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October 26, 2020

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...

A deep look into the Watsonville Police Department

Rebecca Garcia
By Rebecca J. Garcia, Watsonville Mayor Black Lives Matter. Consequently, Watsonville wants to assure that the police department provides the best services available for public safety and racial and social equity. Police Chief David Honda has shared the many...

Guest view: California needs a universal broadband infrastructure bond for our students

By Luis A. Alejo, Kevin de León and Eduardo Garcia  On July 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that counties on the state’s Covid-19 “monitoring list” must begin the new school year with distance learning. More than half of...

The key to emotional health in stressful times

Memo from Pastor Rene Schlaepfer
I think we’d all agree 2020 has been a rough ride so far. So what’s the key to surviving times of real stress? Last week I received an encouraging email from a 90-year-old widow in our congregation. As...

New look for classic chain | About Town

I noticed a crew from Northwest Signs taking down the long-standing sign on Wendy's on Freedom Boulevard Monday to make way for...