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I voted for Donald Trump.  I have intelligent and caring liberal friends who voted for Hillary Clinton. I respect their choice. My sincere belief is that Barack Obama was a feckless president of our great country. I did not voted for him. I genuinely believed that his far-left liberal views …

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I laughed right out loud startling several folks in the quiet surroundings of Starbucks when I read Diana Thorn’s latest screed (“Cannabis industry,” Letters, CVN, Vol. 25, No. 37). This one concerning marijuana.

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I have read this lady’s letters for too long now to not respond. Ms. Thorn, I have lived in the Carpinteria area since 1976. I got married here, raised two beautiful children here, and love this town. I count among my friends many members of the Carpinteria City Council, past and present, lo…

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I have lived in the Carpinteria area for over 20 years and I am given a choice each day to either be outraged or to seek solutions to problems in my home town. My attitude will either spread like wild flowers or like weeds depending on my choice. I can reap the rewards of solution-oriented t…

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I read a couple letters in last week’s CVN that said cannabis farming was a bad thing. My question is, what about the hundreds and hundreds of people who work on cannabis farms? Do they not count? Those families are putting food on the table supported by dependable jobs.

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Only 24 of California’s 58 counties choose to allow commercial marijuana, the majority of counties are opting out. Santa Barbara County supervisors made the choice to allow for cannabis operations.

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We have an opportunity to clean house. Helicopter sprayers that were overhead last weekend reportedly only dropped organic pesticides. The sprayers were worried about contaminating neighboring cannabis farms with pesticides like abamectin, so they had to opt for a milder organic spray.

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I would like to thank Mayor Wade Nomura and our City Council for listening to the concerns of Carpinterians regarding the cannabis odor, including those of citizens who are having respiratory illnesses related to the cannabis farms. I also want to thank city staff for the numerous letters th…

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Our valley has been contaminated with nauseous, noxious air. We have a processing facility being programmed for the business park across from the Bluffs. You have investors coming in to town and placing their mark on our city…and the county continues to let it happen. What happened to our be…

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We parents prefer not to think about it. It’s unthinkable but entirely within the realm of possibility. Innocent children are shot all the time in the United States. Innocent adults are too. Every year in the United States, 40,000 people die of gunshot wounds.

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My name is Diana Thorn, and I have lived in the Carpinteria area for over 26 years. I am saddened and outraged over what is happening in the Carpinteria area. The cannabis industry is spreading like wild flowers. I am upset about the nauseating skunk like smell, increased crime and the devas…

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My name is Graham Farrar, and I’m a cannabis farmer in Carpinteria Valley. Being part of this community is a privilege that my team takes seriously every day. I grew up in Goleta, and I was an early founding member of Sonos. I’m also a local dad of two young kids. I want to take a moment to …

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Where’s the California Avocado Commission? Are they going to just stand by while the marijuana industry muscles its way into the Carpinteria Valley and intimidates avocado growers and their livelihood? These marijuana growers are only in it to make a profit before the federal government step…

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On May 1, a really important thing happened in New York City. The city officially named West 63rd Street and Broadway “Sesame Street” in honor of Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and other Muppets were on hand to commemorate the awesome event. I wa…

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The best choice for president in 2020 may be one of the lesser known candidates, Jay Inslee, governor of Washington State. Before moving to Carpinteria, we had over 20 years of “Jay Watching” from our Seattle home. We learned that he has been a remarkably approachable, empathetic, decent and…

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I’ve never written a letter to Coastal View News before, but a recent experience at Carpinteria High School impressed me so much that I was moved to share this experience with others. For the second year in a row, I interviewed CHS seniors who applied for Carpinteria Education Foundation col…

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Malaria, Zika, West Nile, Citrus greening and Pierce’s disease, these are all examples of insect borne diseases to people or plants whose insect hosts are in California. From the recent article, “The unintended consequences of cannabis” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 33), it’s clear that the local pot c…

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The recent issue of avocado pesticides and their potential contamination of marijuana greenhouses illustrates how the current filter requirements are useless, because clearly, they open up all the vents. Many municipalities are more restrictive by requiring that no untreated air leave the gr…

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If cannabis is as sensitive to contamination as recently indicated by the apparent incompatibility with avocado cultural practices, water may become an issue. It has been mentioned that the area around Carpinteria may start to utilize recycled water. The base material for recycled water is s…

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Next Monday, May 13, our City Council will have on its agenda several recommendations made by the Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Control board for changes to the local Mobile Home Park Rent Control Ordinance. The intent of this 40-year old law is to protect low-income families and seniors re…

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Regarding Alex Pulido’s letter in last week’s paper, “Our school employees need a positive union rep” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 32), it’s unfortunate that he couldn’t understand the “gibberish” school labor union leader Jay Hotchner used to address the school board at their last meeting. One must a…

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America is facing some tough choices today. Forces of hate and cynicism are growing stronger; Trump is a threat to world order; our borders no longer define America as safe; domestic terrorism has invaded our schools, churches and synagogues; and the GOP has become a huge threat to the rule …

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That is what my Pest Control Advisor (PCA) told me. I grow 13 acres of avocados in Carpinteria. Our farm is our primary source of income. For the past 15 years, a local ag company has been spraying our avocados for Persea mites and avocado thrips. Persea mites cause defoliation and low yield…

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California is a sanctuary state, and as such the majority of its politicians support open borders. Simply put, in California the welfare of illegal immigrants is put ahead of Californians. Today, illegal immigration is a huge problem. It is a crisis. Drugs, gangs, criminals, sex traffickers …

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Democratic-Socialism is an oxymoron; it combines two contradictory words. Socialism is actually antithetical to democracy. If you give control of the means of production, distribution, management of industries and social services to the government, then you have given up self-determination a…

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America is facing some very dangerous problems today. Russia and China are growing stronger, North Korea is threatening again, our southern border is a five-alarm fire, terrorism is still the greatest threat to world peace and Iran is a huge threat to peace in the Middle East. And what are t…

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When I found out my daughter would be attending Carpinteria Middle School after attending private school all her life, I cried. I had heard nothing but negative things about the school. She has now been there for two years and I wish to share our personal experience, which disproved everythi…

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It is very difficult for me to write this letter, however, the verbal abuse directed to our superintendent Diana Rigby and three board members by the district union representative at the last school board meeting was reprehensible and very insulting. His gibberish did nothing to help resolve…

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I just returned from a CUSD board meeting. The room was full of people wanting to discuss proposed budget cuts, as well as youth completing a school assignment. I’m grateful our youth were there; the meeting was about them. It’s important they hear about things on the chopping block.

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Thank you, city of Santa Barbara, for recognizing compostable is not the same as biodegradable in our landfills and in our oceans. Every little bit of awareness helps. If given enough time, everything breaks down to its essential elements. Life on this planet for carbon-based lifeforms can o…

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Our School board continues their struggle to cut between $802,846 and $1,519,023 from this year’s budget. Maybe it’s time to a take a hard look at what it costs to run Rincon High School, which serves around 30 students. What exactly does it cost to staff the school with one fulltime princip…

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Our Constitution (Article 2, Section 1) clearly says that the president is chosen by the states through the Electoral College and not by overall popular vote. I like the Electoral College (EC) and I believe it “served its purpose” in the 2016 elections. Personal experiences lead me to believ…

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The negative impact of the marijuana growers’ new venture is a serious problem for our community. I am not questioning anyone’s choice to use marijuana, nor debating the use of cannabis for medical purposes. I object to how we as a community are expected to accept the terrible odors and poll…

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In the news brief, “Voter-approved sales tax takes effect” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 28), it was reported that the city tax increased from 7.75 to 9 percent “to fund overdue maintenance of sidewalks and roadways, park improvements,” etc. Contrast that with the March 21 article, “City works to ensur…

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Ms. Soto, Aliso School librarian is a great librarian because she is funny and nice. She has made me a better reader by always encouraging me to read more. She is always pushing me beyond my limits.    

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As a mother of two who attend Aliso Elementary School, I’m deeply concerned over the possibility of losing the school’s librarian or having one on a part-time basis. A librarian is a person who is an ambassador for our children into other worlds, stories and adventures. With literacy continu…

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After reading and listening to cannabis complaints for over a year now, one wonders what has changed in Carpinteria to inspire such opposition to growing a plant on greenhouse farms. Here are a few things I know have changed. Cannabis farms use no pesticides. In my opinion, this is a positiv…

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Last week, the CVN published a letter from Tina and Greg Frontado (“Cease and desist,” Vol. 25, No. 27) that made several untrue and unsubstantiated allegations about Concerned Carpinterians (CC). In fact, CC is a grass roots organization birthed out of the collective distress of residents a…

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The weed killer glyphosate, as used on school grounds, does not make me comfortable that the schools employing this have the best interest in the health of their students. It should be the responsibility of school districts to evaluate what goes on their properties and evidently, this is not…

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As a Carpinteria High School (CHS) student, it shocked and angered me when I heard news of how the school library would be affected by budget cuts. I understand that budget cuts are vital to keeping the school running, but at what expense? The CHS library is a vital resource for students and…

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If I were given the authority to sit above the construction area on Hwy 101 at Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road to scope and take pictures of speedsters traveling over the posted 55 miles/hour and only was paid 10 percent for all the tickets I could write up, why I’d be the envy of the co…

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April is designated Cesarean Awareness Month by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). There’s been a lot written and publicized lately about state of maternal health in the U.S. Our statistics aren’t good. Two of the reasons are the overuse of Cesareans without full education …

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Teachers, parents, students, Carpinteria community: the Carpinteria Unified School District is proposing cuts for $1.1 million. Instructional aides, librarians, custodians, bus drivers, Carpinteria High School athletics professionals, will all have their hours reduced.

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Findings from the Sheriff’s Annual Crime Report were published in last week’s CVN (“Crime rates are down,” Vol. 25, No. 27). Takeaway: crime has gone down across the board. Also, last week, the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted its State of the Community Luncheon, at which Dr. Ma…

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We have lived on Foothill Road since 1976, and for 43 years we’ve respectfully shared the neighborhood with our farmer neighbors. We’re extremely alarmed by the mission of Concerned Carpinterians that states, “We will actively monitor and remedy Commercial Cannabis practices that adversely i…

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Ed. note: In fact-checking the letter “Poisons and playgrounds don’t mix,” CVN received an email from CUSD Superintendent Diana Rigby that stated, “For the next six months, April–September, our grounds crew is suspending the use of herbicides and piloting organic weed killers. We hope that w…

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As I was returning from the mailbox where I had just mailed off my property tax check, I decided to add my two cents to the dog park issue. I am retired. I do not have children, I do not play soccer or baseball, I do not barbeque or have birthday parties. I do, however, have a dog. My dog is…

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Last week, Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) Superintendent Diana Rigby, presented a series of economic figures that might lead the casual reader to the following conclusion: The sky (over CUSD) is falling! Emergency action is required!   

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Oh leftists. Total bummer. #MuellerTime isn’t working out. But don’t fret. There’s still hope. The House Democrats are going to keep investigating President Trump and his family for the next 19 months. They will spend every waking moment investigating, leaving no stone unturned. I support th…

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As both a parent and a dog owner, I am writing to encourage City Council to create two or three places where dog owners can safely and conveniently run and socialize their dogs. The acreage out by Lagunitas is a good location for a dedicated fully-fenced park, that can be situated to address…

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Where are our cute little shuttle buses? They have been replaced with electric 30-foot shuttle buses that don’t fit our town or our neighborhoods. It takes up the whole street on any residential street that has parking on both sides. And, as is normal with the shuttle bus, it seems to me to …

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