• The Washington Post

For a state-of-the-art U.S. Navy destroyer to collide with a slow-moving tanker ship, there must be multiple failures of operations and personnel, from the enlisted seamen manning lookout posts to the captain of the ship. That it has happened twice in two months to the Asia-based 7th Fleet, …

  • By Alison Sheehey

It is time to realize that no matter how the argument is framed, Giant Sequoia National Monument is not large enough to protect many of the unique biological, geological, and historical resources that exist within its parent government land Sequoia National Forest.

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There is a lot of misunderstanding in America about the origins of the statues of Confederate soldiers and politicians. Most people believe they were erected after the war to celebrate these men. That is not the case.

  • By Michelle McLean, Ed.D.

As the leader of the Arvin School District, I try very hard to avoid giving my opinion on things political. But because I am the leader of this district, I am compelled by common human decency to speak out against the despicable and immoral acts and ideology of hatred, oppression and violenc…

  • By GARRISON KEILLOR

At the age of 75, I'm coming to realize that I may never know for certain what happened to Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on their round-the-world flight that disappeared in the South Pacific in July 1937. I have been in love with her forever and it's painful to have no resolut…

  • By Stephen Moore

One lesson I've learned from working with Donald Trump is that you have to pay attention to what he does, not what he says. The left and the media are accusing Trump of being racist and a Nazi-sympathizer because of his words in response to the horrid events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Bloomberg View

Of the many divides between urban and rural America -- political, cultural, sartorial -- the hardest to justify may be technological. Fast internet service is a necessity of modern life, yet it is far rarer for rural residents than for city dwellers. The government can help bridge this gap.

  • By MICHAEL GERSON

We are seeing the sad effects of President Trump's renunciation of moral leadership on America politics and culture -- the waning of civility, idealism and respect, and the waxing of contempt, prejudice and racial division. But how is a similar moral abdication -- summarized as the doctrine …

More than any place, Kern County has been hurt by federal EPA Director Scott Pruitt’s refusal to follow the recommendations of his own scientists and ban the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Machiavelli argued that the statesman must have the “ferocity of a lion and the cunning of a fox” to be effective. Thus far in his tenure Donald Trump has displayed but a paucity of leadership. At best he seems incompetent; at his worst, a buffoon.

  • By Froma Harrop

While giving birth at a small hospital in central Tennessee, Whitney Brown developed terrible breathing problems and seizures. The medical staff in McMinnville decided she needed the attention of specialists at a big hospital in Chattanooga. It took nearly two hours to get her there. Despite…

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This month's events in Charlottesville, along with the threat of future protests by white supremacist groups, have sparked a national debate about placing legal limits on hate speech. The thinking is that some views are so abhorrent that they should be banned, and their advocates should not …

Many problems followed my June 2 decision to switch cable providers. Five technicians left business cards. My 20-25 phone calls were transferred to Manila, Florida, Texas and other states when I needed to speak with someone in California. Letters were written to the Public Utilities Commissi…

Monday a cable news show ran a clip of President Reagan addressing an audience. He said his words were not for them but for those not there. If they had been there, he stated, this is what he would say: That prejudice has no place in America, that they are not the ideals of the country stands for.

Race is being used to divide America and undermine a duly elected president. The left has been trying to bring down the president since the day he was elected.

Let's make America great again, really. I believe we are the greatest country in the world, yet our own president said we lacked the qualities of greatness as he took office. We accepted that negative rhetoric. This president proves daily his lack of unawareness of how to deal with domestic …

Leonard Pitts may be right for once with his latest commentary ("Sadly America is not 'better than this,'" Aug. 17). As long as many Americans turn their backs on God, they will most certainly fall short of reaching their ideal. Overcoming this problem is quite simple: become like branches o…

  • By Mary C. Barlow

Summer fun has given way to the start of another school year for Kern County’s more than 185,000 school children. While first day jitters are normal, most students were excited — whether they would admit it or not — about going back to school where they enthusiastically greeted their peers, …

Nicolo Machiavelli's 1532 book "The Prince" continues to be relevant today. The main character, the Prince, believed in political expediency over moral character and used craft and deceit to maintain his authority, power, and control over his policies.

As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president's budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that wo…

President Trump needs help. He of the simplistic syntax, grade-school grammar, petty patois, and ruptured rhetoric (sorry, I can't help it) needs help. I refer the Bronze Bumbler to psychiatrist Dr. Lucy Van Pelt of "Peanuts" fame. This comedy of errors needs to end. Five cents, please!

I have my air conditioning set at 79 degrees, turn off lights, use ceiling fans, etc., but I suppose there is more I could do to save electricity. I won’t turn off all the electronics at night and have to reset everything the next day, but I could turn off my automatic sprinkler and water by…

  • BY LAWRENCE KUZNAR

As an anthropologist who has studied the meaning of monuments and sacred spaces in other cultures, the recent controversy and violence surrounding Confederate monuments has been ethically challenging. I love my country, and part of my professional responsibility is to foster tolerance. I hav…

  • BY MARK SALVAGGIO

When the Antiquities Act of 1906 was passed under the leadership of one of our greatest presidents, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, a Republican, it aimed to preserve breathtaking sites of beauty and historical significance. Pre-historic treasures, Native American sacred sites, and artifacts wer…

  • CHICAGO TRIBUNE

We'll state from the outset that we are deeply distressed by our president's cynical political calculations. By his meanness of tone and erratic behavior. By his serially insensitive reactions to the violent white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va., that has stained America and hurt man…

The recent letters attempting to justify racism are contemptible. What happens to the Golden Rule in all this?— Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You?— doesn’t that apply to everyone? Would you like someone to think of you as any kind of a second-rater? —Of course not. Then how d…

If we could first know where we are and where we are going we could better judge what to do and how we are going to accomplish this. We are not far into the seventh month since Donald Trump took office. He promised healing in this country but thus far has failed miserably. This nation is div…

I watch national “fake” TV network news including Fox, the “real” news network. They all spend a lot of time on Washington, D.C., covering what’s going on there. I now realize that Washington politics is fueling my craving for mixed nuts. It is similar. Your hand is in the mixed nuts while y…

  • The Washington Post

The Congressional Budget Office released on Tuesday yet another damning report on health care, this time highlighting the damage President Donald Trump will do if he continues his Affordable Care Act sabotage campaign.

School started this week. If we are going to entrust our children to school bus drivers, shouldn't we expect them to drive in a safe and legal manner? On Friday, I witnessed the same unsafe and illegal maneuver by two different buses. At a little before 7 in the morning I saw a short bus, nu…

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ukraine is virtually an "anything goes" zone for American entrepreneurs — as well as for people like the North Koreans. That idea has been reinforced by news reports that a Ukrainian factory sold North Korea rocket engines for intercontinental ballistic missiles, which Pyongyang wants to arm…

In President Trump's accidental press conference Tuesday he started into the subject of removing statues, asking rhetorically if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were next on the list due to the fact that they owned slaves. He seems to be missing the point: the statues to be removed gl…

I read with interest Danny Morrison’s article on the now very obvious double standard that is becoming more prevalent than ever in Kern County in regards to criminal justice. His conclusion was right on the money. Criminal justice in Bakersfield favors the white and the financially well-off.

Lois Henry wrote an incisive description and explanation of the State of California/PG&E power usage surcharge. This liberal/progressive plan is yet another transparent wealth redistribution scheme. Success, as measured by house size, is punished by unconscionably "high usage" rate incre…

  • Chicago Tribune

Last year, mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus spread from South America into the U.S. Pregnant women, or those trying, lived in fear of a bite that could result in a baby with birth defects.

Your Aug. 14, Washington Post contributor, Petula DVoark, hit a new low in deranged Trump hatred. Trump is responsible for the Charlottesville riot? Was Bernie Sanders responsible for the man, an avid supporter, who went onto a baseball diamond and attempted to kill as many Republicans as he…