Category Archives: education

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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To Bard or not to Bard: Shakespeare bids adieu?

Everything is personal, even Shakespeare. Sunday night, my wife and I attended the Shakespeare Santa Cruz production of “Henry V” in the festival redwood glen. Chilly, as usual in a Santa Cruz night, but a warm and inviting production, with … 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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Scourge of crime hits home

In my job, I frequently write unsigned — and windy — Editorials, decrying injustice and the need for more tolerance, rehabilitation and even redemption. More gun control. I write about the plight of addiction, about the need to end chronic recidivism among … Continue reading

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Consequences of “helping” drug addicts with clean needles

Common sense. That’s all it takes to realize that distributing 10,000 clean needles a month to drug addicts in Santa Cruz is going to create a whole host of problems. Such as: Discarded and dirty used needles found on beaches … Continue reading

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School shooting: Evil speaks and someone is listening

A young boy is comforted outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after  shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday.  REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin On Friday, I wrote a Sentinel Editorial about the growing insanity of a gun culture that has a nation so heavily armed … Continue reading

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Breaking camp: Santa Cruz cracks down on illegal sites

Illegal campsite/photo by Dan Coyro, Sentinel Send us your poor, your addicted, your homeless … Contrary to the opinion of many in our community, this is not a message posted on the roads and pathways leading into Santa Cruz. But … Continue reading

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The Sentinel and Nov. 6 election

Off and running. With the end of the political conventions, the national campaign now moves into a phase where the three debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney should be far more revealing than the pep rallies … Continue reading

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Deadly gang violence never far away

Family grieves Thursday over Joey Mendoza. Sentinel photo/Shmuel Thaler Gang violence is a scourge and blight on the community. Sadly, it almost always is out of sight, out of mind for many people.Except when it involves kids. So when a … Continue reading

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