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.

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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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Greenland’s Big Melt

Ice Sheets Turning to Water

Ice sheets are turning to water on the giant island.

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We Could Be Canadians

What If There Were no Independence Day?

What if there were no Independence Day?

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Warm Welcome in Russia

Has Putin Acquired a Sense of Humor?

Has Putin acquired a sense of humor?

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Back in the USSR

Gяээtiпgs, Amэяiкaпs!

Gяээtiпgs, Amэяiкaпs! Barney impulsively flies off to St. Petersburg.

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Cold Nights with Mother Nature

Backpacking with Dick Smith Sounded Like a Good Idea

Backpacking with Dick Smith sounded like a good idea, until we went off the trail.

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Your Least Favorite TV Prez

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.

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I’ll Always Have 'Casablanca'

Play It Again, Sam

Play it again, Sam.

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