I’ve lived in Oak Park for 20 years and in California since 1988. This is my first letter to an editor. It has become apparent that quite a few recent letters to The Acorn have illustrated a contempt and intolerance of views opposed to that of the writer. I would love to see The Acorn use its ink and paper […]

Peace on Earth and at Sherwood

High school alumna publishes novel

Oaks Christian School alumna Caylen Smith, class of 2013, recently published her first novel, “Ripples,” the first in a series. The book is a teen fantasy set in the land of Republic City, where the young and privileged Alexandria finds herself in a battle to save her kingdom, while traveling the path to truth and victory. Smith has always loved […]

Water polo stars sign


This is in response to readers who in recent letters have expressed their disapproval of The Acorn’s editorial policies in choosing which letters to publish. How comfortable it must be for those readers to live in their homogeneous little echo chamber. Heaven forbid you should ever hear an opinion or facts that don’t conform to your own world view. How […]

Eye on the Conejo

In the holiday spirit

Last weekend was a genuine kickoff to the holiday season for my wife and me. On Friday we attended the Christmas concert at California Lutheran University, which has become an annual tradition for us. Christmas music reminds us of the real meaning of the season, and CLU always has outstanding vocalists. They prove every year that the most wonderful sound […]

Humane Society cares for neglected livestock

The Humane Society of Ventura County is asking for the public’s help in order to care for and feed 10 neglected animals recently rescued from a ranch in Moorpark on Dec. 9. Humane Society officers brought into protective custody two Brahma bulls, two heifer cows and six horses. Most of the animals are considered emaciated and are being housed at […]

The secret hideaway

Last Christmas I bought the new dog a purportedly therapeutic dog bed so cozy I wanted to curl up in it. Nearly 365 days later, the dog is still sacking out exclusively on a threadbare throw rug in the hall. I’m only up to my third dog so far. Perhaps eventually I’ll have a clue as to how these creatures […]

Need a concrete solution

I get the feeling that those in charge of construction and lane changes can’t figure out why there are so many accidents near the 101/23 construction. It’s really no mystery. Before construction began, there was one dedicated lane to the northbound 23 from the westbound 101 and one optional lane. So, in essence, you had two lanes that could transition […]

Pet adoption fees $25 until Dec. 31

Ventura County Animal Services has reduced pet adoption fees until Dec. 31 at its Camarillo and Simi Valley Animal Adoption Centers during its “Home for the Holidays” event. To encourage residents to adopt stray animals during the holidays, dog and cat adoption fees have been lowered to $25 from $125. All adopted VCAS dogs and cats come with a certification […]