It isn’t like “The Heidi Chronicles” is a world premiere play that nobody knows anything about. Personally, I find nothing of interest to me in this play. Do you know what I do when there is a play, movie, or television show that doesn’t interest me? I don’t watch it. Of course, I’m not getting paid to attend.

Singer seems to have a really bad case of generation envy (witness his final remark — “So, I guess I’m just jealous that I’ll never have the opportunity to be as troubled by my identity as Heidi is because, really, I will never have one.”).

Boomer-bashing apparently is surpassing soccer as the sport of choice of the next generations. It makes sense, really. They both involve younger people running around aimlessly kicking anything that gets near them.

This “review” is pedestrian garbage. The Ojai ACT production deserves a review of their production without the playground whining.

Nels Norene


Praise for Singer

Thanks so much for Matthew Singer\’s well written article on Teatro de las Américas, one of the county\’s almost hidden treasures, as well as Margaret Cortese, a truly remarkable \”force of nature.\”

Richard Newsham

Fees sinking boaters

This letter’s purpose is to solicit boaters’ help to stop run away boat slip fees in the publicly owned harbors of Southern California.

My family and I have owned and berthed a boat in Channel Islands Harbor since 1975. The Channel Islands Harbor is owned by the people of Ventura County and managed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. During that time we have seen reasonable rent increases and accepted those increases.

In the past two years, however, under the current board’s control, the rents have gone out of control. The board has allowed its major tenant to increase rent 96 percent in two years, or 30 times the cost of living. In addition, it allowed the tenant to install meters to charge the boater for electrical services which for 30 years were paid by the county’s tenant.

The current tenants running publicly owned Marinas in Channel Islands Harbor have a monopoly, and without rent controls there is no limit to the rent they can and will demand.

We can do one of two things: Give up boating, or, as local government has done with mobile home parks, pass a law controlling slip rents. We the boaters of Southern California have two options, get out of boating or fight the system.

Georgina Williamson

Channel Islands

Touch of death

I was appalled to learn that this year the Conejo Recreation & Park District’s annual “Touch-A-Truck” event will include military vehicles. Since when are military tanks and armored killing machines considered wholesome family entertainment?

I suppose there will also be military personnel on site handing out pamphlets and telling our children all about the glory or war. Does the military have to take over #everything#? Why can’t the military just have their own “military truck day?” Why do they have to ruin “Touch-A-Truck?”

There is simply nothing “fun” about war vehicles. Or is there? At this year’s Touch-A-Truck, there will be young children happily climbing aboard military vehicles and #enjoying# the idea of blasting human beings to pieces. This is sick.

Diana Hirth

Thousand Oaks

Solar bill support urged

Although the technology for solar powered water heaters has been here for over a century, and there is a generous federal rebate program, the state of California has not yet provided incentives in the form of rebates and tax credits to encourage homeowners and small businesses to install this simple, low-tech alternative power source that can reduce natural gas demand by up to 24 percent.

It does not take rocket science to figure out that rooftop units that provide that much free hot water to homes and businesses will go far toward eliminating some environmental threats. So what’s the catch?

Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s (D-San Rafael) Assembly Bill 1470 — outlining a ten year program of incentives aimed at installing some 200,000 domestic solar water heaters in California — is opposed by the natural gas industry, naturally, because of the perceived threats to their profits. This is tunnel vision of the worst kind, leading inevitably to further environmental degradation and to the continuing reckless waste of the remaining fossil fuels in scams such as the recent BHP Billiton fiasco.

If the state of California can encourage enough homeowners through a widespread rebate program to use the sun as a clean energy source on a mass basis, coupled with some serious conservation efforts, we just might be able to bring this state into lien with what the rest of the world has been able to accomplish without us. One thing is for sure: it won’t happen without something like AB1470 passed in the legislature, and soon.

Donald Wallace