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OPINION Editorial

Brett Kavanaugh, abortion and sex education W

hen it comes to civil rights, President Donald Trump has used executive orders to carry out an apparent racist-driven, anti-progressive agenda only to be thwarted by federal justices around the country. For the long term, however, it’s hard to say just how long the federal courts can stall executive orders when they occur. With 153 open federal judgeships, the future feels a bit daunting. Further, what might be stopped at lower-level courts may have no chance of being upheld at the Supreme Court of the United States. With the recent announcement of the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, nominated by then-President Ronald Reagan, Trump’s nomination of Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would give the Supreme Court a practically firm conservative majority, 5-4. Kennedy has been a swing vote on many civil rights-related issues, including gay marriage. Kavanaugh is a wild card that liberals don’t trust but was also a top aide under then-President George W. Bush, who has been a longtime critic of Trump. Feeling comfortable about anything or anyone Trump chooses is a stretch for Democrats but perhaps there is more to consider. When it comes to Kavanaugh, one of the biggest concerns is his perspective on Roe V. Wade and abortion rights in general. While he doesn’t apparently personally doesn’t stand by it, in his confirmation hearing for the DC Circuit, he deferred to upholding precedent. In another a case last year, he ruled against an undocumented 17-yearold female who wanted an abortion and was being held by the federal government, though he did not say she had no constitutional right to an abortion. It’s fairly unclear


Short changed This letter is “Two Faced” one part about our wonderful, intelligent, folks that sit on the massive thrones in the Ventura County Supervisors department. The second part is about our equally wonderful, intelligent, folks that sit on the also massive thrones in the Ventura City Council chambers. A latest headline in an article in the Star says: “Ventura County home-care workers given pay raise.” Now if you just read that headline you would think “Oh what a great thing for those wonderful County Supervisors to do.” However if you read a bit further in the article you will see that his humongous raise these supervisors are patting themselves on the back for is only for $1.14/hour over the next two years, that equates to $.57/hour per year. With this raise after two years these home-care workers will be making only $13.64/hour, still


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just how Kavanaugh would vote, given the opportunity to change the language of what is currently legally afforded to citizens. While pro-choice advocates have the right to be concerned about the minimizing of the right to a safe and legal abortion, the good news is that the rate has been steadily declining. With more young people waiting to settle down, to have children, even to have sex, access to safe, legal abortions will always be important, but may not be as necessary as in times past. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most recent data shows, “In 2014, 652,639 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years, and the abortion ratio was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births. “Compared with 2013, the total number and rate of reported abortions for 2014 decreased 2 percent, and the ratio decreased 7 percent. Additionally, from 2005 to 2014, the number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 21 percent, 22 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. In 2014, all three measures reached their lowest level for the entire period of analysis (2005-2014).” Some may argue, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, i.e., if Roe v. Wade is somehow reversed, at the very least, it seems as though the younger generations are learning about responsible family planning and being more careful in general. For now, our freedom to discuss sex, birth control, adoption and more is not being threatened so let’s take advantage of that and aim to prevent unwanted pregnancies that occur during consensual sex in the meantime.

far behind the proposed $15/hour they have been waving around. At $13.64 that means these folks will be grossing around $2,183/ month. That is before taxes. That is if they are allowed to work 40 hours per week, which is very rare in that job. Can you even imagine making $2183/month less $436.60 in taxes, which leaves $1,747/month.  You couldn’t even rent a decent two-bedroom apartment for that amount of money. At this time the home care workers are making at the top level only $13.64/hour. These folks are responsible for helping low-income seniors and disabled people with baths, taking medicine, feeding, shopping and cleaning. Most of the fast food restaurants are paying their employees more than the county pays its home-care workers. Now I can say with utmost certainty that I personally would not do the job these folks do for less than $50 per hour. Now for the part about the Ventura City Council. Another headline in an article in the Star

reads: “Council to mull spending plan, fees.” (Exactly what the heck does “MULL” mean?) This intelligent group of real intelligent people has had a full year to “MULL” about what the heck they are doing. One of the biggest increases to the city is the pension costs. This will be about $19.7 million in 2018-2019; this amounts to a 43 percent increase from four years earlier.   Does this mean that in the past four years the city has had almost 50 percent of its employees at that time put in for retirement? I know for a fact that a few of the retired employees have been rehired by the city at a salary much higher than the one they received while working for the city. Then the super intelligent members of the Ventura City Council have decided to use $4,350,00 for such things as Safe and Clean Public Places Initiative,(whatever that is), Park Ambassador Program, (another what the heck is that),homeless shelter, community granting program, strategic plan targeting senior citizens. (What are the seniors being targeted for? More taxes?). Now that is as I said before a total of $4,350,000 for many projects that are beyond wondering about. Then is their unbridled intelligence that decided to use $1,600,000 for street reconstruction and deferred maintenance. (That amount of money would take care of possibly [1] one good-sized street.)  Why such a massive amount of “deferred maintenance”? Simple answer, the intelligent folks sitting on those council thrones would rather use all the available money on their personal “wonderful” projects like “Safe and Clean Public Places.” All I can say is now that we are finally going into a real voting system maybe we will get some folks in those Council Thrones that are intelligent to realize that by deferring important projects in favor of personal projects will make sure that the city of San Buenaventura will always remain a second-class city.

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The Women of Jewelia donated $200 to the Turning Point Foundation instead of the reported $6,000.

The Critical Line

by Steve Greenberg

Ventura County Reporter | July 12, 2018  
Ventura County Reporter | July 12, 2018