would support tougher gun regulation as far as military style weapons that you can’t use for hunting. They're basically used to kill. Hand guns and shotguns and other types of weapons like that, I believe there needs to be regulation on them, but I think the military style weapons should be taken out of the public's hands.
Keith Drennen
Santa Cruz | Parking Maintenance Worker

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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