I've always found Congressman Kevin McCarthy to be polite and courteous, even when he was explaining why he didn't agree with me. No doubt people shouldn't be disturbing the peace in his neighborhood or anybody else's, but speaking as one who participated in the peaceful vigil past his home …

At a Republican Woman's Club meeting in Tehachapi, Zack Scrivner, our second district supervisor, discussed attempts by the state's Democratic leadership to dramatically reduce petroleum usage and production, and the corresponding adverse impact to Kern County.

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  • By Zack Scrivner

The past few years have been challenging economically for the County of Kern. Due to the fall in the price of oil, the county has endured budget cuts and hiring freezes, and this past year, public safety was cut to balance the budget. Anything that can save the county money and allow us to o…

President Trump thinks he can create more jobs by deporting individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. He says that anyone who has abused their visa programs will be investigated and held accountable because their presence undercuts the American worker.

  • By Vince Fong

U.S. News recently released a report ranking all of the states on budget transparency. Where did California rank on that list? Dead last — 50 out of 50. The entire study was based on one simple and common sense metric: how easily the public can access the state’s spending data. This is deepl…

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Last week Rudy Salas paid the price for having a conscience. The Kern County assemblyman broke ranks with fellow Democrats and voted against a bill to fund road repairs by again raising fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees.

Nowadays it seems as though being an illegal immigrant is cool — just another hip way to stick it to the man. No, I am not for building a wall to keep foreigners out, but I think people need to realize that there is a system set in place to grant citizenship and it should be respected.

Regarding Sheriff Donny Youngblood's proposed "non-sanctuary county": Where are the leaders of our wonderful agricultural community on this issue? Their precious employees and their dear families need their help now. This misguided proposal is a divider, a wrong message to our farm workers, …

  • By Norm Haughness

Our U.S. Constitution’s 8th Amendment is pretty clear: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.” Nothing obscure, no beating about the bush here.

Well, it happened again today. Second time this week. A guy on a bicycle needs me to save his life by my effort to miss him when he is breaking every law in the book when it comes to driving rules.

Today I heard a news report about the abuse/misuse of drivers' handicap placards. Coincidentally in today's mail I received a new placard for my mother-in-law, who passed away 12 years ago. It is good until 2019. I would hope there is some way that death notices could be cross referenced by …

I have seen the weak and dying redwood trees in the Seven Oaks neighborhood parks and roadways. I have also seen a lot of healthy redwood tress, mostly in well maintained yards. These tress must have received adequate water and fertilizer during the drought. Some redwoods are now showing sig…

This is regarding Congressman David Valadao’s announcement in co-sponsoring legislation that will protect undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is discontinued.

My home is a few streets away from Kevin McCarthy’s residence. We live in the same neighborhood. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went for our nightly walk and came across a news crew and a crowd of people carrying signs and flags. We did not stop to ask them why they were assembled, but we…

I read with interest the April 18 letter to the editor, "Why waste taxpayer money and time to try a lifer?" Here are the reasons why: A life sentence in California no longer means an inmate will be in prison for life. Recent changes in our criminal justice system often result in inmates serv…

  • By Harold Hanson

A new trend is sweeping across Kern County, offering people upgrades to their homes with energy-efficient improvements. It goes by several names, but the most common in Bakersfield is HERO — Home Energy Renovation Opportunity.

  • BY ROBERT PRICE rprice@bakersfield.com

Sheriff Donny Youngblood's campaign to have Kern declared a "law and order" county (and a "non-sanctuary county") is motivated, I suspect, by a desire to continue feeding at the federal trough, i.e., to have his jail at capacity with immigrants rounded up by his deputies in conjunction with ICE.

  • By ESTHER J. CEPEDA

The reason immigrant appreciation efforts, like the “Day Without Immigrants” events this past February, fall flat is because few people really feel any pain.

Lois Henry's April 19 column, "20 years of water restrictions for fish have been hard on humans," is admittedly one sided. Henry even quotes her source as saying, "I'm not a biologist." Why not include the opinions of someone who is? I am and I was also born and raised in Stockton, so I am d…

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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The number “420,” as code for cannabis consumption, has been around since 1971, when — as one version of the creation story has it — five Northern California high school stoners coined it in reference to their daily, after-school toke-up time. That version of the story holds that in 1991, ex…

I commend Assemblyman Rudy Salas for following through on his campaign promise of "no new taxes without a vote of the people." The Californian's article of April 19 reported that Assemblywoman Lorena G. Fletcher, D-San Diego, "stormed over to Salas' desk, jabbed a finger in his face and bera…

  • By Louis Medina

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Community Academy is one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars I have experienced: For 13 weeks, close to 20 others and I learned about the laws of arrest, community policing, patrol procedures, gangs, drugs, jail operations, first aid, search and rescue, SWAT…

  • The Bakersfield Californian

We like to think we’re winning the battle against valley fever, and in some ways we are. Educational outreach efforts are gaining momentum; more people know of the illness than perhaps ever before.

Thank you for publishing Elizabeth Keranen's informed and compassionate April 18 article,"What would that kind Samaritan think today?" exploring the origins as well as the current implications of Jesus' Good Samaritan parable. It is clear that her students had the benefit of a wise teacher f…

  • BY RICH LOWRY

With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the “mother of all bombs” exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy?

  • By MICHAEL GERSON

There was an unseemly glee on the part of some Trump supporters in the use of the MOAB — Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb — against a target in Afghanistan. A powerful nation may possess 21,600 pounds of precision-guided death. A great nation uses it only in a spirit of grim necessity.

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President Donald Trump’s White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon, center, attends a news conference with President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room at the White House on Wednesday in Washington.

I drove instead of taking Amtrak to Los Angeles last week. The highways were so rough and potholed that I pondered: What would I pay extra per gallon in taxes for better roads? I was up in the 50-cents to $1 range by the time I got stuck in an hour of traffic on a 20-mile stretch near Pomona.

Big surprise! Coastal redwoods are dying along with deodar cedar, crepe myrtle, and liquid amber trees. Add to that list Chinese Silk (aka Mimosa trees), plum and pine trees that run along Riverlakes Drive, Olive Avenue, Coffee Road, North Shore, South Shore, Hageman Road and, I’d venture to…

I go to the movies often. Very frequently the scripts include one or more blasphemies. I fail to see how this advances the plot. I find it offensive and, perhaps, evil. Evil because the blasphemies occur in so many scripts that it would seem there is a Blasphemer In Charge somewhere in Holly…

  • By Barry Rosenfeld

April is Autism Awareness Month. World Down Syndrome Day was observed on March 21. And World Cerebral Palsy Day is coming Oct. 6. My purpose in mentioning these days is to encourage people to learn more about those with special needs and to remind everyone that people with special needs also…

The recent killing of 15-year-old Stacy Duke reminds me that we must continue to pray for our children no matter where they may be. It is obvious that our society is filled with individuals who prey on children. Whether they have mental issues or are just plain evil, it's obvious they're out there.

Six years ago I learned from Monica Anderson, a dedicated biker, that when they climb the grade up Granite Road from Poso Creek they are usually very short of drinking water. So with an old turning plow and some donated, used pipe I ran a water line one quarter mile over the hill and down to…

More that 40 Democratic state senators and 80 assembly members that make up the laws running California want California to be a "sanctuary state." Since the word "sanctuary" refers to a place of refuge and protection, I'd like to see if our legislators are as truly compassionate as they say …

  • The Bakersfield Californian

The devastating, drought-induced kill-off of trees both public and private throughout Bakersfield and Kern County over the past six years leaves us with two important lessons.

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Arvin, among the most economically depressed communities in the state, is on the verge of a breakthrough: access to higher education. Arvin has been pushing for a Bakersfield College satellite campus in the town center for a decade now, and on Thursday the Kern Community College District for…

As usual, there's a hue and cry among the tax worriers and money grubbers about how dire the effects of a hike in gas taxes will be. I have a few reminders and recommendations for all those who feel their world is about to end: