2020-07-02

Regarding sign, parent says son did what is right

I’m writing this letter in support of my son, Max Meyers. Max is in the middle of the BLM-signon Westlake controversy; that is, if you believe that what has taken place is controversial, which I don’t. Max, like many of his peers, is passionate about the Black Lives Matter movement. He protested with the youth of our city throughout the […]

KKK or BLM?

After reading the letter from Shari Goodman and realizing her unfounded and acrimonious claims about the BLM movement for justice, I wonder if she has the same disdain for the letters KKK as she does for BLM? Jim ShahanOak Park

BLM and crime

Black Lives Matter—yes, they do. The tragedy in all of this is that we, as a nation, are not identifying the root cause of the problem—namely, crime. As a result, Black citizens are being greatly harmed just as the homeless are, being allowed to live on the streets. When the hole is dug in the wrong place, the problem is […]

Background info

In reference to Shari Goodman’s BLM “terrorists” letter: While we’re not experts on BLM, let us inform you on what we know. BLM grew out of the violent death of Treyvon Martin. The movement is aimed to bring attention to police violence against African Americans, especially the use of deadly force. In case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s been […]

Need a debate

While everyone seems concerned about racial issues, why is U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley not agreeing to debate her opponent Ronda Kennedy in the 26th District? Is it because she is a Black candidate? I really hope that’s not the case, but I have to wonder why she hasn’t responded to Ronda’s request for debates by now. This does not seem […]

Says Calabasas is not racist

I read City Councilmember Fred Gaines’ June 10 public comments. I moved to Calabasas in 1988, married and bought a home in 1996. I never checked the racial percentages before making those decisions. Unlike Mr. Gaines, I do not think terms like “those people” or “that element” refers to the color of one’s skin. I do not live in a […]

Keep those purses closed

When I moved to Calabasas 20 years ago, I didn’t know I was moving into the Village of the Stupid. Why would I say that? Well, what do you call someone who leaves a car unlocked with valuables in sight? Or, what do you call someone who leaves a locked car with valuables in sight? There were nine such cases […]

Virus-doubters, think again

Those who still think that the coronavirus pandemic is not that severe because the large majority of people who contract the disease don’t get very ill need to consider these points: a lot of people do get ill and a lot have died. Minimizing those deaths trivializes and diminishes those we have lost and the suffering of their loved ones. […]

It’s not the flu

Brock Backlund claims the death rate from COVID-19 is about 0.2%. I don’t know where he got his data, but he seems to be understating the death rate. As of June 24, Los Angeles County reported 89,490 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 3,205 deaths. That is a death rate of 3.6%, 18 times Backlund’s 0.2%. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office […]

Honor the flag

I am shocked that someone would want to take down our national flag from a public place. It represents all of our citizens and is the national emblem of the United States. I assume the author has never served our nation or he would know that the motto of the U.S. Army that appears on the Army flag is “This […]


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