In the words of President Trump: "What in the (world) is going on?" Every time the President takes a misstep, his handlers are quick to say he meant to say this or that or, well, just give him time, he's not a politician. I ask the question then: What is he?

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We need Rep.Kevin McCarthy, consummate politician that he is, to bring Donald Trump up to speed on the ways of Washington. He needs to tell the president not to be surprised by the slow confirmation process of his cabinet. By campaigning as a populist, but governing as a plutocrat, there was…

Democrats want President Trump impeached, but how about Gov. Jerry Brown? He thinks the proverbial cart should lead the horse." Our dams are aging, levees and weirs desperately need repairs, our highways are in dire need of repair, yet Brown plunges ahead with unnecessary projects like his h…

Initially I was for the high-speed rail project, thinking that it would create needed jobs. After all, many developed countries have had these systems operational for years. I have since turned against the rail system for many reasons, not the least of which are the many cost overruns that h…

"We're not taking any official positions," said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. "I'm going to encourage them to vote for their constituents." How lucky are people in North Carolina to be represented by a congressman like him! What about the 23rd District of California? Do we have someone represent…

Regarding the March 7 article, "Transgender case sent back to appeals court." Let's do the math. If Mr. Grimm uses the men's restroom, he feels uncomfortable, but all other men there feel OK. If he uses the ladies' restroom he feels fine but many others there feel very uncomfortable. Who sho…

Your recent article, “Council to debate continued participation in PACE home loan program,” entirely missed the mark on Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. PACE has been a win-win for the economy and for homeowners in Kern County.

"The Art of the Deal" may have served President Trump well with his multitude of businesses. However, if his learning curve is high enough, surely he is now learning that what applies to business doesn't necessarily apply to politics. What is required for good governing is compromise. And cu…

To those who mocked President Trump over his claim of being wiretapped (or monitored through one form of surveillance or another): How does that crow taste now that it appears he has been been vindicated, even if somewhat so?

Two brave men from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office in Bakersfield showed up in Ridgecrest one day last week for their monthly meeting with District 23 constituents. They doubtlessly assumed the discussions would be passionate and pointed, and they weren’t disappointed. 

Thank you to the Blue Angels for their phenomenal talent and service to our country, on exhibit last weekend in East Kern. Few experiences in life besides that display of aerial acrobatics more strongly provoke a sense of patriotism. Thank you also to Supervisor Mick Gleason, a retired Navy …

Last week I did some shopping at Costco. When I went to pay my bill at the check stand the lady who was behind me in line insisted she pay my $41.00 bill. I did not know this lady, but I hope she reads this so she will know how much I appreciated her kind act. It really made my day. Thank yo…

When I was a child back in the 1930s it was safe to leave the doors and windows open on your house when you were going out on summer evenings. It was generally safe to go anywhere in Bakersfield, day or night.

My representative in Congress, Kevin McCarthy, was a wonderful host to a Kern County Honor Flight veterans’ group in mid-April 2016. He made the group's visit to the Capitol very special, giving us a tour of the House of Representatives, his majority leader’s offices, and the floor of the Ho…

I've been been wondering what type of person would kill his girlfriend's baby, what type of person would shoot into a car and kill a little boy and injure his brother, what type of person would kick down a door and go into a room and kill a young man and shoot his girlfriend in the presence …

Some people want FBI Director James Comey fired right now. That would be a mistake. Why? Because Comey is reasonably up to date, though not always right on the issues. To bring in a new FBI director would only slow the process and require a longer investigation on the alleged Trump Tower wir…

This is in response to the March 19 letter, "College doesn't make you smart." The author is right. As he writes, he earned a Master of Science degree, yet he still voted for Donald Trump. He supported a man who says he can fondle any woman he wants because he's rich, may have conspired with …

You may tell me about President Trump’s economic objectives, his foreign policy, his wall building, his health care plan, but please stop telling me that we should not take him literally when he makes claims such as President Obama wiretapping him. If we can’t take our president literally, w…

It amazes me how the three Republican congressmen from the southern valley have turned their backs on the people who put them in office. Kevin McCarthy, David Valadao and Devin Nunes all support Donald Trump and repealing Obamacare. The three districts represented by these guys are among the…

It’s sad, but the current Obamacare uproar didn’t have to happen. Back in 2010, Rep. Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans promised voters they would “use the power of the purse” to defund Obamacare if they were given the majority in the House. They lied. Voters gave them the majority they wa…

How can Donald Trump, who ran on a promise to "drain the swamp," even consider giving the Pentagon another $54 billion when everyone knows that that five-cornered pit is the biggest black hole in Washington, D.C.? Just last August it was learned that the military couldn’t account for some $6…

Like the Scarlet Pimpernel of literature, Rep. Kevin McCarthy is here, he's there, he's everywhere. Except in his district. The president supports high-speed rail, at least in the east. McCarthy, his boy in the House, does not.

President Trump has declared war on the media and their "fake news” asserting repeatedly that their sole mission is to undermine and sink his presidency. But in support of his outlandish assertion that he was wire tapped by former President Obama, Trump's press secretary states, “There’s a t…

McCarthy is in an avoidance mode, refusing to hold a town hall meeting, closing his ears to current complaints about Trump’s policies and refusing to carry out the duties of a representative. I agree that it was excessive to march on McCarthy’s home, but the crowds at a town hall meeting wou…

Rep. Steve King of Iowa may have spoken inappropriately when he stated, "Muslim children are preventing our civilization from being restored." But he was correct when he said he feels the standards that made America great are fading away.

Kevin McCarthy is the one member of the House of Representatives from California with any chance of saving democracy as we know it. The Democrats have, once again, proven their impotence as a countervailing force to a one-sided approach to solving our national issues. Like the Republicans, t…

What are Kern County Supervisors doing about changes in health care management as it pertains to Kern Medical Center? Congressman Kevin McCarthy favors a dismantling of the ACA. Kern Medical Center has been doing great under the ACA, but nothing about the new Republican plan would suggest th…

Columnist Leonard Pitts recently wrote that Donald Trump was elected because conservatives are ignorant and unable to extrapolate information properly ("The education gap between left and right," Feb. 20). Pitts wrote, "there is an education gap between left and right and it poses a grave th…

It's possible the current version of Trumpcare put forth to replace Obamacare will not garner enough GOP support to become law. That said, for the GOP to assert that this plan will cover everyone is nonsense. Who fails to remember that Trump pledged to improve Obamacare and extend coverage t…

Last week the Congressional Budget Office reported that under Trumpcare 14 million people could lose their insurance in 2018. The number exceeds 24 million by 2027. In Kern County we have thousands of families that will lose their health insurance. It’s predicted that perhaps thousands of he…

To the letter writer whose brother was killed while handing out Christian literature during the 1992 L.A. riots, I want to say I am sorry for your loss (“Why I don’t want illegal immigrants here,” March 12). Your brother is a martyr blessed by God. Since his brother was a Christian, perhaps …

I have had an opportunity to meet TV newsman Jose Gaspar and I find him to be an honest man. His recent column about the process of sitting down with the kids and telling them about the possibility of their parents being picked up by ICE, putting a sense of fear into those children. What’s u…

I’m a retired mortician who once served on the reserve L.A. County Coroner’s team. Each year, about 55,000 people die from drug overdoses, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Many of these drugs are brought over from Mexico. Isn’t it time to build the wall? People need t…

I am a 70-year-old Vietnam vet. I believe in equality for everyone. I have listened to "liberated women" and bra burners for 50 years. I have heard demands for equal pay, equal job advancement and equal everything else. But not once have I heard women ask for equal responsibilities.

I would like to comment on the $19 million that was stolen from the students of Bakersfield. I find it hard to understand how, in a beautiful community like Bakersfield, we cannot protect our students from such inexcusable acts of criminality.

I have lived around Bakersfield most my life, so when I tried to contact Kevin McCarthy about his opposition to the high-speed train it irritated me because he wouldn’t let me on his site because of my zip code. He’s a guy that takes money from special interests in every zip code.

I’m writing about Sal Moretti’s Community Voices article (“Let’s fight back against insults, extremism,” March 10) about the supposedly polarizing conservative vs. liberal, Inga Barks vs Danny Morrison debate. To quote the old Wendy’s commercial, “Where’s the beef?”

California conservatives have a lot to overcome. We have the worst of the worst, starting with Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein, down to the Democratic senators passing laws that harm our children, including abortions without parental consent. 

Way to go Ralph Korn! You need to come out of retirement and write daily for the Californian. Many people I know and myself think you have hit the nail square on the head and you are truly a breath of fresh air (Community Voices: Remind the media we are not fools, March 13). I haven't read m…

After reading Rebecca Mallard's article ("Don't Let Trump Tear Apart Families,"March 9), I wanted to share two immigrants, one from El Salvador and one from Nicaragua, who killed my brother during the L.A. riots of 1992. At the time my brother was killed, he was passing out Christian literat…

Congressman Kevin McCarthy needs to take the time to remind himself and President Trump that Trump is the president of all Americans, not just the ones who voted for him. If Trump indeed wants to act in the interest of America and of all those who live here, he must act in the interest of De…

I was a little taken aback when I read the letter to the editor that used the phrase "Dem-Craps" ("DEAR KEVIN: Dems must work for good of America," March 6). How low and crass the writer portrays her fellow Americans. Once again the use of negative comments toward others seem to have trickle…