We Fired His Butt. Happy?

It’s time you took the responsibility of running a box item whenever one of your columnists fails to meet a deadline and you end up with no column to print.

Whether you like it or not, some of us peruse the Reader for the satisfaction we get from individual columnists.

Whenever a column doesn’t show up, we wonder whether the cause is illness, failure to meet one’s deadline, a firing, or simply the columnist’s wanting to take a day off.

Surely you realize your responsibility in advising your readers whenever a regular columnist goes missing. It is one of an editor’s prime responsibilities.

Hopefully, with this letter to jog your memory, you’ll start paying attention and advising your readers whenever it becomes necessary to explain a missing column.

Roban Barr

Aside from normal vacation weeks, to help the paper save money and space, Reader regular writers take one out of eight weeks off — Editor

Critic Of The Critic

I think it’s about time the Reader gets a new movie critic already. Does this guy like movies? It just seems that he doesn’t enjoy any movie he sees unless it’s before the ’60s. Anyway, isn’t it about time you get a fresh face and even fresher opinion than the stale one you have already. I should go even further and say that the whole paper needs updating. It’s the same ads with the same placement every month. When you have magazines like 944 and now SoCal out that are so much better and free as well. Just food for thought. Your paper has seen its day, unless you restructure, starting with the movie critic!

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SDaniels Oct. 14, 2009 @ 4:03 p.m.

Hey Kathy from Scripps Ranch:

Why don't you write a blog about your unique experiences working in that meat-packing plant? You've already begun to describe them in your letter this week, and it certainly provides a "hook" --maybe even a cover story? :)


nan shartel Oct. 14, 2009 @ 4:45 p.m.

i love the "old surfer die piece" too

i have a friend who is exceededly unwell and dying but refuses to give up surfing...I'd give anything for her to be able to spend a week soaking up the ambiance of Baja

she's a Vancouver BC native and her last surfing jog was to Tofino...a trip her Doctors did everything they could to squash...to no avail

she said riding the 12footers is the only thing that extends her life...i put the story in CKA for her...and i put all of your beach related news with upbeat message in CKA...for those snowbirds with broken wings but still wildly beating hearts that are up for a So. Cal adventure...thx for this one READER!!!



speakouter Oct. 15, 2009 @ 12:19 a.m.

To Sue and Mac Persaud, re: Bridge Survivors, above, about non-Mexicans being supposedly always attacked on the pedestrian bridge in TJ. I've also never had anything happen to me on going there.


Sianara Nov. 14, 2009 @ 9:13 a.m.

I've no idea where you will place this but first, I love the Diva pages.

Too though, regarding the Health Care Reform letters etc. about it. I have had Medi-Care since 2004. I'm all for public health care reform as it pertains to me as well. I am living with a roommate as there is no way, living on SSDI that I could live on my own, let alone pay for my visits to my doctors or pay for my prescriptions even after having the majority traded in for generics. HELLO!!? I would love to live on my own and provide for my self instead of depending on someone else to do it for me.

My roommate got laid off in September and what little social life I had has been in a stalemate since then as well. I would dearly love to have a life of my own and to live elsewhere but that won't happen any time soon as long as there is no increase for cost of living on the Social Security part of things and costs go up for basic medical services.

Insurance premiums and costs need to go down for any of us happens.



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