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I agree with Wednesday's article by Katie Price. The problem that teachers have now is that some of the parents are not teaching their children respect or appreciation for the people in authority. The majority of parents work and they are too busy or tired to investigate how their children a…

We finally have a common-sense perspective of why our high schools seem to be running amok. When I started to read the article, at first glance I thought: "OMG — another article from a progressive liberal bemoaning the disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of minority students. After t…

After reading a recent letter regarding the renaming of a park in Bakersfield, I felt the need to respond. The writer's claim was that no park should be named for religious leaders. I beg to differ on two points. First, there are parks all over this country named for religious leaders. Joan …

Looks like our Congressman Kevin McCarthy is starting to jockey again for the role of House speaker. He's trying for more TV air time in Washington, D.C. when he can’t find time to do a TV townhall meeting with his constituents in any of the outlying Kern County areas. Nor in person in Bakersfield.

The recent article on discipline problems at Bakersfield High School ("A school run amok," April 15) probably highlights why there is a shortage of teachers. The verbal and physical actions that occur today wouldn't have been tolerated in my generation. I have no solution for parents who don…

I would like to congratulate The Californian and reporter Steven Mayer for the squirrel article (Attack of the killer squirrels? Not quite, but they're thick as thieves at Panorama Park," April 17). It's great to put some humor on the front page instead of the serious issues in today's news.

Columnist Justin Salters wrote about a Congressional report on Russian influence on public policy (“Russians are out to sabotage our oil industry, too”  March 27). A recent letter writer commented, “This means the Russians are now the scapegoat for everything good or bad in this country, dep…

I'd like to comment on Mark Martinez's Community Voices article ("Kern County redistricting is part of the nation's larger arc of justice," April 1). The decision of the federal courts in redistricting the Kern County maps to account for our changing demographics will only work if we get out…

I have become aware through the Kern County Right to Life newsletter that the California Assembly will vote soon on SB 320. This bill would mandate that all UC and USC student health centers would offer chemical abortions as a basic service. RU-486 is dangerous. It can cause bleeding and dam…

Saturday's edition of The Californian brought a chuckle and a smile. No, not the bombing of Syria — the terror and strife in the region is undeniable. That will surely force even more Syrians to leave and become unwanted refugees in other nations not embroiled in conflict and death.

Dams might be boondoggles, but Justin Salters (“Dams, not trains, should be our rallying cry,” April 10) and Cathy Abernathy (BC Levan Center — Lady Leaders, April 5) favor building the Temperance Flat and Sites dams. The $7.5 billion California water bond goes to a variety of water needs, w…

It looks like we are in for a bumpy ride again. I am not sure why President Trump signed this outrageous budget-busting bill that many Democrats and 30 House Republicans voted for. The bill has 2,200 pages that were certainly not completely read and certainly not properly vetted.

Students at school are shooting each other, yet students blame guns that cause the shootings, and then march to protest guns. I don't get the logic here. I've never heard of any gun shooting anyone unless someone pulls the gun's trigger.

I recently read contributing writer Jose Gaspar's Viewpoints article on Archbishop Romero's upcoming posthumous canonization for humanitarian work in El Salvador ("Archbishop Oscar Romero's canonization brings new hope amid a climate of fear," March 26). Even though I don't believe in canoni…

After several weeks of watching and listening to different sources of information, I have come to the conclusion that John Cox, Republican candidate for California governor, has a very good chance to survive the June primary and be on the ballot for the November election. It seems that more …

The Bakersfield Sikh community wants to rename Stonecreek Park for a Sikh who was killed in 1995 by Punjabis in India. The same rationale could be used by Catholics to demand a Bakersfield park be named for Catholic saint Joan of Arc, for Lutherans to demand a park named for Martin Luther, f…

We are traversing a difficult time. On one hand, many are energized and encouraged by Parkland, Fla., student activism. Others, mostly conservatives, are very pissed off. Rick Santorum inherently ordered students to exit the political arena and learn CPR if they were serious about addressing…

In today's day and age, with the public providing so much support and respect to our military, it was disheartening when I took my son to Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy the other day to obtain his medical records for his Navy enlistment. He broke his elbow and required surgery and physi…

Renaming Snowcreek Park in honor of a foreigner makes no sense outside the Sikh community. What's next? Renaming Hart Park to Ho Chi Min Park to appease the local Vietnamese community? Maybe it's been Merle Haggard Drive long enough. Let's rename it Chairman Mao Blvd.

In case you missed it, President Trump’s economic activities have resulted in market plunges that have gutted everyone’s 401(k)s and other retirement accounts, not to mention major pension funds scrambling to keep retirement payouts going to those who have righteously earned them year after year.

Liberals have become increasingly devoid of critical thinking and tend to embrace a “group think” mentality. A perfect example is the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting and its self-proclaimed gun violence activist David Hogg. Instead of offering an intelligent dialogue about the misstep…

In response to a recent letter ("Don't change name of Stonecreek Park," April 1), the writer states that no parks are named after someone. The writer must not be aware that Sequoia was a real person — he was responsible for developing the Cherokee alphabet. So I guess parks can be named for …

The Bakersfield Sikh community wants to rename Stonecreek Park for a Sikh who was killed in 1995 by Punjabis in India. The same rationale could be used by Catholics to demand a Bakersfield park be named for Catholic saint Joan of Arc, for Lutherans to demand a park named for Martin Luther, f…

I am a 30 year resident of Bakersfield and proud retiree of Albertson’s Markets. I am also a five time cancer survivor and have worked hard to raise awareness of cancer through the “Thumbs Up Cancer Down” campaign in Kern County.

Regarding a recent Viewpoints article ("State energy policy is making it more and more difficult to afford a home," March 30), I generally tend to agree with builder Matt Towery's opinion that new home prices will continue to rise due to the codes and impact fees. For the record, the city is…

I wish to thank you for a very thoughtful article by Valerie Schultz in the March 24th edition of The Bakersfield Californian. She opened my eyes to an abuse that I was not aware of: the virtual debtor’s prisons that our bail system forces on the poor (and the not-so-poor). This is an abuse …

Congratulations to President Donald J. Trump for the over-the-top fear-mongering he has fomented since taking office and the part it played in the senseless deaths of Santos Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Perfecto, resulting in six children now becoming orphaned.

Justin Salters wrote in a Viewpoints article that the Russians have now infiltrated and financed the environmental movement in the United States ("Russians are out to sabotage our oil industry, too," March 27). This means the Russians are now the scapegoat for everything good or bad in this …

I was reading a book which had a well-known phrase: "It is not always what you know, but who you know!" After some thought, my observation: "It doesn't hurt to have a pocket full of cash!"

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away suddenly in 1945, Vice President Harry S Truman inherited the job. Truman, who did not have a college degree, made a statement regarding his first day in office. He was overwhelmed with the enormity and responsibility of suddenly becoming the …

On Feb. 8, I went to the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles for an appointment with the dermatology department. I was told that the growth on my face was a problem for the plastic surgery department.

I found Deadspin’s mashup video of Sinclair Broadcasting anchors, in which KBAK/KBFX’s Dave Gonzalez and Rachelle Murcia feature prominently, quite disturbing. It is an expertly edited video of Sinclair Broadcasting anchors from around the country parroting the same script word for word, dec…

After reading "Court ruling against Kern districts puts local politics in a tough pickle" (March 4), one statement by MALDEF attorney Denise Hulett stood out to me. In regardf to redistricting, Hulett states that "federal law trumps state law." If this is true for redistricting, why is it no…

Mercy! On March 11, I read of God's stand on immigration and of the birthright of Americans to the benefits of lady justice, as represented by a blindfolded statue holding the scale of justice. I also read about the hordes of illegal aliens destroying our country and disobeying the “law” on …