Leaf blower noise must be dealt with

Finally an issue that all our senior citizens can rally around, get excited over and get passed: rules for those terrible blowing machines. Like guns, can we give people a sum of money to turn in their noise machines? Any idea to calm this plague is welcome.

Bob Zufall, Scotts Valley

Hold Obama, Clinton accountable

As I watched Hillary Clinton speak before the Senate today, two things struck me.

She is really good at lying. Second, the wrong questions were asked of her.

We had former Navy Seals, experts, in charge of security at our embassy. They begged on many occasions, both in emails and by phone, for additional boots on the ground because al-Qaida was a real threat. No action was taken. Even after the State Department stood by and watched the horror of that day, still, we have none of the guilty, both there and here, made to answer for the deaths of Americans.

This administration refuses to live in the real world. The world where innocent Americans die, because this president refuses to do what his oath requires. As secretary of state, Hillary's office was liable for their security. She, too, should be charged.

Amy Greene, Freedom

Embrace Santa Cruz's uniqueness

Why do I subscribe to the Sentinel? Because it does feature big-wave contests and a penguin wearing an O'Neill wetsuit right on the front page. We live in a unique and diverse area, so let's celebrate that fact. Being identified by our surfing culture creates a mystic that separates us from so many other towns, and our economy reaps the benefits. We also have a great university, a beautiful downtown, mountains, beaches, and a variety of cultural influences that give us a richness of art, music and food.

Martha Tousseau, Soquel