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.
Solving the Election-Season Mystery
Solving the election-season mystery
Familiar Faces and Some New, Younger Ones on the Ballot
Ballot features familiar faces and some new, younger ones talking about the same old problems.
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.
Truth Scarier Than Fiction
Truth scarier than fiction.
And the Country Continues to Benefit
And the country continues to benefit.
Love Letters, Agony Aunts, and Sage Advice Await
Sage advice, like 'Don’t Squat with Your Spurs On,' awaits at Earl Warren Showgrounds.
Jim Buckley negotiating with Diana Starr Langley over weekly newspaper.
Planned Parenthood Beats the Drums; Trump Gets Back to Campaigning
Planned Parenthood beats the drums; Trump gets back to campaigning.
Rep. Salud Carbajal on a Break from Ugly Capitol Pall
On August recess, Rep. Salud Carbajal talks about Trump, Cruz, Zinke, and Mexican food.
But Health Care Always Available to Senators and Reps
But health care will still be available to senators and representatives.