Your recent article, “Council to debate continued participation in PACE home loan program,” entirely missed the mark on Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. PACE has been a win-win for the economy and for homeowners in Kern County.

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"The Art of the Deal" may have served President Trump well with his multitude of businesses. However, if his learning curve is high enough, surely he is now learning that what applies to business doesn't necessarily apply to politics. What is required for good governing is compromise. And cu…

To those who mocked President Trump over his claim of being wiretapped (or monitored through one form of surveillance or another): How does that crow taste now that it appears he has been been vindicated, even if somewhat so?

Two brave men from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office in Bakersfield showed up in Ridgecrest one day last week for their monthly meeting with District 23 constituents. They doubtlessly assumed the discussions would be passionate and pointed, and they weren’t disappointed. 

Thank you to the Blue Angels for their phenomenal talent and service to our country, on exhibit last weekend in East Kern. Few experiences in life besides that display of aerial acrobatics more strongly provoke a sense of patriotism. Thank you also to Supervisor Mick Gleason, a retired Navy …

Last week I did some shopping at Costco. When I went to pay my bill at the check stand the lady who was behind me in line insisted she pay my $41.00 bill. I did not know this lady, but I hope she reads this so she will know how much I appreciated her kind act. It really made my day. Thank yo…

When I was a child back in the 1930s it was safe to leave the doors and windows open on your house when you were going out on summer evenings. It was generally safe to go anywhere in Bakersfield, day or night.

My representative in Congress, Kevin McCarthy, was a wonderful host to a Kern County Honor Flight veterans’ group in mid-April 2016. He made the group's visit to the Capitol very special, giving us a tour of the House of Representatives, his majority leader’s offices, and the floor of the Ho…

I've been been wondering what type of person would kill his girlfriend's baby, what type of person would shoot into a car and kill a little boy and injure his brother, what type of person would kick down a door and go into a room and kill a young man and shoot his girlfriend in the presence …

Some people want FBI Director James Comey fired right now. That would be a mistake. Why? Because Comey is reasonably up to date, though not always right on the issues. To bring in a new FBI director would only slow the process and require a longer investigation on the alleged Trump Tower wir…

  • By Norm Haughness

OK, it’s high time we begin discussing the implementation. President Trump has said it’s time to get those lawbreakers out — those Mexican-border-crossers who lack the proper papers. Doing the deportations, unlike simply promising them, raises a number of practical issues.

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Given the polarizing atmosphere in which we find ourselves today, it’s not unusual to hear appeals for unity. We’re not African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Muslim-Americans or LGTBQ-Americans, as the plea goes, we’re just plain Americans, unified and committed to that unity.

  • By Bob Franken

It’s called a “skinny budget” because it’s just a president’s blueprint for where the federal money goes, and it doesn’t get into details. Those will be fleshed out later.

This is in response to the March 19 letter, "College doesn't make you smart." The author is right. As he writes, he earned a Master of Science degree, yet he still voted for Donald Trump. He supported a man who says he can fondle any woman he wants because he's rich, may have conspired with …

You may tell me about President Trump’s economic objectives, his foreign policy, his wall building, his health care plan, but please stop telling me that we should not take him literally when he makes claims such as President Obama wiretapping him. If we can’t take our president literally, w…

  • By William D Bezdek

It’s about time someone started recognizing the truth about Obamacare. I applaud Steve Schilling’s March 17 Community Voices article, “Repealing the Affordable Care Act is the real job killer.” However, the Republican leadership has promulgated many more “fake facts” about the “failing” ACA …

It amazes me how the three Republican congressmen from the southern valley have turned their backs on the people who put them in office. Kevin McCarthy, David Valadao and Devin Nunes all support Donald Trump and repealing Obamacare. The three districts represented by these guys are among the…

It’s sad, but the current Obamacare uproar didn’t have to happen. Back in 2010, Rep. Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans promised voters they would “use the power of the purse” to defund Obamacare if they were given the majority in the House. They lied. Voters gave them the majority they wa…

How can Donald Trump, who ran on a promise to "drain the swamp," even consider giving the Pentagon another $54 billion when everyone knows that that five-cornered pit is the biggest black hole in Washington, D.C.? Just last August it was learned that the military couldn’t account for some $6…

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, recently touched off the most easily predicted firestorm in agency history when he announced on CNBC that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

Like the Scarlet Pimpernel of literature, Rep. Kevin McCarthy is here, he's there, he's everywhere. Except in his district. The president supports high-speed rail, at least in the east. McCarthy, his boy in the House, does not.

President Trump has declared war on the media and their "fake news” asserting repeatedly that their sole mission is to undermine and sink his presidency. But in support of his outlandish assertion that he was wire tapped by former President Obama, Trump's press secretary states, “There’s a t…

McCarthy is in an avoidance mode, refusing to hold a town hall meeting, closing his ears to current complaints about Trump’s policies and refusing to carry out the duties of a representative. I agree that it was excessive to march on McCarthy’s home, but the crowds at a town hall meeting wou…

Rep. Steve King of Iowa may have spoken inappropriately when he stated, "Muslim children are preventing our civilization from being restored." But he was correct when he said he feels the standards that made America great are fading away.

  • By Mary C. Barlow

California’s vast public education system is in the midst of an exciting renaissance. The changes we have seen in just the past five years have been resounding. These major shifts have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and put an emphasis on equity.

  • By Stephen W. Schilling

In response to Inga Barks’ March 2 column, “Reform healthcare, even if government jobs are lost,” the claim that the Affordable Care Act is a job-killer and only created more government-funded jobs is not based in fact or reality.

Kevin McCarthy is the one member of the House of Representatives from California with any chance of saving democracy as we know it. The Democrats have, once again, proven their impotence as a countervailing force to a one-sided approach to solving our national issues. Like the Republicans, t…

What are Kern County Supervisors doing about changes in health care management as it pertains to Kern Medical Center? Congressman Kevin McCarthy favors a dismantling of the ACA. Kern Medical Center has been doing great under the ACA, but nothing about the new Republican plan would suggest th…

Columnist Leonard Pitts recently wrote that Donald Trump was elected because conservatives are ignorant and unable to extrapolate information properly ("The education gap between left and right," Feb. 20). Pitts wrote, "there is an education gap between left and right and it poses a grave th…

  • The Bakersfield Californian

There’s a lot in President Trump’s proposed budget for Kern County not to like. Depending on one’s place on the socioeconomic or ideological spectrum, recommended cuts to environmental protection, health care and the arts, among a great many other areas, would be painful if brought to fruition.

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Every year, local business and government leaders go to the Kern County Economic Summit expecting to view graphs and pie charts that help describe the region’s fiscal health. They show up to hear experts crunch data into digestible narratives about the pace of the southern San Joaquin’s growth.

  • Marylee Shrider

Subscribers don’t usually get the last word when it comes to the Opinion page, but after Danny Morrison called me out in his most recent column for schooling him on his you-can-be-both-pro-choice-and-pro-life stance, I requested and received equal time to rebut his rebuttal of my rebuttal.

It's possible the current version of Trumpcare put forth to replace Obamacare will not garner enough GOP support to become law. That said, for the GOP to assert that this plan will cover everyone is nonsense. Who fails to remember that Trump pledged to improve Obamacare and extend coverage t…