Opinion

Reporting crime: A serious responsibility

EDITORIAL

This summer’s national debate over race and policing brought primarily positive outcomes here in Ventura County, where protests remained peaceful and law enforcement put a priority on listening to demonstrators—not trying out their newest riot gear and nonlethal weapons. The fact is, criminal justice systems everywhere in the U.S. have a long way to go to ensure justice is truly […]

Arts are gift to the community

I’ve never been so proud of Thousand Oaks and its City Council as when I read last week’s Acorn article reporting on the $100K grants for art organizations. In fact, I got chills. I’m a local musical theater composer and a singer-songwriter. Although I am gratefully not affected by the economic emergency caused by COVID-19, I know many colleagues in […]

Details make all the difference

I appreciated the detail in last week’s Acorn article laying out possibilities for our children’s return to campus. I’m proud of CVUSD’s teachers and administrators for taking an urgent but cautious approach. At the last school board meeting, the board voted unanimously to ask for a waiver from our county’s public health agency so younger children can return to campus […]

Clean it up then leave it be

First, they (the Department of Energy and NASA) kept the partial nuclear meltdown secret at the Santa Susana Field Lab for years. Now they want to hand over this heavily contaminated site to the National Park Service? You have got to be kidding. The Santa Susana land has several radioactive plumes heading for creeks and aquifers, and now it seems […]

Acorn’s BLM bias is showing

’Twas going through the older Acorn newspapers when I found a June 25 article entitled, “Sign of the times” about a Black Lives Matter banner being “vandalized.” Vandalized? And people were upset about this when reality has shown that people who support the BLM organization have disintegrated entire towns and cities; burned many businesses and homes; punched out many innocent […]

Get news from various sources

Sadly, with the recent protests and riots, and as we approach the presidential election and now a vacancy on the Supreme Court, it seems like our community and our country are extremely divided. Neighbor versus neighbor. Mother versus daughter. Sister versus brother. In trying to understand why the division runs deeper today than in years past, I would humbly suggest […]

Grateful for work of school district

In a recent letter submitted by Conejo Valley school board member Jenny Fitzgerald, she described the board negativity she’s been experiencing and referred to the board as “The Real Housewives of CVUSD.” I’d like to give a different perspective. As a CVUSD parent experiencing COVID remote learning, my family’s experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I would like to especially thank […]

Candidate would be great trustee

I’ve been involved in the Westlake High School theater department since I was a freshman. Mrs. Sylvester has helped our department with everything from ticket sales to making sure our cast and crew had food and water before each performance. Whenever any of us had a need or a problem, we knew that Mrs. Sylvester could help us figure out […]

Price always shows up

As a college student who grew up in Thousand Oaks, I’ve attended many City Council meetings. I first met Joel Price when I interviewed for the Thousand Oaks Youth Commission, which was an amazing experience, and one that taught me a lot about the importance of experienced leadership. I can sincerely say from a personal and hands-on experience in learning […]

Parents’ rights at heart of race

The school board race can be boiled down to one issue—a parent’s right to raise their child. The right and responsibility of parents to decide what their values, morals, beliefs, behaviors, faith and worldviews will be, must not be surrendered to untrained strangers. No employee in our school district is certified or qualified to teach our children outside their professional […]


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