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October 1, 2020

Loving past the division

Memo from Pastor Rene Schlaepfer
Memo from Pastor Rene: There they were, side by side, helping to feed evacuees in our church parking lot last week: A true red-state conservative and a deep blue Democrat. I knew this about the two men from...

Local actions matter in battle with climate change

By Felipe Hernandez, Watsonville City Councilman We face a sobering reality.  For those of us who came of age in the 20th century, the existential threat of climate change that we debated theoretically and at great length will...


Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson
Memo from Rev. Mathews-Johnson “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.” (Psalm 62: 1-2, NRSV.) 

Cultural Shift

Jay Shinseki Watsonville
MEMO FROM REV. SHINSEKI “There are causes for all human suffering, and  there is a way by which they may be ended, because everything in the world is the result of a vast concurrence of causes and conditions, and ...

What name as a replacement for Cabrillo? Here are some options

guest view
By Steve Trujillo  In consideration of a badly-needed name change for Cabrillo Community College, there are three considerations that should be paramount:  1. If it is to be an individual, what personal characteristics and accomplishments...

Words matter: From stigma and apathy to empathy and action

guest view
By Denise Elerick, of the Harm Reduction Coalition of Santa Cruz County Substance use disorder is now widely recognized in the medical community as a chronic illness which responds to treatment. Similar to other chronic diseases such as diabetes...

On My Mind: In the line of fire

CZU August Lightning Complex Fires
Last week my wife Sarah and I took our first short vacation since the pandemic and lockdown took over. We drove north to Lassen National Volcanic Park and stayed in an old logger’s cabin at the Mill Creek Resort. The night...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 28

The Pajaronian
A novel idea for the rail A friend and fellow rail advocate came up with the following idea:   Following the terrible and tragic wildfires that have devastated North Santa Cruz County, there will be a need...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 21

Let’s not get railroaded by special interests While most of us agree upon the ideals, the reality of trying to squeeze in a viable Rail-Trail within a limited 30-mile corridor, will sacrifice well-being and even safety. I am not...

Guest view: Call for a compromise

By Abel Sanchez, Chair of Parks & Recreation Commission The Aug. 7 deadline has passed and Congress could not come up with an agreement on the next stimulus package. This is despite wide support amongst many lawmakers that...

Watsonville businesses embrace outdoor operations

WATSONVILLE—As many shelter-in-place restrictions remain in place due to Covid-19, state, county and city officials have looked for ways to allow businesses...