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  • Danny Morrison

    Ten actions that could put an end to senseless murders in our city

    Do I have the audacity to assume that my list could somehow catapult the city of Bakersfield into a homicide-free utopia, leaving the Bakersfield Police Department's homicide detail with nothing to do? No. That would require aggressive crime prevention techniques and divine intervention.

  • GEORGE RUNNER: Tax hikes look silly as state gets financial windfall

    It must be silly season in Sacramento. As the state receives billions in unanticipated revenues, liberal tax-and-spend lawmakers are proposing massive tax hikes, proving once again that they are out of touch with reality. One key measure of reality ignored by liberal lawmakers is Tax Freedom Day.

  • JEFF HEINLE: Quit fooling around and do something about this drought

    I am calling out our elected officials -- right here, right now. Take care of our water shortage. For the record, from a lifelong California resident, I am sick and tired of the political maneuvering. I am fatigued with the ideologues, pundits, melodramatic media hosts, and the rest of the

  • BRIK McDILL: Take a moment to applaud all the good that's in Baltimore

    The power of the self-fulfilling prophecy is enormous. Victor Hugo rightly said that nothing is as powerful (irresistible) as an idea whose time has come. Nothing is also as powerful as an expectation or belief -- right or wrong -- that something is true that shapes our individual or group

  • DAVID COLLINS: Neighborhood brigade persists with cleanups despite ugliness

    After vandalism spiked in my neighborhood, a few of us saddled up to tackle the problem. Over time we corralled most of the blight by holding regular cleanups. Eventually we branded the group as the South Oswell Neighborhood Watch and began attracting members. We also formed an anti-litter walking

  • Do something about immense student debt in California

    Eavesdrop long enough to their conversations where they meet and eventually you will hear students lament over the mountain of college debt they are accruing each school year. They can range from $40,000 to $100,000 or more and will take most graduates decades to eliminate. Meanwhile, elected

  • FRANK P. BARAJAS: Do something about immense student debt in California

    Eavesdrop long enough to their conversations where they meet and eventually you will hear students lament over the mountain of college debt they are accruing each school year. They can range from $40,000 to $100,000 or more and will take most graduates decades to eliminate. Meanwhile, elected

  • KELLY BEARDEN: Small businesses continue to drive the American economy

    The lifeblood for America's small businesses is money. But in recent years, its flow to small businesses has been but a trickle. The spigot was opened a bit in 2014 and the results were impressive. According to the California Small Business Development Centers' recently completed annual

  • BRIK MCDILL: Reverse racism can show up even in most brilliant columnists

    Two cautionary tales, both sad, both true. A true story within a true story. Both with important lessons we should learn, but only if our moment is teachable, which is not always the case. The facts of the first: A white cop repeatedly shoots a stopped black motorist because he reached back into

  • JOE MATHEWS: Should California become old like Florida?

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott travels to California this weekend to steal away some of our state's businesses. So why don't we return the favor by developing plans to steal away some of Florida's greatest assets -- old people? Californians like to think of this state as a place of endless

  • CATHY YOUNG: Rape, lies and political correctness

    Does the cause of combating rape on college campuses require a willful blindness to false allegations? That's the question raised by some reactions to last week's police report on the inquiry into shocking -- and discredited -- claims of a fraternity gang rape at the University of

  • OTHER VIEWS: California's farmers need no help deciding what to plant

    Farms are not exaggerated lawns. Corn, melons and almonds have more value than, say, geraniums. We found a recent reader suggestion to that effect, uh, perplexing. It could only have been written by someone with virtually no knowledge of actual farming, at least in our part of California. Los