Barney Brantingham was a reporter and columnist for the Santa Barbara News-Press for more than 46 years before joining The Independent in July 2006. He writes a Tuesday and Friday column for Independent.com and a print column in The Indy's Thursday edition. He grew up on Chicago's South Side and, after working for Chicago area newspapers, he served as editor of the San Clemente Sun-Post before joining the News-Press.
Gяээtiпgs, Amэяiкaпs! Barney impulsively flies off to St. Petersburg.
Backpacking with Dick Smith Sounded Like a Good Idea
Backpacking with Dick Smith sounded like a good idea, until we went off the trail.
A Choice of at Least Four, None of Them Worth a Damn
Out of a choice of at least four, none of them are worth a damn.
Play It Again, Sam
Play it again, Sam.
The White House Gone Wild
The White House has gone wild.
Westerns, Sci-Fi, and Even a Little Comedy
The cast of characters around the new administration tromps across some classics.
Comedy Troupe Pokes Fun at Politicians
The comedy troupe pokes fun at politicians.
Top o' the Heap at City Hall
There’s nothing like being top o' the heap at City Hall.
Santa Barbara May Have Become Boring
Has the loss of the colorful, offbeat, and strange made Santa Barbara boring?
McCaw owes back pay of $2 million to former 'News-Press' employee.