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…

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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…

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 …

  • 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…

  • 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…

Saturday's edition of The Californian brought a chuckle and a smile. No, not the bombing of Syria — the terror and strife in the region is undeniable. That will surely force even more Syrians to leave and become unwanted refugees in other nations not embroiled in conflict and death.

Dams might be boondoggles, but Justin Salters (“Dams, not trains, should be our rallying cry,” April 10) and Cathy Abernathy (BC Levan Center — Lady Leaders, April 5) favor building the Temperance Flat and Sites dams. The $7.5 billion California water bond goes to a variety of water needs, w…

  • Chicago Tribune

For anyone who has lived through gasoline shortages and price spikes, the recent headline in The Wall Street Journal may cause nightmares: “Americans Face Highest Pump Prices in Years.”

  • The Bakersfield Californian

HIT: The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board is right to make protecting Kern County’s groundwater from contamination spreading from oilfield waste disposal ponds in McKittrick a high priority.

  • By Sal Moretti

After the latest school shootings, a friend suggested I write about gun control next. I told her no. This subject gets so much attention from others that I don’t have a strong opinion, and I had nothing to add.

  • By Marc Thiessen

President Trump's decision last year to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base was intended to send the Assad regime a message that its use of chemical weapons would no longer be tolerated. But the strikes also had a broader purpose: showing other regimes that the Obama era …

It looks like we are in for a bumpy ride again. I am not sure why President Trump signed this outrageous budget-busting bill that many Democrats and 30 House Republicans voted for. The bill has 2,200 pages that were certainly not completely read and certainly not properly vetted.

Students at school are shooting each other, yet students blame guns that cause the shootings, and then march to protest guns. I don't get the logic here. I've never heard of any gun shooting anyone unless someone pulls the gun's trigger.

  • By Froma Harrop

You could call it the Nebraska bird eclipse. At the first dart of morning light, so many sandhill cranes take off from the banks along the Platte River they darken the sky. This primeval spectacle, part of a massive spring migration from South America to the northern reaches, draws viewers f…

I recently read contributing writer Jose Gaspar's Viewpoints article on Archbishop Romero's upcoming posthumous canonization for humanitarian work in El Salvador ("Archbishop Oscar Romero's canonization brings new hope amid a climate of fear," March 26). Even though I don't believe in canoni…

After several weeks of watching and listening to different sources of information, I have come to the conclusion that John Cox, Republican candidate for California governor, has a very good chance to survive the June primary and be on the ballot for the November election. It seems that more …

The Bakersfield Sikh community wants to rename Stonecreek Park for a Sikh who was killed in 1995 by Punjabis in India. The same rationale could be used by Catholics to demand a Bakersfield park be named for Catholic saint Joan of Arc, for Lutherans to demand a park named for Martin Luther, f…

We are traversing a difficult time. On one hand, many are energized and encouraged by Parkland, Fla., student activism. Others, mostly conservatives, are very pissed off. Rick Santorum inherently ordered students to exit the political arena and learn CPR if they were serious about addressing…

I suppose it's an American trait to boast about your house going up in price while reminiscing how a cup of coffee used to only cost a dime. Both are subject to the same forces, known as inflation/currency debasement with a debt chaser. To further expand, the discussion below uses the year 1…

  • By Michael Gerson

From a presidential administration's appointments we learn how it views itself. From an administration's departures we learn how it conducts itself. Honesty comes easier to those with little left to lose.

In today's day and age, with the public providing so much support and respect to our military, it was disheartening when I took my son to Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy the other day to obtain his medical records for his Navy enlistment. He broke his elbow and required surgery and physi…

For me, the Boston Marathon bombing was like a hot poker thrust into the smoldering embers of a recent fire—that then burst back into flame. The race itself is as American as apple pie, one of those iconic events by which the world knows us—and we know ourselves. These are my reflections on …