Robert Price

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Third-party corroboration of Grove story was missing

    Reader: I take exception to the article alleging that Assemblywoman Shannon Grove made a statement that the drought in California is the result of God's retribution for abortion ("Article quotes Assemblywoman Shannon Grove as blaming drought on God's anger over abortion," June 12).

  • Even political jokes need bipartisan balance

    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

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Where were blacks and Hispanics in 'Birth of a City'?

    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,

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Why publish the findings of right-leaning pollster?

    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

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Why did we ignore most religious day of the year?

    Reader: This letter is addressed to the silent Christians and a newspaper that completely ignored the most religious day of the year. Not one word about Easter on the front page about the observance of the greatest story ever told. The news media seem to be only concerned about the

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Why write about BPD's internal personnel issues?

    Reader: The April 11 edition of The Californian carried a front page story about the Bakersfield Police Department ("BPD investigates officer reported to have manipulated victim's body"). The story concerned an officer who allegedly touched a man's corpse because, as a police

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    ROBERT PRICE: We're not laughing at this alleged 'tickle' by BPD officer

    I don't know if it's strictly illegal for a police officer to tickle the feet of a dead man lying on a slab, waiting to be tended to by the coroner. One's core sense of humanity emphatically declares yes, it surely must be, but the laws of men and the imperatives of common decency are

  • Beneath a billboard advertising golf course homes starting at $299,999 , is the homeless encampment that has been targeted for removal. City officials said they now have the authority to begin demolishing the tent city located at 600 So. Union Ave.

    SOUND OFF: Why don't we pay attention to city's homeless problem?

    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 than

  • SOUND OFF: Was it necessary to say police 'killed' a suspect?

    Reader: At this time in history when criminals are walking up to policemen and shooting them in the face, I think the media would better serve law enforcement and the public with more thoughtful news coverage. The men and women of the police force don't seem to be quitting their jobs in droves

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Why not speculate about future of decrepit mall?

    Reader: This (March 24 article, "Concerns grow over the future of empty building") is the single most useless story I've read in years. Not only does it not say, or even speculate, what use might be made of the (Golden State Mall) building, it doesn't even say what the rumors or

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    ROBERT PRICE: 10 things you need to know today

    1 When there's an increase in the price of West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark crude that reflects the ever-changing health of the U.S. oil industry, Kern County's high school dropout rate tends to tick upward. Why? Because, as Richard Gearhart, assistant professor of economics at Cal

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Why do media inject race into news stories?

    Reader: In response to the letter from a reader who was upset about reporters including ethnicity in crime reports ("Why are ethnic identities relevant in news stories?," March 14), I get tired of reporters or news anchors injecting their opinion into a story. The Michael Brown/Darren

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Why are ethnic identities relevant in news stories?

    Reader: I love the little media trick The Californian and its reporters play to keep the "real American" population of Bakersfield in fear of some of our ethnicities: (From today's Breaking News digest, posted online Friday) "Sheriff's deputies responded at 5:20 p.m. to the

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Why haven't we covered accused doctor's heroics?

    Reader: Once again The Californian runs a one-sided story ("Bakersfield doctor accused of negligence," Feb. 20), in this case saying Dr. Robin Matuk did not return a telephone call to his office. I know I'm not as well educated as the staff of The Californian, as Bob Price points out

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Story of Oregon gov's bisexuality mere titillation

    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

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Is 'McFarland, USA' sheer immigration propaganda?

    Reader: As a past resident of McFarland who attended Browning Road School, Kern Avenue Elementary School and McFarland High School back when Mr. Jim White first came to McFarland in the 1960s, I feel that the new movie "McFarland, USA" is nothing more than a propaganda movie to sell

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: KHSD should've allowed reporter in classrooms

    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.