I've always found Congressman Kevin McCarthy to be polite and courteous, even when he was explaining why he didn't agree with me. No doubt people shouldn't be disturbing the peace in his neighborhood or anybody else's, but speaking as one who participated in the peaceful vigil past his home …

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At a Republican Woman's Club meeting in Tehachapi, Zack Scrivner, our second district supervisor, discussed attempts by the state's Democratic leadership to dramatically reduce petroleum usage and production, and the corresponding adverse impact to Kern County.

President Trump thinks he can create more jobs by deporting individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. He says that anyone who has abused their visa programs will be investigated and held accountable because their presence undercuts the American worker.

Nowadays it seems as though being an illegal immigrant is cool — just another hip way to stick it to the man. No, I am not for building a wall to keep foreigners out, but I think people need to realize that there is a system set in place to grant citizenship and it should be respected.

Regarding Sheriff Donny Youngblood's proposed "non-sanctuary county": Where are the leaders of our wonderful agricultural community on this issue? Their precious employees and their dear families need their help now. This misguided proposal is a divider, a wrong message to our farm workers, …

Well, it happened again today. Second time this week. A guy on a bicycle needs me to save his life by my effort to miss him when he is breaking every law in the book when it comes to driving rules.

Today I heard a news report about the abuse/misuse of drivers' handicap placards. Coincidentally in today's mail I received a new placard for my mother-in-law, who passed away 12 years ago. It is good until 2019. I would hope there is some way that death notices could be cross referenced by …

I have seen the weak and dying redwood trees in the Seven Oaks neighborhood parks and roadways. I have also seen a lot of healthy redwood tress, mostly in well maintained yards. These tress must have received adequate water and fertilizer during the drought. Some redwoods are now showing sig…

This is regarding Congressman David Valadao’s announcement in co-sponsoring legislation that will protect undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is discontinued.

My home is a few streets away from Kevin McCarthy’s residence. We live in the same neighborhood. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went for our nightly walk and came across a news crew and a crowd of people carrying signs and flags. We did not stop to ask them why they were assembled, but we…

I read with interest the April 18 letter to the editor, "Why waste taxpayer money and time to try a lifer?" Here are the reasons why: A life sentence in California no longer means an inmate will be in prison for life. Recent changes in our criminal justice system often result in inmates serv…

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Sheriff Donny Youngblood's campaign to have Kern declared a "law and order" county (and a "non-sanctuary county") is motivated, I suspect, by a desire to continue feeding at the federal trough, i.e., to have his jail at capacity with immigrants rounded up by his deputies in conjunction with ICE.

Lois Henry's April 19 column, "20 years of water restrictions for fish have been hard on humans," is admittedly one sided. Henry even quotes her source as saying, "I'm not a biologist." Why not include the opinions of someone who is? I am and I was also born and raised in Stockton, so I am d…

I commend Assemblyman Rudy Salas for following through on his campaign promise of "no new taxes without a vote of the people." The Californian's article of April 19 reported that Assemblywoman Lorena G. Fletcher, D-San Diego, "stormed over to Salas' desk, jabbed a finger in his face and bera…

Thank you for publishing Elizabeth Keranen's informed and compassionate April 18 article,"What would that kind Samaritan think today?" exploring the origins as well as the current implications of Jesus' Good Samaritan parable. It is clear that her students had the benefit of a wise teacher f…

I drove instead of taking Amtrak to Los Angeles last week. The highways were so rough and potholed that I pondered: What would I pay extra per gallon in taxes for better roads? I was up in the 50-cents to $1 range by the time I got stuck in an hour of traffic on a 20-mile stretch near Pomona.

Big surprise! Coastal redwoods are dying along with deodar cedar, crepe myrtle, and liquid amber trees. Add to that list Chinese Silk (aka Mimosa trees), plum and pine trees that run along Riverlakes Drive, Olive Avenue, Coffee Road, North Shore, South Shore, Hageman Road and, I’d venture to…

I go to the movies often. Very frequently the scripts include one or more blasphemies. I fail to see how this advances the plot. I find it offensive and, perhaps, evil. Evil because the blasphemies occur in so many scripts that it would seem there is a Blasphemer In Charge somewhere in Holly…

The recent killing of 15-year-old Stacy Duke reminds me that we must continue to pray for our children no matter where they may be. It is obvious that our society is filled with individuals who prey on children. Whether they have mental issues or are just plain evil, it's obvious they're out there.

Six years ago I learned from Monica Anderson, a dedicated biker, that when they climb the grade up Granite Road from Poso Creek they are usually very short of drinking water. So with an old turning plow and some donated, used pipe I ran a water line one quarter mile over the hill and down to…

More that 40 Democratic state senators and 80 assembly members that make up the laws running California want California to be a "sanctuary state." Since the word "sanctuary" refers to a place of refuge and protection, I'd like to see if our legislators are as truly compassionate as they say …

As usual, there's a hue and cry among the tax worriers and money grubbers about how dire the effects of a hike in gas taxes will be. I have a few reminders and recommendations for all those who feel their world is about to end:

The March 4 article, "Mistrial declared in prison killing case," about the inmate at Tehachapi's California Correctional Institution who allegedly killed his cellmate, was so disturbing. Why are we spending money to try someone already serving 94 years to life? What a total waste of taxpayer…

A letter published March 26, “Nunes’ bombshell Is proof,” confused me a bit. It assumed that folks who “mocked” President Trump over his claim of being wiretapped were now eating crow because of Devin Nunes' statements.

In the Monday, March 27 edition of The Californian, Beatris Espericueta, executive director of the Kern County Farm Bureau, offered an article concerning water allotments ("Community Voices: Water allotments still disrespect farmers"). During a very wet year, she offered comments that the cu…

If Kevin McCarthy wants to help the people of his district and the people of California get better health care, he should be pushing to advance the president's campaign promise to America: Call it the "Donald J. Trump Insurance for All, Lower Premiums, Better Benefits Health Care Act of 2017…

I'm shopping for a new congressman who is intelligent and can answer tough questions truthfully. If you use political doublespeak, you're out. Politicians are putting party before country, and I'm tired of it. What happened to ethics? What happened to doing what's best for the country five, …

Congressman Kevin McCarthy, your wayward attempt to amend the un-Affordable Care Act, via the American Heath Care Act, failed. Good. Now, repeal Obamacare, like you’ve campaigned on for the past six years, and as the House voted perhaps 60 times. Just repeal it, and please stop trying to ame…

Kevin McCarthy was a prominent soldier in the failed campaign to overthrow the ACA. Now, according to Paul Ryan, who has been promising this revolution for nearly eight years, the ACA is the law of the land for the foreseeable future. The only honorable thing for him to do now is to appear b…

Rep. Kevin McCarthy is quoted as saying he will work for a health care system that “provides health care relief for our neighbors,” and “stabilizes and strengthens the safety net in our communities.”

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?

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.