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Elizabeth Warren is an intelligent person. She released her “how I will pay for everything” plans as U.S. President. I find it difficult to comprehend why she thinks her socialist plans make an ounce of financial (or common) sense. In limited writing space, it’s impossible to elaborate much,…

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While I was waiting at the counter for my order at a local restaurant, an employee took a phone call from someone who was asking if a patron there had left a dog in their car in the parking lot. The employee went around the restaurant asking everyone until she found the dog’s owner. He grumb…

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I don’t know where Carolyn Edwards (“Due Process Denied,” CVN, Vol. 26, No. 5) got her notions of how impeachment must be conducted. Maybe it was from reading White House talking points. Despite what she wrote, there is no requirement that the full House vote to initiate impeachment proceedi…

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The GOP has some nice talking points regarding the president and due process. However, they appear to misunderstand the Constitution and the rule of law. The role of the House in an impeachment process is that of a grand jury. A Grand Jury is convened to investigate whether sufficient eviden…

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I want to thank candidate for County Supervisor Laura Capps for taking time out of her busy schedule to speak at Monday night’s Carpinteria City Council meeting on the issue of the dangers to our youth regarding flavored tobacco products and e-cigarette (vaping) use.

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The complete disdain for traffic rules in our town is evident. Why not consider just making every stop sign a yield sign, because very few people make a complete stop anyway. Pay attention, it happens at every corner, all day and night long. And while we are at it, let’s change 5th Street to…

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Some thoughts on this impeachment process: Next to declaring war, the most important and solemn matter Congress can take up is the impeachment of a president. It is in fact the nullification of the decision of the American people—in this case, about 63 million people.

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As an American woman, I am saddened and outraged over what is happening in the world of sports. I am especially upset over male transgender athletes being allowed to compete against natural born women. How is this fair? For example, transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon, a biological male, dom…

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Regarding “Throwback Thursday” (CVN Vol. 26, No. 3): Currently the Grapevine (the newsletter of The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History) has published a two-part investigation into the history of Carpinteria’s theaters that I researched and wrote. In Part II of the series, I address segrega…

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As Fran Davis says, good things come to an end (“Summerland Shore,” CVN, Vol. 26. No. 3). The end of 25 years and more of real news about Summerland events and issues deserves special notice and thanks. Except for an occasional positive comment to her, our neighbor up Whitney, I just accepte…

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If you were in an alternate reality and proposed a storyline for Hollywood studio executives that perfectly mirrored Donald Trump’s time in Washington, they couldn’t kick you off the lot because they’d be too busy attempting to control their laughter.

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Every national story about our cannabis county (and there have been many) is like a drip that slowly corrodes our historic Santa Barbara brand. A recent Wall Street Journal article contained familiar themes: odor, property values and cannabis tax revenues that continue to underwhelm. What I …

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I was happy to see Alena Steen’s column “Life on the Edge: The Carpinteria Salt Marsh” (CVN, Vol. 26, No. 1) about the tremendous success of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh in restoring and helping to preserve a beautiful and valuable natural area in Carpinteria. I would hope that the achievement…

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Every week there is another Washington, D.C. scandal perpetuated by the mob: the Democratic Party, mainstream media, George Soros and the intelligence agencies. Included are the Russian hoax, Brett Kavanaugh and Ukraine. What will be next? Why? To impeach President Trump, disenfranchise his …

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I took part in the Global Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20, in both Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. I did so primarily to support the youth coming out to promote action on this crisis. What was truly inspiring is that there were youth from elementary school to college age all showing up, pa…

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In response to Sanderson's Smith's letter “The Dems have it wrong” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 52): We are not fine and the Dems have it right. A majority of Americans are living under a constant cloud of anxiety and anger because of the occupant in the White House and his Republican sycophants in Co…

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How can City Council members sit back and let Governor Newsom dictate how our city should be run? Thank you, Gregg Carty, for standing up and saying that (his housing policy) undermines what our community has fought for for years.

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In response to Bob Franco’s letter, “Committee bands together,” (CVN, Vol. 26, No. 1), I think it is way too early to tell if Carpinteria Rent Stabilization Ordinance Action Committee (COAC) has been successful or if it has merely been used by park management to circumvent the current rent s…

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I have personally known and worked with Das Williams for well over 25 years, and he is a conscientious, responsive and dedicated representative of his constituents. Even though we have not always agreed, I have valued and trusted his integrity and willingness to engage on issues that affect …

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In the 54 years since Carpinteria became a city, it has never put a city parking lot against any residentially zoned property. Now apparently four City Councilmen are poised to do just that, in a blatantly insensitive move that would deleteriously affect dozens of property owners. Would coun…

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Mr. Steve King’s letter (“The slow road of progress,” CVN, Vol. 25, No. 52) voiced what most of Carpinteria thinks about the very long, on-going 101 project. I received the latest news update from the PR agency and it stated that the project is on time, and yes, weather slowed them down in t…

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Good on Craig Murray (“What lies beneath the streets,” CVN, Vol. 25, No. 52) for an open and honest appraisal of our infrastructure. I think the video image of sewage lines he provided, because it is via a governmental agency, is an open public access document. This was not the case in a nea…

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At their most recent meeting, the Carpinteria City Council kicked the ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) can farther down the road. Instead of taking the recommendation of staff to prepare an interim amendment to our Local Coastal Plan, which would have finally brought us into harmony with both s…

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To the residents of our mobile home parks:  About a year ago a group of concerned citizens formed a committee we named the Carpinteria Rent Stabilization Ordinance Action Committee or COAC. The mission of this committee is to preserve and protect our local rent stabilization ordinance (RSO) …

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Like many others, I always thought of farm animals as “food on the hoof.” But, after watching the deeply moving film “Okja” on Netflix, I realized that a farm animal is much like our family dog, fully deserving of compassion and respect. Theologians have long debated whether there is life af…

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“Settled science” and “scientific consensus” are not scientific, but political, terms. When you hear those phrases from the media or a scientist, they are politically motivated—and that’s OK, just don’t confuse it with science.

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Watching the brilliant 16-year old Greta Thunberg speak to Congress last week about climate change sure stands in contrast to Sanderson Smith’s letter, “The Dems have it wrong,” in last week’s Coastal View News (Vol. 35, No. 52). Smith’s condescending tone regarding Al Gore’s 10-year project…

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Thousands of people are trying to get into our wonderful country. Hong Kong residents are waving the American flag as they protest Communist oppression, using it as a symbol of desired freedom and opportunity.  However, listening to the Democratic presidential hopefuls at the recent debate o…

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I was shocked to see a photo of Carpinteria Unified School District leaders (except for the high school principal) lined up at a tour of a cannabis growing facility. The school board should not accept donations from a cannabis company. Besides this, the community is currently trying to obtai…

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I live along the 101 between Bailard and Casitas Pass Road. It’s been months since any significant work has been done along Via Real. Instead, a small (but diligent) workforce moves from one small spot to another, while leaving most of the project abandoned. As this project drags on, safety …

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Although I was fortunate to move to the hills east of Carpinteria just prior to the influx of cannabis stench, it is sad to miss our proximity to the beach. Now, reading about another takeover of a Carpinteria flower greenhouse by Graham Farrar, it is even more sad to see the disaster wrough…

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Both of my children have attended CUSD since Pre-K. My husband Grant Cox attended Aliso, Carpinteria Middle School and Carpinteria High School. We are, and have been, avid supporters and advocates of our public-school system in our awesome community for years.

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“We have met the enemy and he is us!” This famous line by cartoonist Walt Kelly from “Pogo the Possum,” the comic strip character appeared on a poster to commemorate the first Earth Day in 1970. It was also used to promote an environmental awareness that as “we all are responsible for the da…

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California Avocado Festival, scheduled for the first weekend in October, is a cherished Carpinteria tradition. Locals and tens of thousands of visitors gather to celebrate Carpinteria and its favorite fruit. It’s our time to shine.

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As a former teacher, I was appalled to see the picture of Superintendent Rigby and school principals (except Gerardo Cornejo) having their picture taken with the Glass House logo. School leaders must not be used as publicity for the cannabis growers.

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As a Carpinteria Unified School District board member, I have seen many donations to the district. Two donations, however, involved cannabis profits and I did not approve of either as a private citizen—nor did I vote for them as a board member. Both have been written about in the Coastal View News.

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We are a Coalition of individuals and groups in Santa Barbara County. We’re focused on the Carpinteria area because of the proliferation of marijuana cultivation in close proximity to schools and residences. We urge reconsideration of your decision to accept $189,000 from marijuana growers. …

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I saw last week in Coastal View News that local cannabis farmers are giving $189,000 to our school district to provide mental health support at Carpinteria Middle School (“Cannabis growers pledge…,” Vol. 25, No. 50). That is $189,000 that our schools didn’t have before.

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It has come to my attention the Carpinteria Unified School District has accepted a significant donation from CARP Growers for the benefit of funding a counselor at Carpinteria Middle School. I support this decision 100 percent.

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I am a retired schoolteacher and mother of five children. I understand the importance of providing a solid foundation and safe and secure environments for children. Educators play an especially important role in children’s lives and must be consistent at setting a good example. I am writing …

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Carpinteria does not need another hotel, plain and simple. Carpinteria already boasts a plethora of accommodations. We have Motel 6 North, Motel 6 South, Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Casa Del Sol Motel, Sandyland Reef Inn, Carpinteria Beach Cottages and the propose…

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Keeping a firearm at home is a choice but a risky one. Most gun-owning Americans think their firearms make them safer. The reality is that access to a firearm increases the risk of suicide for all people in the household. There are 4.6 million American children living in households with at l…

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In the USA, those running for public office accept contributions. It takes money to get elected. When the system works as intended, the donations are a matter of public record, open for all to see.

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I disagree with Lee Heller’s support of Supervisor Williams, expressed in her letter “Cannabis” (Vol. 25, No. 47). I don’t believe Williams shows much desire to help his constituents over the cannabis industry.

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Will the refund price on many, many of the items we eat and drink be removed now that we can no longer recycle bottles, cans or plastic? A real step backwards—because China is refusing our trash.

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I am very much against this hotel proposed to be built by the railroad tracks, eliminating the existing public parking area. Just as bad is using the space next to The Spot for new public parking to compensate. I would like to point out two problems with this new parking area:

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On a recent morning, as I looked out from the bluff top at the seal rookery, I noticed a woman who was sitting alone on the bench. Something told me she was quietly distraught; maybe it was because of my many years of treating silently suffering pets. I put my arm around her, and we talked.  

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I am a pediatrician and a mother and thus extremely concerned about the well-being, health and safety of children and young people. I co-own a six-unit apartment building. Our unit is located on the corner of Dorrance Way and Elm Avenue which has historically been a small and safe cul-de-sac…

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Last fall, we bought a home in Carpinteria unaware that our elected county supervisor, Das Williams, had taken handfuls of money from cannabis growers to grant permits to grow foul smelling cannabis near our home. We want him to return the $30,000 he received in campaign contributions and re…

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The article “Cannabis industry adds $458 million annually to countywide economy” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 46) is a reminder that there is another side to the cannabis story. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of the current regulations (only Peter Adam voted no because he wanted even less…

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The proposed hotel at the parking lot of the train station is out of character with the area and the community. Our small beach town of Carpinteria is unique, and we do not want to spoil it through excess commercialization. The hotel would block magnificent views of the mountains. The lot ne…

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