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Our granddaughter competed in a barrel race in Porterville on May 21 to benefit the Wounded Warriors. She was lucky (and talented) enough to place and win almost $500. Imagine what a 13-year-old could do with that kind of money, yet she donated every penny of it back to the Warriors. What a …

We were at Lake Ming watching the boat drags on May 20 when at about 1:30 p.m. we spotted a wisp of smoke on a hilltop just north of the lake. It wasn't long before it started expanding and we were getting ready to call 911 as it appeared to be not far from an oilfield tank and a house, mayb…

I am quite upset and expect better from our Kern County Courthouse. Are we living in Germany or Italy? When you call, the outgoing voice mail says "Press one for English." I am thinking, Is this not Bakersfield in the USA? Why do I have to choose English? What does the future hold? How many …

MISS: The Bakersfield City School District has lost its elder statesman: Ray Gonzales, who stepped down this past week because of health concerns.

  • By Terri Richmond

This month Golden Valley High School 11th grade students are engaged in a public policy project based on the Project Citizen curriculum. This process involves an examination of local issues, identification of a problem with either a faulty existing policy or no policy, research of alternativ…

  • The Washington Post

Washington and the country received a much-needed shot of good news Wednesday evening with the revelation that the Justice Department will appoint a special counsel. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Robert Mueller III, a former FBI chief.

  • By GARRISON KEILLOR

Here’s what they say in New York — Donald J. Trump is a grandstander, a showboat. Not doing his job. Totally incompetent. The White House has been in turmoil for months. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. So what are we talking about? Enough about him. Who needs an investigati…

  • By Wade Eagleton

Kevin McCarthy’s three announced challengers are essentially repeating the same political “wisdom” of years past: They face an uphill battle, obstructed by the staunch conservative nature of Bakersfield. They concede that all McCarthy needs to do to win re-election is stay the course.

  • By Dana Milbank

With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation, preserved the justice system, pulled American politics back from the brink — and, just possibly, saved the Republican Party and President Trump from themselves.

  • The Washington Post

Divna Maslenjak may be an unsympathetic standard-bearer for an important legal principle. An ethnic Serb who arrived in the United States as a refugee from Bosnia, she became a U.S. citizen a decade ago after misleading an immigration judge about her husband’s military record during the Balk…

  • The Washington Post

President Trump’s disclosure of highly classified information to senior Russian officials was the most disturbing demonstration yet that he is dangerously unprepared to handle sensitive national security matters. On Tuesday, Trump essentially confirmed a Post report that he provided details …

Is anybody but me tired of the left lying about the Trump presidency? I am really sick of it. For all you liberals, and I know this state is full of them, you used to rub arms with Trump before his presidency. You used to go golfing with him, dinners with him, invited him to your wedding, be…

An article written by Matt Levin of CALmatters (Amid Housing Crisis why 2 out of 5 California Millennials Live at Home), mention a number of possible reason why they are not moving out of their parents' home. However, this article misses the primary reason why Millennials are still living at…

Mr. Haughness claims to be an educator and a writer. If he really is an educator, he would know his letter of Sunday, May 14, was written well above the comprehension of most people. His phrasing and wording is quite gut wrenching. His sentences can be as long as 36 words; some even longer. …

Approximately one year ago, one of the HVAC units in our home became inoperable and the cost to pay for a new unit was prohibitive. Our contractor suggested the HERO program. We were pleased with the ease of access to the program, the clear description of its parameters and the effort of the…

Who has not seen the pictures of Trump and Oval Office guests taken by the Russian news organization, Tass? Tass recorded pictorially President Trump's Oval Office meeting with the Russian emissary who is at the center of the controversy of illegal, if not unethical Russian contact with Gen.…

  • By Alvin G. Sandrini

I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, but, before my Republican friends go apoplectic on me, let me say I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton either! For the first time in more than 50 years of voting, I wrote in the name of my vice president of choice, which I later discovered wasn’t counted since he…

As a resident of the 3rd Ward, I know what it's like to have a businessman as my council member. I have approached Ken Weir twice with issues of out-of-town developers. Once I was told he talked to the developer and they said they would resolve all our issues. If resolve all our issues means…

Liberals never learn, do they? The American voters gave them a clear message last Nov. 8 that even with a total of $623 million in campaign donations Hillary Clinton could not win. With all the 98 percent of the media's lying attempts to derail Donald Trump’s candidacy they did not win. With…

  • By Bob Franken

Let’s get to the fundamental questions: Is Donald Trump a frontman for a diabolically clever Vladimir Putin, and did he and/or his people knowingly participate in a plot, if there was one, to sway the U.S. election in his favor? When all is said and done, that’s what Jim Comey and his FBI ag…

The smaller Trump's shrinking base becomes, the more egregious his dictatorial actions will be. This petty tyrant is on the way out. Sooner, the better for all of us. Face it, Trump sycophants, James Comey was getting too close to the truth on the Trump/Putin love fest. Easy to predict that …

  • The Record (Hackensack, N.J.)

The nation’s most prominent domestic violence hotline has been lighting up a lot more lately when it comes to immigration-related calls. This is due in no small part to the stepped-up approach under the Trump administration to essentially apprehend anyone who is undocumented almost anywhere …

Cynthia Sarratt's commentary about the lack of motivation of eighth graders (Community Voices: "Our habit of 'social promotion' hurts middle schoolers," May 9), stems from this: Because Kern County doesn't have all unified school districts (which means the student attends the same district, …

  • By Debra Saunders

President Donald Trump did himself no favor Thursday when he went on NBC News and essentially refuted the reason his team had given the press for why he fired FBI Director James Comey.

  • By Sal Moretti

In his celebratory Sunday romp to the dump last month, The Californian’s Herb Benham admitted unabashedly that he’s “that guy” who didn’t cover his trash load. As he was driving to the landfill, as he humorously admitted, litter flew out the back of his truck (“Hitting a dump in the road,” A…

I am in total agreement with Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner's obvious comment from the May 9 board meeting, referring to immigration reform, that "Kern County can't make the changes that must be made to truly fix the situation." I also agree with his statement that "our leaders in Wash…

  • The Washington Post

President Donald Trump will face what may be his toughest meeting yet with a foreign leader this week when he welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House. Erdogan is a blustery and autocratically minded man, rather like Trump, and he comes to Washington, D.C., with a l…

Sacramento legislators are ready to tell everyone about all of the merits of the recently created Senate Bill 1 for repair of highways and roads in California. Thanks to the one-party control structure in the state government, this bill apparently went through the legislative process with ve…

Reading Steven Mayer's excellent, but heartbreaking story about Corporal Lang's untimely death in today's (May 13) Californian makes be both sad and angry. Sad as always when anyone young dies before their time. Angry because this did not have to happen.

In the Californian (Sunday Forum: Counter-Coulter: Academia doesn't have any responsibility to give voice to illogic and hate, May 14), Norm Haughness of Tehachapi, wrote that Ann Coulter should not be allowed to speak about conservative values on college campuses in California. Norm knows f…

Norm Haughness, you are so wrong. Universities have the right and the responsibility to allow all viewpoints to be heard in public forum. You are not the arbiter of who should, and should not, have the right to free speech, and I completely reject your thesis. What these people say may be re…

After reading the Community Voice by Norm Haughness (May 14), I am reminded of the many times I have read or heard the venom and hatred spewed out by some liberals and thought to myself, "they are giving an excellent description of themselves." If you disagree with their opinion, you are low…