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Jun-30-2010 14:09printcomments

Salem-News.com Needs Viewer Support

We are only asking for help from those who can spare it, we do not expect viewers who are also struggling to provide financial assistance.


(SALEM, Ore.) - Several years ago, in 2004, we set out to create something that can make a difference in the world. We didn't know where it would go or how it might come down, but today Salem-News.com is a highly rated news site and needs to continue.

We have made things hard for ourselves, because we refuse to be sold out to anyone for anything. We have courted some businesses for support that we should not have, and we have asked for assistance from people who can't provide it, or choose not to.

So here we are six years later, delivering news to almost 20k unique visitors a day, in an ethical format that never requires a cent to see, watch or read. And we hope that by communicating this message, that viewers will consider donating to our simple cause, to get the news out.

I'm sure there is a good chance that we will be thwarted, we have only made it this far by reducing our own lives through investment to this business and the endless seven day a week workout that is required to publish the news.

Like Google and Craigslist, this is a business that essentially was born in a garage, with two people, Bonnie King and myself, completely believing in a concept of news that is not being put under a microscope of political correctness before it is published. I'm telling you, it offers the cleanest and best prepared news that we have the ability to provide. Every week we add another contributor to the list, and news flows to our viewers from the U.S.,the African continent, Israel, Palestine, Mexico, England, Argentina, France, and from all over the U.S.

But we are tired of struggling. We want to be able to eventually pay our writers what they deserve. In the meanwhile they keep contributing because they know it is making a difference. It is sad that journalists running something of this magnitude, sometimes have to wonder where the next payment is coming from.

In the time that Bonnie and I have been doing this, we have truly seen and witnessed hard times. I have covered the wars overseas, exposed the contamination of a Marine Corps base where toxins have led to many deaths and terrible illnesses, many of which are hereditary. I know we have big battles coming up on that front, and even though we have 12 Marine Veterans on the staff of 59 writers, we need more, and we need to be able to wage this battle, instead of worrying about how to pay this month's rent.

So there you have it, we are in turbulent waters and if anyone cares, they can help by making a small donation, or a larger one if they prefer. Please don't let this six year old crusader for truth and what is right in the world, fade away.

And finally, we are only asking for help from those who can spare it, we do not expect viewers who are also struggling to provide financial assistance.

It is not fun to stick your neck out like this and tell the world that financial times are tough, but the two of us who are eternally publishing news here, really need your help, we simply want to maintain, thank you.

If you aren't looking for advertising, but understand the importance of this news group, you can send a check or make a PayPal donation, just click on this link and it will open a Salem-News.com page that tells you more about it: Yes I care about keeping Salem-News.com alive

There is a PayPal link, email address for any questions, and also our mailing address for those who want to send a check. Again, a vehicle also would be extremely helpful, if anyone in our area can spare one. Again, please tell others about what is going on. We were recently attacked for stories we publish that are critical of Israeli military policy. People and groups want to stop us, it was be an utter travesty, thank you again for your support.

Want to know more? Please visit this link to learn more about Salem-News.com and our background and victories: Salem-News.com Launches Fundraiser - Tim King Salem-News.com

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Hank Ruark July 15, 2010 9:32 am (Pacific time)

For every "anon" who rides free on now-famed S-N open, honest, democratic channel, without slightest thought of contribution, here is the utmost of democratic contempt. The First Amendment is by far the greatest achievement of our Founding Fathers, and makes "all the rest" possible via its protection and its strength --when NOT abused ! Modern mass-media and esp. mid-stream corporate-managed, private-gain/driven "big ones" offer more threat to our real freedoms than any other one thing, in this 21st Century. We had best provide open, honest, democratic --AND LONG continuing !!-- demonstration here of channel devoted to that dialog "conversation" which John Dewey, world-famed philosopher-educator, termed "the heart of democracy."

Anonymous July 15, 2010 6:29 am (Pacific time)

To Anon (2)Just for clarification: Clinton robbed the social security fund to balance the budget, and was instrumental in outsourcing jobs. But thats nothing compared to signing into law the repeal of the glass steagle act, which opened the doors for the banks to take over, which they did. That is why now, Goldman Sachs is filthy rich, and the rest of us are broke. In any case, I plan to support Salem-news with the little I can afford, keep up the good work Tim and Bonnie.

Josh Akers July 14, 2010 9:24 pm (Pacific time)

It really makes me feel like sh*t because I suck at advertising... I guess even if I make 10 dead calls that's better than nothing. I need a better approach. If there's anything else I can help with besides advertising I would do better... I will give you a call in the next couple days, regardless, Tim. I still feel indebted for the Cheeseburger Bonnie so graciously paid for, when I talked to her about advertising. I think every person who believes in this site is personally responsible for it's fate.

Tim and Bonnie: Josh, we will do it again, thanks for your thoughts and I look forward to catching up.

Hank Ruark July 1, 2010 11:31 am (Pacific time)

(Sent inadvertently, continues here:)

  At S-N we produce factual content for our readers, and avoid irresponsible statement.

  ANY commenteer has THE SAME responsibilities, as other  side of "golden coin" of the First Amendment.

Hank Ruark July 1, 2010 11:29 am (Pacific time)

  You wrote:"...you might want to look how bp/obama have shut down most all media on the entire gulf coast."

   Are you stating that the media no longer appear, as the words "shut down" mean, OR are you recklessly,radically, with no documentation other than your masked-face, pandering both politically and factually herein ?

  IF "the media" were to be influenced by Obama and BP,it might be accurate to describe what was stated; if that's what you meant, why NOT simply  so-state ?

Hank Ruark June 30, 2010 10:20 am (Pacific time)

  You pose longtime universal question for which only true answer is journalistic ethical coverage of all-sides, with full and open dialog as key result.

  What's "right" in moral and "objective" sense to you may well be "Right-wing" to me, with differing life experience and motivations.

Ananymous July 1, 2010 6:08 pm (Pacific time)

To make a difference in your effort to keep reporting: Keep this artice on the forefront to remind people to support Salem-News.com.

gp July 1, 2010 5:12 am (Pacific time)

I was floating after NPR became an organ for the government something like twenty years ago. Thank goodness that SN is not a radio-zine with pap made from crap but real stuff from real people. Everyone here has an obligation to keep SN afloat. .. A moral responsibility to pay these information warriors who won't settle for muzzles...not even when our own could use one in my opinion.

Anonymous June 30, 2010 8:09 pm (Pacific time)

thanks for the address, glad to help. One last quick comment if its ok. With the likes of Joe Leiberman, ( a 'democrat' by the way)..his latest legislation that has already been passed, will censor the internet. And with the senate/congress love for israel, or because they are being blackmailed by israel (probably the latter), this website will be one of the first to go. So, besides monetary help, people need to keep aware to keep this website up. And if you think I am over the top here, you might want to look how bp/obama have shut down most all media on the entire gulf coast. It WILL happen, and Salem-news is in jeopardy. The so called 'internet kill switch' is misleading. They cant shut down the internet. Commerce would come to a stand still. Its about censorship. Liebermans own words 'if China can do it, why cant we"? Keep aware, to keep websites such as salem-news online.

Henry Clay Ruark June 30, 2010 7:26 pm (Pacific time)

"ANAN", June, et al: Until/unless you've fed voracious daily-pages and "the wires",with qua;ity-folo for top/stuff,you can have no feel for furocious time-pressures and multiple do-it-NOW demands one faces... Staff for typical "go" like S-N should number at least 25, works for wise,deep,broad and accurate work only with even more... I;m amazed and gratified at what Tim/Bon have done. "Been there, done that", including to my sorrow a couple years with GOP-guru owner/publisher Bill Loeb in Burlington Vt. as low-spot in checkered career, esp. after United Press-Bsn. We did THREE dailies for that Vt.area in rickety old one-paper/plant, with motto for two up-Lake ones: "Today's news tomorrow --if you are lucky and the truck runs". Best move I ever made was to face Loeb to say "I Quit !" --and head for Oregon. He later fled to Manchester NH just ahead of state trooper after "domestic altercation", where he chivvied every Demo Presidential candidate for some years. Folo-quality demands time, effort, research, often travel and specialists --almost now impossible in economy, with Internet access only partial answer, as Op Eds have taught me here.

June 29 June 30, 2010 4:35 pm (Pacific time)

To anon; I thought I made it clear that I think the left/right is a hoax. People are waking up to it, and that is why I gave my opinion. SJ is not right wing, they just print what they are told, by the same people who told them what to print when bush was president. Both parties, left/right, are doing the same thing. Not sure how much clearer I can make it. We still have advanced wars, support for israel, big government, patriot act, etc etc..nothing changes, no matter the party..Do you understand now? My suggestion was to seek truth, not parties. Being part of a republican/democrat party, clouds the thought process for truth. Its obvious in your post that this is true.
Tim: if you read this, do you have an address where I can send my donation? Been trying to get away from the dollar and credit cards, and into metals. (no, you are not getting my gold, but figured I could break into my stash and send ya a couple .9999 silver coins) :-) keep up the good work, but keep my suggestions in mind too ok?

Tim King: Thanks so much, the address is:

PO box 5238

Salem, Oregon 97304

lol June 30, 2010 1:32 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Joan of Arc and St Francis of Assisi, keep on truckin'.

gp June 30, 2010 1:11 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Popeye and Olive Oil, yoos is good guys, yoos is wearing the white hats, hope the crew keeps passing theys hats.

Amanda Leduc June 30, 2010 12:59 pm (Pacific time)

Tim and Bonnie, it is a big step having to ask for help. Unfortunately I have nothing to give but warm thoughts and prayers. Your site is the perfect platform for people to get out the issues that desperately need to be said but few other news groups will print! Thank you both for all of your hard work!!

Ananomous June 30, 2010 12:49 pm (Pacific time)

The writer above, seems to be confused. So, let the left/right hoax be over...but do not blame Democrats for the "banking elite which is robbing us blind", If anything, we need an Independent third party. Pres. Clinton left the country in a stable condition. The following eight years of the Bush Administration brought this country to near collapse, a slide, which Pres. Obama has been unable to stop. The catastrophic flood and the recent oil disaster, shows that too many "irons are in the fire". Too many agency fumble for authority, while no one knows who actually is in charge. Blame it on the "Diversity of agencies" and a dysfunctional "government" who does not know how to take control. In my opinion, Salem News is doing a great job overall, just not following through on the social topics it choose to address,(besides the daily news). There is no follow through on those specific topics, leaving a vacuum for its readers, which seek independent and controversial news, that other news services not provide. "Hemp" should not be the only controversy, which favors continuity. Hang in there, you will make it. Maybe you need a good commercial advertising salesman.

Daniel June 30, 2010 10:24 am (Pacific time)

Thanks Tim and Bonnie for your work . I sent my donation yesterday for your efforts . The others who like to post here should do the same .

Anonymous June 30, 2010 2:29 am (Pacific time)

I disagree with the previous commenter. Its nice to have a news source that comes from the Liberal point of view,unlike the Statesman Journal witch is fanatically right wing. Ignore the right wing idiot of the last post.

June 29, 2010 2:47 pm (Pacific time)

i will send a few bucks for what you do for palestine, but you need to decide what you are going to promote on your website. the few bucks I send will not be even close to my suggestion. The left/right hoax is over, and if you continue to support the democrats, you are done, no matter how much money is sent to you. The banking elite is robbing us blind, there are ships all over the world that can clean up the oil spill, but are not allowed in the area, assassination of american citizens, the continued wars etc etc etc....if you dont wake up to this fact, your website is over and done. period. obushma/bushbama/ is old news.. so is the global warming scam, so is the israel hold over our country. Search the facts, and get over the democrat/republican bullcrud, or this website is gone. Make your decision. I like you, I hope you make the right decision. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRGlAjBSlec&feature=player_embedded

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