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Says Agoura missed the mark

I had to laugh when you stated in your editorial that the Ralphs shopping center remodel was “lovely and fresh.” I realize beauty is subjective but your description evokes some sort of reality check. Perhaps it’s because you want to keep in good standing with the owners for their advertising dollars. If you want to describe “fresh and lovely” to […]

Climate change is nothing new

To all my friends who march to the beat of the global warming drum: they now call it “climate change.” One of the many benefits of living a long time is that you get to see history repeat itself. In the 1970s scientists predicted an ice age with global cooling. The study of climate is a very young science that […]

Oak Park makes a comeback

While 85 percent of Oak Park’s open space, including beloved Oak Canyon Park, reportedly burned in the recent fires, much of our park property—including the community center—is open and operational. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District (RSRPD) has been diligent in their can-do attitude to reopen as soon as possible, and ensuring public safety is a top priority. Our […]

Idea for therapy

As the owners of Borderline Bar and Grill look at how to best recover from the recent tragedy, I was thinking of a way Borderline could potentially reopen with the expected sensitivity that would be required. What if they honored the 12 individuals throughout the year with each month being dedicated to one of the victims? They could look at […]

Appreciate the sleeping bags

Thank you to the following for your generosity in providing turkeys, books, gifts cards, socks, sleeping bags and toiletry items for the homeless and the homeless veterans and families in need in Ventura and Los Angeles counties: St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, St. Jude Catholic Church, Loaves and Fishes, Calvary Community Church, Jackie and John Treuting, Carol and Robert Jones, […]

Many local seniors are learning to cope in the aftermath of fires

Other Side of 50

On the heels of the Borderline shooting, Allison, a Senior Concerns case manager, was knocking on doors of the occupants of the senior low-income housing complex where she works. She was concerned the residents were isolated in their apartments watching the 24/7 coverage of the massacre, feeling shocked and frightened. Allison encouraged them to come out of their apartments and […]

Household tries not to fear Christmas

Family Man

They do it every year: My family asks for my Christmas list, and then they don’t get anything from it. Are the things I want not good enough? Each holiday season, I find myself trying to arm my family with exciting gift ideas for me. I suggest things I’d love and stuff I need for the house that I otherwise […]

The joy of Christmas prevails over hardships

Roots of Faith

In Jerry Herman’s musical “Mame,” the title character sings to her family and household staff, “Put up the tree before my spirit falls again . . . We need a little Christmas now.” Mame Dennis has just lost her wealth in the stock market crash, yet she strives to stay happy even in the face of poverty. The calamities of […]

Survival of the fittest put to the test

On the Trail

For wildlife in the Las Virgenes and Conejo valleys, the onslaught of flames early last month brought many hardships. The typically timid mule deer of the Santa Monica Mountains— often the prey of solitary cougars and sometimes coyote packs—appears now to be more vulnerable than ever. There is little place to hide in a landscape stripped of massive oaks and […]


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