These parents flunked badly

Practically from the day they are born, children are taught the meaning of honesty. It’s the pillar, the very foundation, of good parenting: Tell little Johnny never to lie, cheat or steal. When kids reach school age, they’re told to seek help from teachers and peers if they need it but to do their own work, turn in their own […]


New legislation tackles sensitive issue

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline will receive a much needed boost if a new bill introduced by local Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin passes through the California Legislature. Assembly Bill 645 requires that information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline be posted at gun shops, on gun packaging and on the state’s firearm safety certification exam. “There has been a startling increase […]


Ventura County ordinance gives animals room to roam

GUEST OPInion /// Wildlife protection

His short life ended with a sickening thud on a Ventura County freeway. When the mountain lion kitten became roadkill two years ago, he made headlines for perishing just weeks after his mother was killed on the same part of Highway 118. Car collisions are a key reason why mountain lions are on the verge of extinction here in Southern […]

In the fire zone, trees can cut both ways

Last week on this page we discussed the challenges facing the state’s power companies following a two-year stretch that saw some of the worst fires California has ever experienced. Unfortunately, much of the upgraded equipment and other changes put into place by Southern California Edison came after the fires, not before. Today, both SCE in Southern California and Pacific Gas […]


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