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    ROBERT PRICE: 6 Californias? Nah, we're better as one

    By Robert Price
    Thursday, Jul 24 2014 12:00 PM

    Editor's note: Steven Colbert referenced this Robert Price column from February 2014 on the July 23, 2014, edition of "The Colbert Report."

    Irony abounds here in the poorest region of the country's richest state, a place dominated politically by the voters least likely to be grateful for any federal intervention that might come about as a result of that poverty.

    Kern County has been called the Appalachia of the West, but that's actually a mild insult to folks in the Appalachian region of Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Bad as it is, Appalachia's poverty rate (16.1 percent) isn't as high as Kern County's (16.8 percent), according to U.S. Census data.

    Face it: Outside aid, be it state or federal (it's both),...

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    ROBERT PRICE: My visit to a Denver marijuana store

    Our first clue that we were in the vicinity of a marijuana shop was the sight of an addled but enthusiastic man dancing along the sidewalk. “Welc’m to Caw-luh-RAAAAH-doh!” he shouted in our general direction, giggling so tweakfully that...

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    SOUND OFF: Did publisher have an ulterior motive for writing?

    Reader: What a self-serving article. This (July 13 column, “Same community dedication, less paper,” by Publisher Ginger Moorhouse) isn't about promoting your digital offerings, but (is) rather an attempt to justify the ever-shrinking...

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    SOUND OFF: Why all the focus on dangers of oil tanker trains?

    Reader: Reporters for The Californian have written three front page articles (including "Oil train activity raises safety fears," on May 18) warning us that state agencies fear impeding doom bringing more crude oil into the state through...

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    SOUND OFF: When did 'Man Bites Dog' turn into 'Man bites dog'?

    This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian's news coverage. Executive Editor Robert Price answers your questions here each Saturday. Reader: The front...

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    SOUND OFF: Why does soccer trump an immigration crisis?

    Reader: You have finally done it. Please tell me why Mexico losing a soccer game ("2014 World Cup: An ouster most foul") is front page news and Obama ... spending another $2 billion to fix a border problem (received less play in the...

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    SOUND OFF: Why can't we get more analysis of the news?

    Reader: I would appreciate more commentary or analysis on significant stories both national and local. For example, the recent reduced-charges verdict in the manslaughter case involving a motorcyclist struck down by a speeding motorist...

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    SOUND OFF: Quit relying on those extreme liberal institutions

    Reader: On May 31, you printed an article that I had written on May 14 in the Sound Off section. I had intended those comments to be published in the Letters section, which is where they were submitted. However, you elected to print it...

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    SOUND OFF: Why is McCarthy featured in ads for our webcast?

    Reader: Does Congressman Kevin McCarthy, or his campaign, pay for the "First Look with Scott Cox" advertisements in The Californian? — Elizabeth Schanzenbach Price: As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, the answer is no, but your question...

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    SOUND OFF: Health page shouldn't support unhealthy habits

    Reader: The Californian's daily page labeled "Health" should be changed to "Studies to Support Unhealthy Habits." Once in a while there is a report on a study that might encourage a healthier lifestyle, but most of the time there is...

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    SOUND OFF: How dare a state agency tattle on a private citizen

    Reader: Since when does a state agency CALL THE NEWSPAPER and give private information about a person's taxes to the paper? ("State: GOP firm owes more than $46,000," May 29) And I do not want to hear that it was to correct an error....

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    ROBERT PRICE: A bad day becomes remarkably unifying

    And now comes the blowback. From social media: How dare that Bakersfield family with the now-famous cat attempt to exploit a dog bite? From online story commenting: What gall to try to monetize 10 fresh stitches in a child's leg. And now...

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    SOUND OFF: When journalists are asked to reject their instincts

    Reader: Regarding the Sunday Forum article by Fresno State journalism professor Marc Edge ("In climate debate, fairness trumps objectivity," May 18), responding to Lois Henry's recent column ("Let's at least keep climate change debate...

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