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Why This Libertarian is Voting for Trump 2020

Why This Libertarian is Voting for Trump 2020

      by Raven West I’ve been a registered Libertarian since 1980. Worked on every presidential campaign since Ed Clark and was elected Chair of the Libertarian Party of Ventura County 2018-2020. But I’m voting for Donald Trump in November. Over the years, I’ve always heard the argument “Why are you voting Libertarian, you’re […]

An Invite from our resident wordsmith – Help me finish “Vashti’s Daughter”

An Invite from our resident wordsmith – Help me finish “Vashti’s Daughter”

      by Raven West To all of you who have enjoyed reading my commentaries, my column “Heard it on the Grapevine” and stories I’ve covered events in Ventura County, I invite you to help me finish my novel “Vashti’s Daughter”. Here is the synopsis: Anna Steine is a 29 year old divorced head […]

COVID–19 An Optimistic “Bird’s Eye” View

COVID–19 An Optimistic “Bird’s Eye” View

      by Raven West Does anybody know what time it is? Does anybody really care? One of the very first casualties of the COVID–19 was my calendar and my watch. Before social distancing, I had a set schedule that I followed from the time I woke up till the time I went to […]

People Need People

People Need People

      by Raven West At a time when humans need humans the most, we are forced into isolation. After every natural or man-made disaster, be it hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes or mass shootings, the masses rush to comfort one another in the streets. Strangers meet in the dark with candles to light up […]

From a Bird’s Eye View | Let’s all do a “redo” of our 2020 resolutions!

From a Bird’s Eye View | Let’s all do a “redo” of our 2020 resolutions!

        by Raven West Several columns ago, I wrote that I was making a New Year’s resolution to write every Monday. Well, for those of you following my prose, you know that that resolution never quite made it past the first week.  So, let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions… or let’s not! […]

Commentary | His Name was Earl – Homeless in L.A.

Commentary | His Name was Earl – Homeless in L.A.

    by Raven West   According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, there are approximately 50,000 homeless people in and around Los Angeles living on streets, parks and freeway underpasses. This is a story about just one. His name is Earl. About fifteen years ago when I lived in Thousand Oaks I was working […]

It’s Not Plastic v Paper that’s the Problem. It’s People

It’s Not Plastic v Paper that’s the Problem. It’s People

  By Raven West In the opening scenes of the movie “Independence Day”, Jeff Goldblum’s character was furiously taking soda cans out of the general trash and putting them in the recycle bin complaining to no one listening about how pollution was going to destroy our planet. All the while the aliens were on their […]