California’s liberal lawmakers insist efforts to force our public universities into the abortion business are motivated by only the most noble of reasons. If they have their way, all UC and CSU student health centers will be required to provide medical abortions by 2022.

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If Kim Jong Un sat in our nation’s Oval Office, he’d be planning exactly the same flamboyant parade down Pennsylvania Avenue (past the Kim — now Trump -- International Hotel) that our current White House occupant wants to see rumbling down Pennsylvania Avenue this coming Veterans Day.

During my 26 years as the city manager of Bakersfield, the community has weathered several economic cycles. During the downturns, we rightsized the budget and continued to provide the quality levels of service expected by residents. Staff had previously never approached the City Council rega…

It was encouraging to see so many young people exercising their fledgling political wings with rallies around the world this spring, but we should be cautioned that all that passion without equal stores of understanding and judgment can easily go nowhere.

When we think of successful marriages, we often wonder about the ingredients that help couples achieve such feats. The givens in these relationships are seemingly obvious: trust, loyalty, respect, interest and anything else that positively contributes.

In his May 29 Community Voices article on our “unhealthy society,” retired Bakersfield educator David Keranen joins a small but vocal set of elites who've waged an ongoing battle with the rest of us populists on a variety of societal ills.

Hart Memorial Park, commonly know as simply Hart Park, is located just north of Bakersfield. The park is 370 acres and contains two lakes and three canals. It was named after Kern County County Supervisor John Hart, who spearheaded the park's development. Constructed between 1921 and 1936, i…

The implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in the Kern High School District, and the role of the Dolores Huerta Foundation in filing a lawsuit that was settled last year has recently come under attack. Teachers and counselors have beaten the drum about an increase i…

While the vast majority of people in our state can depend on safe drinking water coming out of their taps, the fact that even a small percentage of their fellow Californians lack what most of us take for granted is inexcusable.

California initiatives often are complex and confusing, but Proposition 69, on the June 5 ballot, is very simple: It will ensure that the existing transportation revenues we already pay are used only for transportation improvement projects. It does this by preventing the Legislature from div…

Most days are stressful in the hallways and courtrooms of the Dependency Court at the Juvenile Justice Center. Mothers and fathers arrive worried or frustrated, many with legal papers in their hands that were left when their children were removed from their care.

Aren’t second chances one of the lasting values that makes America America? As a nation, our collective ability to provide a second chance as our gift is what separates us from the rest of the world.

The 1960 California Master Plan for Education established California community colleges as an open-access system through which colleges would accept any student capable of benefiting from instruction. Yet, systemic barriers have prevented community colleges from reaching some of our most mar…

Endemic in today’s modern world is the habit of large corporations or governments to identify a problem with research studies and numbers. Instead of addressing the core issues, the bureaucrat wants to adopt additional procedures, adding to the already bogged down and inept process. Corporat…

Preserving and improving access to health care should be a priority for lawmakers. But a proposal now under consideration in the state Assembly would do the opposite dismantling our state’s health care system as we know it, resulting in massive cuts to patient care services and the potential…

Notwithstanding whatever legislation she proposed, cosponsored and/or voted for in her years in Congress that proved to be beneficial to the people, Sen. Dianne Feinstein confirms she is against implementing a single-payer, Medicare-for-all program here in the United States. In vivid contras…

In his screed disparaging solar, wind, and non-carbon power in general and claiming a “crisis” in our electric power markets, columnist Stephen Moore ignores and distorts much ("Who turned off the lights in America?," May 17).

One of my students recently told me that his family was never proud of him before he began to learn Japanese in my class. He said, "My mom cried when I sang ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ in Japanese to her ... I've never made her proud of me before, but she is now."

I think most of us would agree that anytime a married couple is killed and leaves behind young orphaned children, it is a sad story. It does not matter if the couple are American citizens or illegal immigrant citizens of another country.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news: “Results from the study out of UC Irvine suggest the passage of Proposition 47 in 2014 ‘has had no effect on violent crimes, including homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery,’ UCI said Wednesday.”

There are many opinions regarding a business owner’s responsibility to serve the public versus their right to offer services aligned with their personal beliefs. On any issue, sides are often drawn based on individual views about the issue with each side promoting one right over another. How…

The city of Bakersfield has many delightful historical assets, but few rival the great political and judicial pioneer of the 20th century, Earl Warren. As we consider the local debate to name the federal courthouse in downtown Bakersfield as a tribute to him, it is necessary to explore the p…

Recently CSU Bakersfield professor Margaret Malixi wrote of a presentation by representatives of the Federal Reserve System at the university ("Learn more about US monetary policy tonight at CSUB recreation center," April19).

Venture capitalist Tim Draper’s idea to split California into three states might be far-fetched, but Bakersfield residents can surely appreciate the motivation behind it. California has enacted hundreds of onerous laws designed to please residents of the coast and the capital, while others a…

The Great Divide is located in the Rocky Mountains. It determines the direction that water will drain, easterly to the Mississippi River complex and then continuing on to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, or westerly to the Pacific Ocean.

In Notre Dame professor Patrick Deneen’s new book "Why Liberalism Failed," he issues one of the most profound critiques of today’s political order.

Are you ready for longer lines at the emergency waiting room, weeks or months of waiting to get an appointment with a physician, or drives of two or three hours to visit the nearest hospital or clinic? This could be the new reality for California, because the state Legislature is considering…

Last Saturday night, as May the 4th spilled into May the 5th, the wake up alarm sounded at midnight and, after a moment or two, I remembered why I was in a hotel room in Lompoc, minutes away from the south entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base.

I wrote a Community Voices piece a few weeks ago in which I asked, “Who do we Americans need to be?” In that March 7 article I said I didn’t like who we were becoming. I spoke of our divisiveness and our propensity to label anyone who disagrees with us as "the other." I suggested the issues …

I am an avid angler with two young anglers-in-training, and I travel and fish extensively for my work as the owner of Outdoor Specialty Products, which represents major fly fishing brands in four Western states. So public lands are very important to me.

In Sheepland, a democracy ruled through freedom of speech and voting, it was time to elect a new leader, known as the Head Shepherd. It had been four years, and the current Head Shepherd was retiring to a life of grazing on green pastures, by still waters, after the challenges of his Shepherdhood.

On May 11, Bakersfield College will celebrate a special graduating class, its 104th. Graduation is always a time of celebration and accomplishment, for students, for college faculty and staff, and for the community. But this year’s class is a special celebration for the community to join in …

April presented those who want to reform marijuana laws with a great opportunity to get the word out. But cannabis shares the stage, for better or worse, with the nation's devastating opioid epidemic, which has fostered debate about effective and safe medical practices.

The support systems that guide and define us are crucial. When I started college as a young, eager African-American man, I got lost in the chaos after only one year. The experience of navigating college with no direction as an 18-year-old was intimidating to say the least. After dropping out…