File under: ‘Some things you just can’t paste up.’

With the News-Press’s Armstrong, there’s a Wrong Way and His Way


I must confess this precious juxtapostion of images passed right by me — it was first pointed out by my better half.

Perhaps the reader will forgive me, so elated was I with the return of the “Voices” section in my local daily, an award winning combination of community opinion and letters to the editor. And I am ever the wiser for “October is April in county time,” the heuristic of County government.

For those of you not able to subscribe to the News-Press I offer a Shorter News-Press Opinion pages:

High density growth interests are ruining Santa Barbara streets, elections, and government.

(A hat-tip to lefty blog Busy, Busy, Busy for developing the “Shorter” form for our harried lifestyles. The site identifies itself as “A View From the Radical Center”.)

That all being said, Randy Alcorn’s thoughtful essay on “Police pay and the power of propaganda” brings a nice counterpoint to the Police Officers Association/Armstrong line usually touted on the opinion pages. Alcorn wants to reframe the argument to a cooler cost/benefit/comparative analysis, much to his credit. Much of what I have read and heard coming from Armstrong, Mike McGrew, and most recently, Dr. Laura, has been pretty much of the “if you ain’t for us, you agin’ us” variety.

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