• The Record of Hackensack, N.J.

Unlike previous years, the U.S. Supreme Court is not ending its term with landmark rulings, but instead, setting the stage for what will surely be a new term marked by life-changing decisions. At the end of June, all eyes are focused on the first Monday in October, when that term begins.

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A splendid week in Norway and now it’s good to be back home, driving around town in my old beat-up Volvo and listening to The Drifters. Norway is a land of bicycles and public transit, lean healthy long-legged people striding up into the hills, but I love my car where I can add a bass vocal …


The Brezhnev Doctrine said that the Soviet empire could only expand and never give back its gains. A domestic version of the doctrine has long applied to the welfare state — and never so brazenly as in the debate over the Republican health-care bill.

Are we to believe, O Great and Powerful Federal Legislators, that this is the best you can do? That in this country, arguably the wealthiest and smartest on the planet, millions of citizens will not have access to comprehensive and affordable health care? The for-profit health care industry …

I cannot believe that the Kern County Supervisors would seriously consider advocating the reduction of the Sequoia National Monument on the grounds reported by The Californian on June 23. Yes, the buildup of dead trees due to drought and bark beetles has reached epidemic proportions througho…

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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There’s much to like about fireworks. Those personal “safe and sane” street-bombs bring together family and friends. They’re mildly thrilling to ignite. They’re loud and smoky, setting the tone for boisterous good fun. And their sale in the days just before the Fourth of July helps fund loca…

Danny Morrison’s June 20 column about the fears of black parents for their sons was touching, heartfelt and moved me to tears (“My Philando-filled Father’s Day has me furious”). I am not black and I’m also not blind. The news is full of stories about young black men being shot and killed by …

Giant Sequoias and California. The two go together like peanut butter and jelly. The magnificent trees are many things — a reminder of our place in the natural world, a draw for tourists, filters to clean our air and water. Yet until fairly recently the majority of the world’s Giant Sequoia …

  • By Dick Meyer

Rod Blagojevich was governor of Illinois from 2003 until 2009, when he was impeached. Two years later, Blagojevich was convicted of extortion and soliciting bribes. He was sentenced to 14 years in the slammer.

  • The Orange County Register

Another day, another revelation about government abuses of surveillance powers and Americans’ privacy. Now, many in Congress are pushing back against such violations.

  • By Gina Barreca

In these days of turmoil and strife, there are things we can stop doing to make life better for ourselves and those around us. You will find a dozen items (plus a bonus) conveniently detailed in the list below.

  • By Christine Emba

Silicon Valley and its associated start-ups are often described as having a “Peter Pan” mentality. High jinks are indulged, and an adolescent atmosphere is encouraged. Smart young (or young-seeming) makers develop apps that approximate adult forms of labor and turn their companies into gold.…

Donald Trump was right, this was a rigged election. I hope Trump pays his attorneys up front or they may not get paid. We have a fraud in the Oval Office.

Few headlines have left me as speechless and flummoxed as the one I read in the June 23 edition of The Californian: "Kern County Supervisors could lobby for drastic reduction in Sequoia National Monument."

  • By Bill Walker

Kern County, like all counties in California, is responsible for delivering critical local services to residents, including health and welfare, public safety and social services for the most vulnerable. Assembly Bill 1250 (authored by Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles) will ne…


Whenever there is a shooting, liberals have an answer that is not an answer, namely the charade of more gun control. Fine, try it, and maybe some voodoo along the way, but it doesn’t work very well, there are better alternatives, and what’s truly absurd in this debate is the demeaning expres…

  • Chicago Tribune

Five feet isn’t a whole lot of space, but Russia apparently thinks it’s just enough to send the U.S. a message. On Monday, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet sidled up alongside a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the Baltic Sea, coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft. T…

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield attorney Benjamin Greene, 48, died Tuesday after running a 5K race sponsored by the Bakersfield Track Club in 107-degree heat. Many on Facebook are asking why the race was held at all when local and state public health agencies were advising people to stay out of the heat, and li…


In 1983, President Ronald Reagan delivered his “Evil Empire” speech, which immediately offended Soviet leaders and the foreign policy establishment. (Reagan must have been equally pleased by both.)


The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on?

  • By Kevin Burton

In her recent Community Voices article, Caroline Farrell of the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment claimed that California legislators are not doing enough to address air quality and climate change in the Central Valley (“Salas puts Kern residents’ health on a back burner,” June 16).

Where is the tax money going for road repair in in California? The pot holes are now becoming sink holes. What and why is the delay? Promises, promises, promises. The potholes and cracks in the roads are not even filled any more. How much does road tar cost anyway?

In blaming the Alexandria, Va., shooting on President Trump’s critics, the author of a June 15 letter, "Inciting an insane act of violence," omitted a more basic cause for this climate of vitriol, namely Trump as a person and as a campaigner. The shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise is a by-produc…

In an interview on Fox News, Donald Trump Junior said that his father did not order Comey to stop investigating Flynn. “When he tells you to do something, guess what? There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping,'" Trump Jr. said.

  • By Patsy Ouellette

I have long been of the opinion that cancer is, to a great extent, preventable. Where’s the evidence, you might wonder. In this time of internet conspiracy theories, hyperbolic statements and hacking scams, any clear thinking person is wise to pause and be skeptical.

In many ways, we are all to blame for the violence that is rampant in our country and the Virginia shooting is just another example of the hatred we share. That hatred is evident in the rantings from the right on talk radio and the talking heads on liberal TV.

Our country, thanks to the Congress, is almost $20 trillion in debt. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, thanks to the Congress, are approaching bankruptcy. Deficit spending, thanks to the Congress, goes on and on. Illegal immigration, thanks to the Congress, is overwhelming and bankrup…

I would like to comment on your editorial on town hall meetings in America ("Keep the dialogue going with Congress," June 18). We should never run away or hide from our fears. America needs town hall meetings. The real problem in America is our gun culture.

  • Chicago Tribune

Americans generally disapprove of racial slurs. Someone who utters one in the company of others may provoke awkward silence, blunt criticism, loud outrage or worse. Social ostracism, organized protests and loss of employment may result as well. Bill Maher had to apologize after his jocular u…

Kudos to Manpreet Kaur. That was an excellent contribution both in content and presentation ("Ridgeview joins the Punjabi instruction club," June 19). Kudos to Ridgeview High School for taking this important and timely first step and kudos to the KHSD Board for not talking the subject to dea…


Nearly 150 days into the Trump era, no non-delusional conservative can be happy with the direction of events or pleased with the options going forward.