Category Archives: Opinion

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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Dark day afternoon

It’s about 10:20 p.m. in the Sentinel newsroom, in a tragic day where events spun into a horror still difficult to fathom. Two police officers were gunned down in the line of duty. It is the first time any Santa … 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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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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Panetta: Good and faithful public servant

The Jan. 23, Sentinel Editorial: If this is the last public service job Leon Panetta decides to hold, then he deserves the thanks of the entire country. For Monterey native Panetta, who represented Santa Cruz County in Congress for six … Continue reading

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Open and shut: the death of Aaron Swartz

The suicide of digital open-access activist Aaron Swartz was a tragedy for his family and his friends. Swartz, who was 26 when he hung himself Friday, spent much of his short life deeply immersed in the online world. He had … 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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