2015-07-30 E-Edition

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Fear mongering?

“FUDD” stands for “fear, uncertainty, doubt and disinformation,” which is being spread by the anti-vaccine movement. This includes letters in the 23 July Acorn. Contrary to Ed Flannagan, no one is advocating immunizing newborns. A newborn’s immune system is not yet sufficiently developed for vaccines to provide immunization. The FDA recommends the first vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella be […]

Bruce Spencer

Chargers hire tennis coach

Agoura High has hired Ryan Correia as head coach of the girls’ and boys’ tennis teams. Correia, a 1994 Agoura grad, is entering his 11th year as a teacher at his alma mater. He played football and soccer for the Chargers before attending UCLA. Correia is a certified yoga and spin instructor, and he’s earning a personal training certificate from […]

Thanks to SB 277

I am very proud of our legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown and particularly Senators Pan and Allen for making sure that solid science and good public health policy prevailed as Senate Bill 277 was signed into law. This closes an important loophole to ensure that vaccination rates stay strong and our herd immunity will remain at safe levels throughout our state. […]

Horses, ribbons, and smiles

Take Your Acorn on vacation

How to submit: Email your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene. The 2015 Take Your Acorn on Vacation winners will be announced in the fall.

Money needed to fight drought

Here is an idea for drought relief: Since we have not been able to get California’s government to change its focus from a bullet train to building a water pipeline from up north, the job has clearly defaulted to capitalism. We just need a big money source, with motivation to step up to the job, a Mulholland-type perhaps. How about […]

Family men


Athlete. Runner. Marathoner. Are those words you wouldn’t exactly use to describe yourself? Do you consider strenuous activity to be dizzying? My family and I were game, so we planned a trip to Disneyland. We took our running shoes. I have to admit—today’s Disneylanders are intimidating. The way they dig up the physical and mental strength to push through the […]

Standing safely on dry ground

In the midst of a drought, residents are putting up with parched, brown lawns. Yet to a person of faith, dry land can be a good thing. The ancient Israelites, when fleeing from their Egyptian slave masters, craved dry land. They escaped with Pharaoh’s soldiers hot on their tails and found their route blocked by the Red Sea. The people […]