Opinion

Watsonville Mayor's Update, December 2018

The holidays are a festive time of year when we share special moments with our family, friends and loved ones, and look ahead to a new year filled with promise and opportunity.... more

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 7

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 7, 2018... more

From the editor's desk, Dec. 7: Education is the key to pedestrian safety

Recently, I was driving on South Green Valley Road near the Kralj Drive intersection, when I noticed a bicyclist about two car-lengths ahead of me cruising along in the bike lane.... more

 

Rick Longinotti and Mireya Gomez-Contreras, Dec. 7: Real alternatives for Watsonville commuters

Anyone over a certain age who has driven the freeways of the Bay Area or Southern California knows that widening highways doesn’t work to reduce congestion beyond the short-term.... more

Trina Coffman-Gomez, Nov. 30: Clarifying misconceptions and moving forward, part two

This is a continuation of Trina Coffman-Gomez’s column from last week’s edition, which touches on misconceptions surrounding the county’s transportation planning.... more

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 30

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 30, 2018... more

 

Sesario Escoto, Nov. 30: Be the bridge for children in foster care

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) exists because children in the foster care system need a voice. These young people experience great loss and trauma, and CASA of Santa Cruz County provides a light in the darkness that can fall upon this time in their lives; that light being the CASA volunteers.... more

Todd Guild, Nov. 21: To avoid scams, exercise caution

In identical messages, a robotic voice from the “IRS” stated that I was in arrears with my taxes, and threatened me with arrest if I did not call within 24 hours.... more

Trina Coffman-Gomez, Nov. 21: Clarifying misconceptions and moving forward

The impact this transportation planning document will have on our community today and for our future generations is profound. The Unified Corridor Investment Study will continue to be presented to the public during the public comment period before returning back to the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) commissioners to vote on in January at the earliest.... more

 

Ed Durkee, Nov. 21: Let’s be thankful, all year long

The dinner table is about to be set, the turkey and the stuffing are ready, and the holiday season is officially upon us.... more

Trina Coffman-Gomez, Nov. 16: Identifying common ground

There has been such a polarization and passion of opinions about what the future of our transportation will look like that I thought it best to share where we can all reach a consensus.... more

 

Manuel Quiroz Jr., Nov. 16: To our leaders: The children are watching you

You lack honesty and moral purpose. The children are watching the kind of world you are creating.... more

 

Gail McNulty, Nov. 16: Bold choices today could save tomorrow

The UN’s October Climate warning is terrifying. We need profound changes in the next 10-12 years to build a more equitable world and sustain life as we know it. News of increasingly destructive, deadly California forest fires offer a grim vision of how continuing with “business as usual” might impact us locally.... more

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 16, 2018

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 16, 2018... more

Trina Coffman-Gomez, Nov. 2: The complex Unified Corridor Investment Study and what this decision can mean for relieving our traffic congestion

The City of Watsonville received a presentation from the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) at our council meeting on Oct. 23 regarding the Draft Unified Corridor Investment Study (UCIS).... more

On My Mind, Nov. 2: No passwords or passcodes, please

If I can afford a gravestone, when that time comes, it will simply offer these words: “No Password, No Passcode, No User name, no iTunes password, No iMac User name, No PIN code, No SSI.” None of this will be necessary to stop and think about Tarmo and what he meant to you and this kind Earth.... more

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, April 7: Will we ever see equality in wages?

Letters to the Editor, April 7, 2018... more

Letter to the Editor, April 5: Look at both sides of rail issue

Letter to the Editor, April 5, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, April 3: Great work, Watsonville PD

Letters to the Editor, April 3, 2018... more

 

From the editor's desk, April 3: On to the next 150 years

March, an exhausting month characterized by 150th anniversary celebrations, is now behind us.... more

 

Marc Pimentel, Faris Sabbah and Dori Rose Inda, March 29: Attacks on unions undermine community healthcare

Unions have been a path to economic security for many Americans and in particular, have ensured those benefits reach minority workers.... more

Letter to the Editor, March 27: Republicans, please help

Letter to the Editor, March 27, 2018... more

Letter to the Editor, March 24: An open letter to the future one-day-a-week R-P

Letter to the Editor, March 24, 2018... more

Leslie DeRose, Maria Orozco and Kimberly De Serpa, March 22: In praise of school counselors

Recently, the Register-Pajaronian published an article regarding counseling services available to students in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. While the article touched on key components, it did miss an opportunity to depict the many positive elements that encompass the district’s services to its most fragile students. ... more

Luis Alejo, March 20: The voting rights gladiator who changed California politics forever

California’s Latino community has lost its greatest voting rights gladiator. Last Friday, the legendary civil rights lawyer Joaquin G. Avila lost his battle to cancer after previously suffering from a stroke. No one was more accomplished than him when it came to fighting for Latino political empowerment and representation.... more

Letters to the Editor, March 20: Trump fatigue? This may help

Letters to the Editor, March 20, 2018... more

Watsonville mayor's update, March 2018

Please join us on Friday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the historic City Plaza to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of our city. ... more

Letters to the Editor, March 17: Watsonville kicks big tobacco in the butt

Letters to the Editor, March 17, 2018... more

Letter to the Editor, March 15: Throwing gasoline on the fire?

Letter to the Editor, March 15, 2018... more

Letter to the Editor, March 13: Progressive Rail’s motives questionable

Letter to the Editor, March 13, 2018... more

Rick Longinotti, March 10: Our county needs transportation justice

In U.S. cities just prior to the automobile revolution, there was plenty of social inequality, but a lot more equality of mobility than we have now.... more

Letter to the Editor, March 8: Re-think highway name

Letter to the Editor, March 8, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, March 6: Happy 150th, Register-Pajaronian

Letters to the Editor, March 6, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, March 3: Health care justice for all

Letters to the Editor, March 3, 2018... more

Letter to the Editor, Feb. 27: Attacks on Community Bridges unwarranted

Letter to the Editor, Feb. 27, 2018... more

 

Police chiefs, Feb. 24: Everyone must do their part to prevent gun violence

As law enforcement executives in Santa Cruz County, each of us individually may have different views of how best to reduce gun violence, but we all committed to providing leadership to prevent and reduce gun violence and to keep our children and teachers safe in our schools. ... more

Gail Pellerin, Feb. 24: Voting in California made easier than ever

As we enter the 2018 election cycle, unfounded allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression efforts remain in many states. In California, however, there are new laws and programs to improve the voter experience and make it easier to register and vote.... more

Bonsai enthusiast bids farewell

My long-time friend Don White has died. If the name escapes you, he was the friendly man whose photo I ran in the R-P each year for the past 10-plus years tending his vast collection of bonsai trees in the back yard of his Carmel Street home. ... more

 

From the editor's desk, Feb. 20: Parking 'woes'?

Can’t find a place to park in downtown Watsonville? You’re not looking hard enough.... more

Letter to the Editor, Feb. 20: Gosh, if I was there. The questions I could’ve asked

Letter to the Editor, Feb. 20, 2018... more

Gail Pellerin, Feb. 17: Election security and safety in Santa Cruz County

As your County Clerk, one of my most important responsibilities is to ensure that the votes cast in Santa Cruz County are secure and accurate. Despite claims that voter fraud is rampant nationally, court challenges have failed to produce evidence that voter fraud is anything more than an occasional clerical error or bad data matching.... more

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 17: Thank you, Robert Avila-Arce

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 17, 2018... more

Johanna Miller, Feb. 13: Making amends with Valentine’s Day

I was supposed to be born on Valentine’s Day. About eight months into my mother’s pregnancy, her doctor announced that Feb. 14 was her most likely due date.... more

 

From the editor's desk, Feb. 13: Bearing the brunt of jury duty

In July, I received a dreaded piece of mail: a summons for jury duty.... more

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13: Retirement problems falling on taxpayers

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 6: A New Year’s wish

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 6, 2018... more

Charles Montoya, Feb. 3: Past accomplishments, future challenges

As we embark on Watsonville’s 150th birthday, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what the City Council, staff and community partners have accomplished over the last two years and look forward to the year ahead.... more

Letter to the Editor, Feb. 3: Rail is a vital transportation asset

Letter to the Editor, Feb. 3, 2018... more

 

From the editor's desk, Jan. 30: A look at 2018’s calendar

The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s annual awards dinner is always a night of celebration, socializing and bad jokes.... more

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 30: Setting the record straight

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 30, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 27: Spend local, support our businesses

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 27, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 25: Time to rethink Trump’s tenure

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 25, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 23: Build a wall that attracts

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 23, 2018... more

From the editor's desk, Jan. 16: Some goals for the council in 2018

When the Watsonville City Council meets for the first time in 2018 Tuesday night, it will mark the beginning of another year of decisions that will shape the community far into the future. Here is what I hope to see the council achieve over the year.... more

Watsonville Mayor's Update, January 2018

Watsonville Mayor's Update, January 2018... more

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 16: Where’s the ice-man?

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 16, 2018... more

Andrew Mills: Marching for justice

This Monday, at 11 a.m., Santa Cruz Police and the Santa Cruz chapter of the NAACP will march shoulder-to-shoulder as we honor Dr. King — the man who inspired that Selma march and ignited a transformation of American society.... more

 

From the editor's desk, Jan. 9: Stay home if you are sick, please

The flu season this year is shaping up to be worse than normal, as I can attest to.... more

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 9: Join weekly protest

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 9, 2018... more

Letters to the Editor policy

The Register-Pajaronian welcomes letters. Letters and columns may be dropped off or mailed to the Register-Pajaronian, 100 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076.... more