Editorials

  • Hazing: A vile tradition not worth saving

    High school and college sports have many great traditions. The unique pageantry and time-honored rituals that surround our favorite teams are in fact often the most rewarding aspects of our fandom. Not all traditions are worth saving, however. And hazing is first on our list of the ones we

  • A fitting renovation for a community landmark

    To the victor go the spoils. The old adage is one that the people of Bakersfield -- and, most specifically, those affiliated with Bakersfield High School's champion football team -- should get used to. A month after the school's impressive run to a state Division I football title -- its

  • This season, flu shots could be lifesavers

    Don't allow misinformation and frighteningly prevalent conspiracy theories to sway you: Yes, you should get a flu shot. And, yes, assuming everyone in your family is at least 6 months old and free of identified risks, they should too. In a flu season where 11 Kern County residents have died

  • OTHER VIEWS: We should be moved to more than sorrow

    For all the unknowns about Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, there was a nauseating familiarity to the unfolding events: the witness accounts of chaos and fear; the plea from officials for the public's help; the number of dead revised upward and then revised upward again.

  • OUR VIEW: What to expect from an all-cuts solution

    Gov. Jerry Brown erred by not clearly spelling out for California voters -- and recalcitrant legislators -- much earlier what an all-cuts budget would mean to the people of this state. But others have picked up the slack as the window drops ever lower on a proposed June election to consider tax

  • What to expect from an all-cuts solution

    Gov. Jerry Brown erred by not clearly spelling out for California voters -- and recalcitrant legislators -- much earlier what an all-cuts budget would mean to the people of this state. But others have picked up the slack as the window drops ever lower on a proposed June election to consider tax

  • OUR VIEW: Ground-level or elevated rail? We like elevated

    Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy has expressed dismay over the latest turn of events in the state bullet-train saga. Noting that the California High-Speed Rail Authority is trying to maximize its miles-to-dollars ratio with "value engineering," Tandy revealed that more of the route

  • EDITORIAL: Mass poverty on fertile land: Irony we cannot abide

    How do you describe a situation in which one of the most agriculturally prolific valleys in the world is home to such profound poverty and hunger? How do you portray circumstances in which rampant malnutrition co-exists alongside unparalleled bounty? The word "irony" does not seem

  • EDITORIAL: Embrace reality: Repeal valley's EPA ozone fine

    We've got to work together, here in the most polluted region in America, to make our air more breathable. We've got to make sacrifices, accept restrictions and change long-entrenched habits. But the people of the San Joaquin Valley shouldn't be asked to do the impossible. And we

  • EDITORIAL: Sports fans shouldn't have to fear for safety

    The recent incident in which a San Francisco Giants fan was assaulted by two unidentified men in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after a baseball game should serve as a reminder that the safety of spectators ought to be a top priority for those who manage pro sports venues. The Dodgers

  • EDITORIAL: Medicare proposal would just shift elderly's burden

    Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who has been characterized as an "honest, deeply serious thinker," has a plan for your golden-years health care, and you may not like it very much. He's going to slough it off on individuals and the states, which in most cases will be even

  • EDITORIAL: Some lawmakers making budget problems worse

    Knock it off already. We know you want to be seen as actually doing something, but if it puts a bigger hole in the state budget, unless voters have already OK'd it, now is not the time. You'd think it wouldn't be necessary to point this out to state legislators, but sadly we must. Even

  • EDITORIAL: 1 percent hike isn't too much to ask of wealthy

    Cuts will have to comprise a major portion of any budget-balancing plan for California, no question. But an all-cuts budget would slice far too deeply into far too many areas. Republicans seem to have successfully blocked a June ballot measure that would have asked voters about an emergency

  • EDITORIAL: Communitywide cleanups have a very real effect

    Bakersfield attacks its ever-present litter challenge Saturday, when scores of teams fan out across the city for the 10th annual Great American Cleanup. Organizers expect 7,000 or more volunteers to participate in the event, which will send people into neighborhoods and onto roadside right-of-ways

  • EDITORIAL: Job-needy valley awaits word on new rail funding

    If California high-speed rail is the boondoggle that detractors say it is, it sure has a lot of people fooled. Officials behind the state's bullet train endeavor say the project could create 100,000 jobs -- some 24,000 of them in the San Joaquin Valley -- and contractors are already lining up

  • EDITORIAL: Profit motive shouldn't enter red-light debate

    You've heard about small towns with reputations as speed traps -- burgs that supplement the municipal coffers by suddenly and drastically reducing the speed limit on the state route through town. The stereotypical trap has a cop strategically hidden behind a billboard, trolling for tourists,

  • EDITORIAL: Budget deal in Sacramento just got a lot harder

    Everyone's a loser in the budget negotiations between Gov. Jerry Brown and state Republican legislators. Brown has lost some luster because he portrayed himself as the gubernatorial candidate with the best chance of delivering bipartisan compromise -- and yet here we are, still $12 billion

  • EDITORIAL: SJ Valley must increase rate of transfer students

    If the southern San Joaquin Valley is going to keep moving toward the development of an educated workforce with the skills to help the region compete, we'll have to address something. We'll have to figure out how to keep students, and minorities in particular, on track to complete their