The way we were

Interesting article (“Newbury Park,” cover story, 2/4). I worked for the city of Thousand Oaks Community Development Department from the late 1980s until 2012. This article told my history there. I was involved with the massive expansion of Amgen for about 10 years as well as the Dos Vientos project from excavation stages until a significant part of the project tract homes were completed, including Dos Vientos Park. I was also involved in many other projects in Thousand Oaks over the years. 

Additionally, about the Chumash Indians and Boney Mountain, I was friends with Charlie Cook, Mati Waiya, Cote Liota and other Chumash. My wife’s famous uncle Tony Duquette used to have our family and Mati and his family come to his ranch on the south side of Boney to perform ceremonies occasionally. Tony also met Mati and Cote at the Satwiwa on the north side of Boney Mountain one time. Additionally, I was there for those meetings as well as others with Charlie Cook at the Satwiwa. 

Things have changed since the 1990s. Tony and Charlie are dead now; Tony’s ranch burned up and was sold after his death to Francie, the lady who built a home on the property out of a jet airliner. I’m retired with my wife in the house I designed and built in Oxnard Shores, Mandalay Shores back in the late 1980s, while working for the city of Thousand Oaks. Mati is president of the Wishtoyo Foundation and the Ventura CoastKeepers and has a Chumash village at the beach in Nicholas Canyon in Malibu now.

Ron Hood

Fundamental flaw

The New Hampshire electorate, Republican and Democratic alike, seem to have understood the systemic corruption of our political process by big money. Both Mr. Trump and Sen. Sanders, who for different reasons decline these funds, scored big victories.

The two candidates converge on several other issues, which should cause all contenders to pay attention to the convergence. That is, if they want to win.

Unfortunately Mr. Trump brings out attitudes in the American people that we of good will hoped were long buried — prejudice and scapegoating, to name two. Because Secretary Clinton may yet become the Democratic nominee, no liberal should want her to shoot herself in the foot.

But framing Sanders’ attention to her speaking fees, their numbers and amounts, as a personal attack, as she has done, does her no credit. A major bank with a “cozy relationship” within successive administrations, one which desired to hear her speak multiple times, each time at great expense, is not a divergence from the issues. It IS per se a very, very big issue, regardless how innocuous her speech.

What it’s not is a “smear,” nor an accusation of bribery, nor any smudge on Clinton’s escutcheon. Nor is it a condemnation of any candidate who ever took corporate money, as she charged.

Someone with a large war chest has a great advantage over someone without it, an advantage that rebounds to the interests of the benefactors, be they huge corporations or ordinary citizens.

Clinton’s overpersonalized reaction reveals her profound lack of insight into the fundamental flaw in our election process, an insight the electorate appears to have grasped. This does not bode well.

Terry Defarge

Already trashy

Why are you promoting sex on the front cover of your already trashy “newspaper” in this age of unwanted pregnancies and sexual diseases (“Let’s talk about sex,” feature, 2/11)? I swear, every week you just go more and more downhill. The Reporter has become such a disappointment, with articles peppered with unnecessary four-letter words and non-newsworthy content.  As a lifetime Venturan I miss the original Reporter, back when it had taste and class, back when it was run with people with taste and decency.