My weekly column will appear Sunday in The Tribune. It won't appear completely as I submitted it, because I am apparently a bloodthirsty conservative.
The following sentence was deemed inappropriate for a family newspaper:
Like a bus full of lawyers going off a cliff, the ban is a good start.
The sentence is referring to the plastic beverage bottle ban being weighed by the San Luis Obispo City Council.
The prefatory clause, an old lawyer joke, was described as "bloodthirsty" and an "indictment of an entire profession." This analysis was confirmed by no fewer than four professional editors.
The joke originated shortly after the invention of the bus, so it's been around a long time. Accuse me of being unoriginal, not bloodthirsty.
Apparently a sense of humor is not required in today's newsrooms.
I also pointed out that this joke was rather tame, not bloodthirsty, considering the fact that in the past two weeks, the McClatchy-owned paper has published these two cartoons.
Check back Sunday for an updated link to my column.