• By Carl P. Leubsdorf

President Donald Trump's first six months have been defined by his often angry and tasteless tweets, his ham-handed efforts to denigrate and undercut the multiple investigations into Russian influence in the 2016 election, and the stalemated legislative battle to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Hats off to Kern County Supervisors David Couch and Mike Maggard for thinking of ways to discourage people from foolishly swimming in the Kern River during a year of extremely high and fast flow ("Supervisors float Kern River safety deas: More signs and charging for cost of rescues," July 20).

In its "Hits & Misses" column of July 21, The Californian swerved into the truth about 1,2,3-TCP regulation. It's not about reducing contaminant levels to a ridiculously low 5 parts per trillion (5 grains of playground sand in 1000 washing machine shipping crates). According regulation d…

Doesn’t Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson ("A president's subservience toward Russia," July 21) get tired of blocking every move a visionary president strives to materialize - then knock him for not accomplishing anything - except a helluva lot? If only the Post were honest about all …

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin has his work cut out for him: A black man who is leading a predominately white police force that has a historically dubious relationship with the black community is going to have his challenges.

  • By Leonard Adreon

July 27, 1953, is the day the killing stopped in the Korean War 64 years ago. On this anniversary occasion, it is timely to contemplate a solution to the North Korean dilemma confronting the United States and the world.

Think of Kern River as a liquid highway and more deadly than both Highway 46 and 65. And, just as passengers riding on asphalt highways are required to wear seat belts, make it a law that anyone who enters into the liquid highway of Kern River be wearing a proper life jacket or life vest. Wh…

I was saddened to read about another negative interaction between Bakersfield police and a community member, Tatyana Hargrove, which apparently occurred due to mistaken identity. I wish Ms. Hargrove and her family the best as they recover from this difficult experience, but I also felt bette…

  • The Bakersfield Californian

MISS: A Bakersfield-based entertainment company says it's out to the tune of $154,000 in ticket sales revenue following recent events at the beloved Fox Theater. Icon Entertainment promoter Doug Castro says revenue from sold-out shows featuring comedian Jeff Dunham on May 11 and 12 is missin…

Attention Walmart Shoppers! On July 19, in the Walmart parking lot on Rosedale Highway, a thief ripped all four wheels from the two bicycles securely locked to the back of our Jeep. The theft occurred in mid-afternoon and the effort required to remove the wheels must have been difficult and …

  • By MICHAEL GERSON

In the normal course of events, the revelation of attempted collusion with Russia to determine the outcome of a presidential election might cause an administration to overcorrect in the other direction. A president might find ways to confront the range of Russian aggression, including cyber-…

I find it interesting how the author of the July 20 letter, "Giumarra frenzy out of control," can make the argument that alcohol had nothing to do with the fatal car vs. bicyclist accident involving John Guimarra III. "This would have happened regardless," he writes. Is that right? Because w…

President Trump says that any state that refuses to share personal voter information must be hiding something: “If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they’re worried about. There’s something. There always is.”

  • By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells' energy-producing structures (the mitochondria), thereby progressively ravaging his organs. He cannot hear, he c…

Great July 19 post by TBC in “Things you need to know” about Elijah Lidgett, the young man traveling to Washington, D.C., to represent the Central Valley at the 2017 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children’s Congress.

  • By Al Sandrini

I have been following with some interest The Californian’s reporting on meetings conducted by Kern High School District regarding pending attendance boundary changes, including your July 11 article, “Parents, community lash out at KHSD over proposal to send Centennial students to North High …

Donald Trump just doesn't understand American politics, Constitutional law or deductive thinking, qualities that are a must for any president. Part of the issue may be that Trump has less formal education than almost any of them in the past 100 years. It should be mandatory for U.S. presiden…

Where are the voices? Whose? Evangelicals, extolling scriptural values and virtues, are enjoined to look kindly and generously upon the needs of widows, the poor and needy, the hungry, the homeless, strangers, foreigners in the land, refugees, asylum seekers, orphans, the disabled, the ill.

  • By Donny Youngblood

In his July 18 Community Voices article, "Salas' vote can help end a cycle of repression," Randy Villegas gave the citizens of Kern County another dishonest portrayal of Senate Bill 54.

  • By James F. Burns

America is built upon a cultural foundation of ambition and excellence. Four short stories involving physical challenges of endurance — a hazardous hike, a death march, and two long races — illustrate these traits.

It seems the local media, and people on social media, are in a "shark frenzy" mode regarding the criminal case filed against John Giumarra III ("John Giumarra III pleads not guilty in fatal DUI crash," July 18). It was just reported his blood alcohol level was .18 after his arrest on the nig…

  • By Donny Youngblood

In his July 18 Community Voices article, “Salas’ vote can help end a cycle of repression,” Randy Villegas gave the people of Kern County another dishonest portrayal of Senate Bill 54.

  • By DANA MILBANK

A disturbing scene unfolded at the White House on Monday afternoon. A hook-and-ladder firetruck and a utility bucket truck pulled up to the South Portico and extended their rescue arms in the vicinity of the Truman Balcony.

  • By Jon Lifquist

Californians don’t like tax increases. Repeated attempts to dismantle Proposition 13 have met with widespread opposition, and a proposed tripling of vehicle registration fees in 2003 was the catalyst leading to the recall of then Gov. Gray Davis. Currently, there is an ongoing attempt to rec…

I read with great interest the July 16 front page article and Opinion section editorial on toxic stress, the mental and physical ailment especially prevalent in the Kern River Valley, Taft, and of course Oildale. 

  • Bloomberg View

Almost overnight, it seems, the decade-long expansion of rooftop solar in the U.S. has come to an end. Installations are set to fall by 2 percent this year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Partly to blame is a widening campaign to end a key customer incentive, homeowners’ ability …

The height of this president's hypocrisy knows no bounds. I just saw that Donald Trump is proclaiming this week as Made in America week. He is saying that he wants to celebrate the American worker and the products these workers manufacture.

I was proud of Bakersfield for once when I attended the NAACP rally for Tatyana Hargrove last week: Hundreds of people of all races standing together holding hands, praying, and speaking out against police officers who prey on innocent people of color. Tatyana is only charged with a crime be…

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer

Perhaps the most memorable scene from the film “Bridge on the River Kwai” depicts a British colonel played by Alec Guinness suddenly realizing the depth of his collaboration with the Japanese captors he helped build the bridge. “What have I done?” he gasps after defending the bridge from All…

"Toxic stress" is a new term some Americans are using to describe the poverty crisis in their country. What is really going is a war on poor people by the elite and law enforcement. This war on poor people was started in the 1960s when minority groups were made aware of the social welfare pr…

  • BY FROMA HARROP

Ours is a nation in despair. U.S. suicide rates have surged to a 30-year high, and it’s not just among struggling middle-aged whites. Suicides by girls age 10 to 14 have spiked over the last 18 years. And there’s been a shocking surge in children 17 or under dying from self-inflicted gunshot…

Many of my contemporaries have expressed disappointment regarding the lack of national recognition for the 16 service personnel killed July 10. All were lost after a C-130 broke up in mid-air and crashed. Why were these deaths not memorialized in some significant way? Why were flags not flow…