Letters to the Editor
April 13, 2022

To the Editor:
The following letter will publish in The Fillmore Gazette on April 14, 2022. Ms. Greylock and her dogs are well-known around Fillmore, and it is always fun to run into them on their walks. We have published 2 articles with pictures on her happy trio of pups. It is hard to understand why anyone would object to her friendly pets.
“Dear People of Fillmore; I need your help. I'm Birch Greyloch, the woman with the very large dogs.( Perhaps you saw the wonderful article written by Carina Monica Montoya and published in this newspaper on March 3rd.) My dogs are always with me. I need them. Forrest is my service dog and Dahlia is being trained to be a service dog. But some of my neighbors are trying to have them declared a vicious menace and take them away from me. Neither dog has ever bitten anyone, they have never even growled at anyone, but like all dogs, they have barked at people. I am doing everything in my power to keep them away from anyone that is bothered by them. But I do have to go in and out of the building and because I am on the third floor, I must use the elevator. There is no way to see who will be waiting for the elevator when we get home or who may be on the first floor when we get off. If the dogs are surprised, they may bark. Barking doesn't seem to be a sin if the dog is small, but if the dog is large...
These people who are offended by my dogs are calling Animal Control to complain. If Animal Control only hears from these complainers, it will be easy for them to assume that my dogs are a menace and take them from me. If you would please be kind enough to call or write to Animal Control about what you have seen of my dogs and their behavior, I will be eternally grateful and know that Fillmore truly is my home.
Ventura County Animal Services
600 Aviation Dr
Camarillo, CA 93010
Thank you all, very much!
Birch Greyloch”
Wanda Castel de Oro
Editor, The Fillmore Gazette


To the Editor:
“There are only three ways to meet the unpaid bills of a nation. The first is taxation. The second is repudiation. The third is inflation.” Herbert Hoover
In review of Hoover’s quote, Biden is proposing a hike in the federal income tax rate from 37% to 39.6% in his 2023 federal budget. On top of that he’s pushing for taxing unrealized capital gains from stocks and bonds. He’s also pushing for child care credits, elder care credits and reduction in prescription prices. These last items are not bad, just costly. None of this should surprise Biden voters because in 1983 he voted to implement the first tax on social security income at 50%. In 1993 he voted to increase the tax on those benefits to 85%.
But getting back to Hoover, repudiation is next. It wasn’t Biden’s fault about Afghanistan. Nor is the border crisis. Rising gas prices were first due to oil producers now its Putin. The cost of meat was because of corporate greed. Increase in crime is due to guns not the criminal or the lack of prosecution.
Now here we are. Inflation is at everyone’s doorstep. Biden pointed his finger at the economy and blamed the slow economic recovery on the pandemic. In February 2020, before the pandemic, the CPI was 2.3% in March 2021 it ended up at 2.6%. Today it’s a whopping 8.5%.
In 1883 William G. Sumner published “What the Social Classes Owe Each Other”. Sumner said there are four interest groups one is to consider. Group A were the Progressive social planners of his time – late 19th century. Group B were the legislators and bureaucrats of the government. Group C was made up of the large majority of industrious laboring producers who work hard to support their families and improve their situations in life. Group D were the lazy and the drunken, the layabouts who are always looking for handouts.
In the end Sumner stated the A’s decide there is a moral duty to provide charity to the D’s, who they see as victims of economic forces over which they have no control. As an interest group, the A’s lobby the B’s to pass laws to institutionalize such charity, otherwise known as welfare. But here’s the rub. Where is the money to come from? Why, from the C’s of course.
I’ll end with a quote by Vladimir Lenin. “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”
Patti Walker,
Fillmore CA