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July 13, 2006

Re "Santa Barbarans Worry About Their Paper," July 8

Thank your for detailing the horror story of the demise of the Santa Barbara News-Press.

One of the sad results of the loss of journalistic integrity at the hands of a seemingly clueless billionaire is the lack of investigative reporting in a community that desperately needs it. Without a proactive press performing a watchdog role over the current development frenzy here, backroom deals, conflicts of interest and revolving-door relationships never see the light of day.

America's Riviera may look lovely to tourists, but for residents, it's another story -- one we're forced to read about in the pages of publications produced outside the city limits.

CHERI RAE

Santa Barbara

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