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    SOUND OFF: Why not publish names of welfare recipients, too?

    By ROBERT PRICE, Californian executive editor
    Friday, Mar 21 2014 01:00 PM

    Reader: I read with great interest your response to a reader (in the March 15 Sound Off column) questioning whether public official salaries should be printed in the paper. Your response was that since it was taxpayer money that funded those salaries the public has a right to know.

    Using your argument, shouldn't the amount of welfare received and the names of the recipients also be published and available to the public? Using the exact same argument proffered by Mr. Price, surely he would have to agree.

    Feel free to ignore this (might be too sensible for you nice folks). — Michael Clark Price: Surprise! Mr. Price does not agree. The problem with your suggestion is that public employees choose to be public employees, and their...

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    SOUND OFF: Oops! My arrogant liberal bias is showing again

    I wish we newspaper-types had the time to manipulate the news the way some readers apparently think we do. I can't even carve out an hour for lunch most days, let alone plot ways to subject readers to my petty grudges and biases. But as...

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    SOUND OFF: Point out the inaccurate reporting, Monsignor

    When our John Cox attended a March 1 community forum hosted by the Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP and heard the local branch's president essentially take credit for having convinced the Diocese of Fresno to remove Kathleen Bears as...

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    SOUND OFF: Not enough detail in story of young boy's death

    Jason Kotowski's story last month about the death of 4-year-old Gregorio Edward Leyva attracted a lot of attention, and not just because of the heart-wrenching nature of the incident. The boy had darted into the street near his home, in...

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    SOUND OFF: Break out the old Thesaurus: McDill is in town

    If you’re looking for a columnist who’s better looking than the one pictured here, such as Ric Llewellyn or Heather Ijames, you’re looking on the wrong day. Our band of merry, rotating columnists has moved from Saturday to Thursday. Why?...

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    SOUND OFF: Did story of boy's fatality include unwarranted detail?

    Every pedestrian fatality is a tragic one, no matter who the victim or what the circumstances, but the death of Gregorio Edward Leyva last week was especially heart-wrenching. Gregorio was 4. He was hit by an SUV while crossing the street...

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    SOUND OFF: Who was really recognized with that standing ovation?

    There wasn't a dry eye in the U.S. Capitol building, and perhaps anywhere in America among those who watched the final minutes of Tuesday's State of the Union address, when President Obama introduced and spoke briefly about Sgt. 1st Class...

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    SOUND OFF: This cat got out of the bag and the howls began

    Nothing gets readers worked up like a change in the comics, and we heard from a few of you this week: READER: Once again The Bakersfield Californian has decided to remove the long time comic favorite "Garfield" and put in its place an...

  9. SOUND OFF: We're back, and we have some catching up to do

    This column has not appeared for several weeks, so we have some catching up to do: *** READER: (In regard to our Dec. 31 list of state, national and global quotes of the year:) I am sorry this is so late but I feel it is important to...

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    SOUND OFF: We approach the holiday with plenty of good cheer

    READER: Dear Mr. Ewing, I want to compliment you on your article in The Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 14, page 49, covering the Division 1 Girls Tennis Section Finals. It is a masterpiece of reporting, writing and journalism,...

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    SOUND OFF: If he were a teacher our grade would be C-

    READER: It's good that The Californian challenged the accuracy of the United Farm Worker's spokesperson regarding (the recent) protest at Rep. Kevin McCarthy's office. But as a former journalism instructor, I am appalled at the news...

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    SOUND OFF: Headline makes the situation worse, reader argues

    READER: Shame on the Californian for today's headline ["He sides with Democrats." Oct. 31, about Rep. David Valadao]. While you can make any argument that this is just "news," that's exactly the problem, and you're instigating it. That...

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    SOUND OFF: In her view, prep football coverage went south

    READER: I am very upset over the high school sports section because South High School is not receiving as much attention as they should. South High's football team is undefeated and they were given a small article in the newspaper on...

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