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By The Bakersfield Californian
READERS, on Facebook, commented about coverage of the PG&E plant knockdown at Coffee and Rosedale:
From everything I saw, it did NOT look like an IMPLOSION. I always thought an implosion was supposed to fall in on itself with all the detonation directed toward the center of the structure. Why did this fall outward with the explosion sending debris externally? Me thinks somebody goofed.
— Jennifer Wood
When is the Californian going to stop calling this an implosion? It makes the Bakersfield reporters look like idiots. It was never an implosion (look up the definition of an implosion) and you people were there to witness it. Call it what it was: an explosion with the desire to knock down the structures. Come on, get with the program Californian.
— Lori Capozzi Hazelip
ARTHUR: You both make excellent points and we've stopped calling it an implosion. I'm not sure where that word first came up but I believe the companies doing the job first described it that way. In fact, as the pictures now show, the towers were knocked down (and still sit there).
Implosion means "to burst inward." Not only did this event send some debris outward, but the results show little more than a knockdown. I would agree that the word implosion, to most people, implies a pile of rubble that is swept away by bulldozers, etc.
Much further dismantling of the structures remains, and according to John Cox's fine reporting, very little will happen until the investigations are concluded.
So -- we still have an eyesore at that location.
READER: If you insist on using those miserable stick-on ads please don't put them on a printed article. Peel off the ad, peel off the print is not acceptable.
— Phyllis Smith, Bakersfield
John Wells, the Senior Vice President for Revenue & Marketing, responds:
Our Post-It notes are placed on the paper by a machine. We try to get the message somewhat centered on the page above the fold.
These messages are helping us keep the cost of the newspaper at its current level. Without this advertising, prices likely would increase.
READER: On July 25 at the Marriott Hotel [Councilwoman] Jacquie Sullivan hosted a fundraiser to promote patriotism with her In God We Trust organization. Alan Keyes was the keynote speaker. To have such a well known and respected leader come to Bakersfield was really special.
We attended the dinner and we got to meet Mr. Alan Keyes. What an honor for us and for the City of Bakersfield.
Jacquie called me wondering if I had by chance seen anything in the paper about the dinner and of course I had not, since you all chose to ignore it.
What is even worse than not running a story about this event was that you also chose to ignore a City Councilwoman, Jacquie Sullivan. I believe you insulted her and her position in this community.
— Irene Edmonds, Bakersfield
ARTHUR: I'm sure it was a terrific dinner and Alan Keyes likely was a great speaker. Yes, he is a nationally-known figure.
That said, there are a number of high profile events every year that we choose not to cover because we don't expect major news from them. Our reporters are spread thin and have a lot to monitor.
Lack of coverage isn't an insult. We do the best we can with our staff.
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