Have faith

I have been reading the Roots of Faith columns by Sally Carpenter now for a couple of years. Thank you so much. Each column has moved, inspired, renewed or energized me. Each column has been a gift from the writer’s spirit to mine. Please continue to give away this gift you have to me and others. God bless you. Chuck […]

Headline in poor taste

I was offended by the headline “Woman goes to bat in domestic violence case.” According to the dictionary, for those who do not know the phrase, to go to bat for someone means “to support someone when the person needs help.” This story is about a woman who is accused of attacking a man with a baseball bat while he […]

ZIP it up

Four decades ago when we moved to this area, our post office was “Agoura” with a ZIP code of 91301. Our telephone prefixes were 991 and 889. It looked like we lived in Los Angeles County. When buying a new car, we would have to pull out a Thomas Guide to prove that our address was in Ventura County. In […]

‘Soft rain will come again’

I hope that this work, my poem, “The Aftermath: Woolsey Fire 2018,” will resonate with you and your readers. These hills are naked, roughly stripped bare Cauterized, undone, blackened, charred, sere No chaparral, bush or weed grows here Violated by fire’s brutal hand Death shadows, throughout this ruined land That wears, newly crusted, Satan’s brand There is aught but burnt […]

Thanks again, firefighters

A special thank you and happy New Year from the Manskys to the firefighters, police officers, EMTs and paramedics who saved Oak Park from the Woolsey fire. We also wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to our neighbor James who bravely used his own garden hose to douse the flames that lit up the wood chips in front of […]

Build the wall

The border wall, like most every wall ever constructed throughout human history, will do everything President Trump says it will: Shut down illegal immigration, curtail drug and human trafficking, etc., and that’s what the Democrats fear. We elected an American president whose central campaign tenet was to build a wall to protect us from an escalating crime wave and ultimately […]

Rotary brings joy to the children

The Rotary Club of Westlake village is an organization involved in helping people and making the world a better place. Dec. 8 was a particularly special day as we held the annual shopping event at Target for economically disadvantaged children. These are children who have never had anything new in their entire lives. Thirty-six children from the Boys & Girls […]

In gratitude

As the Woolsey fire approached Oak Park, I went to Vons market in Agoura Hills to obtain drinking water for the hundreds of firefighters coming to Oak Park. The manager, Trevor Smith, gave me 84 cases of water I distributed to the first responders over the next 24 hours. On Saturday I went back and manager Liz Hartley gave me […]

Do’s and Don’ts

We don’t want: This monstrosity to be built, To be trapped during the next evacuation, The majority of our days spent in thick traffic, To hide Ladyface Mountain, A 45-foot-high anything, Wall-to-wall store fronts right in our faces, and Our beautiful land mutilated. What we do want is: The tranquil, peaceful atmosphere that we all moved here to enjoy, To […]

Climate change

In response to the letter of Nancy Smeets-Tkachenko on Dec. 13, “Climate change is nothing new,” your claim that “In the 1970s scientists predicted a global ice age with global cooling” is often used by climate-change deniers to discredit scientists who raise the alarm over global warming. According to an article published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society […]

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