• Casey Christie / The Californian  Beale Memorial Library on Truxtun Avenue.

    Let voters decide if they want to fund county libraries

    A day of reckoning for the Kern County Library may soon be at hand. A tug-of-war is underway, with one camp urging Kern County Supervisors to privatize the library system under a company that specializes in library management, essentially absolving county government of the responsibility, and

  • Time to downsize the GOP field

    O say can you see: From Ottumwa to Oskaloosa, Osceola to Osage, Ossian to Odebolt, the Iowans have spoken. The rocket's red glare of this bombastic Republican campaign instantly illuminates New Hampshire (Feb. 9 primary), South Carolina (Feb. 20 primary) and Nevada (Feb. 23 caucuses). And just

  • Senator Vidak proudly serves the people of Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.

    Gov. Brown, please stop holding BARC hostage

    It broke my heart to read in The Bakersfield Californian that Bakersfield ARC (BARC) is shutting two of its programs for lack of funding (“BARC shutters two programs amid budget freeze,” Jan. 19). It also made me hopping mad. I’ve long believed that one of the state Legislature’s top priorities

  • David M. Keranen of Bakersfield with wife Elizabeth

    In so many ways, life is just one big gamble

    “I’m shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here!” This is a famous line by Captain Renault in the movie Casablanca. But isn’t all of life a gamble with various probabilities of success? People gamble in the stock market and euphemistically call it investing. We might not like to

  • Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has worked himself into the conversation. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

    Could California matter after all? Quite possibly

    Out here in California, we’ve grown accustomed to our irrelevance. That’s an unusual feeling for us Left-Coasters, because so much of what this state says and does, from popular culture to digital technology, carries weight in the other 49. But the process of nominating presidential candidates is

  • Dr. Debbie Saslow is director of Cancer Control Intervention HPV and Women’s Cancers for the American Cancer Society.

    The power to prevent cervical cancer

    A new year serves as a reminder for women to talk with their physicians about the risks of developing cervical cancer, what causes it and what you can do to prevent it. Through the Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, the Anthem

  • Danny Morrison of Bakersfield.

    Oil workers deserve our concern but, even more, our respect

    There are certain regions of the country where one industry is seen as the lifeblood of that community's economy. One source of commerce may oftentimes provide inter-generational financial stability for a specific family. For example, southern West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and eastern

  • Diana Greenlee is an English teacher at Liberty High School and a freelance writer for the Californian niche publications.

    Let's fix the new normal in local high school classrooms: SRO

    For some teachers in Kern High School District, the old saying, “the more the merrier” is bitter irony. With some core classes topping out at more than 45 students, standing room only is the new normal in more than a few local high school classrooms. Seven years ago state lawmakers gave school

  • Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason

    HSR facility would be good for Kern

    High Speed Rail. For some, it has become a four letter word since being approved by California voters 8 years ago — and the fact is, for Kern County, it is a four letter word — JOBS. At a time when the County is experiencing an economic crisis due to plummeting oil prices and an epic drought, job

  • Cameron Miller, a Bakersfield native, is a senior at Stanford University, where he participates on the cross country and track and field teams. He currently works as a Stanford Athletics communications volunteer. As of Jan 23, 2016.

    How the NCAA gave a promising Bakersfield athlete a raw deal

    In his State of the Association speech last week, NCAA President Mark Emmert reminded the membership of their responsibility to “focus on fairness and treating our student-athletes fairly.” “Concerns arise when our actions don’t line up with our values…when student-athletes don’t get a fair shake,”

  • Jeremy Adams.

    Dear fellow Republicans: Please don’t do this

    I am horrible at predictions lately. Just ask my students. In the past few weeks I have predicted fog delays aplenty, a Clemson victory over Alabama, and that the GOP would finally come to its senses and end its destructive political fling with Donald Trump. But Iowa is only days away, and

  • Angry about BARC funding loss

    The BARC center’s loss of funding makes me furious because once again the disabled in our community are losing options for employment and education. I am a special education teacher and over the last decade I’ve seen more and more services eliminated. I got my start in the M.O.V.E. program with

  • Joe Mathews

    Why don’t Angelenos trust homegrown talent?

     Can we trust Michelle King, the newly appointed superintendent of L.A. Unified, California’s largest school district? After all, she’s from L.A. Even worse, she attended L.A. Unified schools, sent her own kids to them, and served as teacher, principal and top deputy to the last two

  • Darla Benson

    Developmentally disabled deserve, need state support

    I suppose we should be grateful that Gov. Jerry Brown included some additional funding for programs for California’s thousands of citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities in his recently proposed 2016 state budget. So I will resist the temptation to view the governor’s spending

  • Marylee Shrider

    Simply making noise about parental notification isn't enough

    In California, including here in Kern County, a teen girl may walk into the school office, inform officials she needs to be excused for an “undisclosed medical reason” and leave campus, no questions asked, no parent informed. Should she require a ride to the local abortion clinic, a school nurse

  • State Sen. Jean Fuller, December 2015

    Vision and clarity: Senate Republicans’ priorities for 2016

    The California Legislature reconvened during the first week in January 2016. A few days later, the Governor unveiled his 2016-17 budget priorities. Just as the Governor sets his lists of “priorities” or “wants”, Senate Republicans also want to outline our priorities while providing the “vision and

  • Earl Warren Cup rocked

    More than 1,200 people enjoyed Bakersfield High Schools 2016 "Earl Warren Cup" event on Jan. 14. Many thanks to The Bakersfield Californian for its pre- and post-event articles, with a special thanks to John Cox and Harold Pierce. Your photographer caught the spirit of

  • Oscars reflect Academy's biases

    Blacks are still wondering why they didn't receive an appropriate number of Oscar nominations when they had actors that were well deserving. Every since I was a little girl I've heard about blacks being deprived of these awards. We have to remember what the Academy is composed of. Of