Category Archives: Politics

Nightmare on Elm Street: 50 years later, JFK’s motorcade still makes the turn

Fifty years after, the motorcade still makes that fateful turn, from Houston onto Elm Street. Dealey Plaza. Just a few minutes more and its onto the Stemmons Freeway and the trip to the Dallas Trade Mart for a luncheon speech. … 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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Stop and frisk: Is it worth it?

Summer has brought another outbreak of violence in Santa Cruz County — a tourist shot by a robber in San Lorenzo Park, a gang-related killing on Santa Cruz’s Mission Street, a shooting in the Seabright neighborhood also attributed to gangs, … Continue reading

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The Santa Cruz Sentinel’s historic achievement

  OK — there’s been so much negative stuff surrounding newspapers (much of it self inflicted by the way), that I’m going to step out from any feigned posture of humility and toot our, the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s, horn for … 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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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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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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Election 2012: Day before tomorrow

Time for some day after, day before the rest of it starts, review of Tuesday’s election. To start, here’s Thursday’s Sentinel Editorial: Santa Cruz County voters, and California voters, demonstrated in Tuesday’s election they are willing to raise taxes, even … Continue reading

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Obama gets another shot

The Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 Maybe not a mandate, but an impressive win nonetheless. President Barack Obama and his team did what they had to do to win a second term, winning in most of … Continue reading

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The running man: Election night — Obama’s big win, state and local races

This blog will be updated throughout the night, especially as results on state ballot measures and local races come in. 6 p.m. Hmmm. Just as close as expected. What trends can be seen in presidential race? Romney seems to be … Continue reading

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