Thanks for 150 years 

You people probably don’t get a lot of praise for the work you do, so I thought I would thank you for trying to improve the quality of life here in Ventura. My favorite subjects are the yearly contest vignettes, or stories, from the readers, especially the shipwreck story by Susan Brown some years ago; the red-hot spicy letters of Mr. Yellow Motorcycle Rellis; the $10,000 marijuana theft report by Deputy Sheriff Curt Rothschiller; the meanderings of the Advice Goddess; and the cover that showed the dispersal of radioactivity from the Fukushima disaster. Perhaps you could review that, again, to bring it up to date. 

Finally, and what caused me to write, is the stupendous job you did filling in the historical gaps of Ventura’s recent history, such as Johnny and Joanie Mosby’s Ban-Dar and E.J. Harrison’s humble beginnings (“San Buenaventura Sesquicentennial,” March 31). I thought “bandar” was Indian for “monkey.” Thanks again!

Bob Dixon

No new power plants

A mystery is developing in Santa Paula. 

The mystery centers on the proposed new fossil-fuel power plant west of town. The Limoneira Company and at least one city councilman really seem to want this plant in their own backyard. Why?

The proposed fossil-fuel power plant would be a major new source of particulate and oxides of nitrogen air pollution, worsening the area’s already serious ozone and particulate air pollution problems. County levels already exceed state and federal air quality (health) standards. The new source of pollution would make the air even more unhealthy, especially for children and the elderly. 

We’ve heard that some of the money received by Limoneira for partnering with the power-plant project would be donated back to the residents of Santa Paula. At first, that sounds pretty good, but think about it. Why would the residents of Santa Paula want to start breathing more polluted air just to receive some donations from Limoneira? In reality, Limoneira would probably continue to donate money to Santa Paula (as it has for many years) even if the power plant weren’t built. 

The City Council should take a stand against this project and Limoneira should rethink whether this really is a good business deal after all. By rejecting the proposed power plant, the city and Limoneira could avoid what we all learned as children — don’t foul your own nest. 

Phil White

Minimum drinking age

Minimum Drinking Age Initiative (#15-0054) was created to lower the drinking age to 18 in California by businessman Terrance Lynn. Proponents, such as myself, will argue that 18-year-olds have nearly every burden and privilege of adults … except the right to drink alcohol. As a 35-year-old, the issue does not impact my ability to consume alcohol now. However, it would have allowed me not to feel isolated while I served my country.

With my parents’ permission, I enrolled in the U.S. Air Force at 17. I was stationed in Texas for basic training and technical school. After all the rigorous drill work in technical school, some of the legal drinking-aged airmen would go to the base bar for a cold beer. I would often be asked to come along to show camaraderie, but I always felt I was brought along to be used as the designated driver. Despite the Korean drinking age of 19, this continued through my first duty location in South Korea. My second base of report was in the United Kingdom. The drinking age for British adults is 18. At the age of 19, I was finally able to indulge in beverages socially and legally. 

The fact is, at 18 years of age, men and women of this great country are told they are adults. They are able to vote, enter legally binding contracts, and sit on juries where they may possibly determine another human being’s life or death sentence. It’s incredibly hypocritical to say adults can make life-altering decisions but are not old enough to have a beverage of choice. As such, this is why I agree with nonprofit founder of John McCardell’s argument that the drinking age should be lowered to 18 when he said, “If you infantilize someone, do not be surprised when infantile behavior, like binge drinking, results.”

Paul Trevino

Texas chainsaw massacre

The editorial (4/28) about mentally ill made me ill, physically. I would like to shed some light on the entire racket of what goes on. People, innocent are put in situations where crime, drugs and dangerous people proliferate. This may be the result of a disability, physical and/or mental. Let’s keep in mind, since your cover (“Life changing,” 4/28) is about abuse, that head injuries may cause mental problems or financial ruin. The problem is not that too many people can put themselves in a wheelchair mentally. Your editorial was like reading the final chapter of Ventura Hate and Destroy Homeless campaign. What a neat little package was made. In reality it’s more like this: Overzealous law enforcement find any reason to accuse and arrest lower-income area people. Once incarcerated, people are severely mistreated (misdiagnosed). Physically, mentally and legally, some are not ever to recover. Anyone can become homeless, have severe mental, physical or emotional trauma occur. The city is building condos instead of low-income housing. 80 percent of jail population is Hispanic although they appear far more prosperous on the streets than whites or blacks. 

Let’s look at the “numbers” when it comes to who is being murdered, raped or robbed according to their race, sex or financial status and living situation. It’s that simple. Forty-six more torture chambers at Todd Road is the last thing we need. 

Roseanne Willard

P.S. Here are some extracurricular points of interest:

No working pay phones for miles.

Restrooms: Let’s not talk about it.

Food and showers: None are hardly available anymore. Lack of food and cleanliness are major contributors to one’s mental state.