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The New Conservatism amnesia

Mr. Moomjean is furious because Republicans were forced to accept miniscule tax increases. (“A New Conservatism: Part 2,” Right Persuasion, 01/10/) Americans are “getting their paychecks ripped to shreds”? Hardly! Ever since President Obama’s stimulus, 95 percent of Americans have been paying record low taxes. “The rise of the tea party at a time when taxes are literally at their lowest in decades is hard to understand.” (Brookings Institution).

He cries crocodile tears over national debt. When Obama took office, 70 percent of the entire debt in this nation’s history had been run up by Reagan and the two Bushes. Yes: 70 percent; of the lot; in 20 years. Where were the conservative purists during this lurid Roman orgy of fiscal irresponsibility, pray tell?

 
Obama’s debt increases are from: pulling the economy out of its nose-dive, reduced taxes from reduced economic activity, saving Detroit, two insane wars, and tax giveaways for the wealthy.  This is hardly “four years of tax and spend.” This was cleaning up the mess left by Republican policies.

Moomjean is silent on the $250 billion each year in federal goodies for Exxon, coal and drug companies alone. The recent fiscal cliff bill added yet more pork. Perhaps in his next screed on conservative purity, Mr. Moomjean could expound on the virtues of socialism for the rich.

Raymond Freeman
Thousand Oaks
 

 

Standing with Ojai FLOW

I’ve just read a press release from the San Lorenzo Valley Water District about a retirement party for Fred McPherson, who happens to be the brother of Ojai FLOW’s Pat McPherson. The announcement credits Fred for his participation on the Board of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District when it acquired the Felton water system from California-American Water in 2008.

Pat McPherson, a marketing specialist and community volunteer, has no doubt received good insights from his brother about that successful acquisition, insights now helping him to co-lead the efforts of Ojai FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) to buy the Golden State Water operations here in Ojai.

Along with many others who are forced to pay the inflated Golden State rates, I support Ojai FLOW and the well-qualified people heading up the group’s efforts. Richard Hajas, who wrote the excellent Ojai FLOW feasibility study, is a water expert, having worked for Casitas and served as general manager of another municipal water district in southern Ventura County. Stan Greene was the head of the Citizens to Preserve the Ojai, is on the Board of the Ojai Valley Sanitary District, and knows the ins and out of government agencies. Bob Daddi is a local insurance agent who was one of the driving forces that got the Ojai Skate Park built. Dale Hanson has been a longtime board member of the Ojai Valley Board of Realtors and knows the business community. Lou Torres is a local CPA and has been the chief financial officer for Rotary West’s nonprofit organization, and Ryan Blatz is an attorney who grew up here in Ojai, knows where to get information and is gifted at presenting it.

I’m grateful to the Ojai FLOW steering committee and all the informed citizens of Ojai for standing up to buy Golden State. I trust my neighbors to have my interests in mind more than do the distant Golden State Water Company executives or their front organization, the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights. I look forward to Casitas giving the go-ahead for us ratepayers to vote YES on a bond to buy and upgrade the Golden State system in Ojai. The bond (payable only by us former GSW ratepayers) will pay for itself in the savings derived from our much lower Casitas water rates.  

Sonia Nordenson
Ojai
 

Boeing’s true motives revealed

I loved the story by Michael Collins (“‘Greenwashing Rockedyne,’” Feature, 1/17) exposing the true motives of Boeing and its plan to change its image and rewrite the history of its environmental crimes. Michael is a true hero for his persistence in reporting with immense detail, which makes the true corporate crimes easy to understand. We have enough honest people involved and alive and we will fight this.

Bonnie Klea
West Hills
 

 

Boeing’s unethical practices

This is a shocking article (‘“Greenwashing’ Rockedyne,” Feature, 1/17) which I will certainly pass along to all my friends. It is tragic enough to learn not too long ago that I have raised my children near the site of partial nuclear meltdown, but to learn that instead of doing the right thing, Boeing is fighting cleaning up toxics is disturbing to the core. The nuclear and chemical contamination may be trickling down in streams where children play, in the soil where people grow food nearby, and in the air when the Santa Ana winds blow. This is so incredibly unethical and tragic for the thousands of families affected by the contamination. Thank you Michael Collins for reporting on this hugely important subject. I would like to see many more articles on this.

Cindi Gortner
Oak Park
 

 

An insider’s perspective of Oxnard City Hall

Good comments in your article. (“There’s a new mayor in town,” News, 1/17)

Can you imagine how difficult it was to work in that environment? When I uncovered problems such as amounts on the BLT bill that were not supported in the contract, I was told to let Karen Burnham review all the BLT invoices. When I found that the staff was not following the High Tide and Green Grass golf course contract as approved by the (Oxnard) Council, Sotelo told me to keep out of this matter. When a developer did not want to pay for the cost of state-required infrastructure deposits … I was fired.

Because I am and was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, I am obligated to tell the truth about financial matters; so when I was asked by the mayor pro tem to talk to the press, I was obligated to tell the truth about the fact that the Oxnard golf course was receiving subsidies from the city in order to cover its costs.

When the city’s auditors told me during the first two weeks of joining Oxnard that the city’s general fund was not a “going concern” because it had more than $8 million in losses and less than $3 million, in reserves I had that audit pulled. I worked for four weeks with the auditors to find that the budgeting staff had allowed money to remain in completed CIP funds long after the CIP projects were completed so that staff could use the money as they wanted without bringing it back for Council approval. I made the required changes and transferred $7 million back into the general fund, which allowed the auditors to change their position and not report Oxnard to the state controller. Executive staff, other than City Manager P. Hernandez, did not like what I did, for obvious reasons.

All this and more was presented in Federal District Court. However, the city continues to refuse to comply with the terms of my settlement agreement. Hmmm.

Linda and I wish each of you the very best during your terms as our elected officials.

Phill and Linda Molina
Oxnard

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Alaina Stockdill fell through the cracks

Recently, Blair Stockdill was sentenced to 25 years to life for drowning her 8-year-old daughter, Alaina, in September 2010. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell said that Stockdill entered the guilty plea “voluntarily and intelligently.” Prosecutor Chrystina Jensen, stated  that Stockdill’s mental problems go back to when she was 16 or 17 and “everyone who has ever treated her has found that she suffers from a very debilitating mental illness and that she was highly psychotic.” Why was this child returned to the mother after she was placed into the grandparent’s home in the first place? Disturbing? Absolutely! What part did social services play in this horrific death?   Have you forgotten how many times this “mother” tried to suffocate this child? Alaina, herself, told her friends, young and old, how her mother held her hand over her mouth trying to suffocate her. Where is the common sense? This child was placed in a very dangerous and deadly situation by adults responsible for her safety. Would you trust your child with a mentally ill woman who can, at any time, stop taking her medication?  Because of my efforts to save another child who had been beaten into a coma and returned to his abuser who had an active felony warrant for her arrest at the time, KEYT-TV did a short documentary involving me, the director of Social Services and the court-appointed attorney who represents the children of Ventura. The director was quoted as saying, “Blood is thicker than water,” and the attorney was quoted as saying, “We don’t necessarily do what is in the best interest of the child. We do the legally correct thing.” Scary? Without a doubt. Tragic? Absolutely. Preventable? Of course it is! In my 25 years of covering child homicides, the mentality stays the same to the detriment of our children.

Jane LeMond-Alvarez
Oxnard
 

From the web:

Colorful responses to Forrest Mize’s farewell article

First of all, I can’t believe VCReporter would print a racist article like this! Second, we’re glad you’re gone. One less racist person in California. How’s your paycheck? I bet top wages are $10 an hour in Idaho. Vaya con dios, amigo.

— Citizen
 

Brilliant. Finally someone is allowed to say what is ailing California. I thank the VCReporter for allowing Mr. Mize to highlight a few California problems.

The bureaucrats, out of control illegal aliens, business-stifling rules, taxes.

Please, Mr. Mize, keep reporting to us the advantages of other states and how California is screwing it up. It’s really a great piece that all Californians should read and learn from. I shall copy it and hang it on the wall, it’s that good.

— Scapegoat
 

As a white Anglo-Saxon male, I completely agree with Citizen’s comment. I am former a Ventura County resident who also now lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and I found “A Farewell to the People’s Democratic Latino Republic of Kalifornia” to be completely racist, starting with the first paragraph.

Mr. Mize states that California is being “strangled by decades of liberal lawmakers, environmental extremists, public union thugs and “THIRD WORLD IMMIGRANTS.” I looked up the origin of Mize and found it is either of German or Dutch origin. Doesn’t Mr. Mize realize this country was built by “third world immigrants,” his own ancestors included?

His next paragraph refers to “a vast army of unelected bureaucrats.” I guess he doesn’t know that the Ventura City Council is an elected entity; the Design Review Committee is part of the City Council, as is the Historical Preservation Society. While the California Coastal Commission members are appointed by the governor, the Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly, they are all elected officials. Furthermore, the CCC was established by a vote of the people. And as far as his reference to the Chumash Indians, I can’t imagine what Mr. Mize would do if his ancestors’ sacred burial grounds were being developed for commercial use.

He goes on to refer to getting an $800 photo-enforcement ticket that cannot be contested. Anyone can contest a ticket, photo enforcement or not. Sounds to me like he committed a serious traffic offense if he was required to pay an $800 fine.

I found his reference to illegal aliens uninformed and rooted in bigotry. He is “100 percent free of the lowlife criminal Mexicans that roam free in Ventura.” He makes it sound like all criminals are Mexican and all Mexicans are illegal aliens. I think it’s time for Mr. Mize to join the 21st century and end this bigotry.

In regard to his insurance rates being lower, what Mr. Mize fails to understand is the fact that California has a population of almost 38 million people as compared to 1.5 million in Idaho.

Of course, a state with 38 million people is going to have more crime, litter, regulations, traffic and other problems than a state with 1.5 million.

By the way, the average salary for a Ventura County Deputy Sheriff is $46K per year and $49K per year for a fireman. These brave souls put their lives on the line every day and get paid peanuts for it. Millionaires? You have got to be kidding!

Scapegoat, instead of posting Mr. Mize’s article on your wall, perhaps you should consider using it for toilet paper as that’s about all it’s good for. Of course, you know what they say about opinions — everyone has one.

— Coeur D Alene Dave
 

Dave, you sound like a retired bureaucrat. Took your crazy pension and moved to clean, cheap Idaho. You left the rest of us to pay for and clean up after you.

Mize is absolutely on the money. Sometimes it takes brutal truth to fix things, and I hope his blunt essay helps.

— Scapegoat
 

I love that the rant about Mexicans ends with a Spanish sign off. Best of luck to Coeur d’Alene. Mr. Mize is all yours now!

— Miss Bell

A very unpleasant read. Good riddance to Mr. Mize.

— pg
 

What Mr. Mize stated IS TRUE! It may not be politically correct; and as one poster stated, his family immigrated to this fine country; but I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts they passed through Ellis Island LEGALLY. DID YOU HEAR ME? I said his family immigrated to this great land LEGALLY! Something many of the Hispanics FAIL to do. We can ignore the issue or deal with it head-on. Since our elected officials REFUSE to deal with it, the only sane choice is to VACATE THE PREMESIS and leave CA behind. I did. I left two years ago and have no regrets. I moved to CO. It has its problems like all states and communities, but we’re NOT inundated with illegal aliens!! BONUS right there! I, too, enjoy lower taxes and, yes, the wages are lower, but so is the stress. I can leave my purse in a shopping cart, turn my back and expect it to be there when I turn back around. I can leave my truck running while I run into the store and find it there when I return. I can leave a $64 bag of premium dog food in the back of my truck as I drive around running errands, and guess what? It’s STILL THERE! Try that in Ventura County? If you do, you’re a fool because your purse will be gone, your truck will be gone and your dog food will be gone.

P.S.: “Coeur d’Alene Dave” is a PC Nazi — you disgust me with your social-control etiquette. Funny that you didn’t retire in the land of milk and honey that you defend. Curious, Dave —Why’d you jump ship and move to a predominantly white, English-speaking area of our country with lower taxes and more freedom? – Hypocrite.

— yousaidit
 
 

I hope he took his friends and family with him.

— Shoreline59

 

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Biting the hand that feeds you

A wounded beast will attack its enemy with rabid intensity.

It was my opinion that when the issue of “what to do about Sotelo was fresh and debatable,” the culprit should be prosecuted. The Oxnard City Council, however, opted to forego the cost of litigation … dumb choice. Now, “Little Caesar” has withdrawn the dagger from his side to point his arsenal to the city of Oxnard.  

The issue would have been settled if the Oxnard City Council, having the advantage of an attorney on its panel, would have followed the remedy indicated in the California Penal Code and file criminal charges against Sotelo. Although one can never predetermine the results of a jury verdict (O.J. Simpson trial; Rodney King vs. Los Angeles police), the odds would have been vastly in favor of a guilty verdict that would have enhanced the Oxnard city armor in the future Oxnard vs. Sotelo litigation. Warning to Oxnard City Council: Saving the city money by foregoing the prosecution of city employee criminals is an endeavor doomed for failure.

Miguel Espinosa, Jr.
Oxnard
 

You are doing it all wrong, Moomjean

Re: Right Persuasion, 12/27

Republican “moral issues” are dead, according to Paul Moomjean (Right Persuasion, 12/27/12).  So he wants to fight “in our churches” for “our country’s soul.”  He wants to attack “debt-ridden social programs.” Translation: seniors, children, the sick and the poor must be thrown under the bus; the coddling of millionaires and multinational corporations must be left nicely alone. It sounds pretty soulless to me. Mr. Moomjean has his moral fight exactly backwards. One supposes that a moral fight, in churches, would have some connection to Christianity. Didn’t Christ say the rich must give their goods away to help the poor?

 
Moomjean doesn’t understand economic affairs, either.  America is a wealthy nation and only small fiscal adjustments are needed to restore social programs to soundness.  Today’s GOP couldn’t care less.  Even Newt Gingrich was disgusted by its “extreme right-wing social engineering.”  This has produced extremes of wealth and poverty, misery for millions, and irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthy projected to add $5 trillion to national debt.  I’m sorry, Mr. Moomjean, sir, but no amount of window-dressing will hide the fiscal and moral bankruptcy of today’s Republican policies.  

Raymond Freeman
Thousand Oaks
 

Maybe the obstructionists will follow suit

Re: Forrest Mize, Farewell to Kalifornia (Power to speak, 1/10)

Your ignorance surpasses your negativity but not your sour-grapes attitude toward us Californians. Thanks for leaving our Great State of warm sunshine and renewed vitalness. Yes, we voted out the obstructionist Republicans, glad you are happy in Idaho.

We voted for higher taxation for schools and our future, and in turn the future of this Great Nation we call the Unites States of America. I have been a middle-income taxpayer for well over 30 years. I am proud to be an American and pay my fair share of money to pay for schools and restore confidence in our future for ALL our children regardless of their parents political affiliation, race, creed, gender or sexual preference.

   
This Great State of ours will lead the way as we have done in the past. We will demonstrate what it takes to reverse the downward trend political infighting has led us to. Maybe you could open your home to more persons like yourself from Kalifornia so that we could proceed free from obstruction.

Ray Vasquez
Camarillo

 

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Mental health should be a top priority

The VC Reporter editorial after the Sandy Hook shooting (12/20) discussed various issues to help reduce the risk of such events in the future, but dismissed mental health care with “yet there is no realistic expectation that those who need it the most will seek the help they need.” We can do better!

Up until the 1920s, mental illness was treated with really nonsensical therapies based on such things as the musings of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Then a new, “scientific” movement emerged that developed such truly barbaric procedures as forced sterilization, electro-convulsive shock treatment and lobotomies. By the late 1960s, a new understanding and treatment approach emerged. It joined conservatives who wanted to shut down government facilities with liberals who wanted much more humane treatment. As a result, a voluntary treatment model was written into law. Forced treatment could only be initiated when individuals exhibited immediate threats to the health and safety of themselves or others.

THAT WAS 40 YEARS AGO! Science and society have both moved in those 40 years. Health insurance now provides full equivalence between mental health and physical health. We now know reasonably normal people can suffer severe breaks due to some form of traumatic stress such as the loss of  a loved one or suffering through a harrowing war experience. Such things as depression and PTSD fall into this category. We also know there are a significant number of people who suffer from physiological conditions that manifest themselves as mental aberrations. These include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism. The present voluntary model may be appropriate for the first class, but a more proactive model should be used for the latter. For these, a criteria like “severely disturbed,” which is much looser than threat to health or safety, should be considered. This would allow treatment to be given during crises that do not rise to the level of immediate threat, but are so severe the individual is unable to function in society. In nearly all of the physiological conditions, detection and identification occur long before adulthood. Even schizophrenia usually manifests itself as a 24- to 72-hour dissociative event in the mid-teens. We should look to a more proactive public health model in the treatment of the mentally ill.
 

Norm Rodewald
Moorpark

 

Common sense about gun control

First of all, I know that in writing this letter, my detractors — I know who they are, and I wear their opprobrium as a badge of honor — will accuse me of politicizing a tragedy. Which I find ultimately ironic, since most of my detractors are among the gang who have thoroughly and completely politicized the terrorist attacks of 9/11. So, in truth, I care not a bit what any of them think or say in response to me on this issue.

The recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook School shows a number of things about America that need to be changed.

While there is no single thing that can be said to have been the cause of this tragedy, it can safely be said that more firearms in the hands of private citizens would NOT have prevented the incident, but might in fact have made it even worse.

At this point, those who claim that any legislation to regulate firearms or ammunition is a “gun grab” are merely gun fetishists. (It really wouldn’t even be possible to take every privately owned firearm out of circulation, not even in several generations.) I own several firearms myself, and I would willingly undergo inconvenience or delays in the purchase of further guns or ammunition if it meant that even one life could be spared. So, yes, some common sense gun-control legislation that would limit access of weapons for those who are underage, have a criminal background, or are mentally unstable could only be a good thing. And really, who absolutely MUST be able to purchase a gun today and take it home with himself immediately? No one ….

Secondly, this incident shows that a comprehensive mental health care system is badly needed in our nation. Of course, such a thing is “socialism” (yet, apparently, we are the only western industrialized democracy that is not “socialist” in this fashion), so the typical Teapublican wouldn’t approve. Yet, if the Sandy Hook shooter had received timely and comprehensive treatment for his issues, perhaps this incident could have been prevented. So much for the conservative “Culture of Life.” Apparently, they only care about children until they are born, then they’re on their own.

Now, I don’t know if “violent video games” are truly a contributing factor. After all, I’m old enough to remember when Dungeons and Dragons was supposed to send kids off the deep end and make them violent.  It didn’t do so to me, nor did I know any other kids who were affected that way. Nonetheless, there IS something in American culture that is producing violent psychopaths. Perhaps part of it is the unnecessary wars of choice that we have recently fought in the Middle East, in which we’ve reduced brown people of a different dominant religion than our own to subhuman status. Yes, I’m pretty sure that has contributed ….

In any case, we have a big national discussion ahead of us, and we all need to be willing to be intellectually honest enough to admit mistakes in our judgment and be willing to compromise on some strongly held principles. If we do not, we simply have more incidents like Sandy Hook in our future. And the blood of those future victims will surely be on the hands of those who stonewall, or who claim that more guns, or cops on campus are the complete solution.

Tom Becham
Ventura

 

The future of Ventura

In his masterfully relevant new book Who Stole the American Dream, author Hedrick Smith penned one or two extremely relevant paragraphs about the challenge of resetting our economy and the American middle class on a return to the days when we were all in this country together.

I will use Mr. Smith’s words, changing the thoughts from our country to our own local city.

It will take a political metamorphosis, a populist renaissance, in Ventura to reverse the political and economic tides of the past three decades and to make our city strong and whole again. The challenge we face requires a response from all of us, a rebirth of civic activism from average people at the grass roots as well as from Ventura’s political and economic leaders. Thousands of Venturans will have to come off the sidelines and re-engage in direct citizen action in order to re-establish “government of the people, by the people, for the people” and to achieve a genuine people’s agenda in the “Ivory Tower” (Ventura City Hall).

It is not hard to conceive of the measures needed to restore a fairer, more level economic playing field — action on jobs, homes, taxes, and fairness, plus a reset in long-term economic thinking. It took decades for us to get into our current local predicament; it will take time — and tenacity — to build our way back to a more just, secure and vibrant society.

In way of a New Year’s promise to oneself, I would suggest that each and every person in the city of Ventura read Mr. Hedrick Smith’s masterful book. It will certainly open your eyes and give you insight into what has happened to the “American Dream.”

Rellis Smith
Ventura

 

Much thanks for the help with the Ventura River clean-up

It was great to see the Ventura River clean-up as one of the highlights of 2012 Year in Review in the VCReporter (Dec. 27, 2012)! The project featured an unprecedented effort on behalf of many people and organizations — we wish to thank all of the following who helped clean up the Ventura River: The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, The County of Ventura Watershed Protection District, Ventura County Supervisor Bennett’s Office, Ventura County Police, California State Parks, Harrison Industries, City of Ventura Police, City of Ventura, Patagonia, Fletcher Chouinard Designs, Friends of the Ventura River, Surfrider Foundation, Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation, Cause, Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper, The CREW, California Conservation Corps, Union Pacific, National Park Service, Coastal Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Ventura River Watershed Council, Project Understanding, Salvation Army, Downtown Ventura Organization, Environmental Defense Center and the hundreds of community volunteers willing to keep the crap out of the lineup! Collectively more than 400 tons of trash have been removed from the river and kept out of the ocean. Again, thank you everyone!
 

Derek Poultney
The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy

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A few ideas to stop the violence

We would all agree that massacres like the one in Newtown, Conn., should be prevented. It is such a sad disaster that ruined hundreds of lives senselessly.

 What we don’t agree on is how to do that. The aftermath has energized advocates of gun control (again). The problem is broader than that and requires an approach on a number of levels.

1.  Gun Control: This should look more like education requirements to own and possess. Age restrictions and safe, locked storage requirements to prevent unauthorized use. Simply stopping law-abiding citizens from owning or possessing guns will not work.

2.  Violence: We see this every day in the news — gangs, video games — and it pervades our society. We need a war on violence and a return to decency that embodied our culture only a few decades ago. In fact, most of us still are decent, caring, generous people.

3.  Unstable citizens: We’ve taken away many of society’s fail-safes for the unstable in our culture. Instead of mental hospitals run by the state, we allow all but the most disturbed to wander amongst the rest of us. Many are homeless, drug addicts or troubled in ways most of us can’t fathom. We need to address the mentally ill in a way that both helps them and protects them from themselves and others.

4.  Stop the moral decay: Our culture of promoting “no absolutes” continues to cause decay in our society. When there is no clear right or wrong, when any idea or value is just as worthwhile as someone else’s idea or value without a standard for right and wrong, it is no wonder that people go crazy and somehow justify their actions in some twisted thought process the rest of us would reject. How about a return to the 10 Commandments for a start? Even these 10 rules are challenged in courts as somehow establishing a religion. We’ve outlawed prayer in public schools. We consider “politically incorrect” the traditional Judeo-Christian values upon which the founders of our country based our laws, and discard those ideas as outdated, or worse. It is time for a return to a moral compass in this country that provides boundaries of right and wrong and a sense of hope that comes only from doing right.

Alan White
Ventura
 

Take control of your guns

Of all the reactionary calls for gun control in the week since the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, conspicuously absent in the debate is a call to insist that every gun purchased come with a free gun lock, and that anyone who keeps unlocked firearms in a home or workplace where there are people who are or could become emotionally unbalanced and inclined to steal these weapons to commit mass murder should be looked at as an accessory to those murders, in much the same way that parents who allow teenagers to have a party with alcohol at their home must either take the keys away from the kids or pay the price, should some drunk kid take off in his/her car and kill somebody.

These mass killings all seem to have one thing in common — a mentally or emotionally unbalanced person steals the weapons of someone he or she knows or lives with in order to carry out the crimes. Most of these nut jobs don’t actually own the guns. They just steal the gun from a careless relative.

Gun owners for the most part (unless they are gangsters in possession of illegal firearms) are responsible people.

Except when they leave their firearms unlocked and accessible to friends, family or strangers.

You’ll never curtail gun sales. Nor should you try. More often than not, it’s not the gun owners who are going off committing these atrocities — it’s the crazy son, daughter, nephew, niece, spouse or neighbor who comes over, steals their guns and goes out on a killing spree. 

 
What we need are more gun locks for the guns that exist, more opportunities for people to turn their guns in for gift certificates, etc., and less medicating of our youth for the convenience of the lazy parents who don’t want to deal with their children’s A.D.D. by spending quality time with them. And less verbal abuse of those children, understanding that they could someday steal an unlocked gun and go on a killing spree.

People are so quick to blame anyone and everyone except for themselves (and the people like them) when some completely preventable atrocity such as the Sandy Hook School massacre happens.

For God’s sake people, WAKE UP! Lock your guns (or turn them in for gift cards) and get psychological HELP for yourselves and those in your family you’re having problems with!

The only loaded guns we need to worry about … are PEOPLE (and the loaded guns they live with).

R.I.P., Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Justin Markman
Ventura
 

You stand corrected, Mr. Moomjean

Re: “When did the left get so angry?” Right Persuasion, 12/13

So a parent complained about students leaving school to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Rightly so! Children go to be educated, not entertained.

 
So a publicly funded high school could not have a “Christmas concert.” Neither could it have had a “Prophet Mohammed concert.” The separation of church and state is a nonpartisan issue. If Muslims had tried to impose their views on non-Muslims, people on the left and the right would have shut that whole thing down.

 
The story about the Christmas tree ban is false. The Daily News ran a correction next day to shut that whole thing down: “But employees of JB Partners Group Inc., which manages The Willows, insisted Thursday there was no prohibition on Christmas trees or menorahs in communal areas.”

The Left got “so angry” when the Right became so intolerant and bigoted toward women. The Right wants victims of “legitimate rape” to be denied abortions because “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” Translation: pregnant rape victims are sluts. Voters were appalled. They shut that whole thing down in November.

Raymond Freeman
Thousand Oaks
 

A word from Ojai FLOW

The following is a rebuttal to the recent flier sent by Golden State Water Company to its ratepayers in Ojai. Except for the second-to-last paragraph on the page signed by Denise Kruger, the information is misleading or simply not true. We are waiting for Casitas to announce the exact amount of the bond, at which time we will all know exactly how much each of us will save when we buy out Golden State. Until those numbers are released by Casitas, it is pointless to argue about the cost. We expect Casitas to announce the amount of the bond in January. At that time, the exact numbers will be available for a direct comparison between what customers are currently paying under Golden State and what they will be paying under Casitas.

With regard to the claim that the Felton water takeover did not benefit the community, we say ask the people of Felton and don’t take our word for it. Please read the two editorials created by Felton FLOW last year, which can be found under FELTON FLOW on the “Resources” page or our website www.ojaiflow.com/resources/.

Also, Felton recently just saved money by re-financing the bond they passed to buy out the water company. Felton FLOW says the average ratepayer will save an additional $60 per year. The message from the people of Felton is not that Felton made a bad decision, as Golden State would want you to believe, but rather the opposite. Felton is an example of a community that stood up to its water company and is now better for it.

With regard to the second-to-last paragraph, where Golden State mentions a projected rate reduction for the average Ojai Customer in 2013, we have no idea what they are talking about. We suggest you contact Golden State at (800) 999-4033 or visit the Ojai office at 408 Bryant Circle, Suite G, Ojai, and ask them what YOUR rates will be in 2013. Write a letter about your contact to the VCReporter, Ojai Valley News, the Ventura Star and the View. We are sure that all ratepayers would like to know how much our rates will go down.

We encourage Ojai ratepayers to visit our web page “GS Claims” at www.ojaiflow.com/gs-claims/ to get the latest rebuttal to claims made by Golden State and/or its front organizations.

Please donate to Ojai FLOW today at www.ojaiflow.com/donate to help us fight the Golden State misinformation campaign and to ensure we all will be informed when the time comes for a vote. We are all Ojai FLOW!

Pat McPherson & Ryan Blatz
Ojai FLOW Steering Committee Members
 

Hope for improvement in Oxnard

The coming year chimes in a new hope for the Oxnard Hispanic community. Gone are the traditional opponents, Tom Holden and Irene Pinkard, who, like her husband, Bedford, before her, laid out an anti-Latino agenda that plagued Hispanics in many areas for many years. Under Holden’s reign and the support of gutless puppets, Hispanics suffered defeat in efforts close to their hearts, such as the effort to send the state of Arizona a message that their racist laws were not acceptable to the people of Oxnard. In addition, family businesses that win or lose clientele on the ability to sell beer and wine were consistently negated that crucial business incentive. However, Fresh and Easy and gas station stores that operated close to schools under the wand of non-Hispanic ethnicities found favor under Holden. Now, Hispanics can feel represented and respected at long last. It remains to be seen just how courageously Tim Flynn and his team will pursue sensitive issues like police overtime, “errant” shootings and its obscene budget, which is four times the size of Ventura’s police department. It has been noted, however, that Chief Jeri Williams’ dispatching policies have been modified to reduce excessive use of three units to question high school truants and homeless persons and seven units to address minor fender-benders. The police budget is horrendously out of touch with reality and the needs of the city.  When seven officers are used to kill an innocent bystander or create a homicide situation in which a victim high on meth has to be so forcefully subdued that it costs him his life, the City Council must insist on major changes. The people of Oxnard have reason to hope for improvement in these areas if we can count on wisdom and courage at the top.

Miguel Espinosa
Oxnard

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  2. The Longest Day – Poker Night Benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association!

    June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  3. The Elite Theatre Company Presents: VANITIES

    June 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  4. The Elite Theatre Company Presents: VANITIES

    June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  5. Summer Solstice Nature Hike on Pine Mountain

    June 23 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  6. The Elite Theatre Company Presents: VANITIES

    June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  7. Pop Up Art Gallery

    June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. An Evening Celebrating Beavers Fun & Film/Bici Centro Santa Barbara

    June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  9. The Elite Theatre Company Presents: VANITIES

    June 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  10. Obi Kaufmann & The State of Water

    June 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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