We were disappointed not to find any mention in the last issue (2/1/08) of the VC Reporter of our groupâ€™s meeting with Congresswoman Lois Capps last Friday. It seemed to us that the story we submitted by e-mail on Jan. 27 was important and interesting enough to warrant at least some mention.
Norman and Betty Eagle
Your recent editorial â€œWords Make the Manâ€ (1/18/07) started out as a reasonable observation of what affect modern culture is having on the English language. But then, in true VC Reporter form, your editorial slips into another one-sided, name-calling Bush bash with the remainder of the article focusing on so called Bush-isms.
What your analysis misses is that there are numerous other ways of butchering the English language (in addition to mispronunciations), for example meaning to say one thing but saying something totally different. Although I will readily admit that our president is not one of the great orators of our time (and yes he has a problem with the word nuclear), at least people know what he means in spite of his mispronunciations.
In contrast, look at the doofus [the Democrats] ran for president: Lurch, I mean John Kerry. Every time he opens his mouth he misstates his point. That clown canâ€™t even tell a joke without having to spend the next three weeks explaining what he really meant and that what he really meant was not what he said.
Take a look at the so called â€œPeace Movementâ€ (talk about misleading titles). Have you ever noticed how peace protesters are the most hateful, vile and intolerant people in our society? If you want to find out what they really mean by â€œopen mindedness, understanding, and tolerance of other viewsâ€ go to one of their cheesy events and announce that you think George Bush is a great president. Oh, by the way, bring a towel. Youâ€™ll need it by the time these people of tolerance are done spitting on you and throwing food at you.
Speaking of mispronouncing words, have you listened to the street talking jive of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton lately? They canâ€™t even pronounce the word â€œaskâ€ correctly. And these phonies are spokesmen for the party of Franklin Roosevelt. What an embarrassment.
On a lighter note, what did you think of Hillary Clintonâ€™s brilliant pronouncement that â€œif she knew then what she knows now, she would have voted differently?â€ Boy, thereâ€™s no pulling the wool over that womanâ€™s eyes, thatâ€™s for sure. Letâ€™s see. She was married to the two-timer president (pun intended) of this country for the eight years leading up to 9/11. She had intimate knowledge of national security matters relating to Iraq. If the whole Iraq WMD thing was such a sham, wouldnâ€™t her husband have told her to vote no on the War Resolution? Instead, senior Clinton National Security Advisors swarmed Capitol Hill post 911 urging democrats to vote affirmatively for Bushâ€™s War Resolution. She voted for the war and now she blames Bush and Cheney for misleading her. Say what, Hillary?
All this probably matters little to your liberal readers, since they spend most of their time in the visitor gallery at the Ventura City Council meetings waiting for their chance to complain about the lack of â€œaffordableâ€ housing, rent control and free health care. But listen up all you liberals, help is on the way. The Senate just voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour. Now you have the chance to finally live the life that you previously could only dream of!
Donâ€™t pimp out Ventura
How does one integrate existing single story homes with modern multi-story developments?
I was lucky enough to attend a Ventura City Council meeting (Jan. 17, 2007) about the Midtown re-zoning of the corridors of Main Street and Thompson Boulevard. David Sargent, representing developers, showed a detailed slide show depicting how Thompson Boulevard would look with two and three-story town homes and condos lining both sides of the street. While they put on a good show (with lots of â€œeye candyâ€), they neglected to show the view (if any) of the hills from directly behind the new buildings. Would there be any view?
Some locals who live in the eclectic single story bungalows between these main corridors voiced concern about the potential loss of Venturaâ€™s hillside views. Other long-time property owners would like to develop sites, with multi-storied structures, for investment. Both sides are understandable.
Now I have to ask, why did people move to Ventura? Was it affordable housing? A close commute to Santa Barbara or LA? Many came for the peaceful, laid-back atmosphere. (And donâ€™t forget the proximity to the beaches, the mountains or downtown, most within walking distance.) This is the body and soul that is Ventura. Even visitors understand that!
Do we want another Victoria Avenue, with block after block of cookie cutter strip malls? Do we want Ventura to become another Oxnard?
My greatest fear is that, without proper planning and scrutiny from the City Council and the residents, we may pimp out this fine city to those who have little interest in what happens after they cash out and move on. We wonâ€™t get a second chance to get it right. I donâ€™t oppose change. I oppose the greed and thoughtlessness of bad decisions that could erase our cityâ€™s soul.
Hell no, Watada wonâ€™t go
I have been advised that Lt. Watada is awaiting a general court martial for his opinion about the war in Iraq.
I understand that his objection can be summarized: â€œThe war in Iraq is in fact illegal. It is my obligation and my duty to refuse any orders to participate in this war. An order to take part in an illegal war is unlawful in itself. So my obligation is not to follow the order to go to Iraq.â€
I agree with the lieutenant and hope that Lt. General James Dubik, as the commander general, can see that he has a valid objection based on the Nuremberg trials. No officer can absolve himself from guilt by saying, â€œI was just following orders.â€
Anyone wanting to support Lt. Watada may send letters to Lt. General James Dubik (Fort Lewis, 1 Corps Building 2025 Stop 1, Fort Lewis, DC, 98433) and send a copy of the letter to your congressperson.