• By Joshua J. Whitfield

Well, here we are. We have a new administration, maybe even a new era. Hailed at least for the time being by some; strategically tolerated, again at least for now, by others. An unbelievable carnivalesque sound: "President Trump."

  • By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team had been flirting with moving the daily White House press briefing from the West Wing to nearby quarters that could accommodate more journalists. The White House Correspondents Association registered its concern -- while not present in public se…

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  • By ESTHER J. CEPEDA

A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy organization, says that more than two-thirds of 2,000 teachers surveyed reported students — mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims — expressing concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their fa…

  • By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simp…

I listened as they called my president a Muslim (as if it were a bad thing). I listened as they called him a monkey. I listened as they said he wasn’t born here. I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could. I saw the pictures of him as Hitler. I listened as they o…

  • The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones couldn’t have differed more in the style of their recent responses to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s request for “ideas” on the pending repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But the substance, in both cases, was sobering.

  • By Jim Maples

As we move forward in the traditional transfer of power, I feel the need to do my part as an American citizen to bring some clarity to what I perceive to be the driving force in our country’s divide.

  • BY RICH LOWRY

The controversy over the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has been, if nothing else, clarifying. We now know that working to give poor kids more educational opportunities is considered a disqualifying offense for the left.

  • Chicago Tribune

There’s a phrase President-elect Donald Trump uses when he is promising greatness for America in some area or other but can’t seem to capture the breadth of what he thinks he will achieve. That’s when he tells his audience he will get results “like you’ve never seen before.”

Some of you are not happy with the result of the presidential election and I respect your feelings about Donald Trump. Eight years ago, I was not happy with results of the election and the new cabinet members, but I did not voice such mean and vile remarks. Then, if I had, I would have been …

  • By Bill Allayaud

Last Nov. 29, The Californian published an opinion by Guillermo Ceja of Clean Water Action, questioning columnist Lois Henry’s enthusiastic support for the use of treated oilfield wastewater for irrigating crops (“Community Voices: Testing lacks on crops and oilfield wastewater”).

So now the Kern County Supervisors and their staffs “don’t feel safe with the public having free access to the building” ("Sheriff's union opposes county building lockdown," Jan. 12). Leticia Perez is “terrified to be in a public building without a metal detector” and she said, “It’s not jus…

It’s imperative fake news or misinformation in print gets rebutted especially when public safety is a concern. Danny Morrison’s Jan. 12 column, “Prison proposition put California in a better place," was irresponsible and lacked coherent understanding of the aftermath of propositions 47 and 5…

Early Thursday morning the Senate passed a budget resolution intended to repeal Obamacare. This week the House will likely also pass the same bill. The bill authorizes the "public debt" to increase by almost $10 trillion by 2026. Congressman McCarthy is a self-described conservative whose we…

  • By Liz Ortega

Stephen Hawking was quoted as saying, “I can’t,” when asked why Donald Trump’s political venture has succeeded. Hawking continued to define him as “a demagogue” — an individual of political affiliation who espouses beliefs that appeal to prejudices and less than popular convictions.

In his Jan. 12 Community Voices column ("Hart Park needs to add a parking fee, or else"), Greg McGiffney, a member of the Kern County Parks Commission, explained the rationale behind the proposal to charge a daily parking fee for use of Hart Park. As he did in a Jan. 10 meeting of the Board …

  • By Debra Saunders

At nearly 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, Donald J. Trump spoke to the world after TV networks declared him the victor in the presidential election. His remarks were short. Trump praised his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. He even reached out to those who had not supported him and asked for their gu…

  • By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.

I just want to say congratulations to the jury in Charleston, S.C., on finding Dylann Roof guilty so quickly and almost immediately giving him the death sentence. Now, the problem is, can you put him to death right away and not wait for years to do it? Please.

  • By Joe Mathews

The film musical “La La Land” is being celebrated as a love letter to L.A. But the movie’s darker heart lies in a brief, devastating critique, delivered by the jazz pianist played by Ryan Gosling.

  • THE WASHINGTON POST

The lasting foreign policy legacy of a president often doesn’t become clear until years after he leaves office. That may be particularly true of President Barack Obama, because some of his most distinctive initiatives were, in large part, bets on long-term results. The ultimate success of th…

All these Donald Trump-bashing people should accept the outcome of the presidential election. Invest some of that ugly hate in helping our new commander in chief lead us in the best way possible. The news media make a big hullabaloo over what Jimmy Fallon, Meryl Streep and Rosie O’Donnell sa…

In the Jan. 8 Bakersfield Californian, I noticed in the “How They Voted” list that Representatives Kevin McCarthy and David Valadao both voted for increasing annual deficits, voted for giving away public lands, voted for rules to more easily reduce the salaries of civil servants, voted again…

Most agree that air quality remains one of the most serious health issues facing Bakersfield and Kern County families as we begin 2017. However, columnist Lois Henry continues to minimize the ongoing threat to our region’s families. Her continued dismissal of the facts amounts to a slap in t…

Some things should be free in American culture. Hart Park is one. Otherwise, let’s charge for library books, the bus to school, school itself, Jefferson Park, Beale Park, etc. I have been watching this discussion evolve, and I’m not happy about any of it.

I was glad to see The Bakersfield Californian run the Jan. 5 front-page story on the death of Jai Bornstein, a local transgender teen. This issue deserves our attention and dialogue. One question worth asking is if Whitney Weddell’s suggestion that we create a “softer, safer world” is, in fa…

Since Jan. 1, it has been illegal in the state of California for public schools to use the name Redskins as a team nickname. Four schools statewide are affected. Two schools have switched names to the Tribe, one has switched to the Reds and one school abandoned a nickname all together. I hop…

  • By GEORGE F. WILL

When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from 2340 S St., where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson’s embittering foreign policy failure was the Senate’s rejec…

  • THE WASHINGTON POST

It was always far-fetched, bordering on laughable, that President-elect Donald Trump’s wall would be paid for by Mexico, whose leaders’ reaction to the proposition tended to be unprintable. Now Trump himself has acknowledged that for the time being, American taxpayers, not Mexicans, will be …