Category Archives: Economy

Choosing hope over worry

We look up. Look down. Look around. Feeling weighed down by the tax season. The cost of living along the Central Coast. Advancing age and the tremors that lurk in the shadows. Quietly, imperceptibly, the tomb closes in. Hopeless. That’s … Continue reading

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You howled, we … listened

We asked for your thoughts about changes in the comics and features we have been publishing in our print edition — and, brother and sister, you gave them to us. In nearly 400 emails and dozens of phone calls (we … Continue reading

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Joy of the Gospel run contrary to idolatry of money, church practices

Pope Francis had some provocative things to say in his first major piece of writing, released this week as “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Along with a defense of traditional Catholic moral teaching, the Pope continues his argument about … Continue reading

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Sentinel will adopt new digital subscription model

A new subscription model that charges for frequent access to digital content was announced Monday by Digital First Media, including the newspaper group that publishes the Sentinel, as the company joins other news organizations in the quest to generate more … Continue reading

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Obamacare vs. the Affordable Care Act: Which is better?

Grrrr. Down with Obamacare! What we need in this country is … affordable health care. You say what? There’s another new health care law, the Affordable Care Act? We’ll take that one rather than the socialistic, anti-business, high-cost … Obamacare. Earlier … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz traffic: Breaking the gridlock

From the Sentinel Opinion page;  the May 16, 2013 Editorial:     Bridges are all the topic these days. In the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s the Bay Bridge — or rather the snapped steel bolts and possible delay in … Continue reading

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Dodgers-Giants: Tale of two stadiums

On the past two Tuesday evenings, I was able to attend a major league baseball game involving my favorite team, the world champion San Francisco Giants. The first game, on the night of April 2 was at Dodger Stadium in … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz grapples with crime, drugs and … homeless services

No issue has so divided the greater Santa Cruz community as providing day-use services at the Homeless Services Center. This issue has continued to heat up for a variety of reasons: The public’s perception that transients continue to be a … Continue reading

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Dealing with drug needles

One of the confusing aspects of the intensifying local debate about providing clean needles for drug addicts in Santa Cruz is just who is overseeing the distribution. Based on public documents, it’s clear Santa Cruz County public health officials have … Continue reading

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Taking a bite out of sharks’ dangerous predators

Have great white sharks been outfitted with the dark hat of villainy for no good reason other than humans’ primal fears of monsters lurking beneath the deep? Scientifically speaking, it would appear so. Because the emotional fear of an animal … Continue reading

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