Preserving freedoms in times of crisis

During the COVID-19 crisis, many Americans felt a renewed call to study and uphold their First Amendment rights. These rights are so vital to American life and liberty that Founding Father George Mason, a writer of the U.S. Constitution, refused to sign the Constitution because it didn’t have these guaranteed “basic freedoms.” Fittingly, Mason later became known as the father of the Bill of Rights, which is an empowering set of basic laws that have helped to keep America free for more than 230 years. First Amendment rights are rooted…

Jaron Micah Music “Hold Fast”

Jaron Micah Bundy is no ordinary seventeen-year-old teenager. While others have played video games and spent me in the pool, Jaron has been working on his debut EP titled “Hold Fast” which was released Friday, June 26 th. This refreshing worship music from a young local artist comes at a time when the world needs a little solace amidst such chaos. “Everyone has been impacted by these past few months,” Jaron says, “personally it’s been a trying time as I’ve sensed myself and others greatly need rays of hope among…

Residents concerned, shocked by Ventura County plans to isolate, quarantine

Ventura county hit the national headlines when controversy about the county’s plans to aggressively isolate, trace and quarantine potentially COVID-19-infected people went public. It began with a Monday, May 4, press conference in which Dr. Robert Levin, who was identified as the director of public health for the county, made the following statements: “As we do more testing, we will find more and more people who have COVID-19,” said Levin, “and again, we will isolate every one of them and we will find every one of their contacts, and we…

Making life work in Conejo: A Reminiscence

Story told by Carol Venus and written by L. R. Ames In 1974, the air pollution was really bad in Whittier, so my first husband and I decided to move to Thousand Oaks, which was better for his heart condition. We were lucky to find a house in the Conejo Country Homes, built in 1958 — the first tract in the city. We got the house for $20,000, and I still live in it. The going rate for that tract at that time was $24,000, but this house had a…