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05 December 2008

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Russ Steele

When we were fighting WWII everyone was involved, from seniors to kids. As kids we saved our pennies and bought war bonds. We worked in the garden with Grandmother Thomas, it was our war garden. There was rationing and Grandma and her daughters had to game the rationing system to get enough sugar for to canned fruit and make jelly from the blackberries my brothers and I picked along Little Deer Creek. When a news clip showed Uncle Bud Thomas, who was a Seabee, moving a stove off a landing ship to cook Christmas dinner for the Marines who were capturing a remote Pacific Island, the theater invited the whole family to a private showing. The whole community supported the war effort.

Now contrast that with infrastructure projects today. All projects require EIR reports and this results in groups for a project and environmental groups against a project. This regulatory mechanism prevents the community from coming together to create a better community with some improved infrastructure, creating a safer place to live and work.

Local projects include the Dorsey Drive Overpass and sewer connections from Loma Rica Ranch and Industrial Park to the Grass Valley Sewer Plant. Many in the community oppose these projects as "they promote growth", creating delays, and lawsuits, in some times stopping the project cold. A lot of money gets spent on non-productive activities that have nothing to do with building the improved infrastructure. Bring up dams and aqueducts and the conflict pits communities and regions against each other, loosing sight of the larger goal a safer more productive place to live and work. In WWII we all had one goal - beat the enemy. We had colorful names for our enemies then that are not PC today, to I am using a much broader term of enemy. Today we cannot come grips with a common goal, we do not share a common vision of the future, like we did in WWII.

Jeff Pelline

I wonder how many bloggers have gone under recently, realizing that their declining retirement portfolios means they better get back to work for themselves and their dependents, instead of entertaining themselves.
In the meantime, here's an interesting article: "The failure of citizen journalism."

Jeff Pelline

"Failure of Citizen Journalism":
http://www.levjoy.com/blog/2008/10/23/the-failure-of-citizen-journalism/

Russ

Jeff,

Once again I will repeat a statement often made by George, "I am not a Journalist" my role is that of a commentator. Before blogging if I found something in the news that bothered me enough to write, I had to send a letter to the editor, or write an Other Voices in the Union. In many cases those letters just disappeared, or were published so late that the reader was left wondering, what was that all about. Now with blogging I can pick up the laptop and comment in real time on anything that interests me. Read that again Comment!

I no longer have to rely on the very source of my intellectual discomfort to publish my concern. I find that very liberating, and I suspect that editors of local media sources all across the country find it troubling to have bloggers looking over their shoulder fact checking day after day. Especially when some of the bloggers have more subject knowledge than your average reporter.

Then every once is a while what I write a blog post gets some international national attention. My recent critique of Al Gore's appearance on Oprah appeared in the Melbourne Herald blog. It was a guest post on Watt's Up With That, a widely read climate change blog (600,000 to 800,000 page reads a month) and then it was picked up at ICECAP, and this morning there is still a link to that critique, generating traffic.

I also get to read blogs everyday that cover subjects that are rarely covered in the Union, or for that matter any other local or national paper. We are a network of individuals exploring some things that interests us. We could care less about being citizen journalist, yet some of us break news on subjects long ignored by MSM.

You might want to read the comments to the link you posted. It appears this was an analysis of a single case, the election. Many readers did not agree with the single case premiss. I found the blogs selected for the analysis very narrow and leaning left. Where were the strong conservative blogs, like PowerLine, Red State, Hot Air, and PoliPundit. Nor, did the analysis consider the multiple local bloggers that explored local issues and exposed those distorting the truth.

Keep looking over your shoulder, we are going to be here commenting!

Russ

Media conglomerate Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, as the owner of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Cubs and other properties tries to deal with $13 billion in debt, details at Breitbart.com

The New York Times Company plans to borrow up to $225 million against its mid-Manhattan headquarters building, to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits, details at Herald Tribune

Union Section A has only six pages this morning. As local business close and ad revenues declines, will we our local Onion be on the same path as the big boys of publishing? Let hope not, and the Sac Bee will soon be joining the big boys.

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