Parents can shield their children from only so much before they catch on that something is amiss. Sooner or later parents must have a talk with their children about an issue that is usually kept quiet.

It’s surprising how many people have had surfboards fly off the tops of their cars. I met two at the pool on Wednesday who had it happen, and one of them was a fireman. I assumed firemen were expert at tying knots and exempt from surfboards misbehaving and ending up in the ice plant on the s…

You’ve probably seen the billboards around town warning that cuts to the Affordable Care Act will result in government employees or contractors losing their jobs. Many of those thousands of job losses will be here in Kern County. The message is clear and is heard up and down the state and ac…

The other day I offered Kevin McCarthy a deal he just couldn’t pass up: a sponsored town hall discussion of Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We would make it invitation only, keep it to 30 guests, bar the doors and make sure a good portion of the participants…

Things happen in the locker room. Things that may be an opportunity to discover who you are,  where and how are you. Things that might deliver the reckoning you did not expect, but require in order to keep you current and awake.

Well, there’s a Republican in the Oval Office, so it must be time again for the immigration conversation/ outrage/ protests. Isn’t it odd, how little of this we see when a liberal is at the helm? Oh sure, there were sit-ins, etc., by activists when President Obama was bragging about deportin…

I read an article recently in the New York Times Magazine about an event called the Ice Mile. It is a mile swim in 41-degree or colder water. Only 243 people in the world have completed it.

The other day I caught up with Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin and we had an interesting talk as we walked around Jefferson Park. He's been on the talk circuit lately focusing on speaking to Latino students at various high schools around Bakersfield. Addressing a group of Latino student…

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The last time we went camping, I grabbed a sleeping bag without checking to see what kind it was, and it turned out to be a Little Mermaid special, one of those thin cotton bags that are perfect for an 8-year-old’s slumber party.

You might think the story of Roger Logan and his recently liberated abdominal cavity was one of desperation, peril and resolve. And it was: Mississippi man rides 2,000 miles in the back of a cargo van to Bakersfield for surgery to remove a 140-pound tumor from his hideously distended belly, …