• The LA Times political campaign

    The most important political campaign in California has died prematurely, and without a proper obituary. The deceased campaign wasn’t for a candidate or a ballot measure — but for the Los Angeles Times. In September, Tribune Publishing, the Chicago media company that owns the Times, fired Times

  • John Tarjan

    ANOTHER VIEW: Don't paint all universities with same broad brush

    I find it ironic that Richard Young’s screed condemning all U.S. universities (U.S. universities are long past need of a cleansing,“ Sept. 30) was published in a Bakersfield newspaper. He begins by painting “college grads” as victims of the “modern university system … happy to chain the youth of

  • Edward G. was on to something

    Why is it that people like Marylee Shrider who are so concerned with “liberty” and “individual rights” always seem to have their noses up other people’s wombs and their eyes peering all the way to Belgium looking for things they don’t approve of (“Legalized physician-assisted suicide ripe for abuse

  • Will McCarthy address climate change?

    Kevin McCarthy seems like a shoe-in for Speaker of the House. He claims he wants to “speak” for the citizens who elected their representatives. I wish him well. Most citizens are alarmed about the drought. Yes, we have had droughts before, but experts, like those at Stanford, say it is “very

  • Our evolving standards

    In reference to his Sept. 25 article in The Californian’s Opinion section, I would like to offer this: Brian Ellison is not unlike the many (a majority) of religious leaders who missed Jesus. Jesus clearly states than marriage is between a man and a woman in Matthew 19. The Bible speaks of a time

  • Lawmakers unite, briefly

    Members of Congress were on their best behavior for Pope Francis's visit, which is not to say they were on good behavior. Congressional leaders went to great lengths to avoid embarrassment at Thursday's address: They stationed responsible lawmakers on the center aisle so that glad-handing

  • The fashionable Pope

    Pope Francis has enjoyed a high-spirited welcome in the United States. The infectiously likable pope kissed babies along his parade route in Washington, D.C., and performed a soaringly beautiful mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine there. He is an endearingly charismatic figure, but judging

  • Students are the real victims of censorship

    The 2015-16 academic year has opened with a predictable collection of demands for banning certain views, often involving sexual or racial matters. Many are couched in convoluted claims that disagreeable speech is making students feel "unsafe." Much of the squelching aims to fend off

  • GOP's government shutdown fantasy

      "I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,'" quoth Carly Fiorina at the Republican presidential debate last

  • Fiorina is CNN-created flavor of the week

    Sorry, Carly. You're peaking too early. Just ask President Herman Cain. This week's CNN poll shows Carly Fiorina, the former business executive, rocketing to the top tier of the Republican presidential race. She has 15 percent support, up from just 3 percent weeks earlier. Meantime, the

  • David Couch

    We need to support for amendments to the federal Clean Air Act

    The Federal Clean Air Act, signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970 and last amended by Congress in 1990 under President George H. Bush, has served the nation well. However, over the last 25 years, important lessons have been learned from implementing the law, and it is clear now that a

  • Bakersfield attorney Richard Young is retired now except for occasional teaching. He received his J.D. and was admitted to practice in 1973, and he also holds a commercial pilot's license, single engine, land, instrument rating, and scuba certificate.

    US universities are long past need of a cleansing

    An astonishing number of college grads are returning home to live with their parents, according to a 2013 report by The Atlantic. Not all of them are failures but many of them are. At least they are failures if one considers success the acquisition of an education that improves the mind

  • Adam Cohen is a Bakersfield native. He has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and is a transportation researcher with the University of California.

    HSR location fails to maximize economic development

    Most of the debate about Bakersfield’s high-speed rail has focused on the alignment, largely ignoring the long-term economic and transportation impacts of the station location. Dubbed “locally generated alignment” or LGA, the F Street-Golden State Avenue proposed station location is bad for our

  • handout photograph of Nick Strobel for column.

    Can Serrano rebuild trust within KCCD?

    On Sept. 18, the Kern Community College District held a workshop on Participatory Governance with all three colleges, the district office and two of the trustees. “Participatory Governance” is the process given in state law AB1725 where certain decisions made in community college districts are

  • Gerald Cantu, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of philosophy at Bakersfield College and Education Program Associate at the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

    Funds for low-income and English language learners misused

    At a special board meeting on Sept. 10, Kern High School District trustees approved the current school year’s Local Control and Accountability Plan. The LCAP, as it is known, is a budget of funds specifically provided by the state which by law are intended to meet the additional needs of low-income,

  • Is Trump bubble about to burst?

    Could this be the beginning of the end of Donald Trump? This week's debates capped several days in which the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have fundamentally changed their tone toward the nominal front-runner. They are, at long last, treating him like the huckster he is.

  • The wreckage left by the summer of Trump

    The relatively rare moments of economic analysis and political outreach in the second Republican debate -- Chris Christie talking about income stagnation, or Marco Rubio lamenting the "millions of people in this country living paycheck to paycheck," or Ben Carson admitting the minimum

  • The candidate left in the cold

    Sixteen candidates remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Fifteen of them were invited to Wednesday night's debates. And then there was Jim Gilmore. "I'm very disappointed," the former Virginia governor told me when I reached him on Wednesday. He paused,