By Sherman R. Frederick
Battle Born Media
The last five years went by in a flash.
By now you have no doubt read that my company, Battle Born Media, has reached an agreement with the newspaper folks at Half Moon Bay to turn the reins of the Tribune over to them. This is my last edition. Next week, they will take over and I have every confidence they will serve you well.
When I was approached by the Bay Area News Group to acquire the Tribune five years ago, it was clear that this little newspaper in this charming city was headed for a shutdown, like so many other community newspapers. It no longer fit into the P&L strategy of the consolidating newspaper industry. It wasn’t anybody’s fault. It just was a fact.
I said to myself, “If I can prevent that, I should.”
Thus began a five-year restoration project and, I can honestly say, it has been 100 percent enjoyable. Early-on it was a struggle. But piece by piece we began to make it work.
The news people at the Tribune were pure professionals — Horace Hinshaw, Jane Northrop, Carl Jensen, Carol Schivo and Candy Zertuche. I can’t thank them enough. Somebody should name a street for each and every one of them for as much as they did to keep the Tribune functioning.
Again, thank you for making the last five years a joy. You can follow me at our Marin County newspapers at MarinLocalNews.com and you can tune-in to my humor and observations on my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/sherm.frederick/.
WAS LOCKDOWN WORTH IT?
I’m reluctant to lower the boom on any public official who did what they thought right during the COVID-19 pandemic. It hit us from left field, it was mysterious and it most definitely was not a hoax.
But, it’s time to step back and make some judgments on whether it was worth it.
The New York Times pointed out that coronavirus cases in New York City probably peaked before the state lockdown began on March 22. So, if the spread there was slowing before the lockdown, was a lockdown necessary?
The way a lockdown should work, epidemiologists tell us, is once implemented we should see a pronounced drop in new infections on day one. On day six of the lockdown we should see people with symptoms plummet and by about day ten we should have seen fewer people heading to the doctor with symptoms.
The puzzling thing is that didn’t happen.
We gotta take a look at that and understand why.
If we don’t, I fear, we’ll blindly continue spirit-numbing, economy-killing lockdowns well into 2021.
AMERICAN CULTURE: NBA’S MISCALCULATION
On the American cultural front comes the news that the NBA finals tanked in terms of TV ratings amid the high-pitched social justice messaging on the court. That will change next year, says the NBA boss Adam Silver:
“I would say, in terms of the messages you see on the court and the jerseys, this was an extraordinary moment in time when we began these discussions with the players and what we all lived through this summer. My sense is there’ll be somewhat a return to normalcy, that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor. And, I understand those people who are saying, ‘I’m on your side, but I want to watch a basketball game.”
ONE MORE THING
— Vegan horror tales: I pick fresh vegetables every day. Then I feed them to the pig who converts them into bacon.
— Why do seagulls fly over the sea? Because if they flew over the bay they’d be bagels. (I apologize in advance for that one.)
— Police are looking for a guy who attacked people with a knitting needle. It appeared he was following some sort of pattern.
— When French kids go down a slide, do they yell “Yes.”
— I went to get my hair cut, but there were so many in front of me. After an hour the manager started to hand out sausages and brisket sandwiches as an apology for the long wait. It was the best barber queue ever.
— Why did the cowboy get a Dachshund? Someone told him to get a long little doggy.
–I came, I saw, I forgot what I was doing, retraced my steps and got distracted on my way back. I have no idea what’s going on … and now I have to pee.
— If you make too many friends in the newspaper businesses, you’re doing something wrong. Now that the Pacifica Tribune is in the hands of another, I’m with President Obama on this:
And with that, I’ll pick up my knitting for the final time in Pacifica and let myself out. Stay safe. Mask up.
Sherman R. Frederick is the founder of Battle Born Media, a journalist-based, family-owned company dedicated to the preservation of intensely local community newspapers, He may be reached at email@example.com.)