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the effects of corporations on the community of Santa Cruz

Tom has been doing an excellent job with the Comic News. I honestly do not know how I would have made it through the 2000 s'election' if it were not for the Comic News.

But the times they are a changing. There was something really special about the Comic News when it was free and seemingly as common as the Metro and the Good Times around Santa Cruz cafes, bookshops, and on the streets. But the switch to 50 cents and then a $1 never seemed to go over too well for the Comic News.

The Green Press was a very important part of the Comic News and source of alternative information both in and about Santa Cruz. While the Green Press continued to expand in its number of pages, it began to lose what it had going for it. About 50% of the articles were by locals about local issues. Ray poured his blood, sweat, and tears into that project, and you could tell by reading the articles and the introductions. Ed and Elaine have continued doing great work, much of it still locally focused, but the articles just didn't grab me the way they did back when the Green Press was only four pages.

The charging of $1 -- four quarters, exact change only -- significantly cuts down on the number of average janes that will pick up the paper out of curiousity and start looking through it. Once the paper is paid for, it is usally taken home, instead of left on cafe tables to be read over and over again.

I think 'wonderin' has asked an important question.

Notice all the chains flooding into Santa Cruz? Money is getting sucked out of the community. Surviving in Santa Cruz is not easy. The corporations have a lot more time and money to spend to shape the minds of people in our community than most individuals do.

The Government is the Corporations.
Universities are Corporations.

The Comic News claims to be 'A Non-Corporate Watch Dog on the Government' yet seems to be ignoring the effects of corporations on the community of Santa Cruz.

Working together, we can make a difference.
Communication is the key.
Stay free from corporate control.
 


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