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January 20, 2021

Fight the polarization

Memo from Pastor Rene Schlaepfer
Memo from Pastor Rene As I write this, the outcome of the presidential election is still unclear. Or should I say, the winner is unclear. What’s very clear is how deeply polarized our nation has become. The red went blood-red, the blue ice-blue, and the...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 30

Orozco is the best candidate As a lifelong citizen of Watsonville and a veteran teacher of more than 30 years in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, I encourage our local voters to vote for Maria Orozco for the seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 23

Our history is coming back to haunt us I attended the town hall meeting that discussed the future of the George Washington bust in the plaza.  I was the only one who presented a compromise proposal.  Both Mr. Manny Solano’s group and the Revolunas need to understand...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 16

Alyssa Wall for County Office of Education After eight years on the Santa Cruz County Office of Education board, I am stepping down. I am very pleased that Alyssa Wall filed to run. She grew up in San Jose, fell in love with Santa Cruz...

Cabin fever

Jay Shinseki Watsonville
MEMO FROM REV. SHINSEKI In many areas around the state we are beginning to see a loosening of restrictions. Since March many of us have been “hunkered” down in our homes and going out very little. Between the Covid-19 pandemic and the wildfires many have...

Three ways to help friends in crisis

Memo from Pastor Rene Schlaepfer
Memo from Pastor Rene A friend who is a local marriage and family therapist told me recently she’s booked solid with Zoom counseling sessions every day. “People are feeling so much anxiety now,” she said, “more than I’ve ever seen in my practice.” Stress from...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 9

How do we reform a broken system?  “The land of the free and the home of the brave”...a validation of America and its resemblance. Yet we are free no more; politically bonded to our nation’s injustice is considered a free world. Through the oppressors; the...

Vote YES on 15 for a better community

felipe hernandez watsonville
By Felipe Hernandez, Watsonville City Councilman This election, we have the opportunity to reclaim millions for the future of Watsonville—without raising taxes on residents or small businesses. That’s why I’m a strong supporter of Proposition 15, the ballot measure that will make big corporations pay...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 2

Vote for Gomez Tony Gomez has been actively involved in supporting youth in the community of Watsonville for many years.  He has volunteered his time and resources in support of the Boy Scouts of America in many capacities. He has been an adult leader for Troop...

Life’s doors

Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson
Memo from Rev. Mathews-Johnson: Doors. We use them every day. We open them. We close them. We lock them. We knock on them. We stand outside them. We stand inside them. They lock us in. They lock us out. They keep us safe. They keep...
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35 years is long enough for immigration reform

By Manuel Perez and Luis A. Alejo  Jan. 20 will mark a significant day, not only for the United States as Joe Biden is sworn...