In case country music fans have doubts about whether Ben Haggard is all-in on this music-business thing, consider this ultimate indication: He’s looking for a house in Nashville.

In case country music fans have doubts about whether Ben Haggard is all-in on this music-business thing, consider this ultimate indication: He’s looking for a house in Nashville.

I hope you had a chance to read our in-depth, semi-official commemoration of The Bakersfield Californian’s first 150 years, published in Sunday’s editions. It only stands to reason, I guess, that today’s edition marks the first day of our next century-and-a-half as this city’s preeminent new…

Mark Powell wrote a May 19 column about some of the, um, unique individuals around the country, including one in Bakersfield, who are running for president. His column, titled "Dreading Bush, Clinton? It could be worse," contained this line: "If you're paranoid about the White House being oc…

Reader: With all due respect, with very few exceptions, The Californian's representation of the "Birth of a City" (a May 2 special commemorative edition) appears to only document and praise the achievements of "the white folk," with little or no mention of early residents, including Spaniard…

Reader: I'm writing about The Californian's use of Rasmussen Reports' poll results. First, item No. 9 in your April 29 "10 Things You Need to Know" is based on another Rasmussen poll. It is no secret that RP is a Republican polling firm and that they readily admit that they conduct polls for…

Reader: I'd like to have a frank conversation about homelessness in Kern County. We have a problem -- and today, it begins with how the city and county have chosen to manage the issue of homelessness and completely disregard the countless homeless individuals who have no place to go other th…

Reader: I am very disappointed The Californian chose to print the most titillating version of the change in leadership occurring in Oregon ("New Oregon governor is bisexual but relevance is uncertain," Feb. 15). Almost to a sentence, the article echoes Fox News versions that serious readers …

Reader: As the Kern County Superintendent of Schools I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your education reporter Lauren Foreman for the excellent and insightful series on Common Core ("Burrowing into Common Core," Jan. 25, and "The high school approach," Feb. 1). I especia…

Reader: Sound Off continues to brighten Saturday mornings. Thank you. It is so refreshing to read fact-based, well-written responses to misinformed, irate readers. It most likely does nothing to influence their thinking, but it is satisfying.

Reader: I was concerned over an article in The Californian ("Is county shelter really worth an extra $2 million?" by Lois Henry, Dec. 21) that criticized funding of the county shelter efforts for improving previous deplorable conditions for animals.

For the first time ever, TBC Media live-streamed wall-to-wall coverage of the Dec. 4 Bakersfield Christmas Parade. Louis Amestoy made like Ryan Seacrest and, with Olivia Garcia valiantly attempting to soften his unrefined edges, called the action. It was The Californian's latest, and possibl…

Price: My spam filter catches most of the junk that spews forth from the bowels of the World Wide Web, but occasionally something of dubious merit squeezes into my inbox. That Nigerian government official is still trying find an American who'll help him launder $11 million in "extra" treasur…

Reader: An article appeared in Thursday's Californian stating that an environmental group calling themselves Earthjustice out of San Francisco successfully shut down crude oil shipments to Sacramento ("Sacramento crude oil transfers halted by lawsuit," Sacramento Bee, Oct. 27). How stylish! …

Reader: Sixty-two years ago while pledging a college fraternity, I was dumped (along with my fellow pledges) about 20 miles in the middle of nowhere and we had to make our way home (no cell phones in those days). This was called "hazing." Recently I read a young man from Bakersfield died fro…

Reader: You guys really dropped the ball this (Saturday) morning in the paper. You get to the Sports section and you refer to some of the big high school football games that occurred the night before but you failed to report the score of the Bakersfield Drillers and Westlake Village-Oaks Chr…

Reader: I am so disappointed in a recent story about Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan ("Sullivan is longest-serving," City Beat, Aug. 22). What should have been a story about her service to the citizens of Bakersfield was marred and sullied by publishing information about the t…

Reader: As we near the date for our next election, we are already seeing reader opinions printed in The Californian that endorse specific candidates. While I completely understand the urge to do this, it seems to me that this becomes free advertising for candidates. Obviously, it is difficul…

Reader: You have finally done it. Please tell me why Mexico losing a soccer game ("2014 World Cup: An ouster most foul") is front page news and Obama ... spending another $2 billion to fix a border problem (received less play in the paper). Come on, folks. This (immigration issue) could have…

Reader: On May 31, you printed an article that I had written on May 14 in the Sound Off section. I had intended those comments to be published in the Letters section, which is where they were submitted. However, you elected to print it in Sound Off. I am grateful that you printed it at all s…