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Monday, July 09, 2007

Doing the Right Thing...

I was watching Live Earth this weekend and noticed that a lot of artists were drinking water out of plastic, disposable bottles...Linkin Park's lead singer even threw one out to the audience like he was so cool. I was almost 'driven to tears' but at least I saw hope in the fact that Sting drank from a ceramic cup -- good to see The Police after all these years.

Doing the right thing is not always something we keep in the forefront...because of our busy lives. I was reading the Santa Barbara Newsroom commentary tonight and realizing that more than a few of us need to put our money where our mouth is. They deserve all the support we can give.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent idea about supporting the on line SB News room. I will be sending them a check this week.

They publish a good product. Between your blog, the News Room's site, the Indie's on line site and the occasional edition of the Sound when I can find it, I have finally found the true meaning of unbiased journalism.

Maybe we have Wendy and Nipper to thank for all these great choices after all. Without their antics, Many of us would never had felt the need to seek out fresh choices for news content. I still purchase the NewsPress Sunday edition from newsracks most weeks, its still the dominent local newspaper, but I dont rely on the Newspress for factual news, especially local news. They do have the best classified sections though.

7/09/2007 1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of nasty carbon footprint is "environmentalist" Wendy McCaw leaving on this earth with the personal jet, mega-yacht, business printed on dead trees and boyfriend pushing water from landfill-filling plastic bottles?

7/09/2007 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had the same thought, but they did a lot of recylcing at those venues.

7/09/2007 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any donation to the NewsRoom would be a waste of money and wouldn't be tax deductible. Would rather see people donate to the many worthy charities around town.

7/09/2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching Live Earth this weekend and noticed that a lot of artists were drinking water out of plastic, disposable bottles...Linkin Park's lead singer even threw one out to the audience like he was so cool. I was almost 'driven to tears' but at least I saw hope in the fact that Sting drank from a ceramic cup -- good to see The Police after all these years.

The only way we will see any improvement in the global environment issues is by drastically reducing the number of people on the planet. Everything else is just pillow talk. But since we never can talk about population control without sounding like Nazi's, I think we are going to find out about the effects of global warming the hard way.

Doing the right thing is not always something we keep in the forefront ...because of our busy lives. I was reading the Santa Barbara Newsroom commentary tonight and realizing that more than a few of us need to put our money where our mouth is. They deserve all the support we can give.

I support the News-Press by buying the paper as much as I can, even though I already have an on-line subscription.

7/09/2007 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what is it these days to put our money where our mouth is? I noticed an ad for Grant House Sewing Machines in the News-Press today. Is that ok? I wonder especially, considering the recent posts expressing such concern about Salud having lunch with Travis.

7/09/2007 5:02 PM  
Anonymous donaldo de Santa Barbara said...

Re:all of the above

It is definetly going to get real petty and nit-picky should the dire scientific predictions prove acurrate. All will be suspect, no one will be reasonalbe and no one accept responsibility.

I made a contribution to the NewsRoom several weeks ago. I suspected then that there wouldn't be enough. The writing is on the wall and the reporters , with their union and attorneys are on their own, possibly in a never ending battle. the battle will continue and I wish success for the reporters in this struggle.

The NewsPress I beleive, initially may have had good intentions in stirring up the reporting pot. However the method was so harsh and unncessary. The owner and editorial staff, appeared to me to be overly contrary, twisted and mean. It seems to me that the direction the News Press took, was a reflection of our less than introspect get it done era. No grace or humanity. Cuthroat is the best descriptive. Only a 'dashing off to holiday' owner and one with a lot of money would expect instantaneous change. I expect the News Press will survive only because the owner has the money and time. This is no virtue and in the end the News Press will likely not have changed to the benefit of the community it serves.

7/09/2007 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sad for some to try and encourage others NOT to donate to free speech and worthy causes such as the News Room, as though a check sent there will take money away from the Salvation Army or Cancer research. If that poster is so concerned, he or she should send some checks off right away to the non profits most cared about, not grouss about what I attempt to do to help a group of individuals who have banded together to keep our community informed with truly a source of unbiased news.

Its non of anyones business whether I give elsewhere or not, nor should anyone care if its tax deductable. Its not their money to gove, its mine. I choose to send the next check to the Newsroom.


I feel just fine about my community involment financially, both by charitable giving and in other ways.

Lets get back to how to help people, not advising people not to help.

7/10/2007 12:42 AM  
Anonymous snarky said...

As for environmental awareness, what does moving a large ship around the world for the home comfort of two people do for the environment?

7/10/2007 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NP saga reflects on what has happened to our local community. Neighbor against neighbor. Self Interest against self interest. Group against group. Fractured!


Whe are people surprised?

7/10/2007 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never got a thank you for my PayPal donation to the union sponsored SB Newsroom - seems like bad form. Wendy's subscription department calls me all the time with special renewal offers and now free papers.

Daily Sound made very sound moves with their new and experienced columnists. Loretta Redd's voice is great to have back. She has a strong future in our city.

Hope she runs again for City Council ASAP - particularly after H. Schnieder's little planning approval ruse she just committed, as exposed by none other than TA and the new NewsPress - quickly turning the corner to be our necessary Fourth Estate.

7/10/2007 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is definetly going to get real petty and nit-picky should the dire scientific predictions prove acurrate."

...and won't that be a sad day for all the peacenick California liberals, because those on the other side are the ones with guns.

7/10/2007 6:53 PM  
Anonymous donaldo de Santa Barbara said...

anonymous 7/10 6:53 PM

Just wanted to let you know that you must be clear in your own mind about who "those on the other side" are. Is there a geographical, ideological, cultural, etc boundary? Also you would be suprised at the number of liberal peacenicks that own weapons...especially after several decades of right wing rule.

7/10/2007 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one, Donaldo. I agree that there are a few lefties with guns (probably for the exact reason you refer to) but I'd have to say they'd be seriously outgunned by the "family values, God and NASCAR" crowd from the heartland, particularly in Cali where the gun laws are some of the strictest in the USA and certainly the most strict of the western states.

7/11/2007 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Redd better not run again! No neocons! We've worked hard to get them off the Council and plan to keep it that way!

7/11/2007 6:54 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

Loretta Redd, who was endorsed by the
Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the
Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee, and is the Executive Director of the Central Coast chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, is no neocon.

7/12/2007 3:40 AM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

"they'd be seriously outgunned by the "family values, God and NASCAR" crowd from the heartland"

You'd be amazed at what they have for sale in the Texas gunshow/swapmeets. 'course if Texas gets frisky, we always got Vandenberg...

7/12/2007 11:21 PM  

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