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In our internet-connected world where cute is king and issues of substance tend to be discussed only if there’s a catchy meme to share, people are far likelier to know that Sept. 17 was National Apple Dumpling Day than that it marked the beginning of Constitution Week.

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Why is the “right thing” the right thing to do…? And just how does one determine exactly what the right thing is? Right for me, right for you, best for us, best for whom, most pleasurable, golden mean, right for the short term, right for the long term? Right for the privileged? Right for the…

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Does Gov. Jerry Brown believe the Earth is going to abide by his sweeping climate laws? The problem is, many people don't think it's the Earth, but rather a gas called carbon dioxide. That seems to be the crisis du jour for many pseudo-intellectuals who know nothing about Earth's paleoclimat…

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I was distressed and angered when I read the story “full of facts” written by John Harte in the 150 years Sunday edition (Sept. 18). Mr. Harte’s comment “but I need to start by giving you a little background” sounded like he heard it direct from Joe Beckett’s mouth. To state that it is the r…

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An eye-popping $1.5 billion in local school bonds will appear on Kern County ballots in November. Voters are being asked to help finance the construction of new schools to accommodate an increasing number of students, expand existing schools and repair decades-old deteriorating schools.

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Billy Moseley's Sept. 20 Community Voices article, “Measure J an investment in the future of Bakersfield,” supports the Kern Community College District's bond measure, a property tax add-on that is intended, in part, to aid the Bakersfield College campus. As an alumnus I agree the facilities…

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I'm writing this letter to apologize to the community of Bakersfield and to the Kern County Sheriff's Department —especially to the flight crew of KCSO Air One, piloted by Deputy Austin.

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In his Sept. 5 Community Voices article, "Homophobia’s textbooks: The Torah, Christian scriptures and the Quran," retired mathematics professor David Keranen demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that he is an Atheist Supremacist. He revealed himself with copious use of Christian pejorati…

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Hillary Clinton has been lying since the 1960s and continues to not only lie but get away with it. I am no doctor, but wouldn’t you call this a pathological liar? With all of the wonderful women who have the capacity and integrity to run our country, why her?

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It's impossible for Americans to deny that naked racism has been mainstreamed over the past year. If it's not Donald Trump criticizing African-Americans, it's Maine Gov. Paul LePage's irresponsible comments.

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The proposed Monsanto-Bayer deal, besides raising farmers' anxiety levels, should also make the rest of us anxious. After all, Monsanto is responsible for poisoning thousands of bees, resulting in "quick decline," and jeopardizing our farmers' ability to earn a living, plus contaminating cot…

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved reading history. As a boy, I remember vividly reading the journal of Massachusetts Bay colonial governor John Winthrop. The 17th century English lexicon took some getting used to, but I felt a strange and deep connection to something intangible yet d…

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In California, diversity is not just about embracing demographic change. It’s about protection against disasters, natural and manmade. When calamity strikes in this disaster-prone state, diversity keeps bad times from becoming even worse.

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Making a recommendation about a ballot initiative is not the same as handicapping a race. Even when the polls seem to indicate voters’ strong support, it is sometimes necessary to swim against the political tide.

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Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed AB 1066, known as the overtime bill. This bill, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, has been called the worst legislation to target the agricultural industry in history.

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In November, Californians will vote on two competing death penalty initiatives. Proposition 66, sponsored by death penalty proponents, seeks to expedite the appeals process, long a bane to those who favor execution as a criminal penalty. Their slogan, “mend don’t end,” is admittedly catchy. …

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My grandfather, Jim Turner, was hired as one of the faculty members and assistant football coaches in 1953 — three years before the college held classes on the new campus at 1801 Panorama Drive. It was an exciting time for Bakersfield, and for Bakersfield College.

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The long battle against breast cancer has shown impressive gains. While the disease remains the second most frequent cause of cancer death among women (behind only lung cancer), the trend lines are going in the right direction:

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The Great Depression was notorious for its ill-conceived government interventions to prop up prices and “create” jobs through unnecessary and unproductive make-work programs, which only served to prevent needed corrections in the economy and ended up prolonging the depression. Yet, many of t…

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Five counties within the Central Valley, of the state’s 58, account for more than half (58%) of all the produce grown in California. And somehow, a majority of the state legislature saw fit to ignore the views of those who have lived it, who have had their hands in the dirt, and said that AB…

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I remember how excited I was that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton was going to make a rehab start for the Bakersfield Dodgers at Sam Lynn Ballpark. My dad and I went to the game, and I don’t know what was better, going to the game with my Dad or seeing Don Sutton pitch in Bakersfield.

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Five counties within the Central Valley, of the state’s 58, account for more than half (58 percent) of all the produce grown in California. And somehow, a majority of the state legislature saw fit to ignore the views of those who have lived it, who have had their hands in the dirt, and said …

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I’ve been calling for Donald Trump to focus on the economy, so I won’t quibble with parts of his speech, delivered on Thursday to the Economic Club of New York, that I don’t think go far enough. Hopefully, this focus on the economy will last more than 24 hours and he will develop a consisten…

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Less than two months ago, President Barack Obama approved a presidential policy directive spelling out how the federal government would respond to “significant cyber incidents.” In the shadowy world of cyberconflict, this is often a difficult problem: how to identify the source of an attack …

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In recent presidential years, Catholics and white evangelical Christians joined in favoring the Republican candidate. A key reason was a shared opposition to abortion.

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Over the span of two days, the Republican nominee for president has proposed new child-care subsidies, new mandatory benefits to be provided by business, the removal of millions of families from the income-tax rolls, and an increase in tax rates on single people making from $112,500 to $190,…

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The people asking questions about Hillary Clinton’s health are sexists. They think women are weak. They think women are fragile. They think women can’t handle tough jobs. So goes an angry name-calling thesis that doesn’t end there but should end with a failing grade. Recent history, for star…

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It’s called civil disobedience — Colin Kaepernick’s actions are well protected by the U.S. Constitution. And to their credit, other athletes are also taking a knee during the national anthem. It amazes me how many are outraged by individuals who are well within their rights to protest.

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We have all heard different versions of the story: Upcoming high school star athlete whose enthusiastic parents believe their teen can play college sports and eventually go pro, encourage full commitment to the sport, while education ends up taking a back seat.

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In an open society, public opinion polling is essential to connect the rulers and the ruled. To borrow a cliche, polls speak truth to power. This is much harder to do in a closed society where people are afraid to speak their minds. In recent years, Russian President Vladimir Putin slowly el…

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NASA scientists may have noticed a wobble in Earth’s axis Tuesday morning. Harry Reid, the irascible top Democrat in the Senate, had shown contrition.

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In teaching anthropology at BC, I encourage students to get real-world experiences through internships or volunteering. It’s a great way for students to start building their resume, gain skills in the field, and to figure out if that’s really the job they want. Interning or volunteering prep…

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During a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green declared that public safety must remain the top priority. “If that means closing every library in the county so you can put deputies on the street,” she said at the meeting on Sept. 6, “you need to do that.”