Jay Beeler

One of the better aspects of publishing a newspaper is having the platform to fix things that are broken and give praise where it is due. For example, the US Supreme Court on June 27 issued its Janus ruling in which it declared that government employees do not have to pay union dues. In California, it meant that 1.4 million public employees were forced to pay for political campaigns that have driven the state toward the brink of disaster and, locally, drained the city’s treasury to pay for salaries and benefits it couldn’t afford.

I call it “the tail wagging the dog.” For too many years the unions have pushed for less-than-qualified elected officials who would vote for the union position regardless of what was good for the citizens of Long Beach. So the US Supreme Court deserves an “attaboy” for its recent Janus ruling, plus three “bad girls” for the female members of the court, who voted against the ruling.

Locally the refuse collection department gets a “bad boy.” The usually reliable Long Beach department failed to empty our recycle bin last Wednesday. It took three phone calls before the problem was fixed late Friday. The residents of Long Beach pay for this service and should expect prompt remediation, not ignored phone calls.

For the past two months I’ve experienced right eye pain and was referred to the Coastal Vision Medical Group on Anaheim Street by my MemorialCare primary care physician. Ophthalmologist Stephen Wigginton quickly diagnosed the problem as “dry eye,” which is a complex issue involving the glands and ducts that keep the eyes lubricated and moist. Within hours of using heat compresses the pain is gone, so Dr. Wigginton deserves an “attaboy.”

Years ago I watched the popular TV show “Cops” and would crank up the volume to hear “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do. Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” Flash forward to 2018 and we find the “bad boys” are actually the LBPD leadership, who continue to stonewall our requests for information relative to cases being investigated by our columnist, Stephen Downing. See the letters section below for the latest example of their “failure to communicate” and to avoid transparency.


Our online poll has been asking what readers think of Donald Trump’s performance to date. Surprisingly they either love him or hate him, since no one was neutral on this topic. Out of 57 votes, 32 percent say it’s “excellent” and 12 percent say it is “good.” On the other side, 5 percent rate his performance poor and 51 percent say “failure.”

What do you think? Go to and vote at the bottom of the front page. Your comments are welcome as well.


Humor time: A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible.

What do you mean? said the pirate, I feel fine.” “What about the wooden leg? You didn’t have that before.” Well,” said the pirate, We were in a battle, and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I’m fine now.

The bartender replied, Well, OK, but what about that hook? What happened to your hand?The pirate explained, We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook but I’m fine, really.

What about that eye patch?” “Oh,said the pirate, One day we were at sea and a flock of birds flew over. I looked up and one of them crapped in my eye.

You’re kidding,said the bartender. Can you lose an eye just from bird crap?” “It was my first day with the hook.


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