Enegren Brewing Company Struggles Under County Mandate

The beer garden at Enegren Brewing Company once bustled with patrons. Chris Enegren, owner of the business, enjoyed strolling through the outdoor area, striking up conversations with his customers. The atmosphere was alive. That atmosphere ended on Saint Patrick’s Day 2020, the last normal day of business for the brewery. Like nearly all other Ventura County business owners, Enegren readily agreed to shut down for two weeks. Now “we’re still doing the ‘two weeks to slow the spread,’” remarks Enegren, who has not operated at full capacity since then. Enegren…

Experts Disagree with Lockdowns: The Great Barrington Declaration

On October 4, 2020, the Great Barrington Declaration was authored and signed by three world-renowned physicians and scientists, Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.   This declaration has since been signed by nearly 40,000 medical practitioners, and an additional 13,000 medical and public-health scientists.  It outlines their grave concerns about the side-effects of the lockdowns.  These lockdowns  are having an alarming effect on short- and long-term public health, including “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health.”  There has been…

How to Avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Have you noticed feeling more tired or sluggish, losing or gaining weight, feeling more depressed, or losing interest in normal activities?  (This is, of course, in addition to all the other feelings you might have right now regarding the pandemic and the lockdown.) Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression usually seen in late fall or early winter due to shortened days and lack of sunlight, can affect your mood and energy.  It’s similar to wanting to hibernate: oversleeping, overeating, and avoiding other people. Researchers don’t know exactly what…

Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.” Lincoln’s ‘House-Divided’ Speech in Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858. In September 1862 America was in the midst of some of its darkest hours.  The Civil War was ragging and casualty figures were rising.  President…