Beyond Silence

Museum shines light on cannabis-related incarceration

Community Activist Leaves Lasting Mark

 Your article “Beyond Silence” is wonderful! Ismail and I both love it! Thank you for once again writing a beautiful article about Ismail and sharing his story. We hope it will give others hope. We love Diego’s and Micaela’s stories too! How inspiring they are! They should give encouragement to many people living with autism and other disabling conditions.Thank you again, Alicia, for sharing positive, uplifting stories about people who have overcome challenges to express themselves and live life to the fullest.

With love and gratitude, Ismail and Cheryl

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I just read Diego’s piece. What an awesome story! What you are doing is so important, it means a great deal to our family. Congratulations on the article. Thank you so much! 

Sincerely, Jon Ellis

Community Activist Leaves Lasting Mark

Museum shines light on cannabis-related incarceration

Community Activist Leaves Lasting Mark

 Thank you Alicia Doyle for the touching tribute to my sister Beth. She meant a lot to so many different people. Her legacy will live on in her daughter and my niece Anna Pack. Beth would have turned 63 on July 14th, Bastille Day. She was born to fight for the oppressed. 

Mike Lederer

Museum shines light on cannabis-related incarceration

Museum shines light on cannabis-related incarceration

The Importance of Self-Care for Your Overall Well Being

 Thank you, Alicia! I am really blown away by your fantastic article! What an amazing tribute to those languishing souls! You were so perfect in everything you said and now many people that previously had no idea about Pot Lifers will be aware! Bless you for bringing these Pot Lifers into the limelight. I am honored by the words you chose on my behalf. You really did an outstanding job!! I hope this article might touch someone who can help further with this journey to free the Pot Lifers. 

Deedee Kirkwood

The Importance of Self-Care for Your Overall Well Being

Love, joy of life stronger than any disability for couples

The Importance of Self-Care for Your Overall Well Being

I just read the article and I think it is amazing- great job! I really like how you were able to weave multiple viewpoints on the same subtopic into the whole article and make if flow so smoothly. I think it is great and I truly appreciate you giving me the opportunity to be a part of it.

Thank you again for the awesome opportunity, and great job on the article!

Brian Bosshard 

Love, joy of life stronger than any disability for couples

Love, joy of life stronger than any disability for couples

Love, joy of life stronger than any disability for couples

I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for sharing your article with us via Facebook – it is wonderful!  We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of a piece that is so informative and uplifting.  I hope it will be a resource for readers of all abilities and spur conversation about relationships as a human experience.  Thank you for writing this piece, and for driving focus to National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! We look forward to sharing the article across our social media pages as well as with our Board and other audiences.

As always, it was lovely to work with you, and I hope we get the opportunity to do so again soon!  Tamara Pompey 

Father-daughter duo makes softball vision a reality

Love, joy of life stronger than any disability for couples

Love, joy of life stronger than any disability for couples

  All I can say is WOW! It was so beautiful and well written! Thank you so much for this opportunity! It was a pleasure working with you and having this all done for us! Thank you again! 

Crystal Gonzalez

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Thank you, I just read the story and it almost made me cry. Thank you, so so much! I really appreciate it what you have done for Crystal and I. 

Jorge V. Gonzalez


August 10, 2007

God works in mysterious ways, and one of those ways was Alicia Doyle. Because she cared enough to take the time to write an article about a store with care and devotion and much needed information, she was able to help one family and one special little girl named Kalista to have and keep that stubbornness, self confidence and happy attitude that she was born to have.

Juan Bernal, whose daughter, Kalista, lost all her hair by age three due to an uncommon disease with no known cause.

May 20, 2009
Just want you to know that your column has been incredible! God bless you for taking the time to listen. I can't tell you how many wonderful responses came for your words. Even sold some online! Just know that people read you. What a great writer you are! I'm going to send a note to your publisher and let him know how wonderful you are also, and that his paper makes a difference in the lives of others! I know... I was one of them!

Gina Woods, Just Mom, Inc.

February 12, 2008

We wanted to write and congratulate you on a terrific story featuring Jessica Molina, the winner of the Ventura Music Festival student jazz contest. We applaud your efforts in helping to make her time on stage with Poncho Sanchez so special! It was a pleasure to have worked with you. Your professionalism, thoroughness and courtesy are very much appreciated. On behalf of Jessica, her family, the Ventura Music Festival, and our firm, congratulations and thank you!

Tina Vervoorn, CMS Info Services

June 26, 2008
I just got off the phone with the folks at Junior Blind of America and they were thrilled with your profile of Joel Mueller and the Junior Blind Olympics. I just wanted to thank you for that wonderful story.

Emily Ruyle, The Rogers Group 

February 20, 2008
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful article that was in today’s paper regarding Johnny Williams and the Ventura Family YMCA. It is so nice to have one of our lead volunteers recognized for the great work that he is doing.  

Amy Bailey, Ventura Family YMCA


June 29, 2008
In case there was ever any doubt in your minds, people do read the B-section of the Star. Counting two babies in backpacks, we had 50people show up for the native plant hike on Saturday!!! That's the largest turnout I've ever had. Thanks to Alicia for a well-written, accurate, obviously inviting article. They came from all over the county and the vast majority raised their hands when I asked how many had learned about it from the Star. Thanks so much for bringing everyone together for an outdoor activity and environmental cause that apparently was filling a need in Ventura County.

Lanny Kaufer

May 9, 2008

Congratulations on your two recent articles featuring Nicole Cabell. Both Nicole and her mother were thrilled upon reading them. In addition, your work was very well received by those involved with the City Council, School District, and Ventura Music Festival. Thank you once again for your professionalism. Each person you came in contact with (Cheryl Heitmann, Mayor Christy Weir, Nicole and our firm, among others) pass our congratulations and appreciation to you for helping to make this 14th season of the Ventura Music Festival one its most successful ever!

Tina Vervoorn, Consortium Media Services

January 4, 2009

That was a wonderful article you created for our program.  We received some promises of additional support and I personally was moved by some past students contacting me about the programs I have created at Sequoia and that they wanted to help.  Thank you so much for your effort and talent in creating a story about the TREE program and the VCF&G grant.  Happy New Year, and may your writing continue to move people to act and reflect.

Allen Sauté, Sequoia Middle School

April 14, 2009

Hello Alicia, I just wanted to share some exciting news with you. The Ventura County Arts Committee has awarded the grant for me to be able to do my project! I’m pretty much feel like jumping up and down on a bed like a little kid! I so much appreciate the story you ran and the positive journalism you contribute to the community. Thank you for your contribution to help those with little voice in the community have their stories told.

Katrina Maksimuk, ARTS Live 

August 9, 2009

We at the shelter are over the moon because of the Star. Shellie was adopted Saturday by a man and his daughter. She seems to be knowledgeable about dogs and he realizes it will take a month or more to bring our girl around. T H A N K S, THANKS, thank you for making this adoption happen!!!!!!!! We are all doing a Snoopy dance over this wonderful happening.

Helen Hartel, Agoura Animal Shelter

April 23, 2009
Nice job! So glad you were able to get it published so quickly. Thank you for taking the time to get the facts right, and approach the story in such a sensitive way. Those girls deserve some recognition, and I appreciate your gentle touch with a tough subject. 

Lonnie Lardner, producer, Angel in the Hood

August 10, 2009

I wish to thank you and Alicia Doyle for your support of volunteer efforts at the Agoura Animal Shelter. But mostly I wish to express my gratitude for the role you played in giving our beloved pooch Shellie hope for a new life. As you probably are aware, Shellie was adopted this week as a direct consequence of that article. She has resided at our shelter since last December, a term longer than any other dog in our current population and it was showing. She came to us frightened and withdrawn and only withdrew further into her shell (no pun intended) as time progressed. She shied away from potential adoptors and her chances seemed to diminish daily. Many of our volunteers saw something special in her and showered her with extra attention and affection... myself included. We all fell in love with her but she had difficulty bonding, trusting and accepting affection. It was almost like dealing with a lost autistic child. Now that she has a real home I pray that her adoptors will be patient and take the time to bring out that joyful inner pooch that we all know is inside Shellie. Thank you again from one very grateful VC Star reader/subscriber/Agoura Animal Shelter volunteer.

Walter Shepherd, Agoura Animal Shelter

July 7, 2011 

Hi, Alicia! Thank you so much for the beautiful article about Honest Course.  Ismail and I are both thrilled with it!  We have received compliments from members who saw the article and thought it was “awesome.”  We agree!  Thank you again for your support and your wonderful article, and for continuing to be “the writer specializing in good news.”  As members of the Honest Course administrative team, we’re not eligible to nominate or vote for an “Honorable Heart,” but as far as we’re concerned, you are definitely a true “Honorable Heart”!  

Cheryl Tsperati

September 13, 2010

It is with sincere appreciation that I extend my gratitude to you Alicia, for the wonderful article you published about my memoir, Little Madhouse on the Prairie: A True-Life Story of Overcoming Abuse and Healing the Spirit. I would like to commend you, in two different ways.  First, your style of writing is clear and concise, and you were able to relay in a very professional manner the important emotional element of the material. Secondly, and I think more importantly, I want to thank you for taking the time to grasp what this work is really about – focusing attention on the issue of childhood mistreatment, so that we can create a better world for all children. There are many journalists who are able to write wonderful articles.  There are a lot fewer who reach a full emotional understanding of the material they are writing about.  You are definitely included in the latter.

Marion Witte, Author and Child Advocate, Founder, The Angel Heart Foundation

June 10, 2010
To paraphrase a famous journalist, Mark Twain: "Reports of the death of newspapers are greatly exaggerated." Call me old-fashioned but I still read them, in print and online, too. Contrary to what some are saying these days about the effect of the Internet on newspaper readership, my own experience has been that every time the Ventura County Star's Alicia Doyle writes an article about one of my native plant walks, I get a huge turnout. My efforts to publicize my walks on Facebook pale in comparison. On that note, when it comes to political news reporting and editorials, I'm surprised at how easy it is for bloggers to get people's attention standing on their virtual soapboxes. In my book, there's still a lot to be said for trained journalists who know how to verify their facts, vet their sources and present the news with some degree of objectivity. I have no idea what percentage of your readership is online, but I hope that in the apparent switch from paper to virtual news that "real" newspapers like The Star are able to keep paying the professionals. 

Lanny Kaufer, Ojai

October 15, 2009

Every so often I run into wonderful people who bring hope and trust in a world of despair, frustration and anger. You do it with your good news writing - not the doom and gloom nor the horrible violence but the sheer encouragement and positive acceptance of reality. My hat's off to you. We need to clone you for more!

Mohammed A. Hasan, Rotary Club Ventura East

December 18, 2009 

As always, Alicia, you always capture the heart of the person or the story you are writing about. I do not have to worry about misquotes or something being made up for a story. Thank you for using the gift in which you have to spotlight the good that is going on in this world, when there is so much negative happening. All the MJ Fans appreciate your heart to understand their love for Michael Jackson as well as their dedication to give in his memory and that this is a mission to make a difference. Toys are coming in and we thank you for your story.

Mikaeli King

October 18, 2007
My goodness! What an amazing article you wrote about Karen shaving her head! Everyone has told me it brought tears to their eyes - including the guys! Your writing technique and layout perfectly described our mission to our community and I can't thank you enough! We have already buzzed a new clients' hair and she felt safe to come to us.  

Rochelle Scott, owner Godiva's Secret Wigs 

May 2, 2008
Thank you so much for the excellent coverage of our group in the Ventura County Star. We received many inquiries and many more individuals have become involved with us as a result.  Everyone who has read the article has remarked on how good it was. I greatly appreciate your contribution to our efforts to help more people suffering with depression.

Vincent F. Caimano, Ph.D. Conejo Valley Depression Support Group

January 24, 2008
Really liked the recent article on the Writers Group (heard it was a full house), and of course, thanks so much from the museum for today's piece on art collecting!! You really captured the idea that it's fun, personal, and affordable. You've encouraged people to not only try collecting, but buying and supporting local artists. 

Susan Gerrard, Museum of Ventura County

May 20, 2008
I just wanted to thank you so much for running the wonderful article onmy program that came out on Mother's Day in the Arts & Living section. The response I got was so amazing that I was able to startup another class of 11 women! I received about 20 calls from that article & I can't thank you enough!! It was the best feedback I've ever got from any form of advertising that I've done in the past!

Shana Daniels, Body & Life Makeover

August 31, 2007
I want to let you know how much I appreciated your article. The article may have grabbed the attention of a goodly (is that word used anymore?) number of readers. I've been bombarded with people, some of whom I hardly know and none of whom knew an article about me was coming out.They all exclaimed about how good it was.

Robert West, Author Star-Fighters of Murphy Street

November 8, 2007
The Auction Committee just met and were thrilled with your wonderful coverage of our upcoming event. Thankyou for your time, energy and writing talent in showcasing the Boys &Girls Club of Ventura. You are greatly appreciated!

Nancy Gregg, Boys & Girls of Ventura

April 9, 2008
Thank you Thank you Thank you! You wrote a wonderful article. I am so pleased. We have had a real need for some press lately and this really fits the bill. Your writing is excellent and you have no idea what this will do for us. I hope you can write for us again. You are top notch reporter.

Bill Benson, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras

April 30, 2008
I continue to receive phone calls and positive comments regarding your fine article printed last Monday. Again, thank you very much.

Walt Robbins, Camarillo Council on Aging

May 22, 2008
Thanks for the lovely article about Dorothea Phelan and the Victorian Strip; I learned some things I didn't know about Dorothea. Aren't people wonderfully complicated and resilient! I also want to thank you so much for your special piece in April on Phil Taggart's exhibit re homelessness at the Artist's Union Gallery. I admire Phil's poetry, and your article reminded to go to his amazing exhibit. 

Susan Gerrard, Museum of Ventura County

February 3, 2012

Thank you. Of course it makes us, me, feel good, but it's so personal and it's the truth.  With all the turmoil in Healthcare, to have a physician see an individual as more than a diagnosis, as a unique, complex and valued individual, is a wonderful thing. Great progression in the story, you got it all and even more than I expected.

Ron Hyrchuk, Director of Spiritual Care Services

Simi Valley Hospital

February 21, 2012
Alicia, I really appreciate how practical and helpful your work is. You are making a huge difference in our communities. I checked with the Camarillo Health Care District just now on the response on your wonderful article and they have 20 folks with more on a waiting list. We have added a second presentation for them

We also have added 3 other presentations/locations. Evidently your article hit a real nerve with seniors: congratulations! With $4 dollar gas and rising health care costs seniors as never before are in a bind. They want to eat healthy but don't have a lot of money. The good news is you can have it both ways: healthy and reasonable. 

Steve Lehman MPH, MBA, Manger & Health and Resource Specialist

SCAN Senior Resource Center

March 13, 2012 

Dear Alicia, Just saw your lovely story.  Thanks so much for all your work in putting together this great piece.  PathPoint and the people we disabilities and disadvantage is so grateful for your support.

Margaret Rose

PathPoint Vice President/Director of Development

March 16, 2012 

Alicia: Thank you so much for writing the "Professor's program to help seniors find ways to live within their means" article.  We are already getting response from people to attend at the Santa Paula site. I can't tell how beneficial this is going to be to the Ventura County senior community. I really appreciate all the work it took from you to get this published.  

Elizabeth Renteria

Public Outreach Coordinator, Ventura County Area Agency on Aging

July 3, 2012 

Alicia, I just want to thank you for the nice article in the Star for the Stagecoach Inn's Ice Cream Social.  As a small non-profit, one of the hardest tasks we have is to get the word out about our activities. You have been a good friend to the museum and I want you to know how much it means to us that you support us with your talent and your time.

Susan Robb

August 13, 2012 

Bless you Alicia, for all you do for others, you are a pencil in God's hand. There is a need for your stories of encouragement and positive news. Community is more than buildings: it's people, real people with heavy crosses to carry. Hospice patients dying at home, homeless women and children, unemployed Veterans. They all have stories that need to be told and you do it well! 

Harriet Weigel, Chaplain

October 10, 2012 

Hi Alicia: What a great article!  Thanks for helping get the word out about our recently held Country Hoedown celebration and fundraiser for the National Police Dog Foundation.  Your article really captured the spirit of the event and not doubt greatly contributed to the wonderful turnout for the event.  It would not have been possible with you. Three hundred people were estimated to be in attendance, and we were able to raise over $3100 for the National Police Dog Foundation during the 2 hour event. Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy and Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney were both on hand and spoke about the importance of supporting the K-9 program for our local community. And as always, the K-9 demonstration was fantastic. Alicia, you really are awesome, and we greatly appreciate getting to work with you.  

Mike Macke, Community Marketing Director

Cypress Place Senior Living