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I am appalled that the Carpinteria Planning Commission voted to skip the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Rincon Trail project.

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I would like to commend the Air Pollution Control District for meeting the California Ozone standards. I assume that it was a hard job. I think I have an easier job for them: how about cleaning up the air in the Carpinteria Valley of what marijuana growers have put into our once-clean air?  

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Thomas Jefferson said, “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none.” Why does the U.S. have a military presence in Iraq and Kenya where Americans were recently killed? Why does the U.S. have troops at risk in 150 other countries around the world?

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As the year 2019 ends, things look pretty good in America. Our economy is roaring, the stock market set records, the job market has exploded and unemployment is at an all-time low (also for African Americans and Hispanics). Also, our military is strong again, over 170 federal judges have bee…

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Carolyn Edwards’ statement (CVN Letters, Vol. 26 No. 14) that the current impeachment proceeding is the first in our history that does not have bi-partisan support is misleading. The Clinton impeachment consisted of two charges: Perjury and Obstruction of Justice. Of the 228 Republicans in t…

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I’m not surprised by the news that the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, like the Sierra Club, County Firefighters, and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, has just endorsed Das Williams for re-election to the County Board of Supervisors. Having known Das Williams since his tenure in …

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Laura Capps epitomizes collaboration, community and capability. Collaboration that results in effective action isn’t easy. I served with Laura on the SB County Women’s Commission for several years and saw firsthand how she respected and harmonized sharply disparate North County and South Cou…

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The left—I am not talking about moderate Democrats—has been trying to impeach the president since the day he was elected. I am not worried about that. Our forefathers actually anticipated this event, that one party would try to take over. I say this because this is the first impeachment in o…

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As I sit here eating my pancakes and considering holiday gifts for my family, I continue to be saddened by the thought of children and their families from our southern border being held in cruel conditions. No happy holidays for them. On the contrary, fear of what each day brings—fear for th…

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I liked Mike Wondolowski’s informative article “We cannot afford to fail” (CVN, Vol. 26, No. 11) on the need for action on the climate crisis, but I disagree that sea level rise is our community’s biggest climate threat. The most immediate and dangerous threats are heat and denial of the mag…

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It’s short-sighted to fret over cannabis farming in Carpinteria. I get that it’s new, and there’s a whole century worth of reefer-madness stigmatization to overcome.

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It seems that Carpinteria may be the “cannabis Love Canal” because of the high density of marijuana production without adequate regulation to protect students and residents from the putrid odor that is causing many to suffer serious allergic health conditions. Those of us who are not allergi…

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Carpinteria is well served by our two water-related agencies, but we are also dependent on governmental agencies external to our direct control. I worked for the Office of the California Legislative Analyst (LAO) and did forensic audits/analyses on many state and local agencies and their pro…

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As a local mom, I’ve thought a lot about cannabis farming in Carpinteria. It’s now a fact of life that cannabis is legal. I never thought cannabis was a big deal, because it has been around in Carpinteria ever since I was a kid and before that. It’s funny that now that it’s legal it has now …

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I understand that Laura Capps is running for County Supervisor as a campaign ethics reformer. If only her deeds matched her words.

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The current plans for the Carpinteria-Rincon Trail project will impact paragliding and hang gliding in the Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and greater SoCal areas.  I am a representative of the paragliding and hang gliding community in Santa Barbara County, and myself and other members from this …

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Both ends of California have had an unpleasant welcome to the holiday season. Northern California dealt with the wind-whipped Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, while blowtorch-like winds in Southern California fueled the Maria Fire in Ventura County. I thank all first responders for fighting on…

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On Thursday, Nov. 28, America will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us will get together with family and friends. Thanksgiving is also a time to give thanks and count our blessings. Included in this should be a thank you for President Trump. He has given America a period of peace and prosperi…

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In last week’s “Letters” in CVN (Vol. 26, No. 9), I saw some slight reason for hope. Across a few of the pro-cannabis letters there was an acknowledgement that “yes” there is a cannabis odor, and that the odor itself can be bothersome (I might be more forceful, but it’s a start). This simple…

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For years, we directly associated smoking with images of tar-filled lungs. Thanks to anti-tobacco education in schools, these images reinforced why we shouldn’t smoke. Nowadays, e-cigarette and vaping companies have created an appealing array of smoking devices and trends that we don’t neces…

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As a big proponent of organic farming, I’ve followed the cannabis farming phenomenon with great interest. What strikes me most is if all these greenhouses no longer apply dangerous chemicals to plants, and avocados growers are rethinking pesticide use along with them, our small agricultural …

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Some do not like the smell of marijuana permeating the air and have launched a NIMBY-like campaign against growers, claiming that they are not members of the community and their money is not acceptable to support our schools. Is it just those who farm the stuff who should not be allowed to d…

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By 2016, 190 million Americans (three-quarters of the nation) were getting their family insurance from their employer. Even my husband’s small family-owned company gave us excellent insurance. That number is probably more now that the unemployment rate is down to 3.5 percent. Insurance and o…

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Cannabis farmers are Carpinterians and are a huge part of the strength in our community today. A front-page article in the Sunday, Nov. 10, LA Times inexplicably claims that cannabis interests have somehow infiltrated Carpinteria. How do farmers that were already here for generations infiltr…

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The marijuana growers are grief-stricken as their biggest supporter, advocate and friend will soon be gone. It was revealed that Dennis Bozanich, the county’s cannabis czar, has quit. Bozanich is responsible for putting together the disastrous cannabis licensing and tax ordinance. County Sup…

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My friend Mark Johnson was an original and authentic person. People who came in contact or worked with him knew he would always listen, and then give a direct and honest opinion on the subject being discussed. He was unafraid of speaking his mind. Mark was one of the best craftsmen and cabin…

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Carpinteria is not a city in crisis. It hasn’t changed a bit. When local farmers decided to grow a new crop—legal cannabis—a small group of people went on the attack and continue to try to divide a community by saying those involved with cannabis, or who are even OK with it here, are bad.

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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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