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Volume 6, Issue 8  |  January 26, 2021

Fair Game


Our readers have spoken, most say stick to local politics

Fair Game Tom Johnson newWell, it’s been an interesting few days since my new “friend” Stew what’s his name made his anonymous debut, writing what’s turned out to be a controversial column. Stew obviously hit a nerve with some.

The most common comments were either questioning the anonymous voice or the reason as to why national politics are now in Stu News Newport, our local news product?

I read each and every comment and took them all to heart.

What I can tell you is that I’m a good listener. Moving forward, if and when Stew joins us again, it will be in reference to local issues…and local issues only. No more reporting about Washington, D.C.

In the interim, I want to share with you some of the comments we received:

–I’m sure most of us can see why this person wanted this posted anonymously. Such a gibberish rant, fueled by liberal Kool-Aid, would surely discredit him/her in the eyes of all sane community members. It is kind of scary to think if this person is in an elected/appointed position and thinking like this behind our backs. 

Scott S.

–What’s the upside to alienating a large part of your readership? Is there ANYPLACE we can go to not have to hear the usual tedious arguments about Trump, Congress, etc.? There’s plenty of local politics to write about – and that’s an area where you likely have more access & knowledge to share that we can’t get other places. I’d hate to have to stop reading your newsletter.

George T.

–BRAVO!!! Stew is 100 percent correct – very sad that the current situation in our City and Country doesn’t allow them to feel comfortable identifying themselves. Thank you for printing.

Brenda M.

–What a coward! To make such partisan inflammatory statements anonymously does nothing but fan the flames of anger and despair. The last thing you should be printing right now is any kind of blaming and finger pointing. Please, no more partisan political columns unless you represent both sides. 

Karyn D.

–The person you are hiding is a coward and nothing more.

John S.

–What may happen, their secret thoughts will be made public and people may see this person for who they really are? What might that create, honesty? But I suppose this person’s worry is that people may no longer conduct business with them, and it may hurt their pocketbook? Or maybe they are an elected official and when citizens recognize the reality of this person, they no longer vote for them? Personally I am bit surprised that the Stu News will provide this coward a platform to have their comments made public. 

Anonymous (Requested to keep with the theme)

–Thank you for your well written and straightforward article regarding the terrible truth about Donald J. Trump and his Congressional supporters. As a proud American to watch that radical group of people, directed by the President, attack OUR United States Capitol was unbelievable. 

Laura T.

–I’m disappointed you would agree to print the opinion of a person that doesn’t have the guts to put their name behind their words. Your crow needs to stand behind their words/opinion to be recognized.

Laney B.

Several more letters appear in our Letters to the Editor section.

Love it or hate it, I appreciate the feedback.

Onward and upward.

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The election calendar leading up to finding a replacement for Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel for the 2nd District has been released. Steel resigned earlier this month and then was sworn into her new office representing the 48th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

The nomination period for candidates to enter is currently in progress through January 25. January 28 is when the County Voter Information Guide will be mailed. February 8 is when voting-by-mail begins. February 22 is the last day to register to vote in this particular election. And finally, Tuesday, March 9 is Election Day.

Three candidates have filed paperwork to enter the race at this point. They include former State Senator and O.C. Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley and Janet Rappaport, a Corona del Mar attorney.

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It’s 2021, what’s your money doing for you? Well, you might want to jump in on a complimentary webinar being offered this Thursday, Jan. 14, at 12 noon by Spinnaker Investment Group.

Their CEO, Morgan Christen, will host a webinar “offering a detailed summary of the current market climate and offer up a forecast for the quarter ahead.”

Spinnaker’s presentation will also focus on a 2020 review and a look forward, domestic and international equities, fixed income, economic trends, market conditions and opportunities.

You can sign up here at

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Roy Englebrecht is a Newport Beach resident, a former city council candidate and a fight promoter. His brand, Fight Club OC, takes place in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Just announced, Englebrecht Promotions & Events will stage four shows in 2021, instead of their usual six. The four Thursday dates will be June 10, August 26, October 21 and December 2.

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