Rants & Raves

There are 27 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Jan 9, 2011, titled Rants & Raves. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

RANT : The Republicans say one of their big problems with last year's health care legislation was that it was complicated and rushed.

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Ron the wise

Hollister, CA

#21 Jan 11, 2011
Toast, furthermore, I feel that that black panther intimidation case is a major story because it deals with voter rights and intimidation and a mandate by Holder and his DOJ which I call the department of injustice not protecting the rights of whites at polling places to feel safe and protected to vote. I asked the Herald, spoke to the city editor and the publisher and they said send us stories from various news sources and we will consider it. I sent them 5 news sources from other newspapers and television press but still the Herald refused to mention the story even one time.
When I told Royal Calkins about the Herald not covering such an important story and all the events surrounding the case, he said, "It does not apply to me and I do not care about it." Voter rights of whites not important to Calkins. What about older people getting back in their cars and not voting which witnesses testified at the hearings at the Philadelphia polling place.
The liberal Herald has been a cheering section for Obama and protects him. That is the conclusion I have drawn from the selection of articles, types of misleading headlines, and the political cartoons especially during the elections.

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#22 Jan 11, 2011
Ron, you said in one of your posts last Sunday "I have tried to make the Herald become more fair and balanced."

You have tried to MAKE the Herald more fair and balanced. My point is that making the Herald do anything is not within your power, so it is futile to try. You can, however, make suggestions and requests. The Herald would be wise to at least consider your requests, but the paper is not obligated to follow your instructions. That's all I'm saying.

Along those lines I noted in my post yesterday that I think the Herald should return to a two-page editorial section so there will be more room for a greater diversity of opinions. However, I was also realistic enough to acknowledge that I'm not the one who makes the Herald's business decisions. The Herald will sink or swim on its own decisions, not yours and not mine. In a free-market system that's how things work.

-Mr. Toy
Ron the wise

United States

#23 Jan 11, 2011
Mr. Toy, Royal Calkins is the editor of the Herald. He is making the decisions on what articles are selected for the opinion page. And another editor is selecting the articles and the headlines for the rest of the newspaper. What gives them more rights on their opinions then me. I consider the Herald to be a community newspaper and I am a citizen of this community and under my freedom and speech, I have a right to give my opinions on what is fair and balanced in our community newspaper. Furthermore, Calkins told me and I quote, "Since when did I say that the opinion page or the Herald was not a liberal newspaper.' He told me that the Herald was a liberal newspaper. There is so much more in my dealings of this paper that you do not know.

When a person such as myself wants both views on a subject like presidential and vice presidential debates and only one side is given, the newspaper does a disservice to its readers so that they can make decisions for themselves.
The proof is in the pudding when other newspapers had articles on both sides of the spectrum after the debates. There seems to be no one that is convincing the Herald to be fair and balanced and I have decided to try and push them to it. Sorry if you do not like it. But I used to love the Herald before when one could not tell if it was liberal or conservative. One other thing, our family has gotten this newspaper from before I was born and am attached to the Monterey community. My dealings with Royal Calkins has not always been smooth but I try to work with him the best I could.
The Black panther intimidation case is so important to every community in America because it has to do with voters rights and the Herald has refused to cover it. Because they are a liberal newspaper covering up for Holder and Obama, it is dangerous when our community does not get the news. Are you at least trying to understand why I do not want liberal bias in our community newspaper? I hope that you do. I do not want right wing bias either. I have pounded that into the editors ears but they do not listen.
Ron the wise

United States

#25 Jan 12, 2011
Mr Toy, We have spent far too much time on this but this will be my last response on the subject of the Herald. The Herald is my community newspaper, so that is why I take an active involvement in it.

The choice of articles by the editors is not a business decision alone, it is a political decision mostly. I was a sports reporter for the Herald in 1971, had my own byline and covered the MPC basketball and baseball teams. Bob Bullock was the editor and he stressed and decided the headlines for the articles and there were certain key words that he liked in sentences to enhance the story. I kind of learned how stories are stressed and decided on.

Mr, Toy, what you do not seem to realize is that there are major stories that this community needs to know about that the Herald refuses to cover for political reasons and that is dangerous. Stories like the black panther intimidation case which affects voters rights in polling places all over the country. Stories like ACORN, an organization that created massive voter registration fraud throughout the country. There were several indictments and convictions on the matter but the Herald did not cover it until I talked with the city editor. His first response was, "I do not know if we had a story about ACORN or not, let me check into it." About 4 days latter there was a minor story about it on the 4th page and its slant basically attacked the republican party instead of how ACORN created a massive registration and voter fraud on behalf of the democratic party. This was a major story that became minor news to the Herald. How are news organizations going to protect its citizens and our democracy when they ignore stories that are direct attacks on our democracy and rights.

I feel that you do not like that I am exercising my rights in a free country. I thought that you would be applauding me not criticizing me. I have seen the mass media change from a far more non partisan institution to a partisan one that leans way more left. It is known as the main stream press but others now call it the lame street press. I am fighting for a much more non partisan one which would make our country stronger not weaker. The truth will set us free and help us to make better decisions on voting and living. Do you really think that the Herald will allow some advisory panel to help make decisions. Of course not. I am doing it the best way that I can. You should urge me on. And it is refreshing that you stopped calling me a nut. I use common sense and my life experiences to make my decisions, a nut I certainly am not. Good Bye.
Ron the wise

Salinas, CA

#26 Jan 12, 2011
Mr.Toy Sorry but there was one more thing that I wanted to cover and forgot. Remember, I am not the sole judge as to what is fair and balanced about the Herald. Calkins admitted that he was liberal and his viewpoint was liberal. He was a judge about that. Also, I have spoken to several people and I have read many letters about the Herald with people opining that the paper is not fair and balanced. I take other peoples thoughts and ideals into account but base their feelings with my common sense ideas backed up with facts whenever it is possible. I am not close minded and my thoughts have evolved over the years. I feel that about 12 years ago, I grew up politically and research things in much more detail. I try to check and double check things to verify their validity. But common sense is big with me. That is it!!!

Santa Cruz, CA

#27 Jan 12, 2011
So well put, this line from Ron the Wise's post above:
"I take other peoples thoughts and ideals into account but base their feelings with my common sense ideas backed up with facts whenever it is possible."
Enuf said.
Ron the wise

Salinas, CA

#28 Jan 12, 2011
Confused I am not sure what you comment is. But to clarify. is that I try to be open minded as much as possible. If a person is close minded, they never take into account anybody elses thoughts or feelings. I always base my opinions on facts if possible. If your talking about religion, faith is something beyond mere facts because neither religious people nor atheists can prove that god exists or not. So faith goes beyond facts. Experimental medicine is used but not necessarily on facts but on assumptions that it would work on someone, until it is tried.

When it comes to Obamacare, facts and lies are easily found. That is different then religion. Mathmatics and economics are fact based. You get the picture. I had to clarify this because I thought that it was important.

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