Sorry, liberals, federal courts can't make law, period. Our courts have become in some cases unconstitutional and are trying to become lawmakers. The Supreme Court must rein them in and put them back on the course of enforcing the law. If these judges don't like the law, it is too bad, they …

An Orange County Register editorial that appeared in the April 25 Californian ("Charter schools meet demand for better education") criticized a well-researched report from In the Public Interest that questioned the practice of opening charter schools in areas where there is existing classroo…

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According to the DMV, each year in California, more than 100 people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured in bicycle-automobile collisions. Bicycle-related crashes are connected to both cyclists’ and drivers’ behavior. Bakersfield is consistently ranked as one of the worst me…

Valerie Schultz omitted a key point in her column about the environment ("The polluter-in-chief vs. the pope," April 22). Reflecting on the writings of popes over the past half-century, the Catholic approach to preserving nature differs from that of environmentalists: It focuses on humanity …

  • By Julie Rabinovitz

California was recently ranked first among all states for the total number of cases for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This public health epidemic particularly hits home here in Kern County where there has been the highest reported increa…

HIT: County Counsel Mark Nations wisely denied a request by Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood that the Board of Supervisors declare this a “non-sanctuary county” for illegal immigrants, though Nations didn’t take the action for the same reasons we cited in a Wednesday editorial.

The Californian's April 25 Our View, titled "'Non-sanctuary' proposal sends a bad message" is definitely a bad message. It uses name calling, such a "smacks of intolerance" and "a bastion of belligerence." It is illogical. On the one hand it accepts cities declaring themselves as sanctuaries…

“Food grows where water flows,” read signs that scatter the 99. As a community raised up from the humble beginnings of fields and orchards that now scatter the Central Valley, we of all people know that water has been an integral part of our thriving community for generations.

I am writing this letter from the gulf coast of Texas, near Houston, a state that was one of President Trump's strongest supporters. Like Kern County, it has a very high percentage of Hispanics. And it is a border state. I did hear a local radio commentary that a word used by President Bush,…

I must take serious issue with the recent Californian article about there being fewer homeless on Bakersfield streets. My admittedly anecdotal view of the situation is that there have never been more zombies roaming the streets of Bakersfield than now. I don’t know what the study considers h…

It’s no surprise that six of the country’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution are located in California: There are 1,750 dairy farms throughout the state, housing nearly 2 million cows. Each cow can produce around 140 pounds of manure each day. The excrement emits harmful gases into the air.

As a candidate, President Trump proposed decreasing taxes on all U.S. corporations, large and small, by more than half, from 35 percent to 15 percent. The stated purpose of this tax cut is to generate more investment in the United States, building new factories and creating good-paying jobs …

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration held to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about in their community. During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, the American Cancer Society recognizes and celebrates the efforts…

I am sooooo happy that we finally got Bill O'Reilly off the Fox News airwaves. His hateful rhetoric and divisiveness is no longer relevant.

It's sickening reading news headlines negatively referencing the president. "President Trump may not know who's in charge of North Korea" is the latest one. Really? Does Vanity Fair, the source of that tale, really believe that may be true? Trump spent this ... Trump did that ... Here's the …

I read with interest the April 24 op-ed from Supervisor Zack Scrivner ("Turning to a new way to run county government") presenting his solution to our county budget woes and the April 26 response to it from attorney Michael Lukehart ("County govt, not a business, is resistant to metrics"). T…

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In Sheriff Donny Youngblood’s proposal that the Kern County Board of Supervisors declare Kern a “non-sanctuary county” we see the proverbial solution in search of a problem. Or, more accurately, a resolution in search of a debate.

No one pretends that Kern County would ever declare itself a ”sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants. Why, then, is it necessary to expressly declare that we are a “non-sanctuary” county? Sheriff Youngblood’s proposal that the Board of Supervisors take this step is a cold-hearted move that f…

  • The Washington Post

President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to build a wall between Mexico and the United States. Now, with Congress having to renew federal spending authority by week’s end, he believes he’s entitled to a down payment on that wall. What’s wrong with that logic?

  • BY BOB FRANKEN

Those who worry that they are closed-minded because they can’t conceive of agreeing with anything Donald Trump says or does can stop beating up on themselves along with him.

  • By Michael Lukehart

When I read Supervisor Zack Scrivner’s April 24 paean to Lean Six Sigma (“Turning to a new way to run county government”) as a management tool to help address the budgetary issues of Kern County, bells went off in the back of my head. A little history is in order.

  • By MICHAEL GERSON

In the category of argument by irresistible anecdote, David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report tells of meeting with a group of young Democrats in wealthy, suburban Northern Virginia. In the course of his presentation, he made reference to “Cracker Barrel voters” — those in counties with…

I've always found Congressman Kevin McCarthy to be polite and courteous, even when he was explaining why he didn't agree with me. No doubt people shouldn't be disturbing the peace in his neighborhood or anybody else's, but speaking as one who participated in the peaceful vigil past his home …

At a Republican Woman's Club meeting in Tehachapi, Zack Scrivner, our second district supervisor, discussed attempts by the state's Democratic leadership to dramatically reduce petroleum usage and production, and the corresponding adverse impact to Kern County.

Regarding columnist Herb Benham's "ordination," this should be a wake up call to seekers of Biblical truth that not all ordinations are equal ("At your holy service, the clergy's newest member," April 21). Some churches have few requirements and the ministers have little or no theological ed…

  • By Zack Scrivner

The past few years have been challenging economically for the County of Kern. Due to the fall in the price of oil, the county has endured budget cuts and hiring freezes, and this past year, public safety was cut to balance the budget. Anything that can save the county money and allow us to o…

President Trump thinks he can create more jobs by deporting individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. He says that anyone who has abused their visa programs will be investigated and held accountable because their presence undercuts the American worker.

  • By Vince Fong

U.S. News recently released a report ranking all of the states on budget transparency. Where did California rank on that list? Dead last — 50 out of 50. The entire study was based on one simple and common sense metric: how easily the public can access the state’s spending data. This is deepl…

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Last week Rudy Salas paid the price for having a conscience. The Kern County assemblyman broke ranks with fellow Democrats and voted against a bill to fund road repairs by again raising fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees.

This is regarding William Bezdek’s April 21 screed on the recent attempts by Congress to fix the Obamacare mess ("Return to pre-ACA insurance market would be folly"). Bezdek is more a partisan than an interested doctor and he likes to play fast and loose with the facts if they don’t support …

Nowadays it seems as though being an illegal immigrant is cool — just another hip way to stick it to the man. No, I am not for building a wall to keep foreigners out, but I think people need to realize that there is a system set in place to grant citizenship and it should be respected.

Regarding Sheriff Donny Youngblood's proposed "non-sanctuary county": Where are the leaders of our wonderful agricultural community on this issue? Their precious employees and their dear families need their help now. This misguided proposal is a divider, a wrong message to our farm workers, …

  • By Norm Haughness

Our U.S. Constitution’s 8th Amendment is pretty clear: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.” Nothing obscure, no beating about the bush here.

Well, it happened again today. Second time this week. A guy on a bicycle needs me to save his life by my effort to miss him when he is breaking every law in the book when it comes to driving rules.

Today I heard a news report about the abuse/misuse of drivers' handicap placards. Coincidentally in today's mail I received a new placard for my mother-in-law, who passed away 12 years ago. It is good until 2019. I would hope there is some way that death notices could be cross referenced by …

I have seen the weak and dying redwood trees in the Seven Oaks neighborhood parks and roadways. I have also seen a lot of healthy redwood tress, mostly in well maintained yards. These tress must have received adequate water and fertilizer during the drought. Some redwoods are now showing sig…

This is regarding Congressman David Valadao’s announcement in co-sponsoring legislation that will protect undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is discontinued.

My home is a few streets away from Kevin McCarthy’s residence. We live in the same neighborhood. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went for our nightly walk and came across a news crew and a crowd of people carrying signs and flags. We did not stop to ask them why they were assembled, but we…

I read with interest the April 18 letter to the editor, "Why waste taxpayer money and time to try a lifer?" Here are the reasons why: A life sentence in California no longer means an inmate will be in prison for life. Recent changes in our criminal justice system often result in inmates serv…

  • By Harold Hanson

A new trend is sweeping across Kern County, offering people upgrades to their homes with energy-efficient improvements. It goes by several names, but the most common in Bakersfield is HERO — Home Energy Renovation Opportunity.

  • BY ROBERT PRICE rprice@bakersfield.com

Sheriff Donny Youngblood's campaign to have Kern declared a "law and order" county (and a "non-sanctuary county") is motivated, I suspect, by a desire to continue feeding at the federal trough, i.e., to have his jail at capacity with immigrants rounded up by his deputies in conjunction with ICE.

  • By ESTHER J. CEPEDA

The reason immigrant appreciation efforts, like the “Day Without Immigrants” events this past February, fall flat is because few people really feel any pain.