Opinion

FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s editorial stating that the City of Westlake Village is among the local cities that have opted to join the countywide Clean Power Alliance immediately was incorrect. Westlake Village residents will not become members of the electricity provider until 2020, based upon the date the city was admitted to the CPA.

‘Hidden gem’

As part of the article, “Secret stairs, a hidden gem,” I was quite amused by the caption of the photograph on page 13. It read, “Calorie burner–The stairs are always easier going down than up.” Thank you for that gem! Kathryn E. NottCalabasas

Clean it up

In response to the recent article about the Clean Power Alliance, I would like to also bring attention to Environment California’s efforts to reduce our plastic waste statewide. We should start by banning cups and take-out containers made of polystyrene, or what’s better known as Styrofoam. Our economy encourages us to make, use and dispose of consumer items as fast […]

Let’s take off the boxing gloves

I’ve read the letters to the editor in The Acorn for years about how leaders of either political party are destroying our country, bankrupting our country, etc. The intensity of opinion is evident. The support from facts is not. Opponents of those in power will have you believe that all the problems in the world are because of those in […]

Parks disputed

This letter is in response to Supervisor Linda Parks’ op-ed about the proposed wildlife corridor. On one point, we agree with Parks’ guest opinion in The Acorn: crossing freeways and highways in Ventura County are deadly for mountain lions and other wildlife. The problem with the county’s ill-conceived wildlife corridor solution is that it does nothing to facilitate road crossings […]

Elegy for canyon lost to the flames

On the Trail

How do you say goodbye to a beloved canyon? It’s taken me two months to even manage a drive-by past the entrance to upper Trancas Canyon, a part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area located a short hop from my former home in rural Agoura. In November the Woolsey fire left this area blackened, barren and bleak. By […]

Local volunteer and army widow helps vets

Veterans Connection

Rheva Acevedo watched as her husband, Carlos, put up a wall of silence around his time in the military. His reticence was understandable—the U.S. Army vet had served in the Vietnam War and may have been exposed to Agent Orange. “I (saw) Carlos break down at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., (but) when we went to several veterans […]

Mother’s visit prompts reflection

Other Side of 50

After a 15-year hiatus, my mother is coming to California to visit me. During the many years she was caring for my father, who had Parkinson’s disease, my mother could not bring herself to leave his side. But now that he’s gone, she is ready to make the journey from New Hampshire. For the past few days I’ve been thinking […]

Like the magi, wise people still search for God today

Roots of Faith

An early title for the movie that became“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was “Watch the Skies.” In fact, the phrase was used in the film’s ad campaign. In ancient times, Persian astrologers known as magi (they were not kings) also searched the night skies. They believed the appearance of a new star signaled the birth of a future king. […]


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