Ignore travel cancellation policies and penalties at your own risk

Flying Squirrel

When taking a trip, there are generally three facts that matter most: where you’re going, when you’re going and what it costs. Everything else is just details, right? Maybe not. It’s understandable that most of us tend not to sweat the details. When it comes to the fine print, at best we skim through it for relevant points; at worst, […]

How to have a low-stress, on-budget DIY project

COMMENTARY /// Hints for homeowners

Owning your own home is a life accomplishment for many adults, and keeping it looking sharp and adding your personal touches brings a sense of pride. It seems there are always things you want to improve, so don’t let a limited budget or lack of knowhow hold you back from dreaming. There are plenty of ways to enhance a room […]

Protecting your eyesight

COMMENTARY /// Medicare

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision—usually side vision—by damaging the optic nerve that sends information from your eyes to your brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it even if you don’t have trouble seeing or feel any pain. That’s why glaucoma is often called “the sneak thief of sight.” […]

Who should be armed, militias or individuals?

I agree very much with David Higgins’ letter of March 29 about a “well-armed militia.” However, he failed to make two points clear. First of all, the National Rifle Association receives significant funding from gun manufacturers. It is effectively a front organization for them. Secondly, there are no wasted words in the U.S. Constitution. Contrary to recent rulings by the […]

Will that be Sriracha, chocolate or pesto crackers?

Hot Flashes

I guess I was still marinating in chocolate Easter Bunny fog while strolling through the cracker section at Vons, so I purchased vanilla-flavored grahams. Huh? That’s what happens when the basic food groups from Easter— chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and champagne—get together. Yup, instead of the “original” honey grahams, I grabbed something sprinkled with vanilla pixie dust. Must have been […]

Irish eyes are smiling on Brendan’s Pub

Acorn Epicurean

“When Irish eyes are smiling Sure ‘tis like the morn in spring In the lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.” The lyrics of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” may spring to mind when you visit Brendan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Newbury Park, Agoura Hills or Camarillo. Walking into of any one of these three establishments […]

Skills on display

NOTHING BUT NET—Left, Keith Cousino of the TNT Dunk Squad goes for the slam during the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oak’s Youth Sports Extravaganza on March 24 at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Below, Jonah Hoyeaux, 10, of Oak Park maneuvers to the basket during one of the games. At the extravaganza, kids could play a variety of sport […]

About racism

Recently I have noticed racism and hatred exhibited by American citizens increase against immigrants, when each and every citizen’s forefather was an immigrant. The only true Americans were undoubtedly the Native Americans. It seems people have short memories as they forget the words of the famous song of Neil Diamond, “Coming to America,” and what about the reference to the […]

Habitat for Humanity receive$ community grant

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County has received a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Camarillo to support the Preserve a Home program. The Habitat program serves low-income homeowners by offering home repairs that improve accessibility, mobility and energy efficiency. The repairs can include new ramps, window replacement, roof repair, landscaping and painting. Since 2011, Habitat for Humanity […]