Stranger Than Fiction
Thursday, January 14, 1999
Squid hates to be the first to spurt ink at a fellow publication, but never in any journalistic forum EVER has Squid seen journalistic coverage like that given to the so-called "story" that appeared on the front page of Sunday''s Monterey County Herald. There, two Herald reporters built an entire case linking convicted rapist Charles Holifield--who''s currently in jail facing kidnapping charges that could send him to prison for life under California''s "three strikes" law--with the disappearance of Marina resident Christina Williams, who vanished in June. Does the Herald have a shred of evidence connecting Holifield with Williams'' disappearance? Not according to any quote or source the Herald shared with its readers. The Herald''s article tied Holifield to other crimes against young girls in the area, but failed to produce anyone who could connect either Holifield or his red pick-up to Williams'' disappearance. But that didn''t stop local patrons at the Galaxy 6 theater on Sunday from exclaiming "it wasn''t them" at a trailer showing the two suspects whose IDs have been broadcast around the nation in the months since Williams'' disappearance. Did Holifield have anything to do with Williams'' disappearance? Squid has no idea. And if the Herald does, it should share its evidence>. But hey, who''s going to stand up for a violent felon about to be sent up for life?
Success With Words....
Editors at The Sunin Carmel Valley are no doubt cringing over their headline last week. You know, the one talking about "Succession," when the cover story had to do with "secession"...the ill-advised concept of having the Peninsula split off from the rest of the county. (And underneath that gaffe was the teaser that read "Downsizing or Dumbsizing." Hmmm...''nuff said.)
Oh, Where''s Your Sense of Fun?
The National Park Service has apparently pulled the plug on a mock invasion scheduled by the U.S. Marines to take place at the S.F. Presidio--the same sort of invasion planned for March 13 at the Presidio of Monterey. According to an Associated Press article, park officials felt the S.F. invasion was not "appropriate for a national park." The S.F. invasion had included plans for 30,000 rounds of blank small arms fire and simulated explosions. Perhaps the Monterey invasion can make use of any and all small arms recovered from the clean-up of ordnance at Fort Ord.