Not for the money

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

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

Mo­jave

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