Not for the money
Iwrite a weekly “East Kern Report” 1,000 word column for the Antelope Valley Press in Palmdale.
I receive $50 for each column.
I am 83 and have been writing since I was 10. My wife and I owned The Mojave Desert News for several years and employed a couple of stringers who had other full-time employment.
In my column, I call upon my employment as a Congressional staffer, peace officer, serving in the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations, my interest in local history, etc.
I am retired, I have healthcare and all the other benefits.
The AVP is a struggling daily, a member of fast disappearing community papers.
AB 5 is a classic example of legislation written by people who haven’t done their homework. If the paper can’t pay for 52 columns I will write for free. Writing this column is what helps keeping me involved in my community along with serving on the Mojave Air & Spaceport Board of directors ($100 per meeting) and for free on the chamber commerce and museum foundation Boards.
My point is that I’m not doing this for money — I’m doing it out of my sense of community service and to keep active in my “golden years.”
Some things are not always about money. Bill Deaver