• Ray Gonzales, Ph.D., is retired from the California State University system. He was elected to the state Assembly from Kern County in 1972, served on the state Public Employment Relations Board from 1976 to 1980, and as a political officer and labor attache in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1980 to 1990.

    Are Rubio and Cruz really GOP’s great brown hopes?

    On election night of 2012, GOP political pundit Mike Murphy opined that the major reason Mitt Romney had lost the election was, “Latinos, Latinos, Latinos.” The Republican Party seemed to agree with this assessment, and party leaders quickly concluded they had to go to work immediately to reverse

  • Lucas Espericueta is chairman of Kern County Young Farmers and Ranchers.

    Farm Bureau group to host workday for Boys & Girls Club

    On Saturday Kern County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers will host its first ever Work Day at the Kern County Boys & Girls Club. This day of giving back has been more than six months in the making and begun when our group wanted to do something meaningful for our community with our

  • Pandering to xenophobes and jingoists

    While Tuesday's cover page (“Refugees not welcome in my state,” Nov. 17) may excite xenophobes and jingoists, the fact is that once a refugee enters the United States, there is very little a governor can do to keep them out of his state. Freedom of movement within our borders has been a

  • handout photograph for a story slug MoralExemption - Christopher Meyers is a philosophy professor at Cal State Bakersfield and the director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics.

    Nominations being accepted for Wendy Wayne Awards

    Think for a moment about the role models in your life: The people who do the right thing, day in and day out, neither expecting nor receiving special recognition for those efforts. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could in fact be acknowledged for those efforts? The Wendy Wayne Awards for Exemplary

  • Rich Lowry

    After Paris outrage, a lot of empty symbolism

    The instant online symbol of global support for Paris after last week's attacks was a roughly rendered peace symbol with an Eiffel Tower in the middle of it. The French designer Jean Jullien sketched it as soon as he heard the news of the atrocity. He called it "Peace for Paris," and

  • FOR A COMMUNITY VOICES ARTICLE: Mike Miller is a 30-year resident of Bakersfield who now lives in Texas.

    We don't often agree, but we both oppose open carry

    In American politics, cooperation is a dirty word. For all kinds of political hot-button issues, opposing sides line up and shout at each other rather than trying to find some common ground, to seek meaningful solutions. Nowhere is that spirit of polarization more evident than in the current

  • Tom Frantz

    A child’s exposure to fine particulates

    A serious incident involving harm to scores of children occurred on Saturday in Kern County. It happened at the Kern County Soccer Park, where the American Youth Soccer Organization held an Under-19 and Under-16 soccer tournament. On this day, dozens of games were played at a location where the

  • 7 years with a 'JV president'

    The top responsibilities of the president of the United States are to protect the American people and to uphold the Constitution of The United States. This president has failed on both counts. How smart do you think it is, to let tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into the United States and not

  • One way to deal with snakes

    Our thoughts and prayers and condolences to all of those effected by the horrible terrorist acts in Paris. This act of war is another warning of what we might see in the future if world powers do not develop strong resolve in putting an end to organizations like ISIS and Al Queda. We must stop

  • Dana Milbank

    Republicans' xenophobic bidding war

    The attacks in Paris have inspired a xenophobic bidding war among Republican presidential candidates. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday signed an order trying to get his state of Louisiana to block the settlement of any Syrian refugee, while Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, proposed we

  • Use caution with refugees

    I am a naturalized American citizen (and proud to be), born and raised in the south of France. I am horrified by the events in my home country. I pray for the safety of my friends and loved ones. My heart goes to all victims of terrorism in the world. Over 4,000 persons living in France — citizens

  • Ray Scott, president of the Keep California Beautiful board.

    More schools could make a difference in recycling

    Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, the nationally recognized day created to spread the word about one of the easiest sustainability practices we can do: recycle. The day is dedicated to encouraging and educating everyone to learn what materials are recyclable, make a habit of recycling these products

  • Mark Evans of Bakersfield is Associate Dean and Professor of Economics in the School of Business and Public Administration at CSU Bakersfield.

    Strange? Hardly: Good things happening at CSUB

    Recently, The Economist released its first-ever ranking of American four-year colleges. The Californian reported the wonderful news that CSU Bakersfield was ranked No. 10 nationally by quoting a guy from Oregon who called the ranking “strange,” by noting “CSUB doesn’t even make the top 80 in the

  • Honoring women vets

    I was very pleased to see that women veterans were honored in Bakersfield’s Veterans Day parade. It is long overdue. I want to mention two women veterans in particular who have died. My sister Betty Loraine Lair served during World War II and retired after 20 years of service. And my friend Helen

  • House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)  speaks with John George Granek Sr. during a tour of the U.S. Capitol. Twenty-two men from Kern County California take part in a tour of the memorials in Washington, D.C. as part of an Honor Flight. The men on the flight range from ages 86 to 101.

    It's easy to take vets for granted but our debt is heavy

    The freedoms we enjoy every day are freedoms that too often we take for granted. It is hard not to. Our daily lives are packed with meetings, school events, and doctor’s appointments. We worry about what’s for dinner, was that utility bill paid, or where do we have to take our kids after school.

  • Kelly Bearden

    Veteran-owned businesses fueling U.S. economy

    Nearly one in 10 businesses in America is veteran owned. These businesses are employing more than 5.8 million people and generating more than $1 trillion in revenue, the U.S. Small Business Administration reports. Why are veterans so inclined to become entrepreneurs? Because many of the same

  • Daniel Parra, Veteran/Mayor Pro Tem, City of Fowler

    Members of our military should't have to be on food stamps

     As our society and elected leaders debate raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, I believe that the debate can and should also focus on our military personnel and the disparity between their pay and the cost of living at their posting. According to CNN Money, a review of Department of