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By Letters to the Editor | Santa Cruz Sentinel October 13, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.

When we approved Measure S, we voted “to modernize, upgrade, and repair local libraries”— the exact language of the ballot measure. But we were hoodwinked by the politicians yet again...

The renderings of this boondoggle on the city’s website show exactly one picture with a small shelf with — books.

— David Emberson, Santa Cruz

By Letters to the Editor | Santa Cruz Sentinel October 13, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.

In opposing a remodel and revitalization of the existing downtown library, a letter writer stated that Measure O “kills a bird in hand ready to take flight …”

Oh really?

If one cares about birds, that genus of animal whose numbers continue to decline with development, then consider the following.

A recent New York Times article (10/3/22) reiterated what we have known for decades; that is, up to a billion birds die in window strikes every year.

— Jean Brocklebank, Santa Cruz

By Editorial Board | | Santa Cruz Sentinel October 11, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.

We’ve taken our stands on the two Santa Cruz initiatives – Yes on Measure O, which would end plans for a multi-use library/parking/housing project downtown...

But as these polarized divisions continue, the role of the news media as impartial providers of a common set of facts is ever more vital. A shared sense of truth is an essential foundation for an informed citizenry, who can have legitimate differences of opinion based on a common set of facts.

But amid our acrimonious public debates, common ground, much less objective truth, has become increasingly hard to find. The news media has too often been part of the problem, reflected in the waning trust for what we do among many Americans, especially as readers are often confused, especially online, about the differences between news stories, opinion columns and editorials.

By Editorial Board | | Santa Cruz Sentinel

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