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My hair Sentinel advertisement

With so much evil happening in the world, I’m amazed that people choose my hairstyle to concern themselves about. My hair? Really? Now I know how Jennifer Aniston feels. I’ve gotten four-letter-word voice mail messages.

I saw Lara Love and Anthony Hinton read from “The Sun Does Shine”at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Anthony “was wrongly convicted and spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row before he was exonerated and freed ....For the next 27 years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell …” This book “tells Hinton’s dramatic 30-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy ...”

Read this book. Then we can talk about my hair.

— Kathy Runyon, Santa Cruz

Homelessness is a complex problem

The campaign to recall Chris Krohn and Drew Glover from the Santa Cruz City Council must be in trouble, given the example of David Plumlee’s 9/14 letter to the editor. Mr. Plumlee falsely states that Krohn and Glover favor transitional homeless encampments “as long as they are not in Mr. Krohn’s neighborhood,” and “as long as they are in your neighborhood.” What’s the basis for those intentional slurs? And what does Mr. Plumlee suggest as solutions to this undeniable and serious problem? Mr. Plumlee must be among those residents who want our homeless residents to simply and magically disappear, rather than working on finding places and the funds to house them. Fortunately, the same day’s paper carried a story about $16 million potentially coming to Santa Cruz County for affordable housing and homelessness facilities. This is a complex problem; let’s not make it more difficult by spreading misinformation. — Peter Gelblum, Boulder Creek

Hear the song fossil fuel, plastic industries are singing

Imagine if automobile repair shops complained that there weren’t enough traffic accidents and many businesses were closing down and laying off hard working people who had families to support. Or if the fire department protested the development of safer houses that didn’t burn so easily because firemen were losing their jobs. Or if the health care sector were advocating unhealthy life styles because healthier people were bad for business. This is the song that the fossil fuel industry (and its favorite son the plastic industry) is singing. Poor mother earth, poor us.

— Peter Bartczak, Soquel

Where is the line drawn on weapons?

In this hyper polarized political time we need honest discourse more than ever.

I truly want to know how the more fervent supporters of the NRA draw the line on what “arms” society should be able to bear. If military assault rifles are OK, why not anti tank missiles or any other military equipment?

Again, a legitimate question here not posed in sarcasm.

— Greg Hoffmann, Santa Cruz

Boat fire life saving change

After 40 years as a USCG licensed captain I have amassed at least some experience. I anticipated that the guilt would lie on the shoulders of the duty office on watch. Whether or not it would have made any difference if he had full attention to his duty is another matter. Yet a simple household safety item could have vastly changed the outcome.

Boat owners should remember that the USCG regs require a minimum amount of safety equipment and those regulation lag behind any new safety equipment invented. Simply installing residential CO2 (carbon monoxide) detectors and smoke alarms and replacing them biannually could have made a huge difference. To my understanding they are not required in the USCG regs. To do so would require a USCG approved device. CO2 detectors after all were only recently required in apartments. I would encourage any commercial boat operator to invest in this inexpensive upgrade.

— Chelsea Wagner, Santa Cruz

A combined future for library, market

Perhaps there is a solution to the conflict about the library.

Build the new facility, library, parking and residential units, then turn the roof into a park with plants, benches and room for the farmers market. This would give maximum usage of our very limited space.

Meade Fischer, Soquel

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