2012-08-30

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A taxing problem



My advice to Charles Ammann (letters, Aug. 23) is that he stop being fooled by word spins from the Republican party to trick us into believing that Republicans are any less responsible than Democrats for enormously high taxes. Taxes are not really lowered simply by changing the tax code. The money needed to pay for out-of-control government spending— for which […]

Fight group showcases local talent, mixed martial arts




In less than one minute, fighter Sebastian Benitez had taken total control. Benitez straddled his opponent, Danny Romero, and locked his right forearm around Romero’s neck, making resistance impossible. The only thing left to do was squeeze and wait for the tap. When the referee intervened and signaled to end the match, Benitez became the lightweight champion for the California […]

Scouts hike through western wildland



This summer Boy Scout Troop 485/Venture Crew 813-G from Westlake Village went on a trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont, the largest youth camp in the world, covers 214 square miles of wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to 12,441 feet. During the trek, the Scouts hiked nearly […]

Methodists offer spiritual renewal



The United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will host an evangelist, the Rev. Bill Johnson, and LIFT Ministries for three days of spiritual renewing at 7 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., Sept. 6 to 8, at 1000 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The goal of the event is to help Christians renew and strengthen their spiritual relationships with God, family and […]

Chargers come back to capture Battle of Kanan




The Battle of Kanan lived up to its epic name. In their first meeting since the early 1980s, the Agoura High football team defeated Oak Park 27-20 in overtime last weekend. Charger quarterback Richard Poutier scrambled across the field before finding Shawn Kagan open for a 19-yard touchdown on fourth-and-long with three seconds remaining in regulation. Andrew Horton caught a […]

Diller the thriller



On Aug. 20, the world lost a comedy legend. For almost 60 years Phyllis Diller made us laugh. Luckily many of those funny lines and performances can still be found on the Internet. But for comedy writers, Phyllis was so much more. For many, me included, Phyllis was the first official paycheck as a writer and the stepping stone to […]

Ask the Arborist



Whose tree is it anyway? I’ve been asked dozens of times about trees that are in the front yard of someone’s house that are considered city street trees but are still on private property. People have asked if it’s okay for the owner of the property to trim the tree or cut it down. In the older neighborhoods of Thousand […]

Sign-ups open for kids’ sports leagues



Registration is underway for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley’s fall coed Jr. NBA Basketball League and Sunday Soccer League. The Jr. Basketball League is open to ages 3 to 14. The eightweek session starts Sept.16 and takes place at the Los Cerritos Middle School Gym, 1980 E. Avenida De Las Flores, Thousand Oaks. Sunday Soccer League […]

Lutherans kick off for fall



King of Glory Lutheran Church and Preschool invites the community to its Fall Kick-off event on Sun., Sept. 9 at the church, 2500 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. The preschool and Sunday School teachers and staff as well as the adult Bible study leaders will be commissioned during the worship service at 9:30 a.m. Following worship, the kick-off will feature a […]


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