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June 6, 1999
Re "Religion and Violence," Ventura County letters, June 2. Bruce Roland makes some very good points in response to my article, "When Feeling Good Comes at the Expense of Doing Good" (Ventura County Perspective, May 30). I agree entirely with his reading of the Constitution. Here is my challenge to everyone: Let's put back the same God that was mentioned in our schools for nearly 200 years and see if youth begin to treat each other better. No laws need to be passed. The U.S. Supreme Court finally has five justices who are willing to interpret the original intent of the Constitution.
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February 25, 2001
Re "Carl Olson: A Crusader With a Legislative Agenda Sets His Sights on Auto Club Board," Ventura County Perspective, Feb. 18. On Feb. 6, I visited the Thousand Oaks office of the Automobile Club of Southern California. Due to the hotly contested board election, in which I am a candidate, the office was in chaos. Every counter was cluttered with proxy ballots with only the incumbents' pictures on them, and every member who came in was being given a lengthy campaign speech. Service was being disrupted and lines reached almost to the door.
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April 11, 1999
The authors of "Whatever the Level, Reinforcing Reading is No Joke," (Ventura County Perspective, April 4) seem to have missed the point of my article, which is stated quite nicely in the cited headline. I do not intend to get into an acrimonious exchange with people I don't know, but because the high school where I formerly taught has come under fire in their response, I feel compelled to clarify my article. First, I did not disparage any student, any particular school, any teacher or any administrator.
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August 30, 2000
Re "Environmental Cleanup at Rocketdyne," Ventura County Letters, Aug. 20. In this letter responding to Beverly Kelley's column "Trust Isn't the Only Issue; History Counts Too" (Ventura County Perspective, Aug. 6), James F. Lang states that Rocketdyne has a good safety record. I beg to differ as I know of a litany of violations with record-setting fines imposed. Kelley wrote a most candid, unbiased article, relying on the facts of history at the site. As far as buildings being declared clean, that is a moot point as there are various standards to be met and Rocketdyne does not always adhere to the strictest standard.
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January 28, 2001
Re "Living Wage Laws Often Harm Poor," Ventura County Perspective, Jan. 21. Welcome as they would be, the proposed wages described by Gary M. Galles in the first paragraph of his article would barely enable one to live in Ventura County economically. The current rate is unconscionable. He further states that few of the affected workers are their family's sole earner. At the wages paid now to low-skill workers, he uses the term "breadwinner" very loosely. A minimum-wage job with overtime and health benefits would be better for most of these employees.
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April 19, 1998 | RICK McGRATH, Rick McGrath is a farmer in Camarillo
In a Ventura County Perspective article headlined, "SOAR Leaders Focus on Forging Partnerships, Navigating Politics of Controlling Growth," Feb. 22, Steve Bennett states that he does not have the right to demand that his property be rezoned to allow him to build a McDonald's in his front yard. That is a property restriction he knew about when he bought residential property. "Same thing with these ag people," he says.
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March 4, 2001
Re "Dam Project a Lesson in Input, Deceit," Ventura County Perspective, Feb. 25. If Dr. Seuss had lived here, Sam-I-Am might not have offered green eggs and ham to the residents of Lang Ranch. A far more unappetizing dish is being served up to them by the city of Thousand Oaks and the Ventura County Flood Control District. "That Lang Ranch dam, that Lang Ranch dam, we do not like that Lang Ranch dam." The Flood Control District could build the dam in a creek that runs through an ancient oak grove--and kill it. Or it could use Councilwoman Linda Parks' alternative plan, located in a flat field next to the creek.
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March 12, 2000
Re "If Plant Halts a Dam, Can It Stop Flood Too?" Ventura County Perspective, March 5. Beverly Kelley's column on the Lang Ranch dam is suffused with an aura of reasonableness. Gosh, doesn't it seem silly to halt an important public works project for a little plant? Like all good propaganda, Kelley's piece is also suffused with a hint of us-versus-them and character assassination. Note the subtle disparaging of Lang Ranch residents and their "Monopoly game piece" homes. Councilwoman Linda Parks is "crazy" about trees.
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June 28, 1998 | DOUG ADRIANSON, Doug Adrianson is editor of the Times Ventura County Edition editorial pages
Today these weekly Ventura County Perspective pages mark their first anniversary, one full year of offering Times editorials, readers' letters and a wide array of essays and commentary on issues that affect county residents. Have we solved all of the county's problems yet? Of course not. But readers and writers from every corner of Ventura County's geographical, political and ideological landscape are talking to each other on these pages each week--exchanging points of view, debating or just blowing off steam.
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