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

    By Robert Price
    Friday, Sep 26 2014 06:21 PM

    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 "cred," even though one of their own is facing serious prison time or worse. Certainly mentioning the fact the person(s) is affiliated with a gang is appropriate but leave out the name of the gang.

    I read three (recent online articles one day last week that included gangs' names): Sept. 19: "Man sentenced to 40 years for stabbing cellmate," with a quote of him calling out a gang name.

    Aug. 25: "Gang member convicted in stabbing, beating," with a reference to the gang he was a member of. Aug. 21: "Gang...

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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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    SOUND OFF: Police the political endorsements in those letters

    Reader: As we near the date for our next election, we are already seeing reader opinions printed in The Californian that endorse specific candidates. While I completely understand the urge to do this, it seems to me that this becomes free...

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    SOUND OFF: Israeli airstike photo simply told a compelling story

    This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian's news coverage. Your questions -- which may be edited for space -- are answered here each Saturday. Reader:...

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    SOUND OFF: Our neighborhood has been left off the crime map

    Reader: I've always looked forward to researching the Crime Report for our City In The Hills area. The report was located in the Sunday edition/Local section of the paper, then moved to the Saturday edition, (and is) sometimes not posted...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    BAD FORM: Linda Welch shared a story about a young panhandler who was standing in front of the McDonald’s on North Chester Avenue along with his dog. She happened to have a can of dog food in her car and handed to the man. “He looked at...

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    SOUND OFF: Digital push doesn't mean we dismiss paper fans

    Reader: Today, after reading "Sound Off" in the paper edition, I decided to try the e-edition. Have any of you tried to read a screen on a tablet measuring 4-1/4 by 6-3/4 inches? Didn't think so. Anyway, I tried my best to read just one...

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