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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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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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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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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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A marvelous Monday it began. So many Carpinteria Unified School District students, teachers, administrators, aides, and most especially, parents, were ready to get back to regular, structured schedules.

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Reading conservative viewpoints from last week’s paper (CVN, “Letters,” Vol. 24, No. 48), two thoughts came to mind: “lack of substantiation” and “empty rhetoric.” And despite Robert Parham’s shock at “leftists” in our community expressed in his letter “#walkaway,” the majority of Santa Barb…

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The only public official in our country who refuses to honor and acknowledge our hero Sen. John McCain it seems is our president. I am disgusted.

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This is regarding the CVN issue of August 23, 2018 (“Letters,” Vol. 24, No. 48). I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for including some views from the conservative side. I was quite surprised to see several excellent letters expressing very good points on defending our President and…

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God loves us all. He provides and protects. Yet he allows us to determine our destinies, conduct our family values, support those we love. He provides us with judgment, steers us when we need help. But he doesn’t allow for idiocy and hatred. He doesn’t allow for ignorance and blindness.

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Rule of law: a lofty term meant to delude the innocent into thinking they are protected from the whims of men. What the ingenuous don’t realize is the same men that say rule of law, made the law to rule over them. Moreover, they (the rulers) select when, where and how to enforce the rule of …

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It definitely looks like the kids did awesome at the fair (“FFA students bring home blue ribbons,” Vol. 24, No. 47). Future Farmers of America offers some wonderful programs to students, including service opportunities and community engagement. The Supervised Agricultural Experience offers w…

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I am conservative, but have voted for Democrats in the past. I vote for politicians who seem to have a grasp on financial reality, regardless of political affiliation. Unfortunately, neither major political party presently has a plethora of individuals with financial foresight.

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As I view some of the anti-Trump sentiment in letters and one particular advertiser, it makes me wonder how Carpinterians feel about the direction of the Democratic Party. Viewing the Indivisible group standing up in favor of the illegal aliens I realize that there are a quantity of leftists…

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The growers in Carpinteria have always been good neighbors. Now someone is not. Late evenings they open the ventilation system and we Carpinterians are assaulted by the strong smell of cannabis.

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After reading the attack on LeBron James by the person employed by the citizens of this country to sit in the Oval Office, and reading the salacious letter to Coastal View News touting that same individual (“Supporting Trump, ignoring media noise,” Vol. 24, No. 45), I️ was inspired to redefi…

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In 1954 when I was 13 years old, something very strange was happening in our community. My parents and many other older members of the local Mexican community seemed very worried. Something was going on that we kids did not understand. We found out later that the “something” was a massive de…

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The lefties are still crying over Hillary losing. We put up with eight years of Obama, and didn’t like lots of the things he did, but still respected the office of the president of the United States. Obama presided over the office while Trump is leading in the office. It’s so obvious what a …

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In regard to politics, Diana Thorn confuses passion, which she has plenty of, with principle, which she appears to lack. Her publicly professed loyalty to Trump has merely exposed her to be as shallow as the “principles” she once laid claim to having while attacking President Obama in Coasta…

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Let me share what I have learned about “Water & Drought.”

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I agree totally with Alison Johnson’s “Beach Town” letter (CVN Vol. 24, No.43),  

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Jim Taylor’s recent column (“Oil days are gone,” Viewpoint, Vol. 24, No. 43), particularly the headline, reads like a eulogy to the passing of a historically important local industry—oil and gas production. In reality, our industry actually continues to thrive in communities throughout Calif…

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I was struck by the irony of the ad celebrating “the end of oil production in Carpinteria” on the page opposite from the article on sea level rise caused by climate change (“City releases report on coastal vulnerability,” Vol. 24, No. 44).

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Few can resist the allure of small beach towns. The essence they share permeates our souls and evokes memories lasting long after the town has grown up and lost that essence through the noise of city life.

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Perhaps the city should have considered scaling back the size and expense of the new Sanitary District offices instead of asking for a sales tax increase from 7.75 percent to 9 percent to cover their $1.5 million shortfall? With the pending increase of water costs to cover the $21 million to…

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There’s an important proposition on the ballot this November. It proposes a 1.25 percent sales tax increase to the City of Carpinteria, taking us from 7.75 percent to 9 percent. I encourage you to study the pros and cons.

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Last winter when flood warnings had just been issued for the State Park, I fell into conversation with one of the hosts there. He was clear that Carpinteria is an amazing place and spent the next 10 minutes bolstering his argument with research he had done up and down the coast and inland. I…

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We often read about concerns regarding overbuilding commercial projects like hotels in Carpinteria, but often ignored are the proposals for residential projects. We live in a small community with modest and unimposing homes, unlike some beach communities that have demolished single-story hom…

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