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…

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, …

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…