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Opinion May 5, 2016

May 11, 2016

Editor's Note

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I generally find ’90s nostalgia even more baffling than ’80s nostalgia, but I’ll concede that the end of the century did give us a few worthwhile things, like the rise of alternative culture. The riot grrrl movement was a truly revolutionary part of punk’s breakthrough decade (think of what a different world we’d live in if Bikini Kill had made it big instead of the Offspring), and one of its accomplishments was flipping the male gaze back on itself and giving women a new way to reclaim how their bodies were looked at.

The subsequent burlesque revival, with its emphasis on empowerment, wasn’t the most important thing to come out of that, maybe, but it was fun. What I like about Anne-Marie Harrison’s cover story this week about burlesque is that it explains how that revival has continued to evolve in unexpected ways (embracing, for example, the LGBTQ community). It also charts the earlier history of the art form, and how the showgirls who performed in a decidedly different time are celebrated today as pioneers. Enjoy!

STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Letters to the Editor

Bumpy Ride

Re: “Building Up”: Between the Housing Element, the General Plan 2030 and the upcoming Corridor Plan to create sacrifice zones, there is no need to have community input and neighborhood knowledge. The actual community is officially locked out. The poster of corridor high-density housing, 1111 Ocean St., gives us units of approximately 600 square feet rented at over $2,000 a month.

The public hearing on 1800 Soquel was another rubber stamp event by and for and about the city and developers to get revenue for the city and profit for the developers.

All the city needs is more bulldozers!

In the name of affordability, there is insignificant affordable housing in the pipeline. In the name of real transportation, the Metro will no longer be offering real transportation for workers and students; however, dense high-story buildings are counting on buses, as they are allowed fewer parking spaces. And it sounds like there is no responsibility or learning about damage done from the city on unintended consequences of their approved and built developments.

We, the actual community, are having a bumpy ride into the vision of our elected officials, city department heads, planning commissioners and developers, who probably all live in a single-family residence in the sacred zones.

So please pass the speed bumps! And click on your safety belt! We are all on a bumpy ride.

Patricia Schroeder

Santa Cruz

Judge for Yourself

I am very surprised and disappointed with the “virtual” review of Vaxxed. You wrote a long scathing review of a movie that you never watched. Why? The professionals who made this movie and were in the movie are risking their careers to speak out against a CDC/Big Pharma cover-up. The least you can do is go see it and judge for yourself. I found the movie to be very informative. It held my attention as it revealed the cover-up.

Dondi Gaskill

Aptos

As it explicitly stated, the write-up in question was not a review, because the film was not screened in advance. As with all our previews—with which our regular readers are all-too-familiar—the purpose is to provide hype-free and irreverent context for those unfamiliar with the film and filmmaker. — Editor

Sustainable Notion

Thank you for the accurate, succinct article “Fast Food Notion” (GT, 5/4). It is hoped the message prompts individuals to do further research in order to make sustainable, healthful, and ethical choices.

Laura Parks

Bonny Doon

Online Comments

Does anyone else find it funny this guy wants 33 to 55 bucks from everyone to hear him talk about how great socialism is for a few hours? Maybe everyone should bring a W2 and pay based on their income level.

— Rex

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