California was once the most emulated state in the union. Its growth was continuous, the economy was roaring, the state was pristine and the voters were informed. The slogan was, as California goes, the country follows.

Once again, a Kern County teen has been shot and killed and another person wounded ("Police: Girl dies, man wounded Sunday at party," April 23). News reports said the female victim was out celebrating her upcoming 16th birthday at a party with friends.

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I'd like to comment on a Community Voices article written by Garrison Moratto ("US must retain strength while also cooperating with China's Xi," March 23). President Nixon visited China in 1972 after that nation had just gone through its cultural revolution. China was an agricultural society…

While listening to the Ralph Bailey Show the other day, I noticed Ralph and his guest Cathy Abernathy were frantically trying to justify and rationalize President Trump's aberrant behavior. I was struck with the feeling that I had heard this type of conversation before. I thought for a while…

Putin and the Russians could not have scripted a more willing lie and complacent president for America than Trump. A man who could not keep sacred his three marriage vows, dismays America's friends and allies around the world, divides the American people, and is a racist. 

I seem to recall a few weeks ago the two congressmen featured in The Californian’s "How They Voted" column, voting yes for a gigantic cheese-give-away budget bill. The April 15 Californian showed both McCarthy and Valadao also voting yes for a balanced-budget constitutional amendment, along …

  • By Marc Thiessen

For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president's nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo's record, but on the repu…

Mercifully, California voters will face only five initiatives on the June 5 ballot. They were put there by the Legislature. Many more initiatives from the public – you know, those initiatives being promoted by people standing outside your favorite Bakersfield store asking you to sign a petit…

  • By Daniel Gordis

In November 1947, one day before the expected United Nations vote on partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, the CIA urged President Harry Truman not to throw his weight behind the idea. America would have to defend the new Jewish state when it faltered, the CIA's secret memorand…

  • By Michael Gerson

"Mission Accomplished" may be the most famous presidential words never actually uttered by a president. I know because, as head of presidential speechwriting at the time, I didn't write them. They were found on a banner, but never in a single draft of President George W. Bush's 2003 remarks …

  • Chicago Tribune

Presidents’ wives are expected to be an asset to their administrations without being daring or controversial. They may be disliked because of whom they married or because they fail to live up to some unattainable ideal. There are many ways a first lady can go wrong, and no misstep goes unnoticed.

  • By Jack Hernandez

In a land far away, there is a city upon a hill whose light has shined and welcomed all from other cities and the rocky and barren lands between. The light says, “Bring in your hungry, your poor, your outcasts, and welcome, also, is the stranger.” And for years they have come, have been heal…

I agree with Wednesday's article by Katie Price. The problem that teachers have now is that some of the parents are not teaching their children respect or appreciation for the people in authority. The majority of parents work and they are too busy or tired to investigate how their children a…

  • The Bakersfield Californian

MISS: The surgery residency program at Kern Medical Center has lost its accreditation and its ability to provide residents with an education that allows them to become board certified in surgery. The county hospital was notified of the setback after a February audit by the Accreditation Coun…

We finally have a common-sense perspective of why our high schools seem to be running amok. When I started to read the article, at first glance I thought: "OMG — another article from a progressive liberal bemoaning the disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of minority students. After t…

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  • By William Bezdek, M.D.

Guns don’t kill people — people do. More people are killed by cars than guns, so why not ban cars? The Second Amendment insures our liberty to own guns which you need for self-defense and protection from tyranny. In my opinion, all of these statements demonstrate defective thinking and come …

The book by former FBI Director James Comey is out and the schoolyard name-calling has started. This is becoming pure entertainment and what a disgrace to the office of the FBI. Comey has added nothing to the Trump-Russia collusion or the obstruction of justice narrative, but did add more co…

After reading a recent letter regarding the renaming of a park in Bakersfield, I felt the need to respond. The writer's claim was that no park should be named for religious leaders. I beg to differ on two points. First, there are parks all over this country named for religious leaders. Joan …

Looks like our Congressman Kevin McCarthy is starting to jockey again for the role of House speaker. He's trying for more TV air time in Washington, D.C. when he can’t find time to do a TV townhall meeting with his constituents in any of the outlying Kern County areas. Nor in person in Bakersfield.

  • By Andrea Gomez and Summer Wren

There have been a number of articles in the past discrediting the voice of young people. An April 11 article stated, “Maybe you students can find the answer to all these school shootings by using your smart phones, or maybe your smart phones are part of the problem. As for now, this adult wo…

The recent article on discipline problems at Bakersfield High School ("A school run amok," April 15) probably highlights why there is a shortage of teachers. The verbal and physical actions that occur today wouldn't have been tolerated in my generation. I have no solution for parents who don…

I would like to congratulate The Californian and reporter Steven Mayer for the squirrel article (Attack of the killer squirrels? Not quite, but they're thick as thieves at Panorama Park," April 17). It's great to put some humor on the front page instead of the serious issues in today's news.

  • By Karene Williams

With the recent $5,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, the rural Kern River Valley (KRV) is over halfway to enjoying its first-ever skateboard park. Other areas of Kern County are relatively “next door” to one or more of the county’s 17-plus skate parks. But in the underserved KRV, ener…

In my 30 years in public service, one of the most challenging and most rewarding activities was participating in the years-long collaborative effort that resulted in the historic Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). The State Lands Commission, which I chair, took part in conver…

Columnist Justin Salters wrote about a Congressional report on Russian influence on public policy (“Russians are out to sabotage our oil industry, too”  March 27). A recent letter writer commented, “This means the Russians are now the scapegoat for everything good or bad in this country, dep…

I'd like to comment on Mark Martinez's Community Voices article ("Kern County redistricting is part of the nation's larger arc of justice," April 1). The decision of the federal courts in redistricting the Kern County maps to account for our changing demographics will only work if we get out…

  • By KATIE PRICE

I received a call from a parent of one of my Bakersfield High School freshmen last week. “My daughter needs to go on independent studies,” she said. “She hates coming to school. She’s afraid, because there are fights every day on campus and the students are rude to the teachers and the class…

Will Bakersfield or will Kern County become a sanctuary for people who choose to break our laws? Will our communities see an increase in illegal population affecting us all? Because our elected officials are concerned about safety and support our law enforcement personnel to do their job to …

  • The Washington Post

Five years ago, lawyer Nguyen Van Dai became co-founder of a pro-democracy group in Vietnam called Brotherhood for Democracy, which was intended to underscore a fresh approach to activism. Instead of being lone campaigners for democratic principles, its members would attempt to unite the for…

  • By Dana Milbank

(BEG ITAL)" ... schedules show multiple EPA security agents accompanied [EPA Administrator Scott] Pruitt on a family vacation to California that featured a day at Disneyland …"(END ITAL)

  • By Hal Brands

Give John Bolton credit: He knows how to make an entrance. During his first week on the job, the new national security adviser has initiated a purge of the National Security Council staff, pushing several top aides to resign, with more departures likely on the way. This internal shakeup is f…

I have become aware through the Kern County Right to Life newsletter that the California Assembly will vote soon on SB 320. This bill would mandate that all UC and USC student health centers would offer chemical abortions as a basic service. RU-486 is dangerous. It can cause bleeding and dam…

  • The Washington Post

Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing to become secretary of state arrived at a moment when the Trump administration is grappling with a chaotic confluence of actual and looming foreign crises - including some of its own making. President Donald Trump is contemplating military strikes against S…

  • By Jennifer Rubin

Republicans and Democrats who opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal forfeited a huge economic and geopolitical victory for the United States and our democratic allies in Asia. The deal would have cemented geopolitical ties with key countries, helped set rules of the road for internation…