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Monday a cable news show ran a clip of President Reagan addressing an audience. He said his words were not for them but for those not there. If they had been there, he stated, this is what he would say: That prejudice has no place in America, that they are not the ideals of the country stands for.

Race is being used to divide America and undermine a duly elected president. The left has been trying to bring down the president since the day he was elected.

Let's make America great again, really. I believe we are the greatest country in the world, yet our own president said we lacked the qualities of greatness as he took office. We accepted that negative rhetoric. This president proves daily his lack of unawareness of how to deal with domestic …

Leonard Pitts may be right for once with his latest commentary ("Sadly America is not 'better than this,'" Aug. 17). As long as many Americans turn their backs on God, they will most certainly fall short of reaching their ideal. Overcoming this problem is quite simple: become like branches o…

Nicolo Machiavelli's 1532 book "The Prince" continues to be relevant today. The main character, the Prince, believed in political expediency over moral character and used craft and deceit to maintain his authority, power, and control over his policies.

As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president's budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that wo…

President Trump needs help. He of the simplistic syntax, grade-school grammar, petty patois, and ruptured rhetoric (sorry, I can't help it) needs help. I refer the Bronze Bumbler to psychiatrist Dr. Lucy Van Pelt of "Peanuts" fame. This comedy of errors needs to end. Five cents, please!

I have my air conditioning set at 79 degrees, turn off lights, use ceiling fans, etc., but I suppose there is more I could do to save electricity. I won’t turn off all the electronics at night and have to reset everything the next day, but I could turn off my automatic sprinkler and water by…

  • BY LAWRENCE KUZNAR

As an anthropologist who has studied the meaning of monuments and sacred spaces in other cultures, the recent controversy and violence surrounding Confederate monuments has been ethically challenging. I love my country, and part of my professional responsibility is to foster tolerance. I hav…

  • BY MARK SALVAGGIO

When the Antiquities Act of 1906 was passed under the leadership of one of our greatest presidents, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, a Republican, it aimed to preserve breathtaking sites of beauty and historical significance. Pre-historic treasures, Native American sacred sites, and artifacts wer…

  • CHICAGO TRIBUNE

We'll state from the outset that we are deeply distressed by our president's cynical political calculations. By his meanness of tone and erratic behavior. By his serially insensitive reactions to the violent white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va., that has stained America and hurt man…

The recent letters attempting to justify racism are contemptible. What happens to the Golden Rule in all this?— Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You?— doesn’t that apply to everyone? Would you like someone to think of you as any kind of a second-rater? —Of course not. Then how d…

  • The Washington Post

The Congressional Budget Office released on Tuesday yet another damning report on health care, this time highlighting the damage President Donald Trump will do if he continues his Affordable Care Act sabotage campaign.

School started this week. If we are going to entrust our children to school bus drivers, shouldn't we expect them to drive in a safe and legal manner? On Friday, I witnessed the same unsafe and illegal maneuver by two different buses. At a little before 7 in the morning I saw a short bus, nu…

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ukraine is virtually an "anything goes" zone for American entrepreneurs — as well as for people like the North Koreans. That idea has been reinforced by news reports that a Ukrainian factory sold North Korea rocket engines for intercontinental ballistic missiles, which Pyongyang wants to arm…

In President Trump's accidental press conference Tuesday he started into the subject of removing statues, asking rhetorically if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were next on the list due to the fact that they owned slaves. He seems to be missing the point: the statues to be removed gl…

I read with interest Danny Morrison’s article on the now very obvious double standard that is becoming more prevalent than ever in Kern County in regards to criminal justice. His conclusion was right on the money. Criminal justice in Bakersfield favors the white and the financially well-off.

Lois Henry wrote an incisive description and explanation of the State of California/PG&E power usage surcharge. This liberal/progressive plan is yet another transparent wealth redistribution scheme. Success, as measured by house size, is punished by unconscionably "high usage" rate incre…

  • Chicago Tribune

Last year, mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus spread from South America into the U.S. Pregnant women, or those trying, lived in fear of a bite that could result in a baby with birth defects.

Your Aug. 14, Washington Post contributor, Petula DVoark, hit a new low in deranged Trump hatred. Trump is responsible for the Charlottesville riot? Was Bernie Sanders responsible for the man, an avid supporter, who went onto a baseball diamond and attempted to kill as many Republicans as he…

Once more, President Trump has said something I disagree with. Under great pressure from practically everybody, he spoke out against the white supremacist groups, and rightly so. But he went on to say, "Racism is evil."

The recent protests for removal of Confederate war statuary would not have occurred if the statuary would have been left where it is. I’m not a white supremacist, a bigot, or a left or right extremist, but it seems to me that removal of historical figures because we are ashamed of them now, …

Comments on the Charlottesville tragedy are for the most part missing the mark. There were no sides in that confrontation. It was two radical leftist hate groups spewing their usual arrogance, hate, fanaticism, vandalism and mayhem. Both groups are of the same ilk as Black Lives Matter, Anti…

Several times during the first seven months of the Trump administration, I have composed something to send to this publication. In most instances my words were rendered obsolete by the next appalling act, the "OMG" moments that have been the hallmark of his tenure in office. But for the pres…

Last weekend, a very serious incident which speaks directly to the strife and division of this nation occurred just up the road in Tehachapi. A planned candlelight vigil and peaceful rally was canceled due to threats of violence from what in the best case were misguided and misinformed indiv…

Has America lost its mind? Has freedom of speech become an evil source of civil unrest and be allowed to manifest its ugly head to cause injury and death? America must find away to peacefully protest without the growing threat of violent division between its citizens. The governor of Virgini…

  • By Hugh Smith

The Community Voices piece by Brik McDill regarding continuation schools and our environments promotes ridiculously wrong stereotypes of our schools and our students. It’s another example of “shoot from the hip” expertise on education that we see from many quarters. None of our continuation …

Psychologist Brik McDill (Aug 11, 2017) worries about school misconduct-expulsions and says schools need teacher improvement. His only suggestion: "Teaching skillfully and well takes dedication, creativity, energy, spunk, humor, stamina, a bit of being a comedic thespian, and the capacity to…

It appears that President Trump will criticize and/or condemn many different people and groups. These include but are not limited to the pope, a Gold Star family, a disabled reporter, POWs, members of his own party, the leaders of allied countries and members of his own cabinet. Yet he will …

  • By GARRISON KEILLOR

Riding on a bus in the middle of the night through Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, it's impressive, the sheer volume of traffic, hour after hour. Tanker trucks and semis and auto carriers, thousands of tons of goods moving to market, like a train of ants carrying leaves to their anthill. Out h…

  • Chicago Tribune

What makes American democracy shine is not the absence of hate but the response. Repugnant ideas have always swirled in this country amid the legitimate: Racism, anti-Semitism and crackpot nationalism exist. Such ugliness is not outlawed. It is protected by the Constitution. It also is margi…

I have to say, when Sheriff Youngblood stated that law enforcement officers who have broken the law must be accountable and receive the same discipline as any other criminal, it was appreciated. When Chief Martin apologized to Ms. Hargrove for the Bakersfield Police Department canine attacki…

Brik McDill's commentary in the Californian, dated Aug. 11, where he explains that students shouldn't be expelled hastily in order to stop the "Expulsion-to Prison Pipeline," is action that just doesn't happen in most public schools. Unless a student commits battery on a teacher, or is caugh…