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Posted on April 21 at 4:18 p.m.

JJ: And now YOU'RE calling Barney "Bitter Brantingham"! You really are a hoot, old man! It reminds me of my kids when they were young: "You are what you say...No, am not...Yes, are too...." Stop, stop please JJ, you're cracking me up!! And, besides, I can't hear the word "bitter" now without thinking of you -- JUST YOU, JJ. You own that handle now -- you've earned it!! Great job!!

On Fired News-Presser Wins Pulitzer

Posted on April 21 at 11:32 a.m.

Look at that! JJ calling other people "howling...rabid dogs." That's funny!

On Fired News-Presser Wins Pulitzer

Posted on April 16 at 12:28 p.m.

JarvisJarvis: And you were doing so well (relatively) in the tone of your post. But then this: "Don't women and minorities know how to balance checkbooks?" You couldnt help yourself, could you? You could have said something like, "Don't local politicians know how to balance checkbooks? But no, you had vent your spleen and lash out at ALL women and ALL minorities and, in the process, alienate the very people you hope to convince -- your readers. Though most of this post suggests that you CAN control your rhetoric when you want to, this last little lapse -- and, unfortunately, the bulk of your online discourse -- suggests otherwise. Please just try to get a grip on yourself so you can more effectively represent your conservative views.

On The South Coast: A Tale of Two Workforces

Posted on April 9 at 10:26 a.m.

Jarvis, I've been curious about where you're coming from with all this non-sense of yours. Then I re-read your earlier comment on this thread:

"Well, the NewsPress was never "great". It was always called the NewsSuppress ever since I arrived here many moons ago."

What I conclude about you is: 1) you're a relative newbie to SB with a myopic view of what the News-Press used to mean to SB (see Pulitzer Prize Committee's reward to Tom Storke's News-Press); 2) you care about the truth about as much as Wendy McCaw does; and 3) like McCaw's News-Press, you're not worth my time.

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

Posted on April 8 at 1:53 p.m.

I've been an avid reader of newspapers since I was a kid deliverying the LA Sunday Times by wagon in the mean streets of south-central LA. My introduction to the News-Press came after I moved here in '66. Those were the glory days of the NP under the editorship of Thomas Storke and his successors. (Those who remember Storke's Pulitzer Prize-winning exposure of the John Birch Society's nefarious activities in Santa Barbara can appreciate what a community paper can really achieve.) Today I continue to read the Times, as well as the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times and the Washington Post. But I canceled the News-Press when McCaw's idea of running a private journalistic enterprise revealed itself. Anyone with a modicum of journalistic taste recognizes that the current iteration of the NP is a lousy excuse for a community paper, big or small, free or otherwise. Period.

Judging from their voluminous on-line commentaries on this site and others, the (mostly) right-wing folks who defend McCaw's thuggish First Amendment/private enterprise manner of running "a community newspaper" seem to support her one-sided, anti-union and illegal employment practices, as well as her low journalistic standards. The paper's sagging paid readership numbers and the very poor community approval ratings speak volumes about her stewardship of this former community treasure.

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

Posted on March 13 at 2:31 p.m.

I see all of my favorite cynical naysayers banging on Barney for his "optimistic" endorsement of district elections. I think Barney is exactly right! Council members who, in theory, represent every city citizen, in fact, represent only those they WANT to represent -- this without any specific accountability to the various and often divergent neighborhoods that comprise this town. Good at 'cha, Barney.

On Great Days for the Irish

Posted on March 12 at 7:11 p.m.

All of this other vituperation aside, why do the supes get to vote on their own salary increases? Does that make sense? This decision should be made in a completely disinterested way -- perhaps by a standing citizen committee (we have a lot of those) or as mentioned above, an annual cost-of-living adjustment tied to the U.S. Department of Labor regional database. How about that?

On Salary Shootout at the County Corral

Posted on January 29 at 11:03 a.m.

I agree with the prior poster. At_large's misuse of the incendiary term "racists" is grossly inappropriate. It should be reserved for the real racists in our society which, sadly, are not hard to find.

On Girding for District Elections

Posted on January 28 at 1:04 p.m.

native son: Maybe you need a time out. I didn't say I wanted to put anyone out of business, just to engage the people I give my resources to to use their advertizing resources more advisedly. That doesn't even hint at any prior restraint, aka "censorship". I couldn't make that happen if I wanted to. (The News-Press, by the way, is doing a fine job of running down its readership numbers -- and therefore the value to business of advertizing in it-- all by itself.) Unfortunately, McCaw's deep pockets -- and deeper vanity -- makes it highly unlikely she'd ever close or sell the N-P even though she's dropped some serious change down that hole. Everything about her leadership of the N-P -- her maniacal litigiousness, her public relations "tin ear", her nasty politics and general meanness to her prior employees -- puts me off. In her defense, she's done some nice things for animals and personal friends, but in my book that doesn't come close to offsetting the reputational damage she's done to a (formerly) venerable institution and important community resource. I look forward to the inevitable day when her stewardship ends.

On <em>News-Press</em> Takes on Murillo

Posted on January 28 at 1 p.m.

native son: Maybe you need a time out. I didn't say I wanted to put anyone out of business, just to engage the people I give my resources to use their advertizing resouces more advisedly. That doesn't even hint at any prior restraint, aka "censorship". I couldn't make that happen if I wanted to. (The News-Press, by the way, is doing a fine job of running down its readership numbers -- and therefore the value of advertizing in it-- all by itself.) Unfortunately, McCaw's deep pockets -- and deeper vanity -- makes it highly unlikely she'd ever close or sell the N-P even though she's dropped some serious change down that hole. Everything about her leadership of the N-P -- her maniacal litigiousness, her public relations "tin ear", her nasty politics and general meanness to her prior employees -- puts me off. In her defense, she's done some nice things for animals and friends, but in my book that doesn't come close to offsetting the reputational damage she's done to a (formerly) venerable institution and important community resource. I look forward to the inevitable day when her stewardship ends.

On <em>News-Press</em> Takes on Murillo

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