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This sections contains nearly all submitted letters to the editor. An archive of letters submitted before July 17, 2010 is available at the Letters to the Editor Blog.

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Letter writing guidelines

1.Keep letters short. No more than 300 words.

2. Address only one topic in the letter. This will help keep it short.

3. If the letter is in response to something published in The Star, please include the date the item appeared and the headline on the item.

4. Most important, include your full name (not partial initials), full home street address and phone number on each letter you submit. E-mail addresses also are welcome. If your letter is published, you will only be identified by your name and city of residence.

5. Remember, all letters are subject to editing.

To send a letter to the editor through the postal service:

Editor's Letters, Ventura County Star

P.O. Box 6006

Camarillo, CA 93011

Fax: 482-6167

  • Redundant Published 8/19/2011 at 3:45 p.m. 2 comments

    Re: Your August 18 article, “Simi atheist wants City Hall poster saluting secular soldiers” : Stuart Bechman wants a second poster displayed near the religious-themed poster to honor atheistic troops, including his brother Kevin. The religious-themed poster in Simi Valley ...

  • Divisive government Published 8/19/2011 at 3:41 p.m. 1 comment

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated she had a 100-day plan when the Democrats gained control of the presidency, the Senate and the House.

  • Lack of progress Published 8/19/2011 at 3:39 p.m. 0 comments

    s a young mother of five, I was sorry I was unable to go to the South to ride with the Freedom Riders. In later years, I really thought we had come a long way. Now as a grandmother of ...

  • Pet services Published 8/19/2011 at 3:33 p.m. 2 comments

    Re: your Aug. 18 article, "Dog massage class slated": Finally, someone has recognized that our pets have emotional problems just as we humans do: anxiety, stress, fear, and aggression.

  • Names and locations Published 8/19/2011 at 3:27 p.m. 1 comment

    Re: Rhondi Ewing’s Aug. 17 letter, "Wrong location, not wrong city": I concur with Rhoni Ewing that the prominent location of Hooters on Moorpark Road is inappropriate and that a less prominent location would reflect Thousand Oaks better. Just the ...

  • Air show Published 8/19/2011 at 3:26 p.m. 4 comments

    Re: your Aug. 17 article, “Air race team still awaiting FAA OK”: The article about the fiasco surrounding "Unlimited Air Race Challenge" event at the Wings Over Camarillo air show today and Sunday overlooks many facts.

  • Ticket surcharges Published 8/18/2011 at 6:58 p.m. 3 comments

    Re: your Aug. 18 editorial, "Legislatures gives traffic violators a fiscal 'speed trap’”: Once again our state government is attempting to pass (using stealth) on to the public the cost of its inability to control expenditures.

  • La Conchita Published 8/18/2011 at 6:46 p.m. 5 comments

    Is there anyone that can tell me why in the world Caltrans is spending $104 million to widen Highway 101 in front of the La Conchita community?

  • Greyhounds Published 8/18/2011 at 6:40 p.m. 0 comments

    Re: your Aug. 16 article, “Unlimited Horizons: Helping retired greyhounds”: Thank you for your article. It is heartwarming that Kriser’s sponsored the “Christmas in July” contest in recognition of animal rescue groups. Kudos to all involved at Homestretch Greyhound Rescue ...

  • Gaffes Published 8/18/2011 at 6:32 p.m. 13 comments

    During Michele Bachmann's latest gaff, she offered a "happy birthday" message to the late singer Elvis Presley on Monday, even though Aug. 16 was the anniversary of his death in 1977.

  • Invalid arguments Published 8/18/2011 at 6:28 p.m. 1 comment

    Re: Robert Paulger’s Aug. 16 letter, “Tax rates”: A recent letter gives two common arguments against tax increases that I believe are not valid. To say that the top 25 percent richest pay 86 percent of all taxes paid to ...

  • Seabee Musuem Published 8/18/2011 at 4:01 p.m. 0 comments

    Congratulations on the opening of the new U.S. Navy Seabee Museum that is replacing the second oldest Navy museum, which, of course, was established in 1947 on the base in Port Hueneme.

  • Reagan comparison Published 8/18/2011 at 3:52 p.m. 4 comments

    Re: Raymond Freeman’s Aug. 18 letter, “Logical fallacy”: Freeman asked what we had to show for spending under the Reagan administration. How about the defeat of the U.S.S.R, unemployment at 5 percent and recovery from the Jimmy Carter recession and ...

  • Amnesty Published 8/17/2011 at 8:28 p.m. 3 comments

    Re: your Aug. 12 article, “Councilwoman to be test case in amnesty”: Kudos to Ventura resident Camille Harris for her activism and to The Star for being on top of local news.

  • Local pharmacies Published 8/17/2011 at 8:24 p.m. 1 comment

    The recent closing of the Borders bookstore has me wondering what the citizens of Ventura County would think if they lost the services of their local trusted pharmacists. The possibility is real.

  • Redistricting editorial Published 8/17/2011 at 8:21 p.m. 1 comment

    Re: your Aug. 17 editorial, “Referendum on redistricting is a misuse of ballot”: It was a surprise and a disappointment to read the editorial. The referendum is a built-in mechanism for the people to show their concern regarding the Citizens ...

  • GOP bullying Published 8/17/2011 at 8:14 p.m. 16 comments

    I wonder if congressional Republicans are aware that we have a bullying epidemic in the USA? It's hard to believe they are not aware of the crises of incivility now on full display daily in our national media from Republicans ...

  • Protective head gear Published 8/17/2011 at 8:09 p.m. 1 comment

    Re: your Aug. 13 article, “Skatepark contest brings together skaters for the fun, competition”: It was very disappointing to see that in the extreme sport featured, involving speed and acrobatics, that there were no helmeted-participants featured.

  • Tax loopholes Published 8/17/2011 at 7:59 p.m. 1 comment

    Re: Robert Paulger’s Aug. 16 letter, “Tax rates”: Paulger’s "official" tax rates do not take into account all the loopholes that allow the majority of wealthy corporations and people to pay little or no actual tax revenues to the IRS.

  • Democrat meddling Published 8/17/2011 at 7:56 p.m. 7 comments

    President Obama has embarked on a three-day Dead End Bus Tour (DEBT for short) and complains that Republicans won’t compromise on tax increases. If increasing taxes is such a great idea, why didn't he do it when he had a ...

  • Wolf hunts Published 8/17/2011 at 7:52 p.m. 0 comments

    August 30, the slaughter begins. This is the day the State of Idaho will officially begin the legal hunting of wolves. In a move approved by Congress through a rider added to the debt ceiling bill, Congress for the first ...

  • Giving thanks Published 8/16/2011 at 7:43 p.m. 1 comment

    I’d like to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude to those who attended my book-signing events at Garman’s Restaurant and Irish Pub and the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula. The turnout overwhelmed me, and I felt truly blessed to ...

  • Enemies of the Union Published 8/16/2011 at 7:41 p.m. 24 comments

    Re: your Aug. 16 editorial, “Reality check for super committee”: Between November 1791 and April 1792, James Madison, widely regarded as “The Father of the Constitution,” wrote a series of essays for the Philadelphia newspaper National Gazette. They covered a ...

  • Free birth control Published 8/16/2011 at 7:36 p.m. 2 comments

    Re: Deroy Murdock's Aug. 16 column, “Hope, change and free birth control”: Birth control pills are not covered by most insurance companies, but yet, ironically, Viagra is. Why is Murdock not upset about that?

  • Budget cuts Published 8/16/2011 at 7:33 p.m. 1 comment

    Re: your Aug. 4 article, “Courts facing severe budget cuts”: If you've ever had the displeasure of interacting with the Ventura County court system or the Sheriff’s Department, there is plenty of room for cuts. To the civilian observer it ...

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