Author: VCR Staff

EYE FOR BUSINESS | JoAnne Hadley, Birkenstock Footprints of Ventura

PICTURED: JoAnne Hadley snuggles Carwash, owned by customer Kieron Barry, at Birkenstock Footprints of Ventura. Photo submitted by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nshaffer@timespublications.com   Birkenstock Footprints of Ventura 518 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura 805-643-7043 Are you from Ventura County originally? I was born in the Caribbean on the island of Antigua. I came here when I was 7 years old. When did you open your business? I purchased Birkenstock in 1997 from the previous owner. The business has been in the same location in Downtown Ventura for over 42 years. What inspired you to start this business? I...

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LETTERS | November 2020

Nov. 25, 2020 Our community finds resilience within itself As Americans, we are finding that we need to rely on ourselves more as the wealthy  corporations and their owners have rigged the economy in their favor.  They steal the wealth we have ALL created. During the pandemic, many socialist-minded organizations formed mutual aid working groups to help fill in the holes of the safety net that our federal government failed to create. We, the working people, are not among them the priorities of the DC politicians. They answer first to their wealthy donors that keep them in office.   Ventura...

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ALL MIXED UP | 311 is ready to rock

PICTURED: 311 plays two shows for Concerts in Your Car on Nov. 14. Photo submitted by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski christina@timespublications.com Singer Nick Hexum looks at the COVID-19 pandemic as a glass half full. His band, 311, hasn’t been able to perform since February, but the break has had its own benefits.  “I have three children — all elementary school age,” Hexum says. “What’s been really cool about it is I know I’m the one who taught my now-6-year-old daughter to read this year. I taught her to ride a bike. Because of this extended time, I’m the guy who taught...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | Nov. 5, 2020

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of November 5 © Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries poet Charles Baudelaire championed the privilege and luxury of changing one’s mind. He thought it was natural and healthy to always keep evolving beyond one’s previous beliefs and attitudes, even if that meant one might seem inconsistent or irrational. “It is lamentable,” he once proclaimed, “that, among the Rights of Human Beings, the right to contradict oneself has been disregarded.” I bring these thoughts to your attention, dear Aries, so that you will feel at peace with the prospect of outgrowing rules,...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Nov. 5, 2020

Fickle-Down Economics I’m a 29-year-old straight woman. I recently came to the odd conclusion that I have no idea what I want in a man. Over the past few years, I’ve been dating a variety of guys and hoping they’ll be right for me, and it’s not working. Some turn out to be nice guys, but some turn out to be jerks. One turned out to be a truly terrible person, but in hindsight, all were obviously wrong for me. In each case, the underlying problems were always there, but I didn’t identify them until things blew up months...

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