Glaring omission

I enjoyed your article on the [Ojai Music] Festival, particularly the humanizing quotes of Ute Lemper. (“Black Keys, Strings and Brass,” July 14

Alas, I feel your omission of an interview with Vadym Kholodenko, much less even a mention of the recent tragedy in his life, to be glaring. When the Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed could devote some 10 column inches to the remarkable renewal of his career in a recent article and you could not devote two sentences — something is wrong in your coverage.

Or is there a lack of editorial oversight in the Reporter? In the second paragraph of your article you state Mr. Kholodenko will “conduct” — he is playing a piano recital. Earlier you mention a “modern take on Rachmaninoff” — according to the festival website, Anderson and Roe are
performing the Second Suite for Two Pianos as written. Perhaps most glaring, you mention “aforementioned acts” — clearly these are artists, not circus performers.
I take it you are a young journalist and, as I mentioned earlier, your writing has a pleasant, even infectious flow. Your take on Ms. Lemper is spot on. But when you are writing outside of your field, as I suspect you are, a good editor will surely come to your rescue. I wish you nothing but
the best as you pursue your journalistic endeavors.

Charles McDermott

Opinion columnists

I’m writing this letter in response to articles on California’s homeless.

I agree with the assessment that “there are many reasons” for the sudden “hot issue.” I’d like to speak on my opinion.

I have lived in Ventura County since 1982, making California my desired home; however, my experience in the last year has me in total dismay.

I am homeless and feel I was unjustly put in this horrific position. My former landlord wanted an increase in security deposit from his long-standing tenants. Why? He said it was costing more to repair apartments when the tenant moves out.

First of all, why shouldn’t this issue be addressed “when the tenant moves out”!?

There is a law that gives a landlord the right to raise a security deposit; however, it does have restrictions. Case in point, Civil Code, section 1950.1.

If you are on a fixed income and/or have Section 8, where are you going to get an extra $700 (for an increase in security) from? If you don’t pay this “questionable” increase you can be evicted. That would only be the beginning of your problems because you will then be terminated from Section 8. Is this helping the homeless or homeless prevention!?

One agency and/or program after the other will not help you for various reasons.

So you ave these problems, can’t afford a lawyer; what do you do? Become homeless!

You pray, search, see any/all resources to no avail. The worst part about this is that you’re disabled and are very limited on your fight for a home.

During your research you’re reading the paper, joining rental websites, passing the word through every avenue possible. You join “Next Door,” a neighborhood watch for the web, and find out there are groups forming to get rid of the “homeless.”

What you feel is the nail in your coffin is reading a Ventura Star article that says that the city of Ventura paid $2.3 million to get rid of the homeless!!!!!

Now we know there are homeless people that want to be, that shoplift, vagrant the community and make horrible mistakes trying to survive. Why? Are these groups, politicians, neighbors, prison reform, tax schemes and, above all (in my opinion), housing price organizations and the like seriously trying to help the homeless, prevent homelessness or stirring up a “homeless population” pot to make Ventura County a tourist attraction and home for the smaller version of Hollywood?

There should be no person alive that must be homeless unless that is their choice. Where is our humanity? Why are we openly “helping” and “secretly” getting rid of the homeless?

I love California; and even though I’m not rich, don’t I have the right to make this place my home?

If you are for helping the homeless, do so! If you want us gone, find out what it will take to make

a difference.

The first thing one should do is talk to the homeless! Only a homeless person can give one insight on a solution. There are many that do not want to be homeless and $2.3 million can go a long way to prevention.

People have stories that are so horrific, experiences that are devastating and an emptiness that needs human kindness, love, sharing, caring, listening, following through and unwavering support. The $2.3 million, donations and a conscious desire/will to combat this unfortunate downward spiral of homelessness is what is needed. May God put his hands on those that will help!