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I write a lot about things we can do to be better environmental stewards, but I am not always the most perfect example of that. Like most people, sometimes circumstances in my life lead me to eat out more, buy products that are not as great for the environment, or just generally create more …

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We have laughed together, cried together, grieved together and disagreed with each other. But I’ve never seen a group of my friends as activated as we were the evening after the testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The aptly named Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is an annoyingly on-top-of-it mom. Most parents feel accomplished if everyone still has a pulse at the end of the day. But not Stephanie. This single mom (that’s right, she does it by herself) is an ever-vigilant watcher of her son, Miles (J…

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A reader sends a halo to Bruce for his serendipitous plant generosity. “These beauties look fantastic in their new home. I’ll do my best to keep them happy and healthy.”

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“My dad was a newspaper linotype operator and could get a job in any small town or big city in the country. These men were called ‘tramp’ printers, and we moved every two weeks to six months for the first 10 years of my life. The most I remember moving was 13 times in the nine-month school year.”

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Barack Obama, in an arrogant tone, proclaimed, “elections have consequences.” The consequences he sought were to (in his own words) “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Allow me to translate. He wanted to “transform” this great country into a socialist state. His favorite …

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In November, California voters will need to decide how to vote on Proposition 6, which, if passed, would repeal the 12-cent per gallon gas tax imposed last year. I urge voters to vote no on Proposition 6.

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The TV advertisement with the farmer who is concerned about his land, but wants to have oil and gas drilling continued safely. Well there is no safe drilling now. The oil companies do fracking. Fracking puts toxic chemicals into our soil and can get into our ground water and make us ill. Don…

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If you care about healthy food and animal welfare, don’t overlook Proposition 12 on your November ballot.  A “yes” vote for Prop 12 is a vote to level the playing field for California’s farmers and to improve the lives of millions of chickens, veal calves and pigs across the U.S.

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Did you know that it took only one year and 45 days to build the Empire State Building? One hundred and two floors of steel and glass which is still standing and in full use.

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As a longtime resident of Carpinteria and parent of an active six-year-old daughter, I support Measure X. I appreciate our town’s overall safety, lush parks, amazing library, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and many kid-centric nonprofits, including Girls Inc. Did you know the City helps …

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Roy Lee is an excellent candidate for Carpinteria City Council. He is familiar with our local issues. While the incumbents have done an excellent job of caring for our city, an infusion of new energy and ideas can also serve us well. Roy Lee doesn’t appear on the sample ballot I just receive…

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I am voting for Al Clark because he thinks seriously and studies the issues thoroughly that come before the City Council. Some people may wonder why he asks so many questions at the meetings. It is because he thinks about the issues, studies them and only after hearing from the residents, Ci…

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A reader sends a halo to the Sheriff’s Department for posting a deputy in front of Canalino School. "Things move so much more smoothly when you are there. Thank you for babysitting all us adults."

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It’s that time of year again when many birds make their journeys to warmer climes. They know where they want to go and maybe there’s some bumps along the way, but eventually, hopefully, they make it where they want to be, safe and sound.

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This vegan dish benefits from the combination of ripe avocado and fresh cilantro. The avocado gives it a creamy flavor. The cilantro provides an herbal back-beat (my apologies for mixing metaphors). If you are not a fan of cilantro, substitute Italian parsley.

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A reader sends a halo to Larry and Tara for their postcard parties.

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A sales tax is a rate, and a rate should be judged from two perspectives.

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"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ––Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A reader sends a halo to Jesus and George for their wonderful assistance to the Carpinteria Education Foundation at Carp-A-Cabana. “Thanks, you both deserve big halos!”

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It’s back-to-school, my favorite time of the year—new school supplies, meeting new teachers and seeing friends again, all make September an exciting time for Carpinteria Unified School District students, parents, teachers and staff.

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The foundation for the California Avocado Festival was established in 1986 and since its inception, the volunteer board of directors has put on an annual three-day festival with crucial support from sponsors and collaboration with the community, including the city, county and countless volunteers.

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On Sept. 14 my granddaughter Ivy Jo and I watched a Santa Barbara County helicopter land on Viola Field.

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I agree 100 percent with Debbie Murphy in her letter to CVN on September 13, 2018 (Vol. 24, No. 52) expressing her desire to “have fresh voices on our City Council.”  There have been many questionable decisions made by the current council members that have left many of us scratching our head…

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In respect to recent letters: I hope we can agree freedom of speech and right to peacefully assemble are still in effect. I have some thoughts.

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I have some quick comments on Eva Vallejo’s letter “Glass Houses” (CVN, Vol. 24, No. 51). Ms. Vallejo criticized Ms. Thorn, who is not a socialist, for possibly partaking of Social Security and Medicare. This may come from a lack of understanding as to whose money it is and where it comes fr…

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While collaborating on a life story project a few years ago, I told a client good progress had been made on her family tree. Her excited response was a bit out of the ordinary.

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Coastal Cleanup Day is this Saturday, and while I wrote about it several years ago, it seems like a good time to revisit the origins of the largest international volunteer event focusing on the environment and the continued importance of environmental education.

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Next week I will sever my right arm from my body, at least that’s what it feels like. In actuality, I’m taking my son to college in Washington state. This baby, who is now noticeably taller than I am unless I don my 4-inch heels (which I can do as needed), has done a great job growing up. He…

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September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and suicide rates are on a dramatic rise, both locally and globally.

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I strongly support Measure X. A 1.25 percent increase on items, food not included, is not too much when you consider it is to maintain streets, creeks, parks and community services, like the library and humanitarian programs. It seems a very conservative approach to me. If it does not pass i…

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Our current City Council has done a fine job of watching out for our city over the many years they have served. I appreciate their service to our community. However, I believe it is wise to allow for new voices and ideas to help guide our city. Our federal government only allows for two term…

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In regards to Ms. Thorn’s most recent letter (“No dog whistle here,” Vol. 24, No. 50), I’d like to convey the following from George W. Bush at John McCain’s funeral: “If we are ever tempted to forget who we are, to grow weary of our cause, John’s voice will always come as a whisper over our …

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Mr. King’s letter (“Identical earth needed to prove global warming,” Vol. 24, No. 48) claims there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support climate change because there is no comparable world with which to compare events. Comparing identical groups is but one form of scientific inquiry. I…

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Our prolific opinion writer Ms. Thorn has really gone down the white nationalist rabbit hole. Her quotes, “leftist utopia, echo chamber media, etc” (“No dog whistle here,” Vol. 24, No. 50) lead me to believe she is not only watching the Fox News propaganda machine, but reading the gibberish …

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A reader sends a halo to Alexia at 7-Eleven. “You are the sweetest, most helpful young woman. Your energy is so great, you’re the reason we keep coming back to the store every day!”

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With fall and winter approaching, a spirit of giving fills the air. As you count your blessings, why not give a boost to others as well? To make it easy, here are some volunteer openings right in your own back yard. From fostering a kitten to driving someone to the grocery store, you can mak…

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Fran Davis is an award-winning writer and freelance editor whose work appears in magazines, print and online journals, anthologies and travel books. She has lived in Summerland most of her life.

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On March 23, 1993, Bill Carty, Tyson Willson and Jim and Ann Gray, along with 14 community leaders gathered to discuss the needs of Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) and set in motion a relationship that continues to thrive today. They created a non-profit for the purpose of advanci…

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We were excited to hear that long-time small business owner Roy Lee of Uncle Chen Restaurant decided to run for public office and serve his beloved community as a member of the Carpinteria City Council.

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How do you build a leftist utopia? You get rid of political opponents, censor conservatives on social media and try to impeach President Trump. The echo chamber media is happy to help. What will be next? Gutting the Supreme Court?

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In my July column, I wrote about cultivating a wild garden as a home-scale step towards greater sustainability in a rapidly changing climate. I touched on topics such as building healthy soil, landscaping with drought-tolerant edible and native plants, water conservation and growing biodiver…

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In my July column, I wrote about cultivating a wild garden as a home-scale step towards greater sustainability in a rapidly changing climate. I touched on topics such as building healthy soil, landscaping with drought-tolerant edible and native plants, water conservation and growing biodiver…

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