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Should the county buy the coastal rail line for a train and trail?

local_jakeTYes. I think that more safe bike routes across town will make biking easier and so then more people will do it. There will be less traffic on the roads. It will be nicer for people who are driving.
Jake Thomas
Santa Cruz | Graduate student

 

 

 

 

local_curtisHOf course they should. It would be awesome to ride all the way across town. It's illegal to ride there now. Every time we try to build a little trail they tear it down. It would take cyclists off the road where they’re getting run over. It would be so cool and I'd use it every day.

Curtis Hamm
Santa Cruz | Cabbie

 

 

 

local_garyBYes, especially if the rail line is going to be closed ... it's a good preservation of the right of way. And it's very dangerous riding on the road especially Mission Street if you heading towards Davenport on your bicycle. So yeah, anything that will separate you from traffic is a good idea.

Gary Bedley
Santa Cruz | Gardener

 

 

local_karenSNo. It would be too nice of a gift to the bikers in town, most of whom are aggressive, dangerous and inconsiderate. And the money could be spent on more important things.
Karen Strahm
Santa Cruz | Nanny

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Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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