Opinion

  • Catherine Reheis-Boyd of WSPA

    Symposium on California's Energy Future coming to Bakersfield March 3

    California is experiencing great challenges and opportunities as the nation’s energy future evolves amid plunging oil prices and climate change mandates. Those challenges and opportunities are no more evident anywhere than in Kern County, whose economy has long been linked to petroleum extraction

  • handout photograph for a story slug MoralExemption - Christopher Meyers is a philosophy professor at Cal State Bakersfield and the director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics.

    Two who embody the exemplary behavior of Wendy Wayne

    There is not much more inspiring than sitting in on the selection process for the annual Wendy Wayne Awards for Exemplary Ethical Behavior. The committee members – all extraordinarily impressive people in their own right – are uniformly astonished by the accomplishments of the nominees. This

  • Danny Morrison of Bakersfield.

    Do we have to choose between country and Christianity?

    I believe in the U.S. Constitution. Second to the Holy Bible, I believe it's the most important document ever created. Just by uttering these words, I must also take into account that my allegiance to said document must also incorporate the concept of separation of church and state. Now, I

  • Clay Farr, whose hometown is Bakersfield, now lives in Ventura.

    Ban youth tackle football and keep our kids CTE-free

    Ban youth football? I can hear the detractors. “He must have had too many blows to the head.” Well maybe. However, after being involved in the game for 28 years of my life, I believe I have some expertise in this area. And I am recommending Kern County ban youth tackle football. My best friends,

  • Russell Judd is the CEO at Kern Medical.

    Kern Medical is fighting to decrease cases of SUID

    Kern County is experiencing a serious problem with above-national-average numbers in one tragic category — Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, or SUID. A recent county study shined needed light on the facts of the matter. Last year, 17 infants under the age of 1 died under circumstances experts

  • E. La Verne Lovelady is a retired, veteran teacher of English and a "true" feminist.

    Human traffickers and what passes for women's liberation

    According to National Review editor Rich Lowry, Carly Fiorina is “a clear and present danger to what feminists hold most dear.” What is a feminist? What does s/he hold most dear? Webster says “a feminist is one who believes in the principle that women should have political, economic, and social

  • Casey Christie / The Californian  Beale Memorial Library on Truxtun Avenue.

    Let voters decide if they want to fund county libraries

    A day of reckoning for the Kern County Library may soon be at hand. A tug-of-war is underway, with one camp urging Kern County Supervisors to privatize the library system under a company that specializes in library management, essentially absolving county government of the responsibility, and

  • Time to downsize the GOP field

    O say can you see: From Ottumwa to Oskaloosa, Osceola to Osage, Ossian to Odebolt, the Iowans have spoken. The rocket's red glare of this bombastic Republican campaign instantly illuminates New Hampshire (Feb. 9 primary), South Carolina (Feb. 20 primary) and Nevada (Feb. 23 caucuses). And just

  • Senator Vidak proudly serves the people of Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.

    Gov. Brown, please stop holding BARC hostage

    It broke my heart to read in The Bakersfield Californian that Bakersfield ARC (BARC) is shutting two of its programs for lack of funding (“BARC shutters two programs amid budget freeze,” Jan. 19). It also made me hopping mad. I’ve long believed that one of the state Legislature’s top priorities

  • David M. Keranen of Bakersfield with wife Elizabeth

    In so many ways, life is just one big gamble

    “I’m shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here!” This is a famous line by Captain Renault in the movie Casablanca. But isn’t all of life a gamble with various probabilities of success? People gamble in the stock market and euphemistically call it investing. We might not like to

  • Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has worked himself into the conversation. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

    Could California matter after all? Quite possibly

    Out here in California, we’ve grown accustomed to our irrelevance. That’s an unusual feeling for us Left-Coasters, because so much of what this state says and does, from popular culture to digital technology, carries weight in the other 49. But the process of nominating presidential candidates is

  • Dr. Debbie Saslow is director of Cancer Control Intervention HPV and Women’s Cancers for the American Cancer Society.

    The power to prevent cervical cancer

    A new year serves as a reminder for women to talk with their physicians about the risks of developing cervical cancer, what causes it and what you can do to prevent it. Through the Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, the Anthem

  • Danny Morrison of Bakersfield.

    Oil workers deserve our concern but, even more, our respect

    There are certain regions of the country where one industry is seen as the lifeblood of that community's economy. One source of commerce may oftentimes provide inter-generational financial stability for a specific family. For example, southern West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and eastern

  • Diana Greenlee is an English teacher at Liberty High School and a freelance writer for the Californian niche publications.

    Let's fix the new normal in local high school classrooms: SRO

    For some teachers in Kern High School District, the old saying, “the more the merrier” is bitter irony. With some core classes topping out at more than 45 students, standing room only is the new normal in more than a few local high school classrooms. Seven years ago state lawmakers gave school

  • Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason

    HSR facility would be good for Kern

    High Speed Rail. For some, it has become a four letter word since being approved by California voters 8 years ago — and the fact is, for Kern County, it is a four letter word — JOBS. At a time when the County is experiencing an economic crisis due to plummeting oil prices and an epic drought, job

  • Cameron Miller, a Bakersfield native, is a senior at Stanford University, where he participates on the cross country and track and field teams. He currently works as a Stanford Athletics communications volunteer. As of Jan 23, 2016.

    How the NCAA gave a promising Bakersfield athlete a raw deal

    In his State of the Association speech last week, NCAA President Mark Emmert reminded the membership of their responsibility to “focus on fairness and treating our student-athletes fairly.” “Concerns arise when our actions don’t line up with our values…when student-athletes don’t get a fair shake,”

  • Jeremy Adams.

    Dear fellow Republicans: Please don’t do this

    I am horrible at predictions lately. Just ask my students. In the past few weeks I have predicted fog delays aplenty, a Clemson victory over Alabama, and that the GOP would finally come to its senses and end its destructive political fling with Donald Trump. But Iowa is only days away, and

  • Angry about BARC funding loss

    The BARC center’s loss of funding makes me furious because once again the disabled in our community are losing options for employment and education. I am a special education teacher and over the last decade I’ve seen more and more services eliminated. I got my start in the M.O.V.E. program with