Last month in these pages I called upon Assemblyman Rudy Salas to lend his support to important bills to address the state’s unprecedented housing crisis. Now I would like to thank him for his critical support.

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The most brilliant leaders are those who don't waste a country's resources on war. The loss of life and property are seldom recouped with victory. Right now, our president is acting as if war is an astute policy decision to be used like a caucus, road construction or parade.

After reading about Jonathan Hearn’s testimony against Sabrina Limon in the Sept. 16 Californian, I thought of the words of a saint: “We may not do evil that good may come of it.”

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Last November California voters approved the sale and possession of recreational marijuana in this state. Starting in January, any pot smoker can light up a joint in the privacy of his own home without fear of legal repercussion.

Even though not everyone subscribes to former columnist Danny Morrison’s particular religious beliefs, we can surely relate to his message of being our brother’s keeper. To echo others’ sentiments, caring about the downtrodden is the divine spark within us; if we lose that, we become a soull…

  • BY FROMA HARROP

Harvard University came under justified attack when it named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Critics asked how Harvard could honor a former U.S. Army private convicted of leaking 750,000 classified or sensitive documents.

  • By GARRISON KEILLOR

I've been riding around the country on a bus for six weeks, doing a dog-and-pony show that, among many other things, included me walking into the crowd and humming a note and the audience singing, a cappella , "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty" and singing very well, sometimes…

Like other ACA repeal bills, it's clear from the preliminary Congressional Budget Office report that the Cassidy-Graham bill will both destabilize the individual insurance market, and leave millions without health insurance.

So the Blond Bombshell is reduced to calling Kim Jong Un Rocket Man?" Not very presidential. Your country is waiting for you to cross the proverbial red line and give us a real Korean solution. Stop ridiculing Hillary. Very childish. Only confirms what most of us think of you, President Trump.

  • By Stephen W. Schilling

Fifty years ago, as they’d done for decades, the valley’s endless supply of migrant workers harvested cotton, grapes and potatoes in an expanse of bounty spreading from Sacramento to the Tehachapis. But there was more than back-breaking labor going on.

While there are political, environmental, and economic arguments about the causes of the warming of the Earth’s surface, there is little doubt that it is occurring and at an apparently fast pace. I believe it is time that we ask the complicated question of how do we survive it? The question …

It seems the Dutch have figured out the CO2 problem. They have built massive greenhouses, some hundreds of acres in size.They use fossil fuel (natural gas) to enhance their crop production. The Dutch use gas to generate power for electrical heat and CO2 for plant growth. Not really a new pro…

  • By STEPHEN MOORE

Liberals love to portray Republicans as the party of the rich and powerful. The GOP has tried, valiantly, to shed that criticism -- but then why are so many in the party defending the special interests of private- and corporate-jet owners over the interests of the rest of us? Do Warren Buffe…

I switched on the noon news the other day. I was treated to the sight of students from Foothill High School who apparently skipped school to march in protest of President Trump's possible decision to deport "Dreamers." Dreamers are the children of people who entered the United States illegal…

I feel sad and distressed about The Californian severing its relationship with Danny Morrison. I haven't enjoyed reading a column about local life and politics so much since Mike Royko's column in the Daily News when I was growing up in Chicago. Back then I used to march for Civil Rights. I …

  • By MICHAEL GERSON

In his prescient science-fiction novel "The Diamond Age," Neal Stephenson describes a post-national world in which people organize themselves into affinity groups called "phyles." Some choose to be Victorians, emulating the beliefs and aesthetic of 19th-century Britain. Others identify with …

Here's "reason number eight" why Congressman Kevin McCarthy won't have a town hall meeting (Community Voices: "What's keeping McCarthy from public forums? 6 theories," Brik McDill, Sept. 13). Who in their right mind would hold a town hall meeting and face a bunch of bellicose and garrulous p…

I have attended the hour-long, once-a-month meetings held by the field representative of Congressman McCarthy in Lake Isabella. A big screen television sits in the meeting room. I have asked many times (plus written his office to ask) why McCarthy does not use this for town hall meetings. No…

Some of the trash I saw alongside Highway 178 on Aug. 27: bottles, cups, boxes, etc., which, I assume were full of something and were heavier before they were tossed out the window.

  • BY BOB FRANKEN

Amid all the hurricane stories about dangers and human suffering, I find it necessary to focus on an issue that invariably comes up during these stormy times: There always are people out there who ridicule us TV reporters who stand in the extreme wind and rain and scream our live shots over …

If Amtrak is cutting one of the trains from Bakersfield to Sacramento due decreased ridership, why don't they do as our Congress and state legislature do to increase program revenues — raise fares and then increase taxes on the fares?

Two recent articles caught my attention: One, Kern County may now be the largest agricultural producing county in California, and, two, home prices in the area have yet to recover from their highs in 2007. I have lived in this county since 1966 and in that time I have seen the county constan…

If someone dropped into our country from outer space and listened to all of the negativism, they would surely conclude that the USA was going to Hell in a hand basket. Can’t we see the damage this president is doing? That's an unfounded insinuation and I will tell you why.

  • The Washington Post

Last week, the Senate did what it had previously failed to do for the past decade and a half: vote on authorizing the use of force against U.S. enemies. The proposal to withdraw congressional authorization for U.S. military operations abroad failed - as it should have. But the debate was an …

  • Bloomberg View

With China's decision to phase out gas- and diesel-fueled vehicles, the end is nearer for the internal combustion engine. For their nation to reap the full benefits of this revolution, Chinese leaders will need to continue to be bold.

Brik McDill's attempt to explain Congressman Kevin McCarthy's refusal to meet his constituents ("What's keeping McCarthy from public forums? 6 theories," Sept. 13) certainly explained my experience with the congressman. I was invited to a small luncheon for Mr. McCarthy in August. He told hi…

Regarding Donald Trump's and white America's fascination with the border wall between the USA and Mexico: You cannot stop the natural migration of people. The migration of people from the Third World to economic freedom will continue in America because of our addiction to greed. Corporations…

  • By DANA MILBANK

When Bernie Sanders launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, he was often asked whether he, a democratic socialist, would actually become a Democrat. Now, more than a year after he ignited a movement with his unsuccessful bid, that question is moot. The Democrats have become socialists.

I enjoyed reading Brik McDill's attempt to explain Congressman Kevin McCarthy's refusal to meet his constituents ("What's keeping McCarthy from public forums? 6 theories," Sept. 13) — he prefers inviting members of big business, big campaign donors, or Republicans only — but McDill left out …

  • By Jon Lifquist

Senate Bill 2, the “Building Home and Jobs Act,” the latest in five years of legislative attempts to impose a $75 to $225 tax on recorded documents, is opposed by California’s County Recorders and by most taxpayers willing to explore the bill and its ramifications.

  • BY FROMA HARROP

As Seattle ascended into the club of superstar American cities, its housing became expensive and its streets congested. That's the price of success. These factors helped prompt Amazon.com to announce plans to build a second headquarters somewhere else in North America.

  • By Adam Minter

America's space scientists are entitled to a period of mourning after the Cassini spacecraft burns up in Saturn's atmosphere on Friday. After all, 20 years after its launch, the most expensive spacecraft ever sent to the outer planets has produced 3,948 science papers (and counting), 453,048…

I am writing in response to a Sept. 12 letter, “Avoid campuses with extremists.” I would cite several studies which would appear to contradict his implicit assertions that “California state universities” are a waste of money for most students and that many, if not most, of the majors they of…

Asking where a person went to high school is not a great way to investigate if they qualified for free lunch, it’s a way to connect with other Bakersfieldians simply because we usually don’t have many outsiders who choose to live here! ("The 'which high school' question is really a trick," M…

  • By Pam Schallock

What determines our behavior? On some level of consciousness we ask ourselves questions to determine our behavioral response. What are the rules? What are the laws? What will the consequences be? What does everyone else seem to be doing? Is anybody watching? How much does it matter to me? Ho…