“Since I made the painful decision to stop publishing the Valley Journal, rumors have been rampant,” writes Nancy Crawford-Hall. “Most everybody knows that changes are coming in January, and I am going to be hit hard with new taxes due to Obamacare. As a result, I am unable to continue to pay reasonable salaries to the professionals working for this newspaper. Everything you have heard about how small business has been given 18 tax breaks is simply a lie. I have received no tax breaks on anything anywhere — and furthermore, I expect huge tax increases next year and the years following, because I am one of those who actually pay taxes. I guess you get what somebody may have voted for.
“In the meantime, I close with a heavy heart and wish my former employees good luck in the future,” the owner of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal continues in a Letter the Editor published by the Santa Barbara News-Press. “I know they all have the highest of recommendations from the Journal. The newspaper is not being sold, just ceasing publication until we have a more reasonable government.”