Time to stop being bullied by the NRA
Recent rhetoric from the NRA tries to make the case that we should be focusing our efforts on addressing the causes (i.e. crazy people) instead of treating the symptoms (i.e. banning automatic assault weapons designed with only one purpose -- to kill people). Living in a culture in which people with access to guns routinely commit massacres makes people crazy. And why are we allowing ourselves to be bullied by the NRA, anyway? They're not elected officials. Let's put this issue to a national vote and see what the rest of the country thinks. And by the way, the Second Amendment ensures a well-armed militia. We have one of those. It's called the National Guard.
Jayme Kelly Curtis, Felton
BCRPD seeks input on possible radio station
What could the San Lorenzo valley do with its own radio station? That is the concept that will be taken up at next week's Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District board of directors meeting. This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at 13333 Middleton Avenue in Boulder Creek. BCRPD is considering applying for a Low Power FM (LPFM) station license. Federal Communication Commission LPFM regulations have been written to encourage licensees to provide great access and participation from their entire communities. How would you want "our" Boulder Creek radio station to be used? What should be the vision for such a radio station? I fervently encourage all members of the community to come to the BCRPD meeting and let your opinion be heard on this exciting prospect!
Paul Storm, Brookdale
Super Bowl Sunday not super
What's so super about Super Bowl Sunday?
Corporate greed, money, advertising, media hype, extravagant, pretentious, spectacle, exploitation, gluttony, politics, religion, gambling, winners, losers, drugs, alcohol, intoxication, DUI, mob mentality, fighting, domestic violence, chauvinism, sexism, racism, militarism, patriotism, jingoism, commercialism, consumerism, classism, mindlessness, shallowness, meaningless, distraction...
It must be Super Bowl Sunday!
Larry Mungioli, Soquel
Santa Cruz region water issues: yin and yang
Thanks to Shanna McCord and the Sentinel for their recent story "Santa Cruz water supply strong for the moment." We need all the help possible to increase community awareness of our local water resources. While the article correctly reported that the water supply for the city of Santa Cruz looks pretty good this year due to the recent rains, it is a totally different story for the Mid-County region, Scotts Valley and the Pajaro Valley/Watsonville area.
The city of Santa Cruz relies almost exclusively on surface water streams, so when the rains are average or above they are in decent shape. However, most of Santa Cruz County depends on groundwater from underground aquifers -- which are in a state of significant overdraft. The overdraft is due to pumping more water from the aquifers than is being recharged from the rains, thus it is not sustainable. Even many years of abundant rainfall will not replenish these aquifers adequately to correct the situation. So please do not be lulled by the rain and think it has solved our water issues.
Ron Duncan, conservation and customer service manager for Soquel Creek Water District, Soquel
Where guns, mental instability meet
There is a point at which mental instability and guns meet, and that is the point of purchase. As we craft ways to intervene before another unstable person can kill more innocent people, it would benefit us to turn our attention to that moment when a gun is being bought. To assure ourselves that only responsible citizens keep and bear arms, we must look into the mental state of citizens who seek to obtain guns.
There have been suggestions that the mental health system be used to detect broken minds, drafting health care professionals to report any patients they think should not own guns. Your doctor would be a cop. This strikes me as unwise and very invasive.
It is the attempt to obtain firearms that logically triggers a check on mental state. We can stop at least some of these madmen before they arm themselves. Yes it is intrusive, and it will save lives. We endure the DMV when we decide to drive a car, and we can endure this when we buy a gun.
Dwight Smith, Santa Cruz
No strings attached with LAFCO changes?
I do not always agree with John Leopold, but I do question the motive and wisdom behind Neal Coonerty's recent decision not to reappoint Leopold to LAFCO. No strings attached? Without a conflict of interest or cross purpose interests somewhere along the line ...
How can Neal Coonerty truly represent both the city of Santa Cruz and UCSC when it comes to water, tax, conservation, policing,and other issues?
Coonerty appoints Zach Friend to replace Leopold on LAFCO when Friend's wife is Santa Cruz's assistant city manager?
In the past 10 years, has anyone -- including the Sentinel -- charted whether there have been actual or potential conflicts of interests by any major decision makers regarding what appears to be "protectionism for UCSC"? This includes the potential campus expansion without the tough environmental standards that Leopold has proposed or following the money to confirm that UCSC is paying its fair share of costs for its being a part of this community!
Patti Brady, Pleasure Point