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If the Kern County Board of Supervisors follows through on plans to bring retiring County Administrative Officer John Nilon back to A) “shepherd” his replacement and B) serve in some dippy, made-up “innovation director” position — at a rumored cost of $100,000 a year — someone needs to call …

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“These are things that are cooked into the whole project anyway. We don’t know where we’d be without these lawsuits but it’s the public’s right to bring these lawsuits." — Ward 2 Councilman Terry Maxwell, after voting last week to increase a consultant's contract by nearly $3.6 million.

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Guillermo Ceja's Nov. 29 Community Voices column, "Tests are lacking on crops and oilfield water suitability," reminds us that there are never enough tests and never enough information when the facts of a case are at odds with one's agenda.

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I congratulate Danny Morrison on his recent column concerning the black and brown working classes living in southeast Bakersfield ("There always has been black and brown working class," Nov. 29). I come from a hard-working family that also faced the challenges of living in southeast Bakersfi…

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The contributions to American history and culture by people of color, women, members of the LGBT community and their allies are all too often overlooked in history books, even today. One way to ensure that our children understand the contributions of all members of our society — even if they…

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Stars Theatre Restaurant is preparing to send a sobering letter to patrons asking for donations through the end of the current season in February while disclosing the future of the venerable Bakersfield theater is uncertain beyond that point.

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