A time to honor the faithful departed and examine priorities

Roots of Faith

Halloween falls on the eve of a hallowed, or sacred, holiday: All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, which is followed by All Souls’ Day, or the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, Nov. 2. We have not one, but two days to honor those who have gone to the Lord before us. All Saints’ celebrates those deemed especially pious or […]


High winds, shaky ground, dinner by candlelight


This week’s high winds and low humidity came as a stark reminder that fire season is upon us and conditions for another emergency are ripe. Fire rages in nearby Santa Barbara. And lest we not forget, we also live in earthquake country. A magnitude-3.6 temblor nudged eastern Ventura County last month. Who knows when the next “big one” might occur. […]

Where is her mug shot?

I am writing regarding the Rebecca Grossman story. I read the article, like I do normally, and have decided to question why Rebecca Grossman’s photos are always of her in her finest social settings. I have a difficult time not believing that if this were a person of color that had less financial recourses, her mug shot would be shown […]

No place for new Agoura housing

Say “no” to 557 housing units at Kanan and Thousand Oaks roads. In their search to add low-cost housing to their city, the Agoura Hills City Council has approved adding 557 housing units to the three shopping centers located by the Kanan and Thousand Oaks intersection. Does that sound as unbelievable to you as it does to me? Would the […]

‘At odds’ with vaccine science

On Sept. 30, David Hurwitz wrote to claim my “views” on the efficacy and wisdom of vaccinating young children with new mRNA vaccines as being at odds with the “science.” He’s right. I am at odds with the “science” that mandates vaccination for young children while dismissing risk assessment in the face of data that concludes the chance of young […]

Platform for anti-vaxxers

When you published Brock Backlund’s anti-vaccine diatribe, you gave someone a platform to speak about medical and public health issues without fact checking their claims for any form of scientific merit or factual accuracy. Backlund stated that the doctor who claims to have invented mRNA has said those under 18 should not get a COVID vaccine. That doctor is never […]

Car buyers can still find deals

Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed the spate of seemingly unrelated automobile dealerships in our area advertising used cars for “one price,” contending that prices are fairly set using a computerized comparison of data in the area. Of course, customers have the option of refusing to buy, i.e. “take it or leave it.” Obviously the very purpose and existence of the […]

Faith-oriented editorial okay

Reared an evangelical Lutheran in the 1960s, I converted to atheism as a mid-teen and maintain that identification to this day. But as the decades passed and I interacted with many others in military service, university and various jobs in a long career, my youthful disdain for organized religion matured into a respect for the broad spectrum of beliefs held […]

Disingenuous about the cost

Dare I ask this question without being attack as being vile. If my memory serves me right, we were told the mountain lion overpass was going to cost $50 million. Now, the estimated cost will be about $86 million, with $6 million yet to be raised. How did this happen? Why we were told it was only going to cost […]

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