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    SOUND OFF: Try to criticize Democrats and Republicans equally

    By Robert Price
    Thursday, Oct 23 2014 01:10 PM

    Reader: With some trepidation I'm writing you. My observation has been if a writer is complimentary of The Californian then the writer is enlightened. If critical, a mouth breather.

    This is regarding your reply to Judd Stacy in today's ("Why didn't you cover Panetta book's criticism of Obama?," Oct. 18) Californian. In your reply you made mention of the book "Against All Enemies" and how it attracted more attention from the press than the book from Leon Panetta. To me it is evident. The press has a bias to be critical of Republicans and easy on Democrats. About 10 years ago I sent a letter to Sound Off regarding the Politico fact checks I was reading in The Californian. I had noticed that every fact check (you selected for publication)...

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    SOUND OFF: Why didn't you cover Panetta book's criticism of Obama?

    Reader: If you're a real newspaper you will print this. I received my subscription renewal for the newspaper. I sent it in today with (the note), "You have become too liberal for my taste. Enjoy your slowwww death!" From this newspaper...

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    SOUND OFF: U.S. taxpayers almost surely paid for Biden's visit

    Reader: After viewing Vice President Joe Biden's entourage and reading your comments this morning ("It was a straight drive-by endorsement ..." from your Oct. 8 column, "Some love for Renteria, and just when she needs it"), I got to...

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    ROBERT PRICE: Some VP love for Renteria, and just when she needs it

    Right or wrong, fair or not, when Joe Biden comes to town, one pays attention, if only because there's always a chance he might turn into ... Joe Biden. The vice president has a well deserved reputation for, shall we say, candor. In a...

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    SOUND OFF: Why haven't we reported details of Taft hazing?

    Reader: Sixty-two years ago while pledging a college fraternity, I was dumped (along with my fellow pledges) about 20 miles in the middle of nowhere and we had to make our way home (no cell phones in those days). This was called "hazing."...

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    SOUND OFF: Should we be identifying street gangs by name?

    Reader: Robert, just a suggestion: Don't mention the names of street gangs in articles where gang members are involved in crimes or court cases or sentencing. By mentioning the names of the gangs in the paper they are provided street...

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    SOUND OFF: Was it wrong to post photos of crash victim's pain?

    Reader: Why not respect the (injured man's) privacy? Bad decision to post these photos. And since you did decide to post them, where is the news story? Instead, we get ... oooohhh look at these! We were there! Please step up to a better...

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    SOUND OFF: 'Bachelorette party gone wrong' was pure click-bait

    Reader: Really, did you have to use that click-bait title on the homepage, Californian? "Bachelorette Party Gone Wrong" sounds like there was bad behavior, not the rather tame poor timing of happening to vacation where there's a hurricane....

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    SOUND OFF: They're trying to change the First Amendment and you missed the story

    Reader: I don't know if you're aware of this but watching TV yesterday (Thursday), 54 U.S. senators voted to change the First Amendment. And that's not headline news? Just curious as to what would (qualify) if that's not. This is the first...

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    ROBERT PRICE: 13 years later, her purpose hasn't faded, but she worries about ours

    Six years ago Cathie Ong-Herrera was invited to speak at the academy graduation of 200 FBI agents in Portland, Ore. The agency's Oregon office wanted its newly minted agents to hear from someone who had been affected by terrorism....

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    SOUND OFF: Where was the Driller game story last week?

    Reader: You guys really dropped the ball this (Saturday) morning in the paper. You get to the Sports section and you refer to some of the big high school football games that occurred the night before but you failed to report the score of...

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    SOUND OFF: How dare you publish opinions I disagree with

    Reader: After years of anticipation, I gleefully announce the cancellation of my subscription to your publication today. Would've done it years ago but my wife insisted on keeping it for the local news it provided. She'll now learn to do...

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    SOUND OFF: Distasteful detail ruined salute to councilwoman

    Reader: I am so disappointed in a recent story about Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan ("Sullivan is longest-serving," City Beat, Aug. 22). What should have been a story about her service to the citizens of Bakersfield was...

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