The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library may be the biggest tourist attraction in the (805) region, but some area democrats refuse to go. I recently heard from a reader who said that for political reasons, she has never and would never set foot there.
So I called Democratic Party of Ventura County Chairman David Atkins to get his take.
He prefaced his comments by saying that his organization doesn't have an official position on the Reagan Library. But he said he's visited the library and enjoyed it.
"I'm a fan of American history and presidential libraries generally speaking," he said. "I think they're fantastic places to see. I would recommend that everyone visit as many presidential libraries as they can."
In his opinion, the nation's shrines to presidents tend to display bias for the president being celebrated. That said, nothing in particular offended him when he visited Reagan's.
I think it's too bad politics keep some folks away. There's so much 1980s history there, including a piece of the Berlin Wall. They bring in fascinating temporary exhibits, and visitors can walk through Air Force One, see a replica of the Oval Office, and learn about the U.S. Secret Service's history. Besides all of that, the architecture is stunning, and so are the views overlooking Simi Valley.