Regarding your editorial “It Can Happen Here” (Opinion, 7/12/07), while comparing your weekly paper to the daily papers in Ventura and Santa Barbara, you stated that Ventura County is without a local television station.

You neglected to mention, however, that Ventura does have a very fine and growing local television resource for newsworthy events such as local public anti-war protests, local Earth Day events, local parade and arts event coverage, a series on local history, a series on local coastal ecological issues, and an entire docket of official city and county meetings, seven days a week, entirely free of the biased pressures placed upon commercial broadcasters by their corporate bosses.

I am speaking of Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura (CAPS) Channel 6 and Channel 15 (\’Vtv\’), our very own public-access community television studio on Day Road.

As a long-time contributor of letters to the editors of the VC Reporter, Ventura County Star and other local publications, I can honestly say that there is no other local media outlet that offers unlimited, uncensored and valuable television media time to the residents of Ventura than CAPS.

Other cities may have public-access channels available to submit finished programs to, but only CAPS Channel 6 provides full studio and editing facilities and camera/audio equipment for the creation of your programs. Finally, CAPS places no copyright claims whatsoever on your work, and even lets you sponsor other people\’s media (OPMs) for broadcast onto Channel 6.

I urge all of your readers to utilize the many great services that CAPS has to offer for no other reason than to avail themselves of the awesome educational, entertaining and community-service announcements resource that is CAPS.

Robert Heiderich


Arrogance in military criticism

I rarely write to a newspaper to voice my opinion, however, after reading Grant Marcus’ Column “Too Young To Decide” (Power to Speak, 7/12/07) I feel compelled to address one point he raises in particular.

Mr. Marcus is within his rights to voice his displeasure over the Ventura Military Explorers. But he mentions In These Times and its examples of this kind of military program in “areas like Kansas and Alabama, in what I presumed to be backward little towns in rural states where jobs and education are lacking.”

If I’m to understand this correctly, the military is really just a last resort for these poor, destitute, undereducated folks who live in Kansas or Alabama. It’s amazing that Mr. Marcus was able to pick out with apparent scientific exactness the part of our country where the military breeds its recruits. Additionally, he finds it equally amazing that we have the same kind of poor, destitute, undereducated folks here in California and in his blessed Ventura. Such arrogance.

Mr. Marcus, you can sit in judgment of the VME, ROTC and all things military and believe that these kids were leveling their guns at you, that is your right.

However, to dismiss the military as a final refuge for kids from “backward little towns in rural states where jobs and education are lacking” is arrogance on a level I couldn’t believe existed in California and in my hometown of Ventura until I read your column.

Brad Strickland


Leave Potrero Ranch as is

Bless them all, The City, COSCA, Conejo Recreation & Parks Dept. and all the participants who formed the Ranch Potrero Community Workshop (see “Thousand Oaks seeks open space,” news, 7/12/07).

This was our opportunity to review a conceptual plan to develop the site at the former Olympia Farms to make it more accessible to the public. What a wonderful job they have done already to provide us parks that the public can make use of. I sincerely applaud the quality of our developed parkland for the variety of venues.

The meeting purpose was to present a conceptual plan for this site they hope to annex into the City of Thousand Oaks. The main point delivered was that we should bring as much of the public as possible to the area to enjoy its majestic qualities and make use of this untouched area.

Having had the time now to talk to others and review the proposal, I’ve formed my opinion. We have enough parks with opportunities to bring in the masses to enjoy group activities. If 200 children want to go and enjoy the open space at Potrero Ranch, they can go, now at their convenience without permits, buses, parking lots, pavilions and rules and regulations to guide them. This is our last frontier, one of the only places left to remind us of why we are here. I can’t imagine an enhancement that can make it better. Let’s not exploit it for the purposes of additional revenue.

Marilee Ullmann

Thousand Oaks

Sheehan editorial missed point

You have completely missed the point of Cindy Sheehan’s intention to oppose Nancy Pelosi in the 2008 election (“Pick the right fight,” opinion, 7/19/07). Pelosi has not heard the voices of the American people on the most crucial issues of our time: a quick withdrawal from Iraq, impeachment hearings for Bush and Cheney, a universal health plan.

As Speaker of the House Pelosi, has the power to inject these issues into the body politic. Instead she stands in the way of moving them to fruition. She will not put impeachment “on the table”; she will not refuse to withhold funds for the war, and she has not given support to the Conyers/Kucinich universal health care bill. In short, she stands in opposition not only to the wishes of the great majority of Democrats, but to the wishes of the American people as a whole.

Running against Pelosi will most vividly bring these issues to the attention of the public. Running against Gallegly, or against the other politicos you suggest, will not cut it.

Betty Eagle


Responding to Pierpont concerns

Re: Resident to Pierpont council: \”Stop trying to improve my life!\” (Power to speak, 7/19/07)

When I called up Christine Blosdale’s office to ask permission to post this letter on, I couldn\’t help but be struck by the irony. Christine and business partner Julia run a PR company ( and are typical Pierpont residents.

They care greatly about Pierpont issues, and possess exactly the skills needed to help the council achieve its goals, but (apparently legitimately — just look at their calendar) have absolutely no time to contribute a single pearl of their wisdom.

They put faces to the dilemma the council faces in trying to represent the Pierpont community. In the past the answer has been, \”Screw them if they can\’t even make the effort to attend the council\’s meetings.\”

The unfortunate result is that decisions will be continued to be made by, and will cater to, a small minority of council members. (This is not a criticism of the council officers, who do their very best to represent what they believe are the true opinions of Pierpont residents.)

The conundrum is that the community council is powered by volunteers. Without the involvement of all Pierpont residents (we\’re talking maybe 10 or 20 minutes a month, not a second career) decisions will continue to be shaped (sometimes inadvertently, as with the lifeguard situation) by the small group of residents who find the time to make their views known.

Various groups have big plans for what Christine calls our \”old beach town.\” With citizen involvement, the community council can control how Pierpont\’s character develops, or we can all just sit back, let it happen, and then complain later.

Koert DuBois


Christine Blosdale stated her opinion in the paper, and I respect that very much, but I would like to state my opinion by telling otherwise.

As a friend of Tim Barry I would first of all like to mention that she was wrong to say he had no common sense. He was trying to save a life.

Also, five years ago I was caught in a rip tide. Very unfortunately there were no lifeguards there. Very fortunately, my neighbor was there to save me and my mother, who had tried to save me but was not a swimmer. So I am very grateful that we now have lifeguards.

The lifeguards are doing more good than bad. There may be more trash on the beach. But would Christine rather pick up some thrash or be swept out to sea?

Christine and all other people of Ventura. I own a little cocker spaniel, and know that it’s hard to walk our dogs and be convenient with our time. But you can always take your pup to the park, and they would like it just as much.

As one of the many people who go to the meetings I know that the Pierpont community council had absolutely nothing to do with the “no dog rule.”

I hope that in the end that most of us will get used to the new adjustments.

Colleen Edwards

Ventura, age 12