• Measure F invests in strong minds

    On June 7, the people of Kern County have an opportunity to make an investment in our future. Measure F will create a dedicated revenue stream, overseen by a committee of private citizens, to fund the library system. Is this a good idea? Absolutely. There is a direct connection between public

  • Sweltering plea: Vote yes on F

    I had the opportunity to go to a Kern County Genealogical Society meeting recently. Going through the front doors, which were all wide open, I was met with sweltering air. The second floor, where the meeting was held, was much worse. Heat rises. I went into the small room, where the only door was

  • Patsy Ouellette is a retired teacher.  FOR A COMMUNITY VOICES ARTICLE: Patsy Ouellette of Bakersfield is a former eighth-grade English teacher at Norris Middle School.

    Erectile dysfunction and heart disease have common links

    If you are not a man, or, if you are a man but you don’t care about having sex into your 40s, 50s, and beyond, you can stop reading this. But if you’re like most men, you have a healthy interest in sex. After all, it is one of our strongest physical drivers. (You know, protecting the

  • The responsibility of voting

    Voting is a topic that I believe people don’t give proper attention to. Voting is a Constitutional right and responsibility for all Americans. It is your right and obligation to decide whether you will vote and who that will be for. The responsibility to elect a President, local political leader or

  • We are losing our liberty with new gun bills

    Once again the fascists in Sacramento have attacked our Second Amendment rights by passing a slew of gun control bills that are headed to the governor for signature. I am not sure of what part of "shall not be infringed" they don't understand, but there is obviously a comprehension

  • Zimmerman: an embarrassment to humanity

    Trayvon Martin's killer — I won't dignify him by using his name — is an absolute reprobate. It's bad enough that he murdered someone and got away with it, and now he's "honored and humbled to announce" the sale of the "piece of American history" that he used to

  • How about local user-librarians?

    I understand that one of main arguments against Measure F, the library sales tax proposal, is that the suggested private contractor vendor pays lower wages than the county currently does. Recently I noticed the Public Library on Baker Street is indeed open in afternoon and into evening when most

  • Oil and water don't mix

    Regarding the May 13 article regarding tentative support by state regulators to broaden an oil field injection zone in the Round Mountain oilfield, here’s a little history. Many years ago, EPA contracted with DOGGR to manage the Class II Injection Well Program in California. A few years

  • Library problems not specified

    I urge voting no on Measure F. We should not throw money away speculating on what problems will be resolved by increasing taxes. What problem does this measure resolve and how is the success to be judged? Neither of these questions are mentioned in the measure. Tax more, spend more seems to

  • Indications of a dying village

    I’m sad to say that our village is dying. Families no longer live in harmony. You can't tell a neighbor what you saw their child doing. We see parents defending children, even knowing they have done wrong. We see parents depending on the school to discipline their children. We see a society

  • Thanks for the 100th birthday party

    My family put on a tremendous 100th birthday party for me that I will never forget. Over 100 people attended. They were from all various groups that I have been associated with at some time: Kiwanis, church, FFA students, Mended Hearts, 60 + Club, Elderhostel, Elder College and Methodist MYF. Then

  • Thanks from America's hungry

    The National Association of Letter Carriers conducted its 24rd annual food drive May 14. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and

  • Tom Pavich is a Kern County businessman, farmer and Bakersfield Tea Party member.

    Tea Party member: Vote no on Measure F

    Public employees in Kern County are vocally supporting a new library tax, but what’s in it for the taxpayers? Although I strongly support the concept of a public library, I believe that Kern’s library system is indeed outdated and outmoded. The answer to fix the problem isn’t always more money –

  • Octavio Barajas is a doctoral student of Native Mexican History & Culture at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

    SE library branch patron: Vote yes on Measure F

    With the upturn of recent articles on Measure F, I feel impelled to vocalize my views as a frequent, 30-year patron at the Holloway-Gonzales library branch. I share some observations from personal experience at this southeast Bakersfield location, named after two outstanding citizens, Ruth Love

  • President, NARO-California

    A voice for state's 600,000 oil royalty owners

    Other than in portions of Canada, the United States is the only country in the world which allows private citizens to own the rights to the minerals which lie below their lands. With that right, and the ability to develop those minerals, comes a bewildering array of business decisions, regulations

  • FOR A COMMUNITY VOICES ARTICLE: Brenda Sutton of Bakersfield was formerly a correctional educator at Taft Correctional Institution and Wasco State Prison; she is currently employed with another agency.

    Vineland school board should be troubled by superintendent

    When the administrators of a school publicly disrespect their teaching staff, that is a huge problem. It creates a hostile work environment for teachers trying to teach in what may be an already difficult setting. This type of behavior can become a cancer that can spread throughout the school. The

  • Kyle Carter. Bakersfield Mayor candidate.

    Our View: Two stand out in crowded mayoral race

    So many people are running for mayor of Bakersfield, it’s downright comical. More so, however, it’s confounding. How is one candidate in a field of 25 to disseminate his or her message in a coherent fashion when there’s so much peripheral noise? It can’t really be done. That’s why we’re