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Union Tribune foolishly calls for San Diegans to spoil their ballots

Friday, June 3, 2016
posted by Daniel Watts

“Send a message to the GOP and Trump by writing in Ronald Reagan for president.”

That’s the crux of the Union-Tribune’s June 2nd editorial.

It’s also foolish and irresponsible advice, especially from a newspaper.

Under California law, write-in votes aren’t counted unless they’re cast for certain qualified write-in candidates. To become a qualified write-in candidate, you have to fill out forms and submit them to the Secretary of State by the May 17th deadline, which “Ronald Reagan” hasn’t done. Any votes cast for him won’t appear in the official results. If you vote for Reagan, no one else will ever know about it. You might as well scribble a happy face on the ballot. It’s sending the same message – that is, no message at all.


The Hogs Photo — Let’s return our discussions to a Higher Level

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
posted by Jim Sills

A little further down the board is a Headline with the names of local businessman John Lynch, and my name.   Below that is a photo of  3 Giant Hogs.  The post’s author says  this refers to corporate welfare,  something I do not support.   As a professional journalist, that poster must know the implications of  such a Headline and Photo.  It is my hope that discussion among Rostra regulars can return to a higher level in the future.  I ask that this subject be retired, with all parties (including me) having learned some useful lessons.  And  that’s another reason to celebrate Thanksgiving Day!


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Proving once again that  no good deed goes unpunished, Doug Manchester and John Lynch are getting criticism for trying to save a San Diego institution [the Union-Tribune] and the hundreds of jobs it provides for local families.  Here are a few points about that criticism:

(1) No proposal regarding a new Charger Stadium has been approved by the San Diego City Council.  If one ever emerges, we can  review its financial details and  decide if it is a good or bad idea.  For this reason it’s illogical to label a so-far non-existent idea “Corporate Welfare.”

Comments Off on Manchester and Lynch’s “Rescue Mission” for the SD Union-Tribune deserves Commendation. Jobs are a Big Reason.

My Response To Jim Sills On John Lynch’s Support of Corporate Welfare

Monday, November 21, 2011
posted by Bradley J. Fikes

Since comments to Sills’ last post appear to be closed, I’m placing my reply in its own post. This reply-reply-to-reply format is cumbersome, so I’ve shortened it — hopefully without distorting the meaning. Read the original thread linked above to get everything.  My comments are in boldface.

I respect Sills’ spirited defense of alleged conservatives John Lynch and Doug Manchester, but some of my own views have been misunderstood in the process. I’m for free enterprise. I’m against corporate welfare feeding at the public trough.

Corporate welfare pigs at the trough



Yes, I know, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?  The paper’s  glacial liberal editorial trend may soon be reversed.  This correspondent  welcomes the change, and expresses thanks to Doug Manchester and John Lynch, Sr. for  investing their time and money into the community asset that is a Daily Newspaper.   That they do so for a paper which has lost some circulation and advertising is truly remarkable.  They are risking a lot on a deal that is not a Sure Thing.  It will be a good thing if they make a profit from the total balance sheet.   Profit is not a dirty word (!) and can keep this valuable news institution alive.


U-T Must Shill For Chargers, Says John Lynch – UPDATED

Thursday, November 17, 2011
posted by Bradley J. Fikes

UPDATE: The news in the VOSD story is every bit as bad as I feared. From the story, John Lynch says:

He wants that sports page to be an advocate for a new football stadium “and call out those who don’t as obstructionists.”

“To my way of thinking,” Lynch said, “that’s a shovel-ready job for thousands.”

“We’d like to be a cheerleader for all that’s good about San Diego,” Lynch said. “Our motivation, both of us, was to do something good for San Diego.”


While the blogosphere and Twitterverse foams at the mouth over the spectre of hotelier Doug Manchester’s reported purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune today, far more attention should be paid to the other key player on this team: former radio station owner and executive John Lynch. When it comes to newsroom operations, John Lynch is likely to have far more influence on the day to day product as president and CEO than Manchester.


My knee-jerk reaction — GOOD! Not GREAT, but much better than the current left-leaning, wussy interim owners.


The switch of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE editorial slant from moderate Republican to moderate-to-liberal Democrat is finally becoming blatant and public. Today the U-T announced their “Community Editorial Board” made up of what they deem to be a cross-section of local leaders that will help guide the paper’s editorial page and indeed opine periodically. Oh my!

Read the U-T write-up on this bunch and then ask yourself this question — how did they vote on San Diego’s Prop D, the benchmark city sales tax increase? Probably 80+% voted for it, compared to 62% of the REAL SD community who voted against it.


Chris Reed is by far the best Opinion Editor for the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. He describes himself as “libertarian lite.”

He is EXCELLENT! His primary emphasis is on our state and local economic woes. And yes, I’m occasionally a guest on his talk show.

Currently Chris hosts a 2 hour KOGO talk show (AM-600), 6-8 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This powerful radio station reaches up into much of the LA Basin, and as far north as Santa Barbara. But you can listen live online from anywhere — go to and simply click the “Listen Live” button (rather intuitive!).


The SD Union-Tribune ran this breathless headline in today’s edition:


The lead sentence gushed, “A new candidate has joined the race for
county clerk-recorder-assessor in a big way.” Their “new” candidate
is, “Fallbrook tax consultant Ernest Dronenburg”.

“Rostra” readers will remember Ernie’s candidacy was first reported
right here…. LAST YEAR (!) on December 11, 2009. That is 54 days
ago for the math minded. Here’s the link:

In an abundance of courtesy, we’ll omit the name of the U-T reporter who
“broke” this story seven weeks after it was reported locally, and widely
discussed too, by the way.


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