Textbook costs out of hand

Imagine paying $100 to access homework that is worth 20% of your chemistry grade. Oh wait, that is my reality as a college student today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded that from January 2006 to July 2016 college textbook prices increased 88%, and the College Board estimates students spend about $1,200 a year on books. As if paying […]

Developer offers more of the same

The developer for the West Village property is once again proposing to develop the land at Agoura Road on Las Virgenes, at the same location as they did with Canyon Oaks. However, little has changed with the new proposal No. 5. They’re still proposing to grade on Open Space-Development Restricted hillsides. Calabasas will lose 20 acres of the hillsides by […]

Says bridge costs $9 million per cat

Mr. Ramuno’s letter regarding cougars and the freeway bridge comes as no surprise. He takes the universal view of environmentalists that concerns for the environment apparently come above all else. I share such lofty views with him, but only up to a point. He states that cougars will eat my pets unless they can get to the other side of […]

State is favorite ‘whipping boy’

Talk radio loves to bad-mouth liberal policies claiming “high crime in Democrat run cities,” and California has been the favorite whipping boy of them all. Besides being completely bogus, this particular smear conveniently ignores that Democratic voting areas fuel a whopping two-thirds of the American economy. Republican-led parts of the United States, on the other hand, are remarkably unproductive. The […]


Vaccine backlog is easing, but patience still needed


Frustrated by the vaccine rollout? So are the area’s public health officials, but before you get too upset, step back and take a look at the big picture. Distribution of the vaccine is a worldwide challenge. Let’s take Ventura County as an example. It is one of 58 counties in the state and more than 3,000 in the country. The […]

Pandemic takes a personal toll

GUEST OPINION /// Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

I am often asked some variation of: “What are the most challenging aspects of being an elected public official?” It is not an easy question to answer, because for the most part holding elective office is a highly rewarding experience. Today, however, I would not have much trouble responding. For today, financial constraints are forcing us to lay off the […]

Time to work on healing country

The plight of America has been going in a downward spiral for the last four years. Corporate America is buying and selling us, and Pharma is addicting us and killing us. Unfortunately there not many independent thinkers out there, and most of us have become cattle just walking in one direction to the slaughter. In addition, racism is a very […]

Bridge funds are mostly private

Please allow me to clarify that if we stop the Agoura wildlife crossing project this moment, not one cent of any money committed to the crossing project would be redirected to the issue of homelessness. The crossing finances consist of conservation dollars and 80% private funding from entities supportive of this specific project. If we’ve learned anything this past year, […]

Thankful for trustees’ efforts

On Feb. 9, the Las Virgenes Unified School District board met. As a parent of four teenagers, I tuned in to better understand the dynamics of these leaders who are to advocate for our children. I was extremely impressed with both Angela Cutbill and Dallas Lawrence, who stood boldly on behalf those wishing to get back on campus. Of the […]

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