You know, it really makes me mad when I read that the Koch brothers are trying to buy the Los Angeles Times and the entire Tribune chain so that they can better make their voices "heard." 

And it makes me sick that mining billionaire Gina Rinehart is buying up the news media Down Under to supercharge climate change denial. Why? So her mining empire can get bigger.

Even though she's already the richest person in the world.

"For billionaires who cannot buy good press, there is the option of buying the press," The New Yorker says.

The Koch brothers and Rineharts don't just make me mad. 

They make me more committed than ever to strengthening the Vancouver Observer and its independent news reporting and critical analysis. 

Because, it would be a loss  to wake up 10 years from now with people like the Kochs and Rinehart owning all the media.

Don't you think?

Together, we must stop this from happening. 

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Linda Solomon