Opinion

  • Trump the phenomenon: A flesh and blood person or a political projection?

    Is Donald Trump, in his current incarnation, a tangibility or an invention imagined and unreal? Is he real or a wish-fulfilling cultural archetype as insubstantial and airy as a dreamt-up hero-saint that never was nor ever could be? Who is the man, and of what is our political hunger made that

  • Inhumane detention of women and children needs to stop

    Last summer's flood of immigrants, particularly children, fleeing murderous gang violence in Latin America and the subsequent hapless handling of this humanitarian crisis by the Department of Homeland Security faded from the public consciousness over the winter. Thankfully, it's front and

  • Not all outcomes are happy

    I rejoice for Caroline O. Reid, the woman who wrote the July 30 Community Voices article in which she described a pregnancy fraught with serious threats to her health, and potentially to that of her unborn child. She chose not to abort the pregnancy and was blessed with a healthy baby who has grown

  • Senate Republicans promoting abortion?

    Senate Republicans, teeming with righteous indignation, last week introduced S. 1881, "a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood of America." Here's a better name for it: the Abortion Promotion Act of 2015. No doubt the authors of the legislation think that anything

  • Concentrate on right now

    The confederate flags are down now. Isn't it time to put the Confederacy in the past where it belongs? The Democrats are now trying to change the name of the Jefferson-Jackson dinner to the Truman dinner. Are they trying to change history? It can't be done. They should be concentrating on

  • Boxer-McConnell transportation bill worth pursuing

    The my-way-or-the-highway approach to transportation funding in Washington needs to end. It's essential to the Bay Area that Congress pass a long-term plan so that the federal share of critically-needed BART, CalTrain and road projects is secure and predictable. But on Wednesday, the House

  • Gina Barreca of the Hartford Courant

    The nagging wonder about 'better looking'

    You could say my lack of vanity makes me very proud. And then you could laugh. It's true that I clean up just fine for special occasions. I have six outfits I can wear doing anything, from giving the opening night lecture at the Women's Campaign School at Yale to offering emotional support

  • Raise funds, see the boxcar

    I have a special tip for Merle Haggard fans. Participating in the Valley Fever Walk on Saturday, Aug. 8, will provide the opportunity to see the Haggard family boxcar at its new location. The $20 registration fee for the walk includes entry to Pioneer Village. Another plus? The Walk begins with

  • Going out of our way to slay a Cecil should be out of bounds

    "Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." -- African proverb On the ledger of global outrages, the killing of Cecil the lion outside of a Zimbabwe national park should barely register. What is the fate of one big cat compared

  • A misguided crackdown on sanctuary cities

    For Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the border between the U.S. and Mexico was more like a revolving door. He was deported in 1994, 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2009. He should have been deported again earlier this year, after he finished his third prison sentence for illegal re-entry. Instead, he was turned

  • Thanks to those who cared

    To all our family members, friends, colleagues, and supporters throughout the community, the men and women of the Bakersfield Police Officers Association are deeply appreciative of the overwhelming support shown following the recent line-of-duty death of BPD Officer David Nelson. Since

  • German chancellor Angela Merkel talks with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on the roof-terrace of the chancellery in Berlin in this 2013 photo.

    Don't blame Germany for Greece's debt crisis

    SUBHEAD: No country has done more to democratize and raise Europe's living standards  Germany knows a thing or two about being punished for bad deeds, but in recent weeks the country has been the poster child for the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished. There is no other way to

  • Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota July 29, 2015. A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday charged a professional local hunter Theo Bronkhorst with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion. The American, Walter James Palmer, a Minnesota dentist who paid $50,000 to kill the lion, has left Zimbabwe. He says he did kill the animal but believed the hunt was legal and that the necessary permits had been issued. REUTERS/Eric Miller      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

    Outrage over Cecil's killing

    Our fury is not in defense of this one lion. It is against a man and a culture that believe killing gorgeous, sentient animals, not for food or to end a danger but to behead them for trophies and let their carcasses rot in the sun, is not grotesque. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota cosmetic dentist

  • Enhance, don't detract from downtown

    As a frequent user of the city garage on 18th street and with an interest in promoting the downtown Arts District, I would like my voice to be heard. The easy access of the parking garage has been a big help in promoting the success of our Arts District, especially the First Fridays, which draw

  • Parking garage concerns

    A recent article described the installation of new equipment at the parking garage on 18th and Eye Street. I understand increased fees for parking will be needed to cover the costs of the upgrade. However, I am a little unclear about how it will affect those of us who use the garage. A

  • We treated Special Olympians right

    I would like to give a big thank you to all the organizations, businesses and individuals, that made the Special Olympic World Games Host Town Project such a success. For three days we had the honor of hosting the delegates from Kenya and Jordan. Some 97 delegates of which 68

  • Flogging the flag where there Is none

    When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment -- if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War relic before he shot

  • Wanted: Wheels for cancer patients

    Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. That’s why the American Cancer Society offers a number of services to help people with cancer and their families overcome obstacles in their personal cancer fight so they can focus on getting well. One of the toughest challenges people