My representative in Congress, Kevin McCarthy, was a wonderful host to a Kern County Honor Flight veterans’ group in mid-April 2016. He made the group's visit to the Capitol very special, giving us a tour of the House of Representatives, his majority leader’s offices, and the floor of the Ho…

I've been been wondering what type of person would kill his girlfriend's baby, what type of person would shoot into a car and kill a little boy and injure his brother, what type of person would kick down a door and go into a room and kill a young man and shoot his girlfriend in the presence …

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Some people want FBI Director James Comey fired right now. That would be a mistake. Why? Because Comey is reasonably up to date, though not always right on the issues. To bring in a new FBI director would only slow the process and require a longer investigation on the alleged Trump Tower wir…

  • By Norm Haughness

OK, it’s high time we begin discussing the implementation. President Trump has said it’s time to get those lawbreakers out — those Mexican-border-crossers who lack the proper papers. Doing the deportations, unlike simply promising them, raises a number of practical issues.

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Given the polarizing atmosphere in which we find ourselves today, it’s not unusual to hear appeals for unity. We’re not African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Muslim-Americans or LGTBQ-Americans, as the plea goes, we’re just plain Americans, unified and committed to that unity.

  • By Bob Franken

It’s called a “skinny budget” because it’s just a president’s blueprint for where the federal money goes, and it doesn’t get into details. Those will be fleshed out later.

This is in response to the March 19 letter, "College doesn't make you smart." The author is right. As he writes, he earned a Master of Science degree, yet he still voted for Donald Trump. He supported a man who says he can fondle any woman he wants because he's rich, may have conspired with …

You may tell me about President Trump’s economic objectives, his foreign policy, his wall building, his health care plan, but please stop telling me that we should not take him literally when he makes claims such as President Obama wiretapping him. If we can’t take our president literally, w…

  • By William D Bezdek

It’s about time someone started recognizing the truth about Obamacare. I applaud Steve Schilling’s March 17 Community Voices article, “Repealing the Affordable Care Act is the real job killer.” However, the Republican leadership has promulgated many more “fake facts” about the “failing” ACA …

It amazes me how the three Republican congressmen from the southern valley have turned their backs on the people who put them in office. Kevin McCarthy, David Valadao and Devin Nunes all support Donald Trump and repealing Obamacare. The three districts represented by these guys are among the…

It’s sad, but the current Obamacare uproar didn’t have to happen. Back in 2010, Rep. Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans promised voters they would “use the power of the purse” to defund Obamacare if they were given the majority in the House. They lied. Voters gave them the majority they wa…

How can Donald Trump, who ran on a promise to "drain the swamp," even consider giving the Pentagon another $54 billion when everyone knows that that five-cornered pit is the biggest black hole in Washington, D.C.? Just last August it was learned that the military couldn’t account for some $6…

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, recently touched off the most easily predicted firestorm in agency history when he announced on CNBC that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

Like the Scarlet Pimpernel of literature, Rep. Kevin McCarthy is here, he's there, he's everywhere. Except in his district. The president supports high-speed rail, at least in the east. McCarthy, his boy in the House, does not.

President Trump has declared war on the media and their "fake news” asserting repeatedly that their sole mission is to undermine and sink his presidency. But in support of his outlandish assertion that he was wire tapped by former President Obama, Trump's press secretary states, “There’s a t…

McCarthy is in an avoidance mode, refusing to hold a town hall meeting, closing his ears to current complaints about Trump’s policies and refusing to carry out the duties of a representative. I agree that it was excessive to march on McCarthy’s home, but the crowds at a town hall meeting wou…

Rep. Steve King of Iowa may have spoken inappropriately when he stated, "Muslim children are preventing our civilization from being restored." But he was correct when he said he feels the standards that made America great are fading away.

  • By Mary C. Barlow

California’s vast public education system is in the midst of an exciting renaissance. The changes we have seen in just the past five years have been resounding. These major shifts have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and put an emphasis on equity.

  • By Stephen W. Schilling

In response to Inga Barks’ March 2 column, “Reform healthcare, even if government jobs are lost,” the claim that the Affordable Care Act is a job-killer and only created more government-funded jobs is not based in fact or reality.

Kevin McCarthy is the one member of the House of Representatives from California with any chance of saving democracy as we know it. The Democrats have, once again, proven their impotence as a countervailing force to a one-sided approach to solving our national issues. Like the Republicans, t…

What are Kern County Supervisors doing about changes in health care management as it pertains to Kern Medical Center? Congressman Kevin McCarthy favors a dismantling of the ACA. Kern Medical Center has been doing great under the ACA, but nothing about the new Republican plan would suggest th…

Columnist Leonard Pitts recently wrote that Donald Trump was elected because conservatives are ignorant and unable to extrapolate information properly ("The education gap between left and right," Feb. 20). Pitts wrote, "there is an education gap between left and right and it poses a grave th…

  • The Bakersfield Californian

There’s a lot in President Trump’s proposed budget for Kern County not to like. Depending on one’s place on the socioeconomic or ideological spectrum, recommended cuts to environmental protection, health care and the arts, among a great many other areas, would be painful if brought to fruition.

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Every year, local business and government leaders go to the Kern County Economic Summit expecting to view graphs and pie charts that help describe the region’s fiscal health. They show up to hear experts crunch data into digestible narratives about the pace of the southern San Joaquin’s growth.

  • Marylee Shrider

Subscribers don’t usually get the last word when it comes to the Opinion page, but after Danny Morrison called me out in his most recent column for schooling him on his you-can-be-both-pro-choice-and-pro-life stance, I requested and received equal time to rebut his rebuttal of my rebuttal.

It's possible the current version of Trumpcare put forth to replace Obamacare will not garner enough GOP support to become law. That said, for the GOP to assert that this plan will cover everyone is nonsense. Who fails to remember that Trump pledged to improve Obamacare and extend coverage t…

Last week the Congressional Budget Office reported that under Trumpcare 14 million people could lose their insurance in 2018. The number exceeds 24 million by 2027. In Kern County we have thousands of families that will lose their health insurance. It’s predicted that perhaps thousands of he…

To the letter writer whose brother was killed while handing out Christian literature during the 1992 L.A. riots, I want to say I am sorry for your loss (“Why I don’t want illegal immigrants here,” March 12). Your brother is a martyr blessed by God. Since his brother was a Christian, perhaps …

I have had an opportunity to meet TV newsman Jose Gaspar and I find him to be an honest man. His recent column about the process of sitting down with the kids and telling them about the possibility of their parents being picked up by ICE, putting a sense of fear into those children. What’s u…

  • By Julie Fry

Imagine waking up in the morning knowing that something isn’t right, that people expect something from you every day that you can’t provide. Then imagine being the parent of a child desperate to become who they really are meant to be, but being scared of what that means for both the child an…

I’m a retired mortician who once served on the reserve L.A. County Coroner’s team. Each year, about 55,000 people die from drug overdoses, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Many of these drugs are brought over from Mexico. Isn’t it time to build the wall? People need t…

I am a 70-year-old Vietnam vet. I believe in equality for everyone. I have listened to "liberated women" and bra burners for 50 years. I have heard demands for equal pay, equal job advancement and equal everything else. But not once have I heard women ask for equal responsibilities.

I would like to comment on the $19 million that was stolen from the students of Bakersfield. I find it hard to understand how, in a beautiful community like Bakersfield, we cannot protect our students from such inexcusable acts of criminality.

I have lived around Bakersfield most my life, so when I tried to contact Kevin McCarthy about his opposition to the high-speed train it irritated me because he wouldn’t let me on his site because of my zip code. He’s a guy that takes money from special interests in every zip code.