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What does the Kern High School District's racial diversity have to do with responsible teachers carrying firearms? Maybe these anti-gun organizations should concentrate on improving home parenting skills to prepare these youths for further education. Controlling lawsuits brought against the …

A newsletter note from Caltrans citing the work it does stated: "Removing 13,361 cubic yards of litter.” Amazing! I can’t get over the absolute cluelessness of people who don’t get that their indifference to proper disposal of trash costs taxpayers a lot of money. All for stupid acts based o…

  • The Seattle Times

Donald Trump must choose: Be president, or be chairman of his company. He can’t do both without creating severe conflicts of interest, at the very least. At worst, Trump’s private holdings could undermine critical foreign policy and blatantly violate the Constitution.

I sometimes wondered how the German people could have elected Adolf Hitler. Now I see. Donald Trump manifests many of the qualities of that despicable human being. He is openly racist yet that was not important enough to disqualify him. His grandfather was an admirer of Hitler and his father…

When I read the title of Guillermo Ceja’s Nov. 29 Community Voices column, “Tests are lacking on crops and oilfield water suitability,” I was fully expecting to read a fact-based case from a qualified individual. But instead, it was just another screed from an anti-oil group, calling itself …

  • By Nathan Petty

In a Nov. 19 CalMatters article, “Jerry Brown’s pension reforms have done little to rein in costs,” readers were educated about the financial challenges and political difficulties that we must confront and overcome if we are ever to truly reform public pension systems. The article does not l…

  • James F. Burns

The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson’s mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to set up chairs on the ship’s main deck for the Sunday morning worship service. His brother Jake and many others were still sound asleep below deck.

  • By Dana Milbank 12/02

It is a sign of how secretive the new administration plans to be that when Donald Trump spoke last week with the Pakistani prime minister, Americans learned what was discussed not from their president-elect but from the oppressive Pakistani government’s Ministry of Information.

  • By Mark C. Salvaggio

There is a drastic need to reform Kern County government by streamlining its operations, scrubbing all department budgets with audits and eliminating as much waste as possible. The County is in the midst of another financial crisis, a $44 million general fund budget deficit and a $12 million…

  • By Esther Cepeda 12/01

It looks as though President-elect Donald Trump is getting serious about repealing the Affordable Care Act, which means that the gains women made in access to birth control are as up-in-the-air as the vitriol-inducing requirement to pay a fine for opting to not get health insurance.

  • Allen Thompson

Angelo Haddad made his case for changing the Electoral College rather than getting rid of it (“The Electoral College: Mend it, don’t end it” Dec. 1). The basis of his premise is that voters in smaller states need a larger say so they aren’t overwhelmed by us big-state people. The problem wit…

  • Jack Hernandez

When I came to BC many years ago, I saw by the front door of the administration building a plaque dated 1955, with the words “Only the Educated are Free.” I was beginning my teaching career in English and philosophy and was struck by this statement expressing the ideal served by Bakersfield …

  • Doug Wagner

I read the article titled, “Teacher shortage even worse than thought” (Dec. 1), and find it hard to believe that there is teacher shortage here in Kern County. My wife, who is fully credentialed — and has been since 1998 — currently teaches at an outlying rural school district.

  • Jay Smith

My friend Steve Cronquist is a clear and thoughtful writer, and his published appearances are too few. However, in his Nov. 30 Community Voices article, “Ryan finally learns Trump truth," Steve seems guilty of a bit of bait and switch. The bait is the assertion that Donald Trump won a landsl…

  • Updated

This is a response to “Testing lacks on crops and oilfield wastewater” (Community Voices, Nov. 29). As a public water agency, Cawelo is committed to ensuring that science-based factual information is disseminated to consumers regarding the use of recycled produced water. As such, Cawelo has …

  • Glen Pruett

There is but one reason we who pay taxes strongly desire those who are not here legally take their families and depart this country: They are takers rather than providers. They take our money in the form of free education for their children, free lunches and breakfast, free medical care and …

  • Patsy Romero

As a breast cancer survivor, a caregiver and an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer, I have seen the impact that cancer has. It is devastating and emotionally hard to have a cancer diagnosis in your family.

  • Elizabeth Keranen

President-elect Donald Trump was elected on the promise that he would “drain the swamp" of Washington insiders. So far, he has appointed the following cabinet members: billionaire Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, who has deep roots on Wall Street and who profited from the financial crisi…

  • Hal Bopp

Guillermo Ceja's Nov. 29 Community Voices column, "Tests are lacking on crops and oilfield water suitability," reminds us that there are never enough tests and never enough information when the facts of a case are at odds with one's agenda.

I congratulate Danny Morrison on his recent column concerning the black and brown working classes living in southeast Bakersfield ("There always has been black and brown working class," Nov. 29). I come from a hard-working family that also faced the challenges of living in southeast Bakersfi…

  • By Arturo S. Rodriguez

The contributions to American history and culture by people of color, women, members of the LGBT community and their allies are all too often overlooked in history books, even today. One way to ensure that our children understand the contributions of all members of our society — even if they…

  • By Joe Mathews

California is finally embracing its rivers. It may be a choking embrace.

  • THE WASHINGTON POST

It’s not easy to run afoul of two constitutional amendments in 140 characters. Whether he realizes it or, more likely, not, President-elect Donald Trump did so in this Twitter outburst Tuesday: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — per…

  • By Angelo Haddad

Donald Trump won the presidential election by a margin of 306 electoral votes to 253 for Hillary Clinton. A week after the election, Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced a bill to abolish the Electoral College system and base future presidential elections on the popular vote because she felt that s…

On Nov. 29, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

These mailbox break-ins have been going on for quite some time. Almost five years ago, the mailboxes at the Springs Apartments, where I lived for a year, were broken into, and I lost some very important mail. I have been reading off and on over the years about this same problem.

Donald Trump says he will build a 2,000-mile fence stretching from Tijuana on the Pacific coast to Matamoros on the Gulf of Mexico, so high and so deep that Mexicanos will not be able to climb it with a ladder or dig under it.

  • Geoffrey B King

I have long been concerned for America. These past 16 plus years we’ve seen declining freedoms and liberties, increased government regulation, and the choking of industries that provide the foundation of our country.