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Opinion September 14, 2016

Plus Letters to the Editor

Editor's Note

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GT tends not to have a “music issue,” per se, because we cover so much music every week. But if we did have one, this would probably be it. The funny thing is that we didn’t stuff so much music coverage into this issue because we were trying to make some grand statement, or because we were keeping to a theme. There was just so much happening this week, we didn’t know what else to do.

First, there’s Cat Johnson’s in-depth look at why, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, Santa Cruz Guitar Company is producing some of the best instruments in the world. After spending some time with company founder Richard Hoover, you probably won’t look at a guitar—or maybe even just wood in general—the same way again.

This weekend is also the Santa Cruz Mountain Sol festival up in Felton, and I interviewed Sheila E., who performs Sunday, to mark the occasion. Known not only for her solo hits but also for her collaboration with Prince, she’s just released a tribute to him that’s extremely moving. With her up at Mountain Sol Saturday and Sunday will be George Clinton with Parliament Funkadelic, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and a lot more.

Also featured in this issue are locals punkers SA90, Americana favorite Wayne Hancock, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and a local tribute to the late Guy Clark at Kuumbwa that should be a knockout. See you next “music issue”—that is to say, next week.


Letters to the Editor

Awful Law

Re: “Is Prop. 47 Broken?” (GT, 8/24): I read Prop. 47 before I voted “No.” I’m in favor of releasing those incarcerated for victimless crimes (such as drug use, prostitution, etc.), which this proposition falsely hinted at addressing. I realized immediately the destruction to victim’s lives that would be caused by including petty thieves. Being a victim of these crimes myself in the San Lorenzo Valley, the resulting negative consequences to theft are: a feeling of personal assault, the inability to practice a trade without the necessary tool, the cost of replacing the items, and the impossibility of replacing personal items such as pictures, heirlooms, and no-longer-made knick knacks. Not to mention the raising of the grand theft denomination to $1,000, which isn’t petty theft to a poor person. Petty thieves were already being released between one to six months—barely a slap on the wrist. They would shrug it off as the cost of doing illegal business, and be back to their old ways as soon as they were released. Is it any wonder that they don’t worry about being caught at all under this Prop. 47 change? It leaves no incentive at all to grow a conscience to become a better person and member of society.  

John Cosgrave

Boulder Creek

Market Values

Just finished the olallieberries article (GT, 8/31). So, the bottom line is external market forces forced the berry’s demise, not climate change. Just trying to “keep it real” as Randy Jackson used to say on American Idol.

Let’s not go haywire thinking any warming trend is man-caused.

Tom Legan

Wine grape grower | Corralitos

Online Comments

Re: Rail Trail

I agree with a lot of what Trail Now and their supporters are saying regarding the rail trail. There is, however, one small point to consider: Our transportation infrastructure in the county consists primarily of Highway 1, and is very centered around individual car ownership. The bad news is that climate change (caused in large part by cheap energy and cars) is here, and oil prices are likely to rocket up in the near future. The current price of oil is bizarrely low, and it will not stay like this. If we put all of our eggs in one basket (cars and highways), we may soon be really screwed. No, electric cars will not save us (they require too much energy to make and charge). For this reason, we need an alternative such as a train service running from one end of the county to the other—and more public transportation in general. Kudos to Trail Now for raising issues with the current plan. None of these issues are insurmountable, so let’s support a rail option because our transition to a fossil-free future will likely be made a whole lot easier with this infrastructure in place.

-Alex Yasbek

Re: METRO Cuts

The Santa Cruz Bus Rider’s Association arose to defend our public transportation. The old guard is working to protect the old economy by directing public into private companies, giving to cronies, and funneling our resources into their concerns and away from the base of the people.

— Elise Casby, Founder, SCBRA

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