We are in a mess at the southern border. We have been in a mess at the border for years. Bush and Obama refused to enforce the laws in place so illegal entry became the problem it is today. Of course, President Trump gets the blame for everything that is wrong. Even if he and Congress solve …

To the author of the June 20 letter, "Our first Martian president" — apparently someone with limited knowledge on military strategy — it may seem quite strange to create a "Space Force." It may seem like some type of alien defense division. However, renowned military strategists such as Geor…

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I don't have an answer to our immigration woes. However, the resistance is trying to make political hay over the plight of children brought over our borders by adults and separated from their law breaking parents.

Did anyone think Making America Great Again was going to be easy? Donald Trump is doing things other presidents gave lip service to but never acted on. The media's propaganda about this so called separation policy on immigration and the separating of kids from their parents is comical. If pe…

If there is even a shred of integrity or honesty in the media or our ignoble elected officials, I would sure like to see it. This faux emotion being shown over these "bewildered" people showing up at the border and having to be separated is absolutely hooey. We finally have a president who h…

Babies are seized from their mothers' arms. Photographs show their anguish. News reports describe their cages. A recording captures their wailing and a U.S. border official's cold mockery. A defiant President Trump falsely blames others for the misery he created.

Why is it that children from foreign countries so often become victims of politics? While immigrants pile up on our border our politicians are seeing who can gain political advantage on the backs of innocent children. They're separating families whose adults are placed in holding places for …

When the West was untamed and wild, town folks wanted law and order. They'd hire guys like Wyatt Earp, and make them sheriff to clean up their towns. Dodge City and Tombstone Arizona were perfect examples of those wild and wooly towns back then.

In the late 1990s I was part of a group of law enforcement officers and members of the Department of Human Services who formed the Drug Endangered Children's program. This was during a time of skyrocketing methamphetamine use, sales, and illicit labs. Many of the drug investigations involved…

California’s liberal lawmakers insist efforts to force our public universities into the abortion business are motivated by only the most noble of reasons. If they have their way, all UC and CSU student health centers will be required to provide medical abortions by 2022.

When the Justice Department inspector general's report revealed that former FBI director James B. Comey had used a personal email account to conduct official business, Hillary Clinton claimed vindication. "But my emails," she tweeted.

I've been pulling those illegally posted real estate "I Buy Houses" signs from utility poles around my Oleander neighborhood as often as I see them, and then recycling them ("Residents complaining about illegal signs that feature a well-known emoji," June 19).

Rather than repeatedly tell lies and blame others for their misdeeds, President Trump and Congress should pass meaningful immigration legislation. They don’t need to reinvent the wheel; just update it a little. Several years ago, the Senate's “Gang of Eight” — four Republicans and four Democ…

I am the designated Grandpa who usually gets the assignment of taking the two granddaughters to a fast-food lunch, then a movie, and then frozen yogurt after that. The only problems are (a) finding a movie with a G or perhaps a PG rating and a reasonably good sounding review, or strong GD (g…

Earlier in my academic career, I used to advise students to focus on science and engineering, believing that they were a prerequisite for success in business. I had largely agreed with Bill Gates's assertions that America needed to spend its limited education budgets on these disciplines, be…

All of a sudden, everyone on the left wants "free markets in energy policy." As someone who's advocated for that for, oh, about three decades, this riff should be music to my ears. But is laissez faire energy policy really what liberals are seeking?

The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani's third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nathan cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children.

The Trump administration and the American people should be ashamed of our treatment of children being put in prisons to satisfy a small minority in our country. This racism by our country will not be forgotten. There will be books, songs  and poems written about our inhumanity against childr…

The Trump regime has again threatened United States values and principles by implementing the totalitarian policy of tearing children from the arms of their parents and placing them in holding pens a la Adolph Hitler.

Facebook insists that people can trust it to manage its giant social network in a way that doesn't undermine democracy. I say verify: Let's send in an army of scientists to study its role in the upcoming 2018 elections.

If you spent any time on social media last weekend, you no doubt saw hundreds - nay, thousands - of people reflecting on the recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and food journalist Anthony Bourdain. Some wondered what could have motivated these two wildly successful people to take their o…

The five large mulberry trees in the Voorhies Elementary schoolyard are more than landscaping to the teachers and students at the northeast Bakersfield school. Casting a large pool of shade onto the soccer field and track, the trees are a space, a presence, a resource on campus.

I’m for greater gun regulation, but I sure don’t blame the NRA for the mass shootings that have taken the lives of well over 100 young people on school sites across America since 2000 (“Don’t blame the NRA for mass shootings,” Steve Cronquist, Community Voices, June 14). I haven’t heard that…

Donald Trump’s ignorance of history has never been more dangerously obvious as it is in his casual cancellation of the annual combined combat training of U.S. and South Korean military forces. He is apparently unaware that a lack of training and preparation following the end World War II is …

That was quite a show Donald Trump put on in Canada last week. Insulting our closest friends and trading partners while sucking up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin -- well, that got people's attention. As Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium, tweeted, "Just tell us what Vladimir…

The elections are now almost over — just runoffs and mail-in-ballots are left — and thank goodness. The only ones seeming to benefit now are the ad agencies and news organizations. Why are all the campaign signs still up? I have noticed that many of the signs that remain are for the candidat…

Many observers assert out of strife comes new resolves and frequently better resolutions. I'm hopeful the ever increasing political abyss championed by President Trump, his deliberate attempt to separate progressive from conservatives, blacks from whites, and families from their children wil…

Well, that didn't take long. President Trump had barely departed Singapore when Democrats in Washington unleashed scathing attacks over his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Former Mayor Mary K. Shell will be missed. Though we didn’t belong to the same political party we were kindred spirits. We both lived downtown, seemed to shop at Smart and Final at the same time and had wonderful conversations about our city, politics and the world at large.

Now that President Donald Trump has totally alienated the leaders of the traditional U.S. allies before escaping from Canada, it's easy to see what he hoped to gain from that meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore this past week. North Korea might have given him some pointers on how the Unite…

Randall Beeman, emeritus professor at Bakersfield College wrote a June 10 commentary titled "A middle path: Both sides have it at least a little wrong on immigration in California." The main thesis of his rantings accused Republicans and President Trump of using xenophobia, racial animus and…

I have known Mary K. Shell since the 1970s, when she and her love, Joe Shell, would attend Republican fundraisers in Los Angeles. Once I moved to Bakersfield, our friendship grew.

I reminded myself once again Thursday morning that it is about time to replace the flag I hang on the beautiful old light standard on the corner of our lot on special days.

Here we go again. Another sanctioned event in Bakersfield explicitly promoting alcohol consumption, while legal cannabis is banned. The former substance kills 2.5 million Americans annually, while the latter has statistically taken the life of, uh... nobody.

It's time to test the proposition of whether it's possible to roll back the Obama regulatory agenda without using government employees as glorified personal assistants.

If Kim Jong Un sat in our nation’s Oval Office, he’d be planning exactly the same flamboyant parade down Pennsylvania Avenue (past the Kim — now Trump -- International Hotel) that our current White House occupant wants to see rumbling down Pennsylvania Avenue this coming Veterans Day.

During my 26 years as the city manager of Bakersfield, the community has weathered several economic cycles. During the downturns, we rightsized the budget and continued to provide the quality levels of service expected by residents. Staff had previously never approached the City Council rega…

Just in time for Father's Day, fish are having a moment. In recent months, Hakai Magazine, Smithsonian magazine, The Washington Post and others have run articles asking if fish can feel pain (spoiler alert: yes). While anglers might not want to hear it, biologists and veterinarians increasin…

Ominous headlines have dominated the news since Donald Trump was elected president. A parade of unprecedented events, ranging from trade wars to mind-bending changes in the western alliances, have many on edge.

The local big news of the day is that the bank has seized Rep. David Valadao's family's dairy farm. Some will look at this with joy and others with sorrow as another family farm is gone.