• Gabriel Thompson

In August of 1936, a young writer named John Steinbeck set out in an old bakery truck to capture the lives of California’s migrant farmworkers. With a notebook in hand, he toured the San Joaquin Valley, spending much of his time in the Bakersfield area, which would lead to his classic 1939 n…

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  • Rich Lowry

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn't care about losing Republican viewers.

Commenting on a recent letter to the Californian, it's hard to understand how knowing about scriptures that speak about violence can give solace and peace. There is the statement that "He is the creator of life." If He is the creator of life, then apparently, according to the Bible, He can e…

Unlike American seaports along the East and Gulf Coasts, California’s maritime gateways are very seldom visited by violent weather. They just have other existential threats to deal with, like the burden of finding the billions of dollars it will take to adhere to draconian air-quality standa…

In his Oct. 11 letter, Julian Delgado called Donald Trump a “draft-dodging coward." Although not technically a “draft dodger” because of a medical exclusion, those of us that served in the military during the Vietnam era recognize exemptions given Trump and other “chosen ones” for exactly wh…

  • Garrison Keillor

When I was 20, I dropped out of college and got a job with a morning newspaper whose city editor Mr. Walt Streightiff put me to work writing obituaries of ordinary men and women whose deaths were not considered newsworthy. Other reporters handled crime, natural disasters, City Hall, sports, …

Thank you, Valerie Schultz, for pointing out the current climate of immature and offensive name-calling, and its relationship to leadership in governing ("The real toll of 'sticks and stones,' Oct. 14).

William Bezdek’s Community Voices submission ("Objection to contraceptives based on unfounded belief, Oct. 13) contained misleading statements about the Church’s teaching on sexual relations, contraception and the purpose of marriage.

  • Joe Mathews

California could use a concert hall like Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. The signature structure of 21st century Germany features performance space for the philharmonic, a dramatically curved escalator, and various public spaces for people to gather and enjoy city views.

The Republicans are in charge. That means nothing will get done about gun violence in America except for lip service. That's because the NRA has firm control over the Republicans. One of their biggest supporters is our own Kevin McCarthy.

  • By Dana Milbank

Seems Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments Judge and very likely the next U.S. senator from the state of Alabama, has been playing a bit fast and loose with the whole thou-shalt-not-bear-false-witness thing.

With the Las Vegas massacre, we are again seeing an outcry calling for gun control, as if that would help the larger situation. Sorry, Pandora's box has already been opened. Gun control simply takes guns out of the hands of responsible citizens and leaves gangs and terrorists in a stronger p…

  • Michael Gerson

In the midst of a governing crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan has once again risen to his role as the voice of bland complacency. Concerning the open warfare between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ryan advises "these two gentlemen to sit down and just talk through their issues."

Every day, everybody goes home alive and well. Those are the words of Aera Energy proclaiming their commitment to a safe workplace. Simple, yet powerful, and there are hundreds of safety professionals across Kern County who feel the same way about their workplaces. Gone are the days Upton Si…

During the Planning Commission hearing on Oct. 12, the marijuana users were out in force. While many individuals spoke for Option A, which is a ban on all marijuana in the County proper, there appeared to be even more present that supported Option B, which allows sales of marijuana in limite…

  • By Jennifer Rubin

With the exception of House Speaker Paul Ryan, there is no GOP politician who has debased himself more for the sake of accommodation with President Donald Trump than Vice President Mike Pence, who once enjoyed respect as a decent, consistent conservative. His ploy on Sunday shows he has perm…

If you're over age 65, have parents or grandparents over age 65, or even hope to make it to age 65 yourself, please read/understand this.

  • William Bezdek, M.D.

President Trump has just made it easier for employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives. Stated another way, employers can limit important preventive medicines, thus limiting the rational ability of their employees to control their reproductive life by simply claiming these…

  • BY GERALD HASLAM

Wild geese came circling in as usual last evening for their dip in the Petaluma Community Center’s lake … but through a pall of smoke. They didn’t land because scores of cars and hundreds of displaced  people filled the surrounding parking lot and greensward, and many tents had been erected …

  • Garrison Keillor

I am off lingonberries for the time being and Volvos and flat white furniture from Ikea. No meatballs, thank you. Once again the humorless Swedes have chosen a writer of migraines for the Nobel Prize in literature, an author of twilight meditations on time and memory and mortality and cold t…

  • By Doug Sosnik The Washington Post

More than half of Americans don't think Donald Trump is fit to serve as president, yet he has a clear path to winning reelection. If Trump isn't removed from office and doesn't lead the country into some form of global catastrophe, he could secure a second term simply by maintaining his curr…

  • Raoul Lowery Contreras

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 — the date of the Mexican and Central American struggle for independence from Spain. There are some who wonder why the United States formally observes Hispanic heritage. Here are some reasons why.

  • By Matt Constantine and Tom Corson

Kern County lost 117 children in 2016. Too many of these deaths were tragedies that may have been prevented. No matter the circumstance, precious lives were taken from our community too soon. Each child represents immense pain and loss for many family members, friends and neighbors.

Great article by Anna Smith on Monday's Money page (Bakersfield won't win new Amazon campus, but we'll gain by trying"). As occasional counsel for Kern Economic Development Corp. in the past, I can attest to the efforts of that public-private partnership over the past 30 years in successfull…

Donald J. Trump says it's a disgrace that some NFL players are taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. What's really a disgrace is that during the Vietnam War, Donald J. Trump got a bunch of deferments. 

  • By Jennifer Rubin

Conventional wisdom proclaims that the Republicans will pass something on tax reform; the generals (Jim Mattis at the Defense Department, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and H.R. McMaster at the National Security Council) will keep us from danger; and, in the post-Reince Priebus, post-Stephen K…

  • By Barry Ritholtz

Given how many prizes various psychologists and economists have already won the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences -- Daniel Kahneman (2002), Robert Shiller, Eugene Fama (2013) -- it seems contradictory to suggest that the Nobel Committee is finall…