Dear Kevin: As a Bakersfield resident my entire life, let me tell you about one of my favorite summer activities when I was a teenager in the 1960s. My father had a small telescope and we spent many hours looking at the spectacular beauty of the moon and stars. My two brothers and I were so …

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Dear Kevin: I know it's not what he wants to hear, and he may stop calling you "My Kevin", but President Trump abhors the truth and has made truth his mortal enemy. He needs to stop. He has ceased to be a political candidate who needs to make outlandish statements in order to be elected. Aft…

Dear Kevin: As a Vietnam veteran, I hear this phrase and cringe at the thought of “political correctness” being thrown my way. After 50 years, it is just another pinprick in the long disparagement of Vietnam vets. ("Baby-killers," "dope-heads," unstable, dangerous and long periods of silence…

Dear Kevin: You’ve been quoted as saying: “Black holes destroy any objects that happen to fall victim to their gravitational pull.” You and the other members of Congress must recognize that the chaos we're experiencing under this president is the vortex of inexperience, half-truths and willf…

Inga Barks’ Feb. 9 column, “Huerta Foundation isn’t shooting straight with us,” reads more like a social media rant rather than a documented, researched newspaper essay. In falsely accusing the Dolores Huerta Foundation, her “source” turns out to be none other than Mike Williams and his Face…

To answer the question posed in the Feb. 9 letter, "Trump and Judge Robart," why should President Trump consult Congress and Homeland Security before issuing the order to ban travel from seven countries, which were originally flagged by the Obama administration, when he has the power to do w…

  • The Sacramento Bee

With super-majorities in both houses, Democrats don’t need a single Republican vote to approve gasoline tax and vehicle fee increases to pay for much-needed road maintenance and other transportation needs.

When I was at Bakersfield High School I had three close friends. We went to Hart Park almost every weekend during the summer. We had a small portable radio and a small barbecue and grilled hamburgers and relaxed close to the river. At that time, there were rides, like a little roller-coaster…

Oh my, there's "Crackdown coming to freeloaders" (Feb. 9). It looks like the “wall” at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre is not big or wide enough to stop these illegals — whoops — freeloaders, from enjoying the benefits that those who paid get to enjoy!

As surely as the robins of spring and the swallows of Capistrano, the nay-saying critics who regularly cry racism, xenophobia or Islamophobia, to name a few of their favorite charges, come out to condemn the actions and the motivations of those they disagree with. The latest of course, is th…

  • By Christine Lollar

On an unusually cold January day in Bakersfield, 19-year-old Tamra stood in icy rain waiting to be picked up from her Kaiser appointment. She looked like any teenager — on her cell phone with a back pack over her shoulder — except that on her dripping wet, pale feet she wore only plastic pin…

I am compelled to write this letter in regard to Inga Barks' Feb. 9 column, "Huerta Foundation isn't shooting straight with us." I will not comment on her discussion of the "lies" told by the Huerta Foundation but I'll comment on her lies, or at least misinformation, about the Kern High Scho…

After reading Inga Barks' recent column about the Huerta Foundation lying ("Huerta Foundation isn't shooting straight with us," Feb. 9), I have to say that I am not surprised. Like the majority of Democrats today, Dolores Huerta is a far left radical. Democrats like John Kennedy and Hubert H…

Right-wing attacks on our own Dolores Huerta are just what we we are coming to expect of pundit shock jock Inga Barks ("Huerta Foundation isn't shooting straight with us," Feb. 9). Shame on Inga for vilifying those who promote community participation in public meetings. The tone of her bully…

I'm hoping that Inga Barks will realize that when you throw the "L" word around so casually you might find it flung back at you. Just for clarity and (heaven forbid) truth's sake, I was on the committee to consider the use of "The Bluest Eye" in KHSD schools. I spoke before the Board in a pu…

I’m hoping that Inga Barks will realize that when you throw the “L” word around so casually you might find it flung back at you. Just for clarity and (heaven forbid) truth’s sake, I was on the committee to consider the use of “The Bluest Eye” in KHSD schools. I spoke before the Board in a pu…

I attended the Feb. 6 KHSD meeting on Feb. 6 out of curiosity about the Delores Huerta Foundation's issue with the District's new policy allowing concealed-carry weapons on campus by designated, vetted persons.

What do you call a person who has the audacity and the perceived privilege to call others liars while shamelessly lying herself? You call her Inga Barks. I was amazed at the ideological ferocity by which she attacked Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta for standing up for …

  • Peter R. Orszag

Promises made by Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are proving to be more complicated than they sounded on the campaign trail. With reality now setting in, what’s most likely to happen?

  • By Margaret Sullivan

Strange, isn’t it, that it was a lie that supposedly caused Gen. Michael Flynn to be fired? His false assurances to Vice President Mike Pence about pre-election conversations with Russia were what evidently did him in as national security adviser.

  • By Michael Gerson

In early January, Speaker Paul Ryan met on the issue of tax reform with a delegation from the president-elect. Attending were future chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, future Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, future senior adviser Jared Kushner, future counselor Kellyanne Con…

Dear Kevin: Tell President Trump the truth. I know that's not what he wants to hear, and he may stop calling you "My Kevin," but President Trump abhors the truth and has made truth his mortal enemy. He needs to stop.

Dear Kevin: I have tried to find something to admire about you for some time. Granted, you look the part — handsome, good hair, nice voice. You could play the part very well in a movie, but in the real world you are not a heroic figure. I have yet to see any display of courage, any hint that…

  • By Daisy B. Peñaloza

Former President Obama’s revocation of the “wet foot/dry foot” policy would have been a welcome change were it not for the fact that he violated yet another U.S. law — the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act — in the process.

Dear Kevin: You obviously don't care 2 cents for your constituents — only for your lobby and your wallet. You lock your office doors whenever a dissenter wants to meet with you. You show no courage whatsoever. You, the (cough) President, and all his goons should just cut to the chase and wea…

Dear Kevin: Would you please remind President Trump that he was not elected king, emperor or dictator of our country? He is now president. As such, he is as accountable to all laws, etc., as the rest of us. So far I see no signs that he understands that or that he has the knowledge or the in…

Dear Kevin: Please tell President Trump this that every human relationship is based on trust -- whether it is friendship, marriage, business, or government. We may agree or disagree on policy. But a relationship founded upon lies, which Trump continually, blatantly, and contemptuously offers…

Dear Kevin: Our immigration system is broken and building a wall isn't going to fix it. Resurrect the immigration bill passed by the Senate in 2013 and put it up for a vote. Kevin, you remember it: It was the one that the House cowardly refused to even bring to the floor. Like millions of ot…

Dear Kevin: I am one of your constituents. If I had your ear, I'd advise you to have a Barry Goldwater moment with Mr. Trump and urge him to resign before he damages the country any more.

Dear Kevin: You were born, raised and educated in Bakersfield, so you grew up knowing about Trice Harvey. Harvey was in politics for one reason, and one reason only: to represent the people in his district. Perhaps you should take a lesson from the late state assemblyman. God knows, you need it.

Dear Kevin: Please tell President Trump is tearing apart the fabric of our country. His first three weeks in office have been chaotic. Since inauguration, Trump has not acted to soothe or unify our divided country by reaching out to the majority of voters who did not vote for him. We never h…

Dear Kevin: I remain appalled at the level of support you continue to show to our President. Here are just a few of the issues on which we vehemently disagree:

Dear Kevin: Instead of worrying so much about terrorists from Syria or illegal immigrants from Mexico, why don't you issue an executive order against the "terrorists" that affect all of us every day — ban telemarketers from calling our cell phones! (P.S.: The "Do Not Call" list does not work.)

  • THE WASHINGTON POST

A confounding aspect of today’s global conflicts is the use of soft power: propaganda, news, social media, cybermischief, deception, leaks and other means to influence hearts and minds and thereby prevail over an adversary. The digital age has greatly accelerated the importance and use of th…

  • By Gerald Cantu

The past 50 years of U.S.-Cuban relations have been defined by Fidel Castro’s resistance to normalization. Bill Clinton was probably right when he said that Castro did not want an end to the embargo “because as long as he can blame the United States, then he doesn’t have to answer to his own…

Danny Morrison wrote a column that appeared in The Californian's Feb. 2 edition about race, one several he has written about living as an African American in our country today. Thank you, Danny! A black man writing about being black in our community provides readers with insight into life he…