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Do we even need a President?

Do we even need a President?

According to the Constitution, we do. But the way the Congress has been acting under this administration, you almost wonder if we do.
Caroline McIntyre
Watsonville | Retired 

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Do sports unite or divide us?

Do sports unite or divide us?

I would say uniting us because even though you have the team rivalries you still have more people that sit together in stadiums and pubs and watch games together drinking, talking and having a good time. It gives a lot of people a common ground to get together and do something. 
Van Williams 
Santa Cruz | Bike Assembler 

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How would you describe Santa Cruz culture?

How would you describe Santa Cruz culture?

Unique radical self expression. Everybody’s cool, it's not a cool-contest. It doesn’t matter if you're plain Jane or totally crazy studs in the head, you're all good.
Vnes Of
Santa Cruz Concierge 

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What direction would you like to see the Food Movement go?

What direction would you like to see the Food Movement go?

I'd like to see healthier fast food, and make it taste better. And make the healthy food less pricey, have it pretty cheap and then more people would eat healthy food.
Oscar Lunine
Santa Cruz | 6th Grade

 

 

 

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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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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Himalayan Kitchen

Chef Purna Regmi on the secrets of Nepalese cooking

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

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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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.