• By Alison Sheehey

It is time to realize that no matter how the argument is framed, Giant Sequoia National Monument is not large enough to protect many of the unique biological, geological, and historical resources that exist within its parent government land Sequoia National Forest.

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  • By Michelle McLean, Ed.D.

As the leader of the Arvin School District, I try very hard to avoid giving my opinion on things political. But because I am the leader of this district, I am compelled by common human decency to speak out against the despicable and immoral acts and ideology of hatred, oppression and violenc…

  • By Mary C. Barlow

Summer fun has given way to the start of another school year for Kern County’s more than 185,000 school children. While first day jitters are normal, most students were excited — whether they would admit it or not — about going back to school where they enthusiastically greeted their peers, …

  • BY MARK SALVAGGIO

When the Antiquities Act of 1906 was passed under the leadership of one of our greatest presidents, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, a Republican, it aimed to preserve breathtaking sites of beauty and historical significance. Pre-historic treasures, Native American sacred sites, and artifacts wer…

  • By Hugh Smith

The Community Voices piece by Brik McDill regarding continuation schools and our environments promotes ridiculously wrong stereotypes of our schools and our students. It’s another example of “shoot from the hip” expertise on education that we see from many quarters. None of our continuation …

  • By Joe Coughlin

On Tuesday evening, after long drive home from Lake Tahoe, I found myself confronted with some sad though long-expected news: the great Glen Campbell had died. I sat down and picked up my guitar, as I had longed planned to do on this solemn occasion, and played “Rhinestone Cowboy,” my eyes g…

  • By Ernesto Garcia

I recently wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to oppose any revisions to the designation of Giant Sequoia National Monument. In April, President Donald Trump issued an arbitrary executive order to review 27 of our nation’s national monuments, including Giant Sequoia. The Department of In…

  • By Bill Walker

The Bakersfield Californian published a letter Aug. 6 titled “AB 1250 means accountability, transparency for county contracts.” That letter, written support of AB 1250, and implied that Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and all county contracts, spend tax dollars “without meeting…

  • By Assemblyman Vince Fong

As I travel through the Central Valley, the constant theme I hear is how unaffordable it is to live and work in California. This concern is growing and I anticipate more families will continue to raise this as an issue as more policies are passed by Sacramento that make every day living even…

  • By Tom Collishaw and Rob Wiener

Effects of the lack of affordable housing are being felt well beyond California's expensive coastal cities, including in interior areas like the San Joaquin Valley, where thousands of coastal “expats” are fleeing because they can obtain more housing for less cost. Unfortunately, that means l…

  • By Balmeet Singh

On Aug. 5, 2012, a neo-Nazi violated the sanctity of a gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship, killing six Americans, injuring others, and shaking the foundation of what it means to be safe as a visible minority in America. Five years later, as Sikhs relive this trauma, it remains important to ex…

  • By Ted R. Page

This has been a wonderful water year. The snowpack was deep, it melted at just the right time, and the Kern River is likely to run through town all year. Yes, this year we were blessed. But every year is not like this year; in fact very few are. Since 2007, California has experienced eight d…

  • By William Todd Berry

The death of a bulldozer operator during last summer’s massive Soberanes Fire, near Big Sur, has drawn attention to the dangers lurking in the “freelance” wildfire industry. It also highlights how vulnerable all workers are, as the nation’s “gig economy” grows.

  • By Nell Green Nylen and Michael Kiparsky

It has become popular to lament how slowly California is embracing water markets. Proponents’ rhetoric can paint markets as an unambiguously better, or even as the only, solution to California’s water challenges. But faith in market efficiency needs to be tempered with a firm grasp of the gr…

  • By Priya Khullar

All mammals, including human beings, depend on their mother during a substantial part of their early development. Mammals are uniquely dependent on their mothers to provide them milk. When a mother breastfeeds, she is doing something only she can do. She is providing milk specially designed …

  • By CARLOS BALDOVINOS

With the encouragement of Holly Culhane, I attended my first Global Leadership Summit a few years ago. Holly owned P.A.S. Associates, a Bakersfield-based HR consulting business. We were discussing ways for me to improve my leadership skills.

  • By Mark Keppler

In today’s hyper-charged political environment, former state Sen. Republican leader Dave Cogdill was an anomaly: A leader of a political party who dared talk with, and work with, the “other side.”

  • By Brik McDill

Are Donald Trump supporters so taken in they don’t understand you cannot get to a noble end by ignoble means? You cannot get to enduring greatness by way of deceitful means. I’m going to go out on a limb here: Donald is about to find himself, through Robert Mueller’s scrutiny, buried under t…

  • By Al Sandrini

I have been following with some interest The Californian’s reporting on meetings conducted by Kern High School District regarding pending attendance boundary changes, including your July 11 article, “Parents, community lash out at KHSD over proposal to send Centennial students to North High …

  • By Donny Youngblood

In his July 18 Community Voices article, “Salas’ vote can help end a cycle of repression,” Randy Villegas gave the people of Kern County another dishonest portrayal of Senate Bill 54.

  • By Jon Lifquist

Californians don’t like tax increases. Repeated attempts to dismantle Proposition 13 have met with widespread opposition, and a proposed tripling of vehicle registration fees in 2003 was the catalyst leading to the recall of then Gov. Gray Davis. Currently, there is an ongoing attempt to rec…

  • By Willie Rivera

It is still one of the most important moments of my life. At 6:30 p.m. on a Friday evening in 2006, then-Kern County Supervisor Michael Rubio called and offered me a summer job in his office. It might not seem like much to many, but I was 15 years old, still in high school, and needed to hit…

  • By Dean Florez

Volkswagen, one of the single largest criminal polluters in U.S. history, wants California’s air quality officials to rubber stamp the first cycle of its revised $800 million plan for zero emission vehicle infrastructure, access and education. They’re essentially saying “trust us” to do righ…

  • By Mark Salvaggio

The Kern County Board of Supervisors recently received and approved a preliminary budget for the next fiscal year. This tight budget looks like it is held together with spit and bailing wire as it is propped up with an estimated $10.7 million in budget savings from this fiscal year and augme…

  • By Lisa Green

In 2014, I wrote a Community Voices piece about the troubled life of Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back. Mr. Rice gained notoriety after he was captured on videotape punching his fiancée in the face. This incident sparked a nationwide debate about domestic violence. Ray Rice …

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