One measure of a city's economic prowess, and thus its place in the American landscape, is its access by air to and from the world beyond its borders. By that measure, Bakersfield ranks somewhere between Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Bismarck, N.D. That is to say, just a few notches above irrelevance.

Reader: Very nice write-up on Bakersfield's Lonnie Shelton ("Everyone wanted a piece of Lonnie Shelton, and he delivered," Robert Price, July 11). I have fond memories of Lonnie when we played together at South High School on the JV basketball team. I was the starting point guard, with margi…

Reader: I read with interest the printing of the Declaration of Independence in your July 4 paper. At the bottom of the document that we Americans so cherish are the signatures of the 56 men who signed it. Men who were putting their own lives in peril by virtue of their signatures as they we…

When Bakersfield said goodbye to Harvey Hall and Mary K. Shell, two former mayors with distinctive places in local history, the city lost, within a scant 25 days, more than just two colorful characters.

Reader: My family has lived in Bakersfield since 1972, and over that time I have watched the content of The Californian slowly become rather indistinguishable from the San Francisco Chronicle. Nowhere was this more apparent than your coverage of the "1000 Flags" display honoring Memorial Day.

Reader: A fair response to Greg Billinger ("Is pointing out Trump's homecoming 'choreography' fake-newsy?," Sound Off, May 19). But I get the point he was trying to make (about Hallie Jackson's alleged focus on the event's staged nature in her story for NBC about the three prisoners' release…

Reader: In your May 12 Sound Off column you responded to a reader by writing that President Trump is responsible for conflating "fake news" and "negative news." I think you are right to a certain extent: President Trump goes overboard identifying every negative news report as fake. But, in m…

Reader: This letter is in response to Jack Balfanz’s letter about that April 28 editorial cartoon by Bob Englehart ("Is this cartoon proof, at long last, of TBC's atheism?," May 5). The cartoon is a disgusting cheap shot against evangelicals. Evangelicals and Christians did not vote for Dona…

Reader: I have always suspected that TBC Media was an atheist enterprise. As a result of the cartoon you published on April 28, I am now 100 percent sure of it. Your depiction of The Last Supper, captioned with the words, "One of you will betray me," spoken by Christ and referring to a comed…

Reader: I'm not often prone to writing to newspaper columnists but I felt the need to in regard to your answer to Kathy Frith on marijuana ("Was it irresponsible to put pot smokers on the front page?," Sound Off, April 21). I take exception to your, and other media outlets', using the term "…

Reader: Where has all the good news gone? Every day I enjoying reading The Californian and the news app, but it seems as if most times there isn’t a lot of good news. People in America are hearing the bad news and then it spreads and it puts us down. Where is all the good news, not only in o…

"Fake news," President Trump said in December of a New York Times report that his relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was frayed to the point of breaking. March 13: Trump fires Tillerson and later tells reporters the move had been "a long time" in the making.

This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday by The Californian’s Robert Price.

This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday by The Californian’s Robert Price.

This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday by The Californian’s Robert Price.

Everything was turning around for the Fox Theater Foundation. A new house manager. New faces on the board of directors. A new, simpler business model. And a collective resolve, in the wake of the Bob Bender affair, to be more vigilant landlords, and responsible stewards, of the municipal tre…