Jul 16, 2012
This is an OPEN letter to Siskiyou Daily News reporter John Bowman from Mark Baird:
You and I once spoke regarding the need to use valid information for a “news story”. The need to check the facts. Two or three independent sources, as my journalism professor used to say. At that time, I asked you whether your allegiance lie with the Klamath Riverkeepers or your new profession. You replied that your goal was to be a journalist.
Your article about Sheriff Lopey proves to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that you remain a River Keeper first and have no interest in serious journalism.
I have read your articles since you started writing for the Daily, and have not been impressed with either your loyalty to the truth or your politics.
Glenn Martin is a liar with an obvious agenda. An opinion piece like this may be one thing, but front page, coupled with creative use of bold print would lead most people to think of this as a hard news story. You did give Sheriff Lopey a few paragraphs on page 2 but the nature and color of this “story” are clear.
Slander of a Public Figure rises to a high level, but your characterization of Sheriff Lopey, as a man who thinks himself above the law is pretty close to that standard. Yes, it is your characterization. The article is clear. You are quoting Glenn Martin as an authoritative source of truth. If this is meant to foster genuine debate, it is very poorly done. Obviously, neither you or Glenn Martin, have read the oath of office that every public official and peace officer is bound to obey. Is it wrong that some officials choose to take the oath seriously?
Is it wrong for the Peace Officer who was elected to uphold and defend the public safety of the citizens of Siskiyou County to take his oath seriously?
A hack like Glenn Martin as a front page authority on conduct becoming a public official or Peace Officer, now that is wrong!
You and the Daily have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the character assassination of a good man who is trying to serve this county. A man who has served his state and his nation faithfully all of his life.
Had you done the least your job demands and checked Sheriff Lopey’s record of service to the public of Siskiyou County and to this nation, you would be ashamed of this article. Glenn Martin is an obvious liar and your acceptance of his written word as truth makes you and the Daily complicit in furthering a lie.
John, your socialist politics are, quite frankly, of no interest to me. You have the absolute right to your opinion and Sheriff Lopey would defend that right to his death, as would I. However, coloring your opinions and calling them journalism, is a discredit to your self and your paper. Distaste for the truth and for unbiased reporting has cost your paper some followers and supporters.
This latest bit of Yellow Journalism however, is nothing short of character assassination of a fine man, a great American, a decorated war hero and a life long public servant.
I realize now, you answer to your masters at the River Keeper Organization and the other organizations down river. when you accepted the job as a reporter you should have become a servant of the truth.
This article has cost the Siskiyou Daily a reader, and a supporter. My radio station, and I, will no longer participate in any cooperative efforts with the Siskiyou Daily News unless and until you are terminated from your position. Further, I will urge all with whom I associate to terminate support for “our” local paper until a truthful reporter can be found to replace you. I am sorry to see that you have chosen this path, I like you, and thought you had potential. I had hoped you would find your way to the truth and become a great reporter. None of the readers expect to see everything our own way, but we do and should expect fair, truthful and balanced reporting.
Owner, KSYC Radio
Jul 16, 2012
Consider this a minute. CARB sets up a private corporation, Western Climate Initiative Inc. to manage the cap and trade program, doesn’t even bother to put the corporation in California, and opts for Delaware and the advantages that brings over California incorporation. Delaware is well known as a corporate haven, and that alone suggests they want it out of the prying eyes of California taxpayers.
But that wasn’t good enough, they take the extraordinary step of writing in an exemption to prevent public scrutiny, and then hide it as a rider in the 100+ pages inserted the day before the bill was signed into law along with the state budget, effectively preventing any scrutiny.
What is CARB intent on hiding in WCI? Now, with a secret meetings get out of jail free card signed by Govenor Moonbeam, We may never know. Just like with the publicly funded Michael Mann fighting tooth and nail to prevent his emails from seeing sunshine, so it seems CARB has taken a cue from the behavior of climate science in general, and in a wave of the hand brushed aside the directive Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, deciding they know what is best for the people:
Jul 16, 2012
Yreka Tea Party Patriots
Meeting for Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Decision Life Church
Corner of Main and Oberlin…1301 South Main St. Yreka
“EcoTrust Money Trail to Dam Removal” and open microphone.
Public Welcome. Contact Louise for more information at