What makes an excellent Valentine’s Day Subject cowl story? Normally they’re enjoyable and offbeat appears to be like at a few of the greatest and worst of the romance world. We’ve run tales over time that cowl the gamut of a relationship’s lifetime, from greatest first dates to worst breakup tales to the 2 girls who talked folks into placing on a marriage gown and speaking about their divorces.
This yr’s is just a little completely different. I don’t assume we’ve ever accomplished a music-oriented Valentine’s Day story earlier than, however the story of married native songwriters Carolyn Sills and Gerard Egan was too good to move up, particularly contemplating that their new album is an exploration of Marty Robbins’ “El Paso,” one of the vital well-known love songs in nation music. Now, once I say “love tune,” I do notice that that is story involving jealousy, homicide and inevitable doom. Nonetheless, Wallace Baine makes the case on this week’s cowl story that regardless of all that (or due to it), this tragic ballad could also be the quintessential American love story.
Definitely it’s lengthy overdue for the revisitation that Sills and Egan have accomplished, going past simply overlaying the tune, and truly constructing a story that explores the story additional over the course of the songs on Return to El Paso.
However whereas the album is an ideal Valentine’s Day hook, crucial love story Baine writes about in his piece is the one between Sills and Egan themselves. They’re nothing in need of a neighborhood treasure, and should you haven’t found them but, it’s time to satisfy two of our music’s scene greatest abilities. Within the meantime, have an excellent V-Day and attempt to keep out of gunfights in Rosa’s Cantina over a Mexican woman.
Letters to the Editor
R IS FOR RESOURCES
As a retired financial improvement skilled, I’ve, for the 30 years I’ve lived in Santa Cruz, acknowledged the worth that Cabrillo Faculty and its fantastic packages present to the Santa Cruz group, together with its youth, employers and companies. Cabrillo has been coaching our healthcare, hospitality and tech staff. With the passage of Measure R, Cabrillo may even be coaching our native firefighters and police, which is able to save taxpayer dollars by preserving coaching native. I’ve served on Cabrillo Basis’s committees and have additionally discovered in regards to the packages and assets being made obtainable to returning veterans, in addition to offering college students the instruments to qualify them to switch to a four-year college. With all of this in thoughts, I encourage voters in Santa Cruz County to put money into one of many high drivers of our native financial system. Vote Sure on Measure R.
Ceil Cirillo | Santa Cruz
JET PLANE WRONG
On the Jan. 9 Mid-County Democratic Discussion board, Manu Koenig proved that he’s inexperienced and never prepared for the job of District 1 County Supervisor. He spoke of the jet noise process that’s at present hammering our county. Mr. Koenig has no grasp of this challenge, and no first-hand information of the method. Manu incorrectly said that the FAA not needs to work with Supervisor Leopold as a result of the supervisor went too far in his communication to his constituents.
As one of many unique founders of Save Our Skies Santa Cruz, I used to be offended that he thought he may get away with this assertion. Does Manu assume that the voters of District 1 are blind to the occasions in their very own county?
Supervisor Leopold was instrumental in bringing the FAA to the desk with our Congressional representatives. By his management and dedication to our county, and his arduous work with the Choose Committee, he has represented the wants of the first District and the county at massive. Supervisor Leopold involves the desk together with his analysis accomplished and is properly ready to do the job.
Vicki Miller | Co-chair, Save Our Skies Santa Cruz
TOURIST TRAIN TRAP
I used to be at school right here in Santa Cruz (go Cardinals!) again within the ’60s and ’70s when my father and different downtown enterprise folks promoted the Pacific Avenue Backyard Mall to deliver vacationer dollars downtown and broaden the county’s revenue base. That was a very long time in the past, and Santa Cruz not must broaden its vacationer business; it appears clear that the group’s capability for vacationer infrastructure help—motels, parking, eating places, emergency companies, loos, trash pick-up, and the like—is now maxed out.
And but, the present RTC commissioners appear to be proposing we spend county transportation cash to improve the rail hall tracks and promote a vacationer prepare! Whereas we desperately want aid from congestion on Freeway 1 in addition to on our different main thoroughfares, extra bus service, and safer cross-town bicycle routes, they’re voting to spend county tax cash from Measure D not for native transportation enhancements, however to broaden our vacationer business—with out offering any of the companies which is able to moreover be required to help extra guests. And within the meantime, we residents stay with every day gridlock on our streets and highways.
This proposal for a vacationer trolley will solely make visitors–and parking—in Santa Cruz County worse. The RTC appears to be instigating a state of affairs which is the other of its mandate as a transportation fee. I’d urge our commissioners to fastidiously consider the implications of this challenge earlier than getting caught up within the notion of displaying the residents “one thing” for all of the money and time spent not offering any entry to the rail hall in any respect or any transportation enhancements from it.
Nadene Thorne | Santa Cruz