Letters to the Editor
Published: November 30, 2012
To the Editor:
This week our President was outraged by comments from two senators concerning Susan Rice’s honesty. The president angrily said the two senators needed to “man up” and take him on rather than the poor U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. One of those senators was John McCain.
The John McCain who as young fighter pilot was shot down over North Viet Nam needs to “man up”?
The John McCain who was bayoneted when he was captured needs to “man up”?
The John McCain who spent 5 ½ years as a POW in a North Viet Nam prison known as the Hanoi Hilton needs to “man up”?
The John McCain who was held in tiger cages with his arms bound behind him so tightly and so long his shoulders were dislocated needs to “man up”?
The John McCain, who to this day cannot raise his arms above his shoulders due to his injuries suffered as prisoner of war, needs to “man up”?
The John McCain who was offered early release from this torturous prison because his father was an admiral in the U.S. Navy refused to be released until all his fellow POWs were released needs to “man up”?
These questions were asked by Mr. Neil Cavuto a news commentator. Good for you Neil. It seems that hiding the fact that our embassy was attacked by Al Qaeda Terrorists and blaming it on a movie when the administration better was just fine. Taking them to task on the matter was an outrage. However, deflecting attention from the real issue (being honest with the American people) by attacking a man like John McCain is just fine.
To the Editor:
The Unification Group would like to thank the voters of Santa Paula for their overwhelming approval of Measure M. We are elated the voters recognized that the unification of Santa Paula’s schools will not only be good for our young people, but will also be good for our community.
We would also like to congratulate the newly elected members of the Unified School Board: Tina Urias, Diana Ponce-Gomez, Michelle Kolbeck, and Chris Wilson, but also want to thank both Tim Hicks and Kelsey Stewart for running for the Board. We know whatever the final outcome is that both Tim and Kelsey care deeply about education and Santa Paula’s kids and would serve our students well. We stand ready to offer assistance to the new Board.
Many people contributed to the effort to move unification from concept to the ballot and to a successful vote. In particular, we would like to acknowledge Connie Tushla and the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee for its support of unification as one means to improve education in Santa Paula, and to thank the Santa Paula City Council for taking the necessary steps to give the public the opportunity to vote on unification.
And, we want to thank members of the Unification Campaign Committee for their tireless effort and dedication that contributed to the successful Campaign for Measure M: John Chamberlain, David Luna, Peggy Higgins, Alan Teague, Don Tello, Jerry Burns, Camille Yanez, Mike and Karen Lynch, Michael Gonzales, Al Guilin, Harold Edwards, Mayor Bob Gonzales and Councilman Jim Tovias. We would also like to recognize all the signers of the Pro ballot and rebuttal arguments, the many citizens who wrote letters on behalf of unification, the Editors of the Santa Paula Times and the Ventura County Star who endorsed Measure M, and all the candidates supporting unification. Unification would not have happened without their help.
Thank you to an extraordinary team and to the voters of Santa Paula for unifying our school system.
The Unification Group
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Santa Paula Optimist Club, I would like to thank the following people for helping to make this year’s 63rd Christmas Parade such a success: Limoneira Company for the flatbed truck; the Santa Paula Fire Department; the Santa Paula Times for advertising and support; Andy Van Sciver for the First Aid Station and contacting Santa Claus; and Pepe Gonzalez for providing the doves.
Time Warner filmed the parade and it will be aired throughout Ventura County. These efforts brought spectators to our town and our town will be presented to the rest of the County. KADY television also filmed the parade and it will be available on their website.
A special thanks to Peggy Kelly for announcing the parade and all the stories in the Santa Paula Times. Peggy did a great job and she is very supportive of the Christmas Parade.
Thank you to the judges who had to make the hard decisions, Dr. Robin Binder-Gillette, Dr. Paul Chounet, and Marleen Canniff.
Thanks to George Gonzalez for providing a convertible for the Grand Marshal.
Jojo Leon and Erin Hicks-Teague, both graduates of Santa Paula Union High School, were the announcers on the cable TV program. Thanks.
To all those who took part in this year’s parade, we thank you for all your time and effort which made the parade a great success. Without you our parade would not be possible.
To those that came out and watched the parade, we appreciate your support. It made it worthwhile for us who put on the parade for you.
A very Special Thanks to everyone that donated money to cover the costs of the parade. Without your support the Optimist Club would not be able to continue with our other projects in the community. In the future, look for a complete listing of all the donors and follow-up stories.
The theme this year was “Christmas at Grandma’s” and children of all ages enjoyed the parade. We all had a great time and this is what makes Santa Paula a great place.
The Santa Paula Optimist Club is “The Friend of Youth.” If you are interested in getting involved in youth projects and possible membership in our club, please call me at 525-9439 or write me at P.O. Box 507, Santa Paula CA 93061-0507.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Ron Merson, Chairman
63rd Santa Paula Christmas Parade
The future as I see it
To the Editor:
America is out of money and is in a financial hole. President Obama wants to enhance his image at all cost as does Hillary Clinton. Israel is hurting from the flood of Iran’s rockets fired from Palestine into Israel. Israel’s Muslim neighbors are ganging up on Israel and firing rockets into Israel. Muslims have hated Jews for centuries and as long as the money lasts they will kill as many Jews as they can. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt wants American’s money to continue to flow their direction. The world knows that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization. In the past America did not pay ransom for prisoners to any terrorist group. But today Egypt is blackmailing America for billions of dollars with Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton blessings to get a temporary cease fire that will not last.
That was yesterday! Today is a whole new set of circumstances! Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi has now declared himself dictator of Egypt; he did this within hours of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama thanking him for agreeing to broker a temporary peace accord with Israel for a payment of American tax money. How many billions of blackmail dollars did Clinton and Obama promise to deliver? Will we still pay Morsi, the Dictator, the same amount of blackmail as we were going to pay Morsi the President of Egypt? Unfortunately more bad news is on the way. Yesterday Israel observed Iran loading more long-range rockets on a ship for Gaza in order that the Palestinians could be prepared for the next rocket onslaught on Israel. Muslim hatred for Jews is alive and well!
America taxpayers should be as upset at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for giving our money to Morsi the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt as the Egyptian people are; they are rioting in the streets because they have lost their rights to their new Dictator! Morsi gets our money and you and I get the bill!
To the Editor:
The annual fundraising for the local theater group was again a big success, with so many who come back every year to listen to the new scripts written by the local members about local history. It was very dark in the Oaks neighborhood and the weather was just great for October.
For those who weren’t there, it is like live theater out of doors and fun and different. It was the 18th year for this event so that means it was wonderfully wonderful again.
Some were local Oaks neighbors enjoying this event. Nice people in a nice neighborhood. And with a great bonfire party after it was over and well done and with the local band, the Cruise Knights playing into the night. I myself enjoyed it all very much with a nice group of friends.
Did I say it, as always, was a great event; was well done for nine October nights. I thought I heard a real ghost but it was an owl (and the pussycat).
P.S. Congrats to Sandy Easley and Judy Rice. You ran unopposed. Something must be going right for you two.