• James Burns

In the land of Mythiopia, each day an artist painted a colorful rainbow on a new canvas delivered that morning. The artist sold each painting at day’s end, donating part of the proceeds for the purchase of tickets so that Mythiopians might attend that night’s concert. In turn, their talented…

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  • Kerry McGill

There has been a lot of news about the bad behavior of a few fraternities on a few campuses in the last several months. The examples set by those few are tarnishing the reputations of the many good men and fraternities. I would like to share my experiences to illustrate the positive side.

  • Gabriel Thompson

In August of 1936, a young writer named John Steinbeck set out in an old bakery truck to capture the lives of California’s migrant farmworkers. With a notebook in hand, he toured the San Joaquin Valley, spending much of his time in the Bakersfield area, which would lead to his classic 1939 n…

This year, we learned that Kern County residents continue to suffer more from diabetes, heart disease and obesity than many other citizens in the state. That’s cause for alarm — and for taking action. Fortunately, our citizens — when challenged — have demonstrated that they can muster soluti…

Unlike American seaports along the East and Gulf Coasts, California’s maritime gateways are very seldom visited by violent weather. They just have other existential threats to deal with, like the burden of finding the billions of dollars it will take to adhere to draconian air-quality standa…

Every day, everybody goes home alive and well. Those are the words of Aera Energy proclaiming their commitment to a safe workplace. Simple, yet powerful, and there are hundreds of safety professionals across Kern County who feel the same way about their workplaces. Gone are the days Upton Si…

During the Planning Commission hearing on Oct. 12, the marijuana users were out in force. While many individuals spoke for Option A, which is a ban on all marijuana in the County proper, there appeared to be even more present that supported Option B, which allows sales of marijuana in limite…

  • William Bezdek, M.D.

President Trump has just made it easier for employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives. Stated another way, employers can limit important preventive medicines, thus limiting the rational ability of their employees to control their reproductive life by simply claiming these…

  • By Matt Constantine and Tom Corson

Kern County lost 117 children in 2016. Too many of these deaths were tragedies that may have been prevented. No matter the circumstance, precious lives were taken from our community too soon. Each child represents immense pain and loss for many family members, friends and neighbors.

  • By Brik McDill

A riddle: It’s instinctual. It doesn’t think or plan or reflect. It has no conscience. It’s opportunistic and seeks and feeds upon others’ weaknesses. It quickly changes its colors to hide or blend in. It strikes faster than its prey can think or move. It’s totally selfish. It eats others. I…

  • By Carola Enriquez

Houchin Community Blood Bank offers its sincere condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas, including family and friends of the five Kern County victims who died, and the Tehachapi resident still fighting for her life. This horrific event has certainly hit home for all of u…

  • By Brik McDill

Gun violence has directly now come to Bakersfield and surrounding communities. Four Kern County residents were slain, more than 10 injured, and dozens of others traumatized by the sights and sounds of that night in Las Vegas, wrought by a gunman who fit the profile of an angry someone who wa…

  • By Midge Jimerson

Under the current tax law, homeowners are allowed a deduction for mortgage interest paid. The deduction is generally allowed for interest paid on mortgage debt of up to $1 million, and is available for interest on mortgages for a principal residence and one additional residence.

  • By Chad Garcia

I proudly served in the Army as an Airborne infantryman from December 2001 until I was medically retired in August 2014. During my 12 -1/2 years of service, I traveled to many far off places. Whether I was leaving for a 30-day training exercise or an 11-month combat deployment, I became used…

  • By Kathy Day Kline

I read Christine Bedell’s column about dystonia ("I have dystonia, and no it's not an eastern European country," Sept. 5) and found it interesting to learn about a condition that affects so many people in the U.S. — 300,000. I think her goal of educating those of us who knew nothing about th…

  • By Doug Winston

Michael Turnipseed's Viewpoints column blaming the FAA and the air traffic control system for airline delays is simply wrong ("Let’s bring air traffic control system into 21st century,” Sept. 25). He is using talking points taken directly from the airlines themselves, which are trying to gai…

  • By Ted R. Page

I am proud to say I was born and raised in Kern County. I’ve lived here all my life. The people that live here with me are the best people I know. They never quit, and they never falter. They are tenacious and they persevere. Our character has served us well, because it is founded on what we…

  • BY MICHAEL TURNIPSEED For The Californian

America pioneered aviation. Since the Wright Brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk, we have led the world in air travel. But, like most great American innovations, the passing decades have added bureaucratic morass and unnecessary costs that stifle productivity, burden the taxpayers and threaten…

  • By Stefanie Daubert

The country's opioid crisis is growing at an alarming rate. If you would have asked a person on the street 10 years ago if they knew someone addicted to opioids, or someone who had overdosed, most people would have responded “no.” If you ask the same question today, most would answer “yes.”

  • By Gerald V. Todd

Folks on all sides of the political spectrum are absolutely muddled trying to understand President Donald Trump. Those on the left and right are apoplectic over his jibes, tweeting and directness. “He certainly isn’t a true conservative,” they say.

What sometimes is lost in Washington politics over Obamacare is whether or not it saves money by lowering medical cost long term. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, several million Americans had no health insurance, leaving many to go without care or delay receiving needed medical services.

  • By David G. Valadao

Across the nation, from California to New York, "Dreamers" and their families are woven into our society. They attend school with our children, shop at the corner grocery store, invest in our communities, and wave to us at church on Sundays. Many of their friends and neighbors are likely una…

  • By Bob Schwartz

A long time ago there was a comedy radio program called "My Friend Irma." In our recent times there was another Irma, but she wasn't so friendly. She was a hurricane, a hurricane that showed how unfriendly Mother Nature can be. Lives were ended, homes and neighborhoods destroyed, dreams were…

  • By Stephen W. Schilling

Fifty years ago, as they’d done for decades, the valley’s endless supply of migrant workers harvested cotton, grapes and potatoes in an expanse of bounty spreading from Sacramento to the Tehachapis. But there was more than back-breaking labor going on.

  • By Jon Lifquist

Senate Bill 2, the “Building Home and Jobs Act,” the latest in five years of legislative attempts to impose a $75 to $225 tax on recorded documents, is opposed by California’s County Recorders and by most taxpayers willing to explore the bill and its ramifications.

  • By Pam Schallock

What determines our behavior? On some level of consciousness we ask ourselves questions to determine our behavioral response. What are the rules? What are the laws? What will the consequences be? What does everyone else seem to be doing? Is anybody watching? How much does it matter to me? Ho…