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  • By Jack Hernandez

In a land far away, there is a city upon a hill whose light has shined and welcomed all from other cities and the rocky and barren lands between. The light says, “Bring in your hungry, your poor, your outcasts, and welcome, also, is the stranger.” And for years they have come, have been heal…

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  • By William Bezdek, M.D.

Guns don’t kill people — people do. More people are killed by cars than guns, so why not ban cars? The Second Amendment insures our liberty to own guns which you need for self-defense and protection from tyranny. In my opinion, all of these statements demonstrate defective thinking and come …

  • By Andrea Gomez and Summer Wren

There have been a number of articles in the past discrediting the voice of young people. An April 11 article stated, “Maybe you students can find the answer to all these school shootings by using your smart phones, or maybe your smart phones are part of the problem. As for now, this adult wo…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

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…

Bakersfield and Kern County are really big on making money with guns for a lot of different charities and service organization fundraisers. Did you know that? I would estimate 40-50 organizations host events at the Kern County Gun Club and Five Dogs Range over a year's time. Participants off…

Last year, the membership of Chevron Valley Credit Union agreed to merge into Safe 1 Credit Union. Credit union mergers, such as this one, typically result in stronger lending products and better services for members. Credit unions — locally-owned financial cooperatives — have seen an uptick…

  • By Randal Beeman

I am on the political left. I hate the National Rifle Association. I do not own a gun. I have been a victim of firearms violence. (Shot breaking up a bar fight at the age of 20.) And I am a strident supporter of keeping “assault” weapons available and leaving the Second Amendment exactly as it is.

  • By Stephen Montgomery

Hear hear! As TBC Columnist Robert Price points out ("What creek? Changing park's name is appropriate," March 28), the current name of Stonecreek Park is contrived and without any physical or cultural reference save for repeating the name of a nearby development. Its name is equally contrive…

The crack of the bat sent a tall popup skyward behind home plate. I was the catcher and staggered beneath that mile-high ball as it rushed earthward. I thrust my mitt up and made a lucky catch, the ball wedging itself between my mitt and my bare hand.

  • By Daniel Garza

Like many young Americans whose childhood was shaken by the attacks of 9/11, Zion Dirgantara grew up with a dream to give back to our country and serve in the U.S. military. “When I heard President Bush say, ‘you’re either with us or against us,’” Dirgantara says, “I knew where I stood.”

  • Froma Harrop

I write you from the infusion room at a community hospital. I'm here not as a patient but as a driver and companion of an elderly friend being treated for cancer. Right now, he's attached to a chemo bag and snoozing. Let me share some observations.

  • By Larry Holochwost

On a nine-month trip across America in 1831-32, the French political historian Alexis de Tocqueville identified the solution for curing America’s gun violence disease in 2018. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m convinced his quote of insight unlocks the door currently freezing Americans into soc…

  • Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein

Two letters struck my eye this past Sunday. One suggested that every religious leader wishes their devotees would follow their teachings with blind faith. Another claimed that the Ten Commandments constitute God’s “immigration laws” — that only those who follow them are admitted into the Div…

Anthony Ansolabehere recently wrote a Community Voices article to offer his two cents on the City of Bakersfield’s finances ("Why Bakersfield perhaps needs a sales tax increase, with oversight," March 1). The one-sided piece failed to point out many aspects of the city’s financial outlook, i…

  • By Lorena Lara

For Dreamers, immigration reform is not a bargaining chip – it is a fundamental value of family togetherness. Each day that Congress fails to act, another hundred youth risk deportation. This means that some 1,600 young people in the U.S. could be torn apart from their families before federa…

  • By Noel Pineo

If one can gauge a politician’s success by the level of hate they generate in their opponents, then one could argue that Nancy Pelosi is one of the most successful politicians the human race has ever produced. Congresswoman Pelosi is no longer a person. She is a caricature of herself in the …

  • By Jack Hernandez

The small nation of Gunkirk reveres its traditions, especially the Declaration of Gun Dependence, which requires all of its citizens to bear arms in public to assure their safety. Known specifically as Own My Gun (OMG), this Declaration makes it unlawful to leave one’s home without either a …

  • By Sergio Espain

Senate Bill 607 seeks to eliminate “willful defiance” as a justification for the suspension and expulsion of students in grades K-12, effectively making it illegal for a teacher to discipline a student for such behavior in the classroom.