Category Archives: In the spirit

Cop killer: Just this side of prison

Hawaii. San Diego. Oregon. Berkeley. Santa Cruz. It’s not as if Jeremy Goulet did not leave a trail before his deadly encounter with Santa Cruz police Tuesday afternoon. Court martialed and and discharged from the military due to two rape … Continue reading

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Death of police officers: Getting honest about Santa Cruz’s story

As the shock of Tuesday’s tragic violence settles into grief, many people are writing to the Sentinel, or posting online, messages that go something like this:: Our town has been overrun by criminals, because we’ve tolerated aberrant behaviors. This so-called … Continue reading

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How old is the Roman Catholic Church?

In light of the abdication of Pope Benedict XV1, here is the list of all the popes, as posted in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican. St. Peter (32-67) St. Linus (67-76) St. Anacletus (Cletus) (76-88) St. Clement I (88-97) St. Evaristus … 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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DIY: My adventures in handyman-ination

  I have found a way to make myself useful, for once. And like pretty much everything else these days, it replaces flesh and blood with a digital solution. Kind of. As probably everyone under the age of 35 knows, … Continue reading

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Come to the tree

  Amid the Christmas shopping and the parties, planted among family, holding up traditions, stands the tree. Call it what you will — “holiday tree,” tree of the knowledge of good and evil, syncretic totem, and, oh yes, Christmas tree … Continue reading

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Get real on gun laws

The following is the Dec. 19, 2012, Editorial for the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Controlling guns of mass destruction is much the topic — nationally and in this space — after the horrifying slaughter of 20 small children and six adults … 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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Season of giving

If you’re reading this, most likely the world has not ended.At least not yet. Which means — interpretations of the Mayan calendar notwithstanding, the 12 Days of Christmas are still in play! (OK, there’s 13 days remaining, but it’s really … Continue reading

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Keep the pressure on Santa Cruz drug trade

Take Back Santa Cruz members and community supporters march along rail tracks, picking up trash and drug paraphernalia along the way, to Santa Cruz City Council meeting Tuesday/Dan Coyro, Sentinel photo Why are people continuing to complain about feeling unsafe, … Continue reading

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