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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

Posted on January 28 at 12:30 p.m.

sacjon, you were right the first time ("to whom" -- "whom" being the object of the preposition "to"), but I'm old school on grammar and usage issues and I've learned over time that very few speakers/writers care about such niceties. Sorry if I sounded a bit pugilistic earlier -- rhetorically speaking, of course -- but McCaw et al get under my (admittedly) thin skin. And thanks for the nod on my reading habits -- I'm just picky that way. Not enough years left to waste time reading crap. I do appreciate your tolerant tone.

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

Posted on January 28 at 12:28 p.m.

sacjon, you were right the first time ("to whom" -- "whom" being the object of the preposition "to"), but I'm old school on grammar and usage issues and I've learned over time that very few speakers/writers care about such niceties. Sorry if I sounded a bit pugilistic -- rhetorically speaking, of course -- but McCaw et al get under my (admittedly) thin skin. And thanks for the nod on my reading habits -- I'm just picky that way. Not enough years left to waste time reading crap. Have a good day!

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

Posted on January 28 at 11:03 a.m.

native son and sacjon, let me be more clear about my objections to the New-Press as it is currently operated. First and foremost is the bullying way its management conducts its labor practices and presents its lousy news and editorial content. In contrast to the news policies, editorial content and presentation under the prior editorships of Thomas Storke, Jerry Roberts and several other respected, professional journalists -- yes, I've been around here that long -- this current management (IMHO) nourishes bigotry, feeds the growth of class alienation of our hard-working citizenry and throws the long-standing journalistic traditions of a free and disinterested press into disrepute. (Fortunately, I subscribe and diligently read the LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the online editions of the Washington Post and the NY Times, so I am able to keep my wits about me.) I can tell the difference between a thoroughbred and a nag -- and there's no mistaking which class the current iteration of the New-Press falls into. And just as the N-P has a constitutional right to publish its "newspaper", I have a right to decide which businesses I want to support. If either of you have a problem with that -- tough!

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

Posted on January 28 at 9:50 a.m.

I think the News-Press has become a public nuisance. It's certainly a very poor substitute for the former iterations of our community paper. If I hadn't cancelled my subscription to it years ago, I'd do it again today! Now, I'm going have to take the next step and start boycotting those entities I do business with who support that rag through advertizing. There are too many good internet news outlets for local news (edhat.com and noozhawk.com) to put up with MaCaw, Nipper and their ilk.

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

Posted on July 9 at 6:11 p.m.

Someone should tell Stephanie Mutz and her local fisherman colleagues that denial of the problem in not in their best interests. Whether the fishermen or the many intermediaries in the food process are the bad actors, this problem of false identification of fish species will taint the market for her products. Other comments to the contrary, consumers who believe they're not getting what they're paying for will STOP PAYING! Step up and be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

On The Bait and Switch of Seafood Fraud

Posted on August 12 at 9:56 a.m.

Just looking at the smugness of "the Nipper" and his beau turns my stomach! It makes me long for the day when public stocks were de rigueur and "running the gauntlet" of citizens provided some measure of public catharsis. Meanwhile, I'm keeping the promise I made to myself 5 years ago to NEVER, EVER read or buy Wendy's rag as long as she's at all associated with it.

On NLRB Orders <em>News-Press</em> to Reinstate Fired Reporters

Posted on November 12 at 9:31 a.m.

Henry, I remember the "squawk box incident" -- specifically Assembly Sheila Kuehl (D. Santa Monica) et al hoping that the whole dialogue wasn't being recorded for posterity. It was!! And, yes, as you say, those particular dems -- and I'm a democrat too -- were willing to sacrifice our fiscal well-being for partisan political advantage. Disgusting!

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