Expert warns ‘child abuse pandemic’ is next

GUEST OPINION /// Foster care

Even in the best of times, child welfare systems in California are beleaguered, underfunded and stressed. There are too few social workers for foster children and their troubled birth families, and these caseworkers are often overworked within a huge bureaucratic system. Last year, California had 83,000 children living in foster care—the largest number of any state in the nation. Times […]

Jump-starting the economy fraught with peril

If there’s one thing we can all agree upon it’s the need to reopen the economy and get back to work. The pandemic lockdown has left our local cities in dire need of help. The Camarillo- based Economic Development Collaborative predicts April unemployment in Ventura County could reach as high as 30%. A study by USC says the picture in […]


Release of inmates due to virus is a slippery slope

Here’s one of the more ugly fallouts from the coronavirus shutdown: Inmates are being let loose by the thousands. Earlier this week, the Judicial Council of California eliminated bail for nearly all misdemeanors and other low-grade felony charges. In Ventura County, it’s resulted in the release of 77 inmates, mostly low-level criminals, who were put out on the street due […]


Some face protection is better than none

At first, we were advised to leave the face masks to the healthcare professionals, and while it’s true that our doctors and nurses should be first in line for the medical-grade face protection, the CDC is now saying everybody should wear a mask, even if it’s homemade. Though the exact date of when doctors began using face masks is unknown, […]


‘Self-care’ and human contact are a must

GUEST OPINION /// The mental strain of COVID-19

Unfortunately, many already suffer from a variety of mental health issues such as clinical depression and different forms of anxiety. Now, with the added fear and stress stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, even more individuals may suffer from mental health issues. For some, the pandemic may increase anxiety because of the unknown. None of us knows when it will end, […]

Penning letter to a senior can have powerful effect

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the news and are looking for something—anything—to take your mind off what’s happening in the world today. We can’t see you, but we figure a lot of our readers are raising their hands. We have a suggestion, and we hope you’ll take us up on it. The best part? It doesn’t require leaving […]


Category Pages are limited to 90 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.