Local conservative blogger Russ Steele writes that his latest column for The Union – questioning whether farmers markets are really better for the environment – was turned down, and he will no longer be writing for the paper.
“This column would have appeared in The Union, but I have been notified by the Publisher that my columns will no longer be accepted by the paper. In other words, I have been fired as a Union columnist and my lapdog status has been revoked. I will now be writing for the CABPRO Newsletter. Stay tuned.”
The column, “Are Farmers Markets better for the environment?” is here.
“We wanted to help The Union survive,” Russ wrote at the time his column began running. “Our hope is that regular Union readers will find our views on local and California issues are of interest, and visit our blogs on a regular basis. It is a win-win for both The Union and local bloggers.” (Note the comment from “John S.” supporting the decision, too. Russ has identified “John S.” as being our county supervisor John Spencer on his blog).
Here’s what The Union wrote back then: “Steele and Rebane run separate blogs covering a range of issues, including local and regional politics as well as global warming. They were interesting in seeing how they can contribute to The Union. Ackerman, being the deal maker he is, broached the idea of the two writing monthly columns. You can expect to see both of them in The Union in the near future. They both jumped on the opportunity, seeing as we all did how their local content would be a win-win-win situation for The Union, their blogs and the community.”