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 […]


THURS., APRIL 5 Friendly Book Discussion 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Discussion of “ Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. T.O. Stamp Club 6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Stamp giveaway, show and tell. Contact: Jeff G. Phone: 805.358.6162. Conejo Valley Fly Fishers […]

Little Angels rescue makes big difference

SAFE AND SOUND—Taquito was rescued from the East Valley Animal Shelter inVan Nuys and taken under the wing of the nonprofit Little Angles Project in Aguora Hills. Rescuers suspect the 4-year old neutered male shorthair brown tabby was hit by a car. The cat was suffering from a badly broken jaw. Little Angeles performed more than three hours of surgery […]

Homelessness here at home

In Calabasas and surrounding areas we have an unwanted homelessness problem and it’s only getting worse. There are encampments popping up on Calabasas Road, like the guy who has set up shop with a shopping cart, filthy blankets and other garbage in the gazebo next to Peddlers Fork restaurant. My friends and I won’t go to the surrounding businesses anymore […]

Cleaning, organizing can help with stress

Other Side of 50

My mother has become a cleaning and organizing machine. Ever since my father died she has been cleaning closets, purging files, organizing shelves and rearranging furniture. Her home has always been immaculate. My sisters and I joke that we could eat off the floor. For years my mother has systematically pared down her possessions by giving stuff to others, selling […]

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