Sunday May 19, 2013
Critical Needs for Salem-News.com's Tim and Bonnie KingSalem-News.com
Truth is a hard sell... don't let the bad guys beat us.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Those familiar with the history of Salem-News.com know that it has been a long, hard road for Bonnie and I. Truth is a hard sell in the advertising world and that is a hard fact.
Now we are in different places as many of our close friends already know; I am in California planning to go back to Afghanistan to cover the remaining part of the war, while she is in Oregon holding down the fort. I'd like to think, with all of our projects and human rights goals and accomplishments, that people would feel a need to help. Needless to say, things have slipped and there are few ways to keep our operation from nearing the edge if this need is ignored.
I work on this site publishing news seven days a week and it is a non-stop obligation. I only wish people would help us survive to carry it forward.
We have imminent needs to address that will keep the roof over the Salem-News.com operation and we need help from our supporters via PayPal and also checks can be sent to our PO Box. Regarding PayPal, for those who do not know the concept, it is a quick and easy way to flash us any amount of money, just using a credit card or debit card. Some people donate $20, some do more, just know it has been weeks since we received any type of donation an the need is super critical.
Before I go to Afghanistan, I would like to promote our book BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up by Robert O'Dowd and myself about the contamination of our old Marine base, the now closed El Toro Air Station that is smack dab in the middle of Southern California's famed 'South Orange County', by spending a week outside of the base distributing flyers about the book and directing people to its location via Amazon Kindle so that we can raise awareness in the city of Irvine particularly.
I think it is safe to say that 99% of the people who live in this area around the heavily, dangerously contaminated base, have no idea what is seething in the groundwater beneath their family homes.
I am hearing about more and more cancer cases breaking out in this area, in fact we have been reporting this danger since 2008 regularly, but we are an Oregon-based organization and only in recent years have Orange County reporters begin to address the problems and their concerns are always assuaged by local officials like Larry Agran, mayor of Irvine, who are hell bent on making millions off the old base and nothing else.
If people reading this want to help, then please visit my PayPal so I can get out of Sacramento for a few days and print a thousand tear sheets about our new book that exposes the hell out of this issue, and in front of that old base for a straight week handing these out. If the local cops want to violate my rights for standing on public property with a sign handing out promotional material for the book then let them take me away, it will only build the story up more.
But I must say that any help I receive has to assist the operation in Oregon also, so in reality my need to promote the book and promote Salem-News.com in OC is secondary to Bonnie's needs and there are many.
If donations do come through, I have friends to stay with in OC but frankly it is all a very small amount of money that is trapping us and the fact that our sponsors are often talked out of backing us by our detractors; backers of the regimes in Israel and Sri Lanka, is devastating. But we are trying to hang on and slipping a little and hope those who support our mission can help.
So, if you can help then please send what you can via the PayPal icon below, which is also located at the top right side of Salem-News.com. You can always write to me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Bonnie the address is email@example.com
If you want to send money or a check then please just write to:
Salem-News.com P.O. Box 5238 Salem, Oregon 97304
One of my biggest goals is to capture more interviews in Afghanistan about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) for a documentary that is underway. Your help can help us save lives.
For our detractors who love to classify our fundraising as 'begging', know your comments will not be approved. Call it what you want, we are trying to do good things that are important and we are incredibly under-supported. Perhaps it will take our disappearance from the Web someday to really prove this or maybe people will share with us to keep us moving.
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