A different sort of Father’s Day

I have always believed Father’s Day is another one of those “manufactured” holidays, like National Secretaries’ Day or Boss’s Day or National Mustard Day—another way for retailers to get you to purchase some useless thing, and yes, there is a National Mustard Day. However, this year I decided that I would try to put Father’s Day to good use and […]

Take down flag on Ladyface

I am writing to find out why there is a flag on top of Ladyface Mountain. I feel any flag placed on top of this culturally significant mountain is appalling. This mountain is sacred to the Chumash Indians and it does not deserve to be desecrated like this. Please have it removed immediately so that we can view it as […]

Low mortality rate overlooked

A couple of weeks ago the L.A. County Public Health Department announced that there had been 2,000 deaths in the county. This is an infection fatality rate of about 0.2%, roughly the same as a bad flu. In fact, it’s so low and so age-dependent, that if you’re under 55 you’re more likely to die from a car accident than […]

Slow to prevent

Yes, the lockdown has caused economic hardship, but it was caused by the lack of action by a presidency that values inaction, reelection and lies more than the country. If the president had taken action when given the evidence was presented to him, the lockdown would not have had to be so severe. But he didn’t, instead it was “a […]

Study that decried ‘Trump drug’ actually was false

There was a media frenzy in May when a large study published in The Lancet, a revered 200-year-old medical journal, supposedly found that hydroxychloroquine didn’t work against COVID-19 and was dangerous. But on June 5, doctors and scientists blew the whistle on obviously falsified data used in this “study.” They forced The Lancet to retract the study when it became […]

The front porch, a rediscovered—and needed—social space

Other Side of 50

My husband and I used to chuckle when my mother-in-law lived with us. She would set up shop inside our open garage with her cup of tea, our dog on a leash, her lawn chair, her Table-Mate tray table and a set of magazines. It did not matter that our backyard held lovely views of the Conejo Valley; the view […]


No room for racism, not here, not anywhere


There is nowhere in the country where the Black Lives Matter movement has failed to have an impact, and that includes our own Acorn communities from Calabasas to Thousand Oaks where protests were held for three straight weeks to draw attention to America’s systemic racism. It’s been a time of historic reckoning for those Americans who still insists on attacking […]

Floyd unworthy?

We hope we are not the only Acorn readers saddened by the comments made by David Litt last week. He believes George Floyd is unworthy of martyrdom because of his rap sheet and incarceration. This time-honored trope objectifies human beings and tries to justify the discrimination and heartless treatment of any person in the group deemed unworthy. As imperfect as […]

A chance to ‘wake up’

In reference to the letter in June 11 Acorn: “Time to put the protest away,” every person has the right from birth to natural death to walk earth safely, breathing the air of freedom and justice. We are one, linked in joy and anguish in life, and then in the cosmos. When we as human beings see a merciless killing, […]

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