Women choose not to be leaders 

Concerning “The Woman Factor,” (See Feature, 1/31/07): To use Cate Blanchett as an example of a working woman is a product of this author’s wishful thinking. Not all of us can be movie stars and have a nanny to help raise our children. She is an exception to the usual working woman who struggles to put food on the table. By the way, is Cate an American actor?

After more than 40 years, feminists continue scapegoating men for their choices.

Women do not own businesses because they choose not to. Fashion magazines sell to women because that’s what they buy — beauty. Most women want to look attractive for themselves and, god forbid, men.

Women are the dominant economic power in this country. It is up to them to choose if they want to take leadership roles and not blame it on men, which might have been relevant in the 60s but isn’t now.

Though man-bashing never goes out of style, as long as women continue to play victim, they choose to be losers instead of leaders.

Joaquin Peck



Ventura follows Bush’s lead

Well it really is possible to see that the city council of Ventura is following in the footsteps of the Bush administration. When they voted on the fees for calling 911 they approved these fees without asking the public to vote on this. It was on the ballot before and was voted down, now we go the way of Georgie and Dickie and make it a fee to get the money. Will the city council ever learn that this is a democracy and not like Russia where everything is pushed down your throat? Let us vote on this!

Charles Shinn



McCain letter angers veteran

Concerning the item about John McCain (see “more presidential options,” Letters, 1/31/07). After reading it, I found my blood pressure increasingly rising.

First of all, this is the kind of rhetoric that has been active for the last 7 ½ years. After hearing both parties debate several times, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize McCain is a Bush puppet.

He wants to sustain presence in Iraq, and I mean sustain … 100 years! This guy is a classic. He wants to massively increase spending money and resources on all U.S. military branches. I heard him speak just days ago of doubling the Army and Marines. McCain states when he looks in Putin’s eyes, all he sees is three letters, “KGB.” He changed his view and demeanor with immigration and border issues.

The American public thinks it’s time to get out of Iraq. Yes, there will be some kind of presence there or in the region, but let’s be honest, for the most part our presence in that part of the world has generated a negative aspect to our country and our government.

I agree the military needs our backing, support and money resources, but our military also doesn’t need to be deployed to other parts of the world (unnecessarily and without merit), acting as “world police.” If the government is so worried about security, secure our own borders, and enforce some border law (that many other countries do). Spend all the money in this country, maybe it will enhance/produce some economic stimulus!

Secure the borders, and point the guns out.

I can’t believe there are people still wanting this kind of man running our country and government!

We need change, and trust me the Republicans don’t have it. I’m not a party man (Democratic or Republican), however I do have a logical thinking mind.


Robert C. Murray

Retired Navy (23 years)



Praise for arts coverage

Regarding your “Hearts of fire” portrait and article (See “Home is where the art is,” Arts and Culture, 1/24/07):

A heartfelt “thank you” to everyone on your staff who contributed to the outstanding journalistic and graphic design of this fantastic article!

Lisa Snider, especially, deserves congratulations for her excellent interview of Bob Ballard. The artistry blew me away and reinforced my appreciation for The Ventura County Reporter. You play a unique and essential role in your choice of issues that do not always catch the attention of the other publications that have “bigger fish to fry.”

I hope this particular article catches fire with your readers and inspires them to open their hearts and billfolds to become co-sponsors of this special service that puts a face on the homeless.  Being a former nun, I cannot help but see Christ in the portrait and feel intensely that it cries out to us who actually still have a roof over our heads and bread on the table, that this project demonstrates what real Christianity is.

Jeanne Scott,

Port Hueneme


Clarifications about view petition

Congratulations on a fairly balanced article (see “Balancing towers of sustainability,” News, 1/24/07). I just wish to clarify a couple of missing facts that are important to give a full picture of what is taking place here in Ventura, with Midtown as the current focus.

Ventura Citizens for Responsible Development (VCORD) believes that the neighborhoods being affected by development should be a primary influence in determining the character of their neighborhoods and how new development might enhance or damage that character.

When approvals were granted by the city for massive, incompatible buildings that destroyed important public view sheds and the historic character of Midtown neighborhoods, many believed this was a prelude to a citywide coding for unsustainable development. VCORD launched an initiative and gathered 10,972 signatures on 2,419 petitions to qualify a citywide View Protection Initiative for the ballot. The citizens wanted a choice on saving their views.

While in the care of the city and the county, 101 petitions with 310 signatures on them disappeared, and the law requires that all signatures be included in the random sample. The sample, therefore, was fatally flawed and the city council then had two options: They could order a full count of all the signatures or they could accept the initiative and let the writing of the View Protection Ordinance get started within 10 days. The council opted to do the full count at a cost of $20,000 to the taxpayers. 

The city council’s recent approval for Midtown coding that permits 56 solid blocks of 45- foot buildings and a large area of 75-foot buildings would canyonize our corridors, overwhelm our infrastructure, destroy our historic character, erase the sweeping east to west views, and leave us in Anytown, USA. Surely New Urbanism can adapt to a scale that is smaller than Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. 

And with over half our working population required to commute to other cities for jobs, it’s neither green nor sustainable to add more high-end commuter housing, creating more commuting in more cars and more greenhouse gases. 

Most citizens’ groups simply write the ordinance and take it to the voters. We believed that we could work together in a collaboration that would rebuild trust and relationship between a community that felt disenfranchised and the city government and development community. We still have that hope.

Camille Harris,


Ventura Citizens Organization for Responsible Development