The terms "fake news" and "alternative facts" have become the phrases repeated by President Trump or his spokespeople within the past three weeks. Where did these ideas come? Answer: a book published in 1949, “1984,” by English writer George Orwell. From this work and another one, “Animal Fa…

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Whenever I pick up the paper and read that feminists are whining about their “reproductive health,” their need for equal rights, and the stress they feel when exposed to politically incorrect language, I want to recommend to them a course in American history. The women who made America great…

For more years than I can remember at times, I have enjoyed reading every page in the paper, almost daily. I am a transplant. Born and raised back in the day, by the number 3 man in the Wyoming Charter of the John Birch Society, my grandfather. Because of that, I must be truthful with you no…

Apparently we've had another politically correct shift in the meaning of words. If we want to selectively enforce laws we just change the name from "illegal alien" to "undocumented." First of all, President Trump said only the criminal element would be deported. Isn't it an affront to those …

A better title for Danny Morrison’s Feb. 14 column would have been: “Trump won, get over it.” Morrison joked that it’s laughable that President Trump won 107,000 more votes than Hillary Clinton did in the combined swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania because those voters “co…

I have a message for Danny Morrison, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and all the other left-wing fanatics who refuse to accept the fact that the Democrats and Hillary lost the election to the Republicans and President Trump.

I nearly fell off my chair reading Danny Morrison’s Feb. 14 tirade, “That’s why Trump won? Don’t fall for it.” I am trying to digest the inconsistencies and the blatant disrespect for the office of the president of the United States. I, too, am not a President Trump supporter, but at least I…

Claims that President Trump is psychotic, narcissistic, or otherwise mentally incompetent to hold office are merely smokescreens behind which those having difficulty accepting the election results hide. Formerly open-minded and respectful citizens have become increasingly intolerant, uncivil…

Dear Kevin: Please whisper in President Trump's ear that access to healthcare is a basic need of all Americans — and especially children. Any repeal of the Affordable Care Act must simultaneously offer a credible and affordable alternative that even improves on the ACA. You might whisper tha…

Dear Kevin: I'm thrilled that someone with such deep and enduring ties to Bakersfield is regularly in such close proximity to our current president. I hope that you will take this opportunity to speak to the President about a couple of the issues that hit closest to our Central Valley home.

Dear Kevin: I would like you to ask Donald Trump to open his eyes to Steve Bannon, to not repeal the ACA until there is a good replacement option, and to recommend that the President show some respect for his office and begin to act professional and presidential. I would also like Mr. Trump …

Dear Kevin: Will you please remind President Trump that he promised to “drain the swamp”? I’m guessing he forgot about that promise, and it may be too late for him to make good on it, given the people he has surrounded himself with thus far. I fear that the swamp is getting deeper, murkier, …

Donald Trump was elected president because of Barack Obama’s inability to adequately protect our country from terrorism and the fact that millions of Americans are unemployed, underemployed or out of the work force altogether.

If Donald Trump told Michael Flynn to talk to Putin regarding the sanctions, he should be impeached. Congressman Kevin McCarthy needs to get a backbone. He are no better than Trump if he doesn't speak up. Maybe his job should be at stake as well.

Columnist Danny Morrison welcomes anyone with some level of rationality to write about the injustices that plague our communities of color. So here goes: I recall a football game between Taft High, for whom I played linebacker and served as a captain, and Shafter High School.

Former Congressman Bill Thomas is at it again, playing an important part in obtaining a huge amount of the bond money for fixing up Bakersfield College. This is the same leader who brought home the pork barrel when he left Washington, D.C. He brought home over $600 million in money and bonds…

I want to give a shout-out to Pauline Vega for putting on an event to bridge the gap between local law enforcement and the Latino community. With so much high tension and many concerns to be addressed, it was great to enjoy a carefree evening of camaraderie and pure pleasure Feb. 12 at the B…

Dear Kevin: As a Bakersfield resident my entire life, let me tell you about one of my favorite summer activities when I was a teenager in the 1960s. My father had a small telescope and we spent many hours looking at the spectacular beauty of the moon and stars. My two brothers and I were so …

Dear Kevin: I know it's not what he wants to hear, and he may stop calling you "My Kevin", but President Trump abhors the truth and has made truth his mortal enemy. He needs to stop. He has ceased to be a political candidate who needs to make outlandish statements in order to be elected. Aft…

Dear Kevin: As a Vietnam veteran, I hear this phrase and cringe at the thought of “political correctness” being thrown my way. After 50 years, it is just another pinprick in the long disparagement of Vietnam vets. ("Baby-killers," "dope-heads," unstable, dangerous and long periods of silence…

Dear Kevin: You’ve been quoted as saying: “Black holes destroy any objects that happen to fall victim to their gravitational pull.” You and the other members of Congress must recognize that the chaos we're experiencing under this president is the vortex of inexperience, half-truths and willf…

To answer the question posed in the Feb. 9 letter, "Trump and Judge Robart," why should President Trump consult Congress and Homeland Security before issuing the order to ban travel from seven countries, which were originally flagged by the Obama administration, when he has the power to do w…

When I was at Bakersfield High School I had three close friends. We went to Hart Park almost every weekend during the summer. We had a small portable radio and a small barbecue and grilled hamburgers and relaxed close to the river. At that time, there were rides, like a little roller-coaster…

Oh my, there's "Crackdown coming to freeloaders" (Feb. 9). It looks like the “wall” at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre is not big or wide enough to stop these illegals — whoops — freeloaders, from enjoying the benefits that those who paid get to enjoy!

As surely as the robins of spring and the swallows of Capistrano, the nay-saying critics who regularly cry racism, xenophobia or Islamophobia, to name a few of their favorite charges, come out to condemn the actions and the motivations of those they disagree with. The latest of course, is th…

I am compelled to write this letter in regard to Inga Barks' Feb. 9 column, "Huerta Foundation isn't shooting straight with us." I will not comment on her discussion of the "lies" told by the Huerta Foundation but I'll comment on her lies, or at least misinformation, about the Kern High Scho…

After reading Inga Barks' recent column about the Huerta Foundation lying ("Huerta Foundation isn't shooting straight with us," Feb. 9), I have to say that I am not surprised. Like the majority of Democrats today, Dolores Huerta is a far left radical. Democrats like John Kennedy and Hubert H…

Right-wing attacks on our own Dolores Huerta are just what we we are coming to expect of pundit shock jock Inga Barks ("Huerta Foundation isn't shooting straight with us," Feb. 9). Shame on Inga for vilifying those who promote community participation in public meetings. The tone of her bully…

I'm hoping that Inga Barks will realize that when you throw the "L" word around so casually you might find it flung back at you. Just for clarity and (heaven forbid) truth's sake, I was on the committee to consider the use of "The Bluest Eye" in KHSD schools. I spoke before the Board in a pu…

I’m hoping that Inga Barks will realize that when you throw the “L” word around so casually you might find it flung back at you. Just for clarity and (heaven forbid) truth’s sake, I was on the committee to consider the use of “The Bluest Eye” in KHSD schools. I spoke before the Board in a pu…

I attended the Feb. 6 KHSD meeting on Feb. 6 out of curiosity about the Delores Huerta Foundation's issue with the District's new policy allowing concealed-carry weapons on campus by designated, vetted persons.

What do you call a person who has the audacity and the perceived privilege to call others liars while shamelessly lying herself? You call her Inga Barks. I was amazed at the ideological ferocity by which she attacked Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta for standing up for …

Dear Kevin: Tell President Trump the truth. I know that's not what he wants to hear, and he may stop calling you "My Kevin," but President Trump abhors the truth and has made truth his mortal enemy. He needs to stop.

Dear Kevin: I have tried to find something to admire about you for some time. Granted, you look the part — handsome, good hair, nice voice. You could play the part very well in a movie, but in the real world you are not a heroic figure. I have yet to see any display of courage, any hint that…

Dear Kevin: You obviously don't care 2 cents for your constituents — only for your lobby and your wallet. You lock your office doors whenever a dissenter wants to meet with you. You show no courage whatsoever. You, the (cough) President, and all his goons should just cut to the chase and wea…