Barney Brantingham

Columnist

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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.

Recent Stories

‘Only the Brave’

A Last Goodbye to the Granite Mountain Hotshots

A last goodbye to the Granite Mountain Hotshots, which included Santa Ynez’s Sean Misner among them.

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Summer Is Not Over

Truth Scarier Than Fiction

Truth scarier than fiction.

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A Nation of Immigrants

And the Country Continues to Benefit

And the country continues to benefit.

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Booked for Fun at Planned Parenthood Sale

Love Letters, Agony Aunts, and Sage Advice Await

Sage advice, like 'Don’t Squat with Your Spurs On,' awaits at Earl Warren Showgrounds.

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'Montecito Journal' May Be Sold

Jim Buckley negotiating with Diana Starr Langley over weekly newspaper.

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Sex and Politic$$$

Planned Parenthood Beats the Drums; Trump Gets Back to Campaigning

Planned Parenthood beats the drums; Trump gets back to campaigning.

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Home from the Hill

Rep. Salud Carbajal on a Break from Ugly Capitol Pall

On August recess, Rep. Salud Carbajal talks about Trump, Cruz, Zinke, and Mexican food.

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Congress to the Public: Drop Dead

But Health Care Always Available to Senators and Reps

But health care will still be available to senators and representatives.

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Rafaela Canseco’s Fiesta Fixings

Tamal Queen at Our Lady of Guadalupe Passes the Torch

Tamal queen at Our Lady of Guadalupe passes the torch.

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Who Invented Baseball, Anyway?

Was It Abner Doubleday or the English?

Was it Abner Doubleday or the English?

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