Category Archives: Health

How “citizens” plan to make Santa Cruz safer

The Nov. 27 Editorial in the Santa Cruz Sentinel By its very name, makeup and purpose, the Santa Cruz Public Safety Citizen Task Force was never going to overturn the long-established underpinnings of the city’s cherished identity. By including a … 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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Len La Barth

At the Sentinel, we called him, “Ballgame.” I think because Len La Barth was a die-hard Philadelphia Phillies’ fan — and reminded us in his take-no-prisoners style of newspapering and competing of Lenny Dykstra, a hard charging Phillies outfielder who … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz getting tougher on transients

  We have to concede a sense of uneasiness when a local government body attempts to regulate who can stand in roadway medians, particularly when the new limitations clearly are aimed at a particular message. But when that message is … Continue reading

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Cleaning up Cowell Beach

The Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial for May 24, 2013: The annual Heal the Bay beach report card was released Thursday and it was not especially good news for Santa Cruz County, a place that prides itself on 29 miles of … Continue reading

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My niece and the Dove “Beauty Sketches” commercial

How do you feel about your body image? My 18-year-old niece has become part of a global phenomenon. Unless you’re an aging male (hmmm, who could that be), or so consumed by news out of Boston you can’t concentrate on … 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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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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