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    SOUND OFF: Is Alon moving ahead with refinery plans, or not?

    By Robert Price
    Friday, Nov 14 2014 04:35 PM

    Reader: The Nov. 9 article "Alon backs off plan to reopen refinery" certainly came as a surprise to many people, not the least of whom were myself and my colleagues in Bakersfield. Frankly, we are disappointed that facts from our recent quarterly investor call surrounding our proposed further development of the Bakersfield refinery have been disregarded by The Californian.

    ... (W)e have never wavered in our desire and commitment to advance the value of the Bakersfield refinery. ... -- Paul Eisman

    Price: Paul Eisman is president and CEO of Alon USA, which operates the big oil refinery on Rosedale Highway. This note is actually just a small sampling of his Another View op-ed, which is reprinted in its entirety on page B5 of today's...


    SOUND OFF: It's Obama's fault we looked at Latino voting trends

    Reader: The ancient Greek storyteller Aesop is said to have coined the phrase "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." Our friend Aesop is probably thrashing around in his proverbial grave seeing how deeply we're mired in the "Divide." This...

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    SOUND OFF: How stylish of us to support anti-oil tree huggers

    Reader: An article appeared in Thursday's Californian stating that an environmental group calling themselves Earthjustice out of San Francisco successfully shut down crude oil shipments to Sacramento ("Sacramento crude oil transfers halted...

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    SOUND OFF: Try to criticize Democrats and Republicans equally

    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 (...

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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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