Socialism has a cost
As a California conservative I couldn’t help but shake my head in wonderment at VCR’s June 20 editorial. As a private-sector working sucker, I rank somewhat near the upper end of the low/lower income-bracket referenced in the editorial — but I’m forced to pay the six-figure salaries of police, firemen, other government bureaucrats, managers and politicians as well as those of teachers and other lower-level government workers who are all still significantly better compensated than I am. Unlike these folks, I’m not entitled to generous taxpayer-provided insurance and retirement either. On the other end of the spectrum, neither am I entitled (I wouldn’t accept them even if I was — unlike liberals, I have a little pride) to the welfare handouts or subsidies given to the thousands and thousands of “really poor people” — but I have to pay for these, too, even though I don’t want or need them and seriously question their efficacy and morality. I’m forced to buy insurance for my car and soon I’ll be forced to buy healthcare insurance I also don’t want and can’t afford. Taxes are already my biggest single expense and I only see them increasing in the future.
On top of this, we all know that there are severe and all-encompassing regulations and taxes placed on development — which only increases the cost of housing. Shoot, there are costly regulations on EVERYTHING nowadays. … God knows how much this increases the cost of EVERYTHING we buy. Heck, I’d be surprised if I kept more than 50 percent of my income. It’s hard to get ahead — and I’m a frugal person — when half of what you earn is taken from you. Government-caused inflation (a hidden tax) eats up my savings and wages, and government-manipulated, artificially low-interest rates artificially increase housing prices as well as punish savers like me. Why doesn’t VCR mention this as a factor?
So now the editor wants to throw me a few scraps and get the local government to “do something” to provide “affordable housing.” LOL. Does it even occur to Lliberals that folks like me may not WANT “affordable housing”? Sorry, but I don’t want to live in a condo, crowded in with the kind of people who flock to “affordable housing” developments. Liberals: There IS a cost to your socialism, and honest, hard-working folks like me being permanent renters — thanks to your central economic-planning — is one of them.
Well, the Ventura Communist Reporter is nothing if not blind! Commie’s do everything in their power to prevent construction as well as promote heavy taxation and regulation of everything, and then whine that the cost of housing is too high for them? What in the hell did you idiots think would result from these policies? I do admit to taking some pleasure in seeing that some commies are also suffering, just like us outnumbered conservatives, from the consequences of their own actions. Hey, Mr. Editor, I’ve got a suggestion for you: If you can’t afford to buy in Ventura, head on over to Oxnard or Santa Paula to live amongst the scumbag illegals you love so much and whom you’ve allowed to overrun our state! Go and enjoy the wonderful multiculturalism you’ve shoved down our throats! As for me, I gave up hope of buying in Ventura many years ago, and am glad, too. After the Democraps trash Prop. 13, good luck to middle-class homeowners in trying to pay your property-tax bill. As for me, I plan to buy somewhere sane after I retire, and then it’s sayonara, Commiefornia!
— Margaret Thatcher
Ventura Communist Reporter will turn me in to the IRS or NSA.
I just read your piece on Stop Ventura Thieves, and it’s absolutely sickening to hear that Olde Town Pawn paid $200 for $5,000 in gear and never reported it to authorities. As long as thieves have a safe place to fence the goods in Ventura, they will continue to steal and spread the misery that poor Penwall experienced.
(name requested to be withheld)
LGBTQ services are here!
I was offended when I read your opinion piece that was written in your May 16 issue: “LGBT youth in need of tailored community resources” by Ruben Ramirez. Obviously, Ramirez did not do his research. As the founder and director of James Cosper Stepping Stone/Ventura County LGBTQ+ Center, I want to let everyone know there are services here in Ventura County and actually opened the day after the former center closed. We currently work out of donated space in Camarillo and Ventura, but have a huge fundraiser coming up in August, the River Trail AIDS Ride and Health/Service Expo to raise money for our own building and bring back all of the AIDS services that were provided by the former center and more. As part of our health fair, we will be having a mass marriage by an ordained minister; just come with a license and participate in something that is going to be history making. We currently have a 24-hour support line for people to call and talk about what is bothering them, 1-855-U-MATTER, free counseling services, and support groups, and a youth group that meets every Wednesday afternoon. WE also do sensitivity training and other types of trainings that deal with LGBTQ+ issues. We have personal advocacy for court, doctors, getting county services, and any issue that people feel they need support for. We currently have agreements with Ventura County Schools and Ventura County Public Health. We are also a source for homeless court, so people can complete their community service hours. We are a nonprofit 501-c community service company, and all of our funding comes from personal donations, and community support. So as you can plainly see, there are services here in Ventura County, and those services will only be expanded upon, not go away.
James Cosper Stepping Stone/Ventura County LGBTQ+ Center