2011-08-04 E-Edition

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The love is gone

Some things I learned from politicians: It’s not necessary to create and live with a budget. I can raise my debt ceiling. To thine own self be true. Everyone else can fend for themselves. Healthcare is only important for the rich and members of Congress. Cheating on taxes, blaming the poor for not paying more taxes, taking payoffs from powerful […]

Pet of the Week

Science program receives grants

The Las Virgenes Unified School District’s Traveling Science Team was one of the programs slated for cutting as a result of reductions in state funding. However, through the efforts of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and a private foundation grant, students in grades four and five will continue to receive hand-on science education for the 2011-12 school year. School […]

High school students get early exposure to medicine

Blake Barr tried to prepare himself for a series of operations he’d be observing in the morning. The 17-year-old was dreading the trip to Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital. “I was so scared about (watching). I thought, am I going to throw up or faint going into surgery?” said Blake, who will be a senior at Newbury Park High School. The […]

Your turn to speak

Just as physical exercise is good for the body, First Amendment exercise is good for democracy. The Acorn Letters to the Editor section gives you an excellent opportunity to put your freedom of speech to work by voicing opinions, thoughts and concerns on any matter you wish. After sending us your letter—which should include name, address and phone number—please expect […]

Pets should become cool cats in summer

Warmer temperatures encourage people to spend more time outdoors. Be aware of the dangers that can pose for your pooch. Camp Bow Wow Agoura Hills has these suggestions for how to keep canine friends comfortable during the dog days of summer. Make sure a dog has access to shade outside. Doghouses can trap heat, so be sure the dog has […]

Remodeling company wins an award

For the third year in a row, Thousand Oaks-based Westside Remodeling received a Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction. GuildQuality is a customer satisfaction survey company used to help remodeling companies monitor and improve the quality of their service. Westside was one of 154 remodeling companies throughout North America recognized for superlative performance. Westside Remodeling is at 1164 Newbury Road […]

Friends unite to support mother and son

Pavley raises issue of state water bond

Has low priority due to the budget deficit

A politically charged $11-billion water bond proposal that was deferred last year is likely to come back on the ballot, but state legislators don’t know when because they’re busy dealing with other pressing issues, state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) said last week during a visit to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors. California legislators stalled the […]