The comment by the Port Hueneme Public Works director that you included in your article would lead one to believe that Port Hueneme is a good custodian of Bubbling Springs Creek. The opposite is true. This is a flood control channel but also contains a year-round stream that is fed by a small spring. A true treasure in our area, but the city treats it as if it were an open sewer. The removal of “nonnative plants” referred to actually takes the form of massive herbicide spraying that kills all the grass, leaving the creek banks exposed to massive erosion during rainy periods. The “habitat for animals” is a very inhospitable one. The duck population survives on hand-outs of bread crumbs and cheerios.
Ted Waddell Port Hueneme

Misconceptions about the demise of Wright Library
I’d like to make a couple of clarifications in response to Maili Halme Brocke’s letter (Letters, 11/25) last week about Wright Library (“Library director cries wolf, again”).

I hope it will be reassuring to most your readers that I am not as all-powerful as Mrs. Brocke would like everyone to believe. In her letter, she states that I “happen to be the person who brought and hired” Jackie Griffin, the Ventura County Library director. This is not exactly correct.

As Ventura’s representative on the County Library Services Commission, I volunteered to sit on the recruitment committee, along with Supervisor Kathy Long and Murray Rosenbluth, then a City Councilmember in Port Hueneme.

After interviewing several candidates, we recommended to the Library Services Commission that Jackie Griffin be hired. After meeting with Ms. Griffin, the County Library Services Commission made the same recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, which by law must make the final hiring decision.

Also, Mrs. Brocke referred to the “Library Advisory Council.” There is no such body, so I am assuming she was referring to the City of Ventura Library Advisory Commission.

The poor library funding situation in both Ventura County and the City of Ventura long predates Ms. Griffin’s arrival, and she can hardly be blamed for pointing out something that people in local library circles have known for many years: Ventura’s library funding is not sufficient to maintain two major libraries, and with the economic downturn, the county system could no longer afford to subsidize our shortfall.

Bill Fulton, Deputy Mayor, Ventura

One nation under God?
Our nation faces a grave issue today of which people are unaware. They complacently move through museums and libraries, read magazines and watch television, fascinated by lessons and presentations of evolution. So intrigued are they with Darwin’s theory that I see no way to disentangle it from the fabric of society.

There are museums in every city with mislabeled fossils, even though no transitional bones have ever been found due to the fact that “living creatures bring forth after their own kind.” (Genesis 1:24) Then there are all the text books in all the schools — with a series of drawings showing an ape gradually straightening up into a man, etched in the brain of every student.

Even though books are written by prominent scientists denouncing the theory of evolution, and the research of many scientists denouncing the theory of evolution, and the research of many scientists has led them to believe in a Creator whom they worship in church. A large number cling to Darwin’s fiction because the only alternative — God — is unthinkable to atheists.

The atheistic belief in evolution has weakened our nation and allowed secular humanists to sweep away most of our Judeo-Christian values. Even the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 2000 to teach evolution merely as a theory, so now a fable, devised by a divinity school graduate (mad at God for a death in the family), is taught to our students as a fact. Even the National Geographic confirmed the Darwin hoax in 1999, by putting two unrelated fossils together and calling it a “feathered dinosaur.” Though scientists immediately condemned it, I’m sure many people still have a copy of that issue in their homes. The hope that the disproven theory of evolution will eventually drop by its own weight is not very promising as the Darwin fascination is constantly being fed in classrooms, televisions and magazines.

Does this matter? Is this an issue requiring our immediate attention? Yes, the time for leisurely debate is over. Our nation is shaken by unforeseen imminent disaster. For the first time in history, our vast military might is useless. It is unable to strike and destroy an unseen enemy. We can no longer defend ourselves — or find a place to hide.

Who will come to our rescue? Who will liberate our mind and heart by exposing Darwin as the “Pied Piper” of science?

Who will order “take down this wall,” as President Reagan did to expose the false theory of Communism? If scientists from all over the world who question the theory on their Web site, HYPERLINK “”, can free us from the great Darwin deception, it would be an earth shaking event that would go down in history as the greatest liberation since Lincoln free the slaves! Exposing and destroying Darwinism is our No. 1 national security issue. Clearly, we cannot pray to God to protect us from our unseen enemies while we teach our students He does not exist. May the scientists step forward and demand a new Supreme Court decision that we may once again teach the truth and be “One Nation Under God” and under the umbrella of His might protection!

Daphne Craig Aluta, Ventura

Obama — stop the killing
Dear Mr. President,

The killing must stop. If you acquiesce to the military’s demand for thousands more soldiers, how many of them will be killed and how many people will they kill? To what end? What did the millions of deaths mean in Vietnam? In Korea? In Iraq? And in this latest war? And what of the families? And how many wounded physically and emotionally are existing today, looking forward to … what?

On Bill Moyers Journal, Nov. 6, he showed us a representative few of the soldiers who survived their military deployments and who learned to kill and indeed to accept that role. And as Fort Hood and other places, our soldiers turn on each other!

Mr. President, you have great power. Use that power to end the slaughter on all sides of this horror. You promised us so much. And gave us such hope when you spoke forcefully against the Iraq War when Congress was all for it. Now you are advocating another. How can you let your people down like this? It’s time — well past time — to stop the killing.

Time for peace.Virginia Donohue, Ventura

SOARing into the future
Kudos to the Reporter and Paul Sisolak for the wide-ranging scrutiny of the impacts and implications of SOAR and what lies ahead for Ventura County (Feature, 11/12). It’s a complex and controversial topic, and Sisolak did a commendable job of conveying a balanced perspective.

There are a couple of typos, however, that should be corrected. The key word “not” was left out of this quote from me: “Ventura (city and county) made the conscious choice that we would” not “stop building, but encourage sensitive infill rather than suburban sprawl.” Obviously, neither the county nor the city has stopped building. In fact, our long-term General Plan, adopted unanimously by our City Council, calls for ambitious reinvestment in our older neighborhoods Downtown, along Midtown transit corridors and on the Westside.

Another sentence also makes more sense when you understand that I said, “I think SOAR, on balance, has been the textbook example of doing it right, but like everything else you can’t stop there.” The quote is prominently featured as “I think SOAR, on ballots …” 

“On ballots” implies that I endorse the mania in California for slicing and dicing integrated issues like transportation, land use and environmental protection into simple yes or no ballot choices. “On balance” conveys my actual view that SOAR is not perfect, and agricultural and open space preservation must be paired with infill so Ventura County can channel appropriate growth instead of stifling it. 

Again, SOAR is an often-emotional issue and Sisolak provided thoughtful and nuanced analysis. We need more such discussion and debate as the county’s 10 cities grapple with a struggling economy, vexing water quality issues and transportation challenges. Ventura County can be a leader in California if we embrace the opportunity for regional collaboration and sensible cooperation across city boundaries. Our City Council has strongly supported such regional efforts, including the successful apportionment of affordable housing goals, a new countywide stormwater permit far less onerous than the one originally proposed by the state and the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Ventura County. 

Rick Cole, City Manager, Ventura