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Opinion October 5, 2016

Plus Letters to the Editor

Editor's Note

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I grew up in the ’80s, when the hippie movement’s stock was at an all-time low. With yippies-turned-yuppies like Jerry Rubin oozing sleaze in the news, ’60 idealists were considered either sellouts, or—if they had actually stuck to their values—silly burnouts who had lost touch with reality.

It wasn’t until I came to UCSC that I started to get an inkling of what hippies had actually accomplished, and started to understand how their legacy had been distorted. The worst part was that a lot of the actual hippies I met in Santa Cruz had bought into the mainstream narrative of how the flower children had “failed.”

Reading Christina Waterscover story this week, and seeing the pictures from new books documenting what the actual hippie movement was like, that mainstream narrative seems so cartoonish and ridiculously wrong now. The stories about and photos of Ben Lomond’s Holiday Cabins commune were particularly eye-opening for me, and even most longtime locals don’t know much about this offbeat chapter in San Lorenzo Valley history.

As the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love approaches next year, hippies are suddenly cool again—or at least the negative “dirty hippie” stereotypes have finally faded. Stories and books like these that give the world a clearer look at the utopian ideals that the movement reached for are steps in the right direction.


Letters to the Editor

Yes on D: The Only Way

Unless you are happy with the current state of our transportation system, “yes” is the only way to vote on Measure D. Measure D is a balanced plan to greatly improve our current system. Measure D will fix our local streets, build better pedestrian and bicycle facilities including “Safe Routes to Schools” for our children, enhance our bus system, improve the commute along Highway 1, build the rail trail and complete the environmental study needed to make a wise decision about the rail corridor. Voting No just means things will get worse. Join me in voting Yes on D, and let’s get everyone moving.

Mark Mesiti-Miller, P.E. | Santa Cruz

Future of D

The farmers market in Santa Cruz was bustling Wednesday afternoon, the weather was perfect. But what will a typical September day look like in 2030, when Santa Cruz residents would still be paying sales tax because of Measure D, and increasing their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions on a wider, congested, treeless Highway 1? Will the temperature be hot and dry, the shoreline altered by sea level rise, or life in the Bay declining because of warm waters and ocean acidification?  Will it be difficult to pay the highway bonds, complete a bike trail or continue funding any sort of METRO system?

Back at the farmers market in September, every person I spoke with while passing out fliers told me that from their experience highway widening will not work and they want good public transportation. It is time to listen to the earth and the people who oppose Measure D.

Susan Cavalieri | Santa Cruz

Monster Secrets

After reading your article about Pokemon Go, “Monster Headaches” (GT, 8/24), I came across another story about how the inventors of this game are selling all the images, logistics and coordinates collected on the cellphones of the players to completely map everyone’s backyard, bedroom and military base! So every time someone plays this game on their cell phone, they are acting as corporate/government intel agents to photograph and map every foot of space on this planet, including what was once your private space. Time to wake up everyone.

Drew Lewis | Santa Cruz

Online Comments

Re: ‘String Break?

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— Saundrealz

Re: Bernie Sanders Platform

The platform that Santa Cruz for Bernie came up with makes sense to me. Why shouldn’t We The People aim for better than just mediocre? I feel like Santa Cruz is an amazing city that should be leading the county with our progressive, helpful values and ideals.

That’s why Drew Glover, Chris Krohn, Sandy Brown, and Steve Schnaar have my vote this November. They are standing up for their progressive ideas, and put their names on the line by agreeing to the platform.

They have my respect and my vote.

— Danielle Glynn

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