A recent letter in Coastal View News gave the Biden/Harris administration low grades after nine months in office. But perhaps letters like this should receive low grades for failing to check the bias in their criticism. 

I strongly feel that if this proposed Surfliner Inn is built – and it looks more and more that it will be – Southern California will lose the very last little sliver of what was once a true paradise. 

Frank’s Bench site is experiencing serious erosion damage caused by a few people. Speeding down the road, some mountain bikers run up the front of the promontory upon which the bench sits. Other hikers, bikers and runners are going over the side from the bench site rather than using the acce…

Do we really want to support Trump, who is a fascist? He used his platform and power to sow chaos, spout lies and disinformation; to poison our democracy by defying norms and laws; to pander to despots and alienate allies. He downplayed and actually worsened a raging pandemic. 

After Joe Biden was inaugurated, he promised to do three things: “To make America respected around the world, create unity and build back better.” 

I would like to comment on the “Monday morning quarterbacking” offered in CVN Letters (Vol. 28, No. 2), regarding the Biden/Harris administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the migrant situation in Del Rio, Texas. 

We must do more to strengthen our power grid against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Such an event can result from an attack by terrorists or by another country or it can occur naturally. It could result in devastating loss of life. There is disagreement on this, but why take chances?

After months of attempting to gain an appreciation for the Biden/Harris administration, I’ve reluctantly conceded that my efforts represent a lost cause. As much as I dislike writing this, I have concluded that President Biden and Vice President Harris represent a serious problem for our won…

We do not have enough substitutes to cover our teacher’s absences. Over the past five days, I have given up my preparation period every day to cover the absences of my colleagues. Several days the vice principal and the principal have covered absences as there were not enough teachers with p…

I very much enjoyed reading about Carmen Robitaille’s 90th birthday celebration in the Sept. 9 edition of the Coastal View News (No. 27, Vol. 51). You see, in this crazy “six degrees of separation” world we live in, Carmen and I are connected. When I was a child growing up in the San Fernand…

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Those of us old enough may recall some of the lyrics to Canadian folksinger Joni Mitchell’s song “Big Yellow Taxi”: “Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone / They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Did Parking Lot 3 just become a paradise? Don’t y…

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I am very proud of our entire community. As we look around and see the turmoil caused by the Delta variant, and with Covid-19 rates increasing globally at such an alarming rate, I am proud to report the vaccination rate in our community exceeds all areas in our county and most areas in the U…

This is in response to a recent letter writer concerning the California governor recall election (CVN, Issue 27, Vol. 50). So many inaccuracies. First of all, it is not Democrats and Independents fed up and calling for the expensive recall – it is disgruntled cult Republicans hitting at any …

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I am dismayed that public property has been usurped for private use by local restaurants, endangering public safety and restricting public access. And this is happening while the Surfliner Inn debate continues to draw outrage over its proposed use of public property for private profit. 

I will not talk about what it feels like to see Taliban terrorists dressed in our American military uniforms, carrying our rifles and sitting in our Blackhawk helicopters. But I will talk about human beings – our people. 

The core issue of the forthcoming Initiative to Save Parking Lot 3 is whether or not Carpinterians want the city to lease our public beach and downtown parking lot to a private developer. Ancillary impacts of this proposed private lease involve two additional public parcels, resulting in the…

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There seems to be some confusion over the Surfliner Inn commercial development project. City Council recently gave conceptual approval of the Surfliner Inn to be constructed on city-owned property. This proposed hotel is a private, for-profit business venture to be built on undeveloped land …

Carpinteria is a small town with big pride and many active, thoughtful residents participating in public debate on issues of importance. Cannabis has had its extended period in the hot seat under the community’s microscope and provoking passions on both sides. That’s why the agreement announ…

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Santa Barbara County is currently proposing that a large, three-story apartment building be built on the property directly behind the existing Casitas Village condominiums. The proposed project would create 173 apartments on the seven acres that currently houses four homes and the Bailard Or…

I am a lifetime, eighth generation South Coast resident. Our daughter is a student at Carpinteria High School. I am retired after a local career in land use and water. 

Why are the churches silent today? Jesus wasn’t. (Neither was Moses)

Peoplein California are fed up with the direction California is going.Democrats and Independents want to recall Newsom. FormerState Sen. Gloria Romero (D-East L.A.), a prominentDemocrat and the first woman to serve as Senate MajorityLeader in California, has endorsed Larry Elder. 

I read an article in the Washington Post about an unvaccinated politician who died of Covid-19. He had been in favor of everyone deciding for themselves. He didn’t believe he was at risk because he was healthy. His wife is devastated, and she doesn’t want her husband’s choice and his regret …

I attended the August 16, special City Council meeting regarding the proposed Surfliner Inn.

For two years we have carefully listened to those voices opposing the proposed Surfliner Inn. Some have repeatedly expressed opposition to the private use of public property (a portion of Parking Lot #3) for the Surfliner Inn’s lease. These same people also assert the biological value of the…

I have served the city for 26 years: 17 on Architectural Review Board and nine on City Council, including as mayor. During this time, I have lived by Rotary’s four-way test in the things I say and do. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship?…

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Where is the outrage against what is happening in Afghanistan? Where are the voices of all the women of the world? Where are the voices of outrage from our vice president, the first female VP in the U.S.? Where are the voices of outrage from every living First Lady in this country? Where are…

All Carpinterians who are registered voters should have received their ballot for the special election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. In case you’re wondering how this recall election came about, the California GOP – having lost the general election 62% to 38% – immediately set to work try…

You know, sometimes we don’t know how well everything runs until we hear it from an outside source. For example, someone who loves Carpinteria, but does not live here, and wishes they could. As well, of the hundreds of stories you’ve heard, those in part, built Carp’s history. The families t…

Please tell me, Mr. John Cox, how you propose to cut taxes by 25%? If our taxes are cut by that amount, what services are you proposing we lose? CalFire? California Highway Patrol? Medical? Food stamps? Foster care?

I’ve previously written that Joe Biden is “my” president and I want him to do well. I’m close to conceding that won’t happen. Presidents inherit tough conditions when they take office. However, in what seems to be an insatiable desire to undo accomplishments of Donald Trump, Biden has create…

Having grown up in an agricultural environment, I have the greatest respect and admiration for our farmers and growers. We trust our farmers and growers to commit to protecting our water quality because irrigated agriculture is the greatest source of water pollution. 

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Throughout the last decade, Governor Gavin Newsom and his predecessor effectively nullified laws that were passed to get tough on crime and to make us safer. Three strikes laws have been gutted, truth in sentencing has been eliminated and certain crimes have been downgraded and recategorized.

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The Surfliner Inn developers stated their inn will “uplift the ambience of the downtown” in their Viewpoint published in last week’s Coastal View News (Vol. 27, No. 46). We already have a “classic, small beach town” ambience that would be irretrievably altered by this inappropriate developme…

The would-be developers of the Surfliner Inn repeatedly call for facts. They refer to Carpinteria as their city. A simple check of the 8,121 registered Carpinteria city voters reveals the undeniable fact that five of these six men are not registered to vote in the city of Carpinteria. Truth …

Every person lost to gun violence is a tragedy. Each death diminishes us. Where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths. Nearly 40 million guns were purchased in 2020 due to fears and anxiety regarding Covid-19. Statistics demonstrate that a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to …

It has been said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Man, I just don’t get it. If that site for the proposed Surfliner Inn is public property, why is it that the “public” cannot vote on its usage? Every week in CVN’s “Letters,” residents protest the City Council’s plans for the hotel. Vice Mayor Al Clark appears to be the only one to stand his…

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Given the proliferation of bombastic rhetoric – so much a part of the current social upheaval – being perpetuated by political factions and promoted by certain media outlets, it was with a breath of fresh air that the Carpinteria Valley Historical Museum’s newsletter “The Grapevine” series o…

In response to last week’s letter, “Equity is not equality” (CVN, Vol. 27, No. 45) the author is right, but wrong. Equating a progressive to a Marxist is a red herring. Progressives strive to equalize the social system, correctly recognizing the inherent classes and that the abilities of peo…

After reading the letter “Misplaced blame” (CVN, Vol. 27, No. 45), I felt compelled to respond. So many inaccuracies. 

As an Independent voter, I found Carolyn Edwards’ letter in last week’s paper (CVN, “Equity is not equality,” Vol. 27, No. 45) very disconcerting. She claimed the left “pits people against each other,” when in fact her entire letter generalized everyone on the left – without nuance – in turn…

Kudos to Vice Mayor Al Clark for voicing important issues and for voting his conscience at the last City Council meeting about the leasing agreement for the Surfliner Inn. If we could all agree on one thing, it is this: Carpinteria is a great city, and we love and appreciate living here. Per…

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Carpinteria is the very last community of its kind in a geographic area that enjoys a climate almost unique in the entire world. The only way to know you’re entering any beach community south of Carpinteria is by looking closely at freeway signs to make sure you don’t miss its off ramp.

Thank you, Ms. Wittwer, for your recent column, “Honoring Women, do we count?” (CVN, Vol. 27, No. 43) – for pointing out a fact that should be obvious to all Americans which is taken for granted, and certainly never changed: there are no holidays honoring women, and there are no women featur…

The power of the far left in the Democratic party has moderate Democrats bewildered. In the last two years, more than half a million Democrats have left the party – check the “Walkaway” movement. The far left has adopted a destructive belief system of cultural Marxism, separating people into…

I’m writing in response to Langdon Nevens’ letter “Fair and honest elections” (CVN, Vol. 27, No. 44). 

I find it both maddening and laughable that all the usual Tea Party suspects are suddenly concerned about the southern border crisis – particularly, “the children,” voting laws and procedures, and inflation. They are laying the blame for these problems at the recently elected president and v…

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The skatepark will be the perfect addition to Carpinteria. We spend most weekends driving my boys to various skateparks where we watch them challenge and exhaust themselves and then usually grab lunch and a smoothie or ice-cream and spend money in the local stores.

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It seems to me that the majority of City Council members are no longer listening to the will of the people that have elected them to serve. It seems to me that someone has convinced them that it is more important to follow the dream of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It seems to me th…

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