I talk to my sister on the phone every week. Recently, she said to me something I have seen and heard many times: "What is it about 'illegal' that they don't understand?"

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How dare those negligent immigrant parents fleeing horrific conditions in their own countries to choose to bring their infants and children to our privileged borders seeking help? It serves them so right to have their children taken away, caged indefinitely and effectively orphaned. Yeah, th…

The world has various kinds of deal makers. There’s the deal maker who offers, “I will do this for you if you do that for me, making both of us better off.” This deal maker is a driving force behind much of human progress.

Improper entry by an alien is a federal misdemeanor. Other federal misdemeanors include transporting water hyacinths, improper use of the "woodsy owl" logo, violations of NASA regulations, transportation of fireworks into states prohibiting their use, selling pornographic material on federal…

Where’s your heart, your soul, your humanity? Anybody thinking that it’s OK to separate children from their parents at the border is going to have a lot of explaining to do when they reach the Pearly Gates.

Regarding the June 21 letter "Making political hay": There is no comparison between young children being held as political pawns by an impulsive, short-sighted president and Elian Gonzales, the Cuban child who lost his mother to drowning when their craft sank while escaping Cuba. Elian's fat…

Having signed an order stopping the removal of immigrant children and infants from their parents, “the Donald” is now a “good guy” in the eyes of his supporters.

I am in awe of all the hand wringing and tears about illegal immigrants and their children being separated. It all boils down to two words that are sadly lacking in our world today: personal responsibility. Those that migrate from their country of origin know darn well the risks associated w…

We are in a mess at the southern border. We have been in a mess at the border for years. Bush and Obama refused to enforce the laws in place so illegal entry became the problem it is today. Of course, President Trump gets the blame for everything that is wrong. Even if he and Congress solve …

To the author of the June 20 letter, "Our first Martian president" — apparently someone with limited knowledge on military strategy — it may seem quite strange to create a "Space Force." It may seem like some type of alien defense division. However, renowned military strategists such as Geor…

I don't have an answer to our immigration woes. However, the resistance is trying to make political hay over the plight of children brought over our borders by adults and separated from their law breaking parents.

Did anyone think Making America Great Again was going to be easy? Donald Trump is doing things other presidents gave lip service to but never acted on. The media's propaganda about this so called separation policy on immigration and the separating of kids from their parents is comical. If pe…

If there is even a shred of integrity or honesty in the media or our ignoble elected officials, I would sure like to see it. This faux emotion being shown over these "bewildered" people showing up at the border and having to be separated is absolutely hooey. We finally have a president who h…

Why is it that children from foreign countries so often become victims of politics? While immigrants pile up on our border our politicians are seeing who can gain political advantage on the backs of innocent children. They're separating families whose adults are placed in holding places for …

When the West was untamed and wild, town folks wanted law and order. They'd hire guys like Wyatt Earp, and make them sheriff to clean up their towns. Dodge City and Tombstone Arizona were perfect examples of those wild and wooly towns back then.

In the late 1990s I was part of a group of law enforcement officers and members of the Department of Human Services who formed the Drug Endangered Children's program. This was during a time of skyrocketing methamphetamine use, sales, and illicit labs. Many of the drug investigations involved…

I've been pulling those illegally posted real estate "I Buy Houses" signs from utility poles around my Oleander neighborhood as often as I see them, and then recycling them ("Residents complaining about illegal signs that feature a well-known emoji," June 19).

Rather than repeatedly tell lies and blame others for their misdeeds, President Trump and Congress should pass meaningful immigration legislation. They don’t need to reinvent the wheel; just update it a little. Several years ago, the Senate's “Gang of Eight” — four Republicans and four Democ…

I am the designated Grandpa who usually gets the assignment of taking the two granddaughters to a fast-food lunch, then a movie, and then frozen yogurt after that. The only problems are (a) finding a movie with a G or perhaps a PG rating and a reasonably good sounding review, or strong GD (g…

The Trump administration and the American people should be ashamed of our treatment of children being put in prisons to satisfy a small minority in our country. This racism by our country will not be forgotten. There will be books, songs  and poems written about our inhumanity against childr…

The Trump regime has again threatened United States values and principles by implementing the totalitarian policy of tearing children from the arms of their parents and placing them in holding pens a la Adolph Hitler.

I’m for greater gun regulation, but I sure don’t blame the NRA for the mass shootings that have taken the lives of well over 100 young people on school sites across America since 2000 (“Don’t blame the NRA for mass shootings,” Steve Cronquist, Community Voices, June 14). I haven’t heard that…

Donald Trump’s ignorance of history has never been more dangerously obvious as it is in his casual cancellation of the annual combined combat training of U.S. and South Korean military forces. He is apparently unaware that a lack of training and preparation following the end World War II is …

The elections are now almost over — just runoffs and mail-in-ballots are left — and thank goodness. The only ones seeming to benefit now are the ad agencies and news organizations. Why are all the campaign signs still up? I have noticed that many of the signs that remain are for the candidat…

Many observers assert out of strife comes new resolves and frequently better resolutions. I'm hopeful the ever increasing political abyss championed by President Trump, his deliberate attempt to separate progressive from conservatives, blacks from whites, and families from their children wil…

Former Mayor Mary K. Shell will be missed. Though we didn’t belong to the same political party we were kindred spirits. We both lived downtown, seemed to shop at Smart and Final at the same time and had wonderful conversations about our city, politics and the world at large.

Randall Beeman, emeritus professor at Bakersfield College wrote a June 10 commentary titled "A middle path: Both sides have it at least a little wrong on immigration in California." The main thesis of his rantings accused Republicans and President Trump of using xenophobia, racial animus and…

I have known Mary K. Shell since the 1970s, when she and her love, Joe Shell, would attend Republican fundraisers in Los Angeles. Once I moved to Bakersfield, our friendship grew.

I reminded myself once again Thursday morning that it is about time to replace the flag I hang on the beautiful old light standard on the corner of our lot on special days.

Here we go again. Another sanctioned event in Bakersfield explicitly promoting alcohol consumption, while legal cannabis is banned. The former substance kills 2.5 million Americans annually, while the latter has statistically taken the life of, uh... nobody.

The local big news of the day is that the bank has seized Rep. David Valadao's family's dairy farm. Some will look at this with joy and others with sorrow as another family farm is gone.

Our democracy is challenged once again with a low voter turnout. In California only 26 percent of the register voters participated. How can we complain about legislative roadblocks in our state and federal governments if we don't even participate in our democracy?

How about this for a novel idea: Instead of putting rgw responsibility for your child's behavior on teachers, school administration, and security guards, parents should step up and do their jobs regarding disrespect, belligerence and defiance before it reaches the school system! Unless going…

To someone whose name I forgot: I just wanted to thank you for staying with me and helping me at the accident scene way back on Jan. 5, at 10:45 a.m. on Gatlin Falls in Bakersfield. Due to my major whiplash I just can't remember your name, but do want to thank you! God bless you.

This is in response to Valerie Schultz's June 9 column, "These are not animals." I also worked in a maximum security state prison for 23 years until my retirement. I served as a correctional officer and correctional counselor. As a correctional counselor I had numerous MS13 gang members on m…

In her June 9 column, "These are not animals," Valerie Schultz combines religion and politics, basing her commentary on President Trump's May 16 statement: "These are not people. These are animals."

Steven Mayer's June 10 article on increased suicide rates in Kern ("Suicide rates in Kern, nation are on the rise") omitted any mention of the movements to legalize suicide and how it may be impacting suicide rates.

The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Act, up for a vote in the state legislature this year, would establish a ratepayer-financed fund to upgrade drinking water systems for disadvantaged communities throughout California.

I am reading and seeing things that are very disturbing to me, and hopefully many others. I see Congressman Kevin McCarthy accusing Google of putting a negative slant on news about the Republican Party and suggesting the company be investigated. This concerns me on many levels.

If you were born before 1925 and severed in the American military, you believed in the greatness of America and many of you assimilated, learned English and became the American fighting man and women of World War II. You believed in liberty, God and country and you are recognized as the Grea…

I am a street evangelist who carries a 10-foot cross all over our city. I pray for and speaks with with the least, the last and the lost. For years I have handed out fast food restaurants' $5 food cards to any who ask for money — which is often ("Even as stores post signs to fight it, panhan…

Now that the campaign has ended, I'd like to sincerely thank all the supporters and volunteers who helped with my campaign for Congress. In particular, I'd like to thank Matt Molina and his incredible team at Mantera Media for developing and maintaining my terrific campaign website; Wendy Ar…

Cynthia Zimmer should be held accountable for her unethical ad buys in the closing days of her campaign for Kern County District Attorney. Campaign rules are very clear as to where money can come from and there is a clear conflict in this case. If her campaign treasurer is affiliated with th…