Comments by Burkey

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Posted on April 8 at 5:28 p.m.

Regardless of the danger of mold, the order to file from his desk after he expressed concerns really is, as another poster said, "egregious."

It's a blatant abuse of power.

On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?

Posted on April 8 at 2:48 p.m.

I don't have any opinion about the paper in question, but looking at the length of service of this employee to this outlet, it sure seems like a "remarkable" coincidence. Really remarkable, in fact.

On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?

Posted on March 11 at 4:24 p.m.

This is sad and tragic, but I agree with a couple of thoughts, that social media contributes to these teen pressures and amplifies exhibitionist tendencies...and also, that just being a teen gets kids in trouble. It's a time of confusion, hormones and extreme, extreme peer pressure. The Net seems to really aggravate peer pressure. Prayers to the family.

On Teen Burned in 'Fire Challenge' Is Clinging to Life

Posted on May 27 at 7:15 p.m.

I'm so very sorry for all of you. Thinking of you here in So Cal, thinking the same thoughts. What can we do to stop this? It seems endless.

On UCSB Plans Memorial Service for Tuesday

Posted on April 23 at 6:17 p.m.

This comment thread is the funniest thing I've seen all day.

On Navy Closes San Miguel Island to Look for Old Bombs

Posted on April 17 at 4:54 p.m.

Uh, excuse me. Who are you, again?

Regardless of Steve Price's problems in the present day, he spent 8 years traveling extensively and working punishing 18-hour-day-seven-day-a-week schedules to edit the Evening News with Dan Rather. He's also won Emmy awards for his brilliant documentaries.

He has done some very, very fine work in his lifetime.

Shame on you for your cheap shot at him. I doubt you have a resume as distinguished.

On Neptune Public Radio

Posted on March 6 at 5:42 p.m.

Fukushima is definitely not "done" yet. Tons and tons of radioactive water is still washing out to the Pacific. There is no cold shutdown. None. They do not know what to do. It is an ongoing disaster, worse than Chernobyl, and without a solution at this time.
For updates I recommend the excellent documentation at
Fukushima will be contaminated for decades, and again, no one has come up with a solution to stop the meltdowns. Not only that, but Reactor four houses spent fuel rods which sit atop an unstable structure 100 feet high. If there is another earthquake, Californians will be exposed to even more radiation than we are now.
Another website for tracking radiation is, which reported on Tokyo markets kicking California produce off their shelves because it is too radioactive. Michael Collins writes this website, which won the LA Press Club's Best News Website award for 2012.

On Fukushima Stirs Diablo Fears

Posted on October 24 at 3:50 p.m.

I like Mr. McDermott's comment because it acknowledges that we live in weird times. By "weird" I mean--it is WEIRD to many of us that local politicians and police have far more regard for a park hours ordinance than they do for the U.S. Consitution, which guarantees the right of free speech, and the right to petition the government for recourse. When all other channels fail, the only thing people can do is physically come together and speak out, which is what the demonstrations were about last year. Perhaps some people don't believe we are at a time of crisis in this country where we are not being represented---or that the only way left to be heard is to demonstrate or make noise. I'm glad those folks are doing just fine and do not see the crisis. But it is not true for many, many, many of us today, who cannot be heard when it comes to basic public health and safety issues like Smart Meters, for example. They have been making people sick for years now, and the Public Utilities Commission does nothing. What is there to do but demonstrate---? And then get hogtied, positionally tortured, humiliated and jailed by police.

This just happened in Riverside, California, to a woman who I don't know personally but who has very valid concerns about the city awarding contracts to out-of-town and out-of-state businesses. And I'm talking very, very, very juicy contracts.

Council "gadflies" have been around since the beginning of time, but these confrontations have not. We are living in changing times. What is perhaps most upsetting is that police, who are often the best among us and who have to deal with criminals every day, do not recognize the difference between criminal activity and civil rights.

The Independent erased my last comment. I hope this one will be allowed to stay.

On Woman Arrested for Disrupting City Council Meeting

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