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Fringe leftism

Just a few weeks into 2014 and God, What a Relief It Is! 2013 was such a mind-boggling good time with all the lies and political manipulating, the stonewalling of facts about scandals, the DENIAL that there have been any scandals (calling them “phony”) and let’s not forget that Divine Blessing, Obamacare! (Was it racist to say that? Harris-Perry, MSNBC.) And STILL, the Messiah (according to Barbara Walters and Jamie Foxx, a truly ODD couple) managed to get in well over a hundred holes of golf in Hawaii! Praise the Lord! What a Guy!

But to the rescue to provide a little relief from the perp-in-chief and his village idiots like Biden, Carney, Pelosi and Reid comes Mr. Brown Nose Christie, who has graciously provided a diversion by means of the Bridge Scandal! This should keep all the boot-licking liberal media (ABC, NBC, CBS,CNN, MSNBC and just about every other one but FOX) chomping at the bit as they have ALREADY dedicated more time to it than the IRS Scandal in the last six months! Talk about Fringe Leftism! THEY ROCK!!

But we need not be surprised about this due to the fact that they employ morons like Chris Matthews, who salivates whenever he gets to talk about Obama! Seriously, get that twit a BIB! And there are plenty of other “journalistically challenged” trogs in those networks, like MSNBC’s Touré and Harris-Perry, CNN’s Cuomo and the list goes on and on. These pernicious pawns merely parrot the ranting of The Balking Mentally Dead Presidents of the liberal media who worship at the feet of the aforementioned Messiah! Who, incidentally, never misses a chance to dance with them! For the sake of the rest of us serfs of course! Will Michelle dance with Beyoncé at her birthday party? Stay Tuned! O da thrill!!

Brian Beian
Ventura

 

History

In all of history, in all of time, and even into forever there has never been or ever will be someone just like you.

So, just as you are, you are magnificently beautiful in shape and form, for who can possibly compare your uniqueness with anyone else.

You have a look in your eyes that no one else has.

Where do you go from here?  Why do you exist?

What is, is; and you are. Maybe your birth was a celebration and maybe not; however, that is not a concern. The fact is, you do exist and you do have feelings and no one was ever like you. We all have the same reason for being here. Like the sun and the rain and the flowers and trees and sky are there for a reason.

We get warmth from the sun and clean water from the rain and beauty from flowers and fruit and shade from the trees and wonder from the skies. Each of these is a giver. In order to really be we must give from our hearts, kindness, consideration, understanding and hope, and show respect for each and every person, especially the ones who are hardest to care for. Dare to be. Yes in this moment. Being there just as you are, remembering that you are the only you that has ever been or will be.

Be alive and present right now to each person you are with. Listen to them and really hear them, quietly showing them you have love for them.

True love is not a physical thing. You can ruin the lives of your children by giving them money and things that they do not work for.

The greatest challenge in our lives boils down to caring and hoping, no matter what. We are alive and living in this world for only one reason.

We are here in the moments so that we can have a chance to learn what true love is and practice it. True love is not a physical thing.

True love is a knowing.

Matt Wall
Ojai

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Sen. Fran Pavley gets the job done

“Legendary” was the term used by State Sen. President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to describe Sen. Fran Pavley’s, D-Agoura Hills, record on the environment after her landmark victory in getting SB 4, the Senate bill on fracking, signed into law. “Her work and accomplishments are legendary in the environmental field,” he said. Pavley not only had to battle all the usual backers of unrestricted oil and gas development but also faced criticism from some  environmental groups  that believed a ban on fracking was the only acceptable position.

 
But Pavley was in the best position to know what was possible in the Legislature and what the governor was willing to sign. Her read on the facts (and that of her staff) was masterful if not brilliant. Bottom line, California has the strongest anti-fracking law in the country and a commitment to study the effects of fracking and to take further action. Meanwhile, the governor is free to enact a moratorium by executive order and these groups are free to pursue a statewide referendum.

Pavley will soon be termed out of the legislature. This year was the best opportunity for passage of a bill dealing with fracking. At some time in the future, environmental legislation in the California Senate will have to succeed without Pavley’s leadership and experience.

Pavley was co-author of SB 221 (2001) that required developers to prove they had a guaranteed water supply before being granted permits. She authored AB 1493 (2002) that set state standards for limiting greenhouse gas pollution by setting fuel economy standards. Later, the Obama administration adopted these standards on a national level. AB 32(2006) established comprehensive standards for limiting greenhouse gasses. Pavley also served on the California Coastal Commission between 1995 and 2000.

Let’s make a comparison between the future of fracking in Ohio and in the state of California. In Ohio, Republican Gov. John Kasich, backed by a Republican legislature, plans to rush permits to drill hundreds of wells by the end of 2014. In California, a formal study is being done in 2014 of the environmental effects of fracking, and an environmental impact report is due in early 2015.  In Ohio, the Sierra Club fights to get disclosure of a 40,000-gallon intentional dumping of fracking waste by a company that has already declared bankruptcy. In California, the process of holding formal hearings has already begun with the Jan. 8 hearings in Ventura. Meanwhile, in Ohio the only hearings scheduled are by the Coast Guard, which seeks to permit use of barges to carry toxic waste from fracking sites from outside the state to be dumped in southwest Ohio and other states.

Residents of Ventura County who reside in the 27th Senate District are being represented by a world-class figure in stopping greenhouse gas emissions and other steps to protect our environment. All of this requires a reasoned approach. Pavley has proved that she has mastered that as she has mastered the art of the deal.

 

Al Sanders
Oxnard

 

Repulsed responses

I’m now certain that Paul Moomjean is a fictitious character created by someone with a very dark sense of humor, convinced that “no one could really be that stupid.” But as I have felt a bit “played” from reading his rants over the years, taking them way too seriously, I would then often work my fingers to the bone furiously typing my responses to his biweekly distortions, fantasies and lunatic lies. Many of those responses have been published on your “Letters” pages and I would often get nudged on the street … “great letter,” “I can’t believe they publish that crap” and other such remarks that many have said. Even though I experienced much confirmation for my responses, I expect this wasn’t good for my blood pressure or may have put me into a foul mood for an hour or so. That considered, I no longer bother to read Moomjean’s “Right Persuasion” column but I do still very much enjoy reading others’ repulsed responses to his vitriol in your weekly Letters … noting that about 99 percent are those who share my basic opinion. Moomjean is a totally whack nut job. In your Jan. 9, edition I was particularly entertained by a nicely written response from Norm Rodewald of Moorpark. In his letter Norm totally, rationally and irrefutably corrected each of Paul’s thought-diarrhea spurts about “conservatives’ New Year’s resolutions” and he did it in a kind and intelligent way. I especially liked the bit about how his great-grandmother fared in her golden years without “big government programs” like Social Security or Medicare. Thank you, Mr. Norm, for allowing me to reply vicariously through you.

*This remark was quoted from another reader’s 2010 letter to the editor about another of Moomjean’s twisted columns.

 

Chris Jensen
Ventura

 

Opting out of the Affordable Care Act

I would like the opportunity to opt out of the Affordable Care Act because it will force me to participate financially in a healthcare and insurance system that I seldom use. Perhaps I’ve been lucky for a woman in her mid-50s because the last time I felt the need to see a doctor was for an ear infection in April 2006. I was employed but had no health insurance, however, I was able to enroll in the County of Ventura Healthcare Agency’s Self Pay Discount Program and only had to pay a perfectly reasonable $30 fee for the doctor visit and another $25 at the drug store for the antibiotic. Coupled with the $0 that I spent for health insurance, $55 every once in a while seems like an appropriate amount to spend for healthcare and I’m happy to pay my way as I go.

In more recent years, I had a job that provided full health insurance and I could have visited health care facilities for vaccinations, cancer screenings, wellness exams, stubbed toes, etc., and received all this care for FREE. People used to ask me in all seriousness why I didn’t go load up on all this free healthcare assuming that I was missing out on something beneficial. I’m a great believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and have found through personal experience that my body and no doubt yours, too, has remarkable powers to heal itself given a healthy and balanced lifestyle and requires precious little outside intervention. If more people trusted in that fact, the health care and insurance systems could not feed on our collective fear and ignorance and could therefore not be able to consume so much of our power and money because we would quit giving it to them.

 

Julie Schaab
Ventura

 

Fringe leftism

Just a few weeks into 2014 and God, What a Relief It Is! 2013 was such a mind-boggling good time with all the lies and political manipulating, the stonewalling of facts about scandals, the DENIAL that there have been any scandals (calling them “phony”) and let’s not forget that Divine Blessing, Obamacare! (Was it racist to say that? Harris-Perry, MSNBC.) And STILL, the Messiah (according to Barbara Walters and Jamie Foxx, a truly ODD couple) managed to get in well over a hundred holes of golf in Hawaii! Praise the Lord! What a Guy!

But to the rescue to provide a little relief from the perp-in-chief and his village idiots like Biden, Carney, Pelosi and Reid comes Mr. Brown Nose Christie, who has graciously provided a diversion by means of the Bridge Scandal! This should keep all the boot-licking liberal media (ABC, NBC, CBS,CNN, MSNBC and just about every other one but FOX) chomping at the bit as they have ALREADY dedicated more time to it than the IRS Scandal in the last six months! Talk about Fringe Leftism! THEY ROCK!!

But we need not be surprised about this due to the fact that they employ morons like Chris Matthews, who salivates whenever he gets to talk about Obama! Seriously, get that twit a BIB! And there are plenty of other “journalistically challenged” trogs in those networks, like MSNBC’s Touré and Harris-Perry, CNN’s Cuomo and the list goes on and on. These pernicious pawns merely parrot the ranting of The Balking Mentally Dead Presidents of the liberal media who worship at the feet of the aforementioned Messiah! Who, incidentally, never misses a chance to dance with them! For the sake of the rest of us serfs of course! Will Michelle dance with Beyoncé at her birthday party? Stay Tuned! O da thrill!!

Brian Beian
Ventura

 

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God, dogs and beaches

I am in total agreement with Christopher Judges that a Ventura beach at sunset is a magical experience (Letters, 12/12). I have to question his statement that “God lives here” at the beach. I do not have his personal acquaintance with God but from what I understand God is a law-abiding deity. An omniscient God knows that an unleashed dog “chasing scurrying little chick-birds feasting at the water’s edge” threatens the survival of Ventura shorebirds “flying frantically” away. Unleashed dogs are banned from most Ventura County beaches. I have to believe that God is in agreement with local civil authorities that dogs should not be off-leash on VC beaches.

It is easy to get caught up in the beauty of a dog running free on a VC beach but that beauty is destroying an incredibly sensitive habitat for shorebirds. Humans and their companions are late arrivals to this ecosystem. The shorebirds have the first call. I do not want to speak for God but I think She/He would agree.

John C. Connor
Ventura
 

All for our own good?

Your editorial “Cohesiveness for 2014 elections” (12/19) touches on the much-lamented loss of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats, left and right. Lost in this ongoing discussion is a basic fact which is the prime mover in the increasingly heated debate. That fact is, government at all levels continues to metastasize in our lives. From the size cola we can buy to the health insurance we must purchase under threat of government penalty — all for our own good as defined by others. Given this involvement by others who would order our lives for us through the instrument of government, the resulting intense conflict should be no surprise. Both parties serve their own masters and cooperation is more frightening than conflict.
 

Gary Alstot
Ojai

 

Opting out of the Affordable Care Act

I would like the opportunity to opt out of the Affordable Care Act because it will force me to participate financially in a healthcare and insurance system that I seldom use. Perhaps I’ve been lucky for a woman in her mid-50s because the last time I felt the need to see a doctor was for an ear infection in April 2006. I was employed but had no health insurance, however, I was able to enroll in the County of Ventura Healthcare Agency’s Self Pay Discount Program and only had to pay a perfectly reasonable $30 fee for the doctor visit and another $25 at the drug store for the antibiotic. Coupled with the $0 that I spent for health insurance, $55 every once in a while seems like an appropriate amount to spend for healthcare and I’m happy to pay my way as I go.

In more recent years, I had a job that provided full health insurance and I could have visited health care facilities for vaccinations, cancer screenings, wellness exams, stubbed toes, etc., and received all this care for FREE. People used to ask me in all seriousness why I didn’t go load up on all this free healthcare assuming that I was missing out on something beneficial. I’m a great believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and have found through personal experience that my body and no doubt yours, too, has remarkable powers to heal itself given a healthy and balanced lifestyle and requires precious little outside intervention. If more people trusted in that fact, the health care and insurance systems could not feed on our collective fear and ignorance and could therefore not be able to consume so much of our power and money because we would quit giving it to them.

Julie Schaab
Ventura

 

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End sequestration

It is imperative that Congress enact solutions on behalf of Americans to move our flagging economy ahead. Stop the finger pointing and propose solutions — get to “Yes.”

Federal employees have suffered an onslaught of substantial financial burdens, from multiyear pay freezes to furloughs and relentless proposals to reduce their earned benefits.

Among the proposals under consideration is an extension of the three-year federal employee pay freeze and a cut in take-home pay for federal employees through an increase in federal retirement contributions.

There are a total of half a million federal employees, retired annuitants and surviving spouse annuitants in California. When the paychecks of this California’middle-class cohort are cut, the ripple effect extends throughout our state’s local economies and businesses

It is essential for California’s congressional members to oppose proposals that would take millions of dollars away from our economy next year and weaken our federal workforce for years to come.

 

George Ramirez
Chairman, National Legislation Committee California State Federation of Chapters National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association NARFE CHAPTER 190
Port Hueneme

 

Archaic resolutions

In his Right Persuasion (1/2), Mr. Moomjean makes a conservative New Year’s Resolution which I, basically, a little more of the same right-wing belief system, just done a little smarter. I have a much more radical New Year’s Resolution for conservatives; it requires a leap of literally centuries in thought.

Mr. Moomjean says to remind people that lower taxes create prosperity. He also decries the creating of massive government programs to regain out country and freedoms. He espouses deregulation as a way to create jobs. In these, Mr. Moomjean exhibits 12th century faith-based thinking. These ideas are accepted without evidence; merely, ideology dictates they must be true. Throw away that 12th century faith-based system and advance 500 years to a 17th century empirical evidence-based belief system.

What does empiricism say to Mr. Moomjean’s faith-based belief that low taxes mean prosperity? In the 1950s under Republican President Eisenhower, the marginal tax rate for incomes between $240,000 and $400,000 was 72 percent and for more than $400,000 it was 91 percent. So were the ’50s a decade of want and poverty? Quite the contrary, the ’50s saw more than 3 percent per annum annual growth plus one of the highest rates of increase in worker productivity. In fact, every decade from 1950 to 1980 saw per annum annual growth of greater than 3 percent. The 1980s saw Reagan’s massive tax cuts and Mr. Moomjean’s prosperity. Alas, empiricism shows the 1980s saw annual growth collapse to 2.25 percent. With a tax increase on high earners in the 1990s, the economy grew at a 2.75 percent annual rate, followed by Bush’s  tax cuts in the 2000s and a collapse of growth to below 2 percent per annum for 2000 to 2010.

What does empiricism say about Mr. Moomjean’s freedom from big government programs? I met my great-grandmother in the early 1950s. My great grandfather was a self-employed farmer who never signed on to Social Security, and Medicare did not exist. Thus my great-grandmother lived her life in freedom from these big government programs. And how was that freedom? She was destitute, senile, living with her daughter and son-in-law. And how was their freedom? They could barely cover the expense of her living costs, with no resources for her medical needs. And could never plan a vacation or trip of more than a few hours without making arrangements for her care. Such was freedom for the elderly without these big-government programs.

What of deregulation and jobs? Well, if you think nearly 900 savings and loan institutions collapsing and the taxpayers paying $125 billion to clean up the mess is a job creator, you really need help.

So, conservatives, make the big leap, five centuries in thought, and accept empirical science as your governing principle. Throw away 12th century faith-based thought.
 

Norm Rodewald
Moorpark

 

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Act to reduce gang violence in the V.C.

Despite its small-beach-town appearance, tranquil palm trees and unimposing population of  about 108,000, the city of Ventura has a gang problem. Eight well-established gangs operate throughout the city perimeters dealing drugs, selling weapons and committing violent crimes.   O’Neal, Sordillo and Sullivan gave an in-depth exploration in the Nov. 21 edition of the VCRe-porter of the struggles of law enforcement to contain their activity and solve gang homicides.  The largest of these gangs is the Ventura Avenue Gangsters who comprise mainly Hispanic youth. Ventura Avenue, the territory these gangsters claim, is economically depressed and struggles with a number of socioeconomic challenges of which gang activity is one.

National studies show that gang activity and gang participation by youth is more prevalent in high-risk neighborhoods, high-risk being defined as those neighborhoods struggling with low incomes, broken families and comprising primarily ethnic minorities. According to a 2013 report by Frontline, one quarter of all serious violent crimes are committed by youth, and as adult gang members move through the prison pipeline serving lengthy prison sentences in state facilities, new younger members take their place on the street. According to The Sentencing Project (a prison research advocacy group), “60 percent of the people in prison are now a racial and ethnic minority.” This data suggests that a child who belongs to a racial or ethnic minority is at risk of ending up in prison. The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) states that “Nationally one in three Black and one in six Latino boys born in 2001 are at risk of imprisonment in their lifetime … the rate of incarceration is endangering children at younger and younger ages.” These statistics have prompted CDF to establish the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign in hopes of bringing aware-ness to these statistics and reducing incarceration through prevention. Communities suffering from poverty and comprising mainly ethnic and racial minorities, like our own Ventura Avenue, have youth who are at the greatest risk of ending up in prison as adults. This racial disparity in the prison system is being dubbed by many prison advocacy groups as the “new racism,” with far-reaching implications.

Fortunately, there is a solution. H.R. 1318, referred to as the Youth PROMISE (prison reduction through opportunities, mentoring, intervention, support and education) Act is a bipartisan, legislation that seeks to interrupt the cradle-to-prison pipeline. The Youth PROMISE Act sponsored by Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott was introduced on March 21. The text of its full title states the goals of the PROMISE Act: “To provide for evidence-based and promising practices related to juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention to help build individual, family, and community strength and resiliency to ensure that youth lead productive, safe, healthy, gang-free, and law-abiding lives.” The Youth PROMISE Act will give communities funding to support evidence-based intervention practices to support youth and adolescent development services, early childhood development, child protection and safety services, health and mental health services, substance abuse counseling, housing assistance, gang exit services, incarceration alternatives and transition services (The Peace Alliance).

In addition, The Peace Alliance published a study by the nonpartisan Washington State Institute for Public Policy that said, “For every dollar spent on county juvenile detention systems, $1.98 of benefits was achieved in terms of crime reduction and cost of crime to the taxpayer. By con-trast, diversion and mentoring programs produced $3.36 of benefits for every dollar spent, ag-gression replacement training produced $10 of benefits for every dollar spent and multi-systemic therapy produced $13 of benefits for every dollar spent.” This Act will put intervention resources directly into the community, funding local resources that are already in place but underfunded, like Project Understanding, the Boys and Girls Club and Catholic Charities.  This is a great bill that needs your support. Please visit the website:

http://youthpromiseaction.org/, become a citizen co-sponsor and petition our governor to endorse this life-saving act.

Camilla A. Lee
Ojai

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