Giant Sequoias and California. The two go together like peanut butter and jelly. The magnificent trees are many things — a reminder of our place in the natural world, a draw for tourists, filters to clean our air and water. Yet until fairly recently the majority of the world’s Giant Sequoia …

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Bakersfield attorney Benjamin Greene, 48, died Tuesday after running a 5K race sponsored by the Bakersfield Track Club in 107-degree heat. Many on Facebook are asking why the race was held at all when local and state public health agencies were advising people to stay out of the heat, and li…

Where is the tax money going for road repair in in California? The pot holes are now becoming sink holes. What and why is the delay? Promises, promises, promises. The potholes and cracks in the roads are not even filled any more. How much does road tar cost anyway?

In blaming the Alexandria, Va., shooting on President Trump’s critics, the author of a June 15 letter, "Inciting an insane act of violence," omitted a more basic cause for this climate of vitriol, namely Trump as a person and as a campaigner. The shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise is a by-produc…

In an interview on Fox News, Donald Trump Junior said that his father did not order Comey to stop investigating Flynn. “When he tells you to do something, guess what? There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping,'" Trump Jr. said.

In many ways, we are all to blame for the violence that is rampant in our country and the Virginia shooting is just another example of the hatred we share. That hatred is evident in the rantings from the right on talk radio and the talking heads on liberal TV.

Kudos to Manpreet Kaur. That was an excellent contribution both in content and presentation ("Ridgeview joins the Punjabi instruction club," June 19). Kudos to Ridgeview High School for taking this important and timely first step and kudos to the KHSD Board for not talking the subject to dea…

We will be living with the effects of the drought for a very long time. It will take a life time to regrow the forest that we lost and the groundwater will not come back over night. But it is not smart to let all this extra water we have right now go into the ocean. We may never get it back …

I grew up knowing the importance of “Good Day” and “Farewell” and I shook hands coming and going. “Thank you” and “excuse me” were also common phrases. I don’t hear these words much today. Someone cuts you off in traffic without using their blinker but takes time to offer you a vigorous midd…

  • The Bakersfield Californian

Few of you in the Class of 2017 will miss your battered old biology textbooks. Few of you will pine for the days of “The Scarlet Letter” or that monotonously dull chapter on Reconstruction.

Our granddaughter competed in a barrel race in Porterville on May 21 to benefit the Wounded Warriors. She was lucky (and talented) enough to place and win almost $500. Imagine what a 13-year-old could do with that kind of money, yet she donated every penny of it back to the Warriors. What a …

We were at Lake Ming watching the boat drags on May 20 when at about 1:30 p.m. we spotted a wisp of smoke on a hilltop just north of the lake. It wasn't long before it started expanding and we were getting ready to call 911 as it appeared to be not far from an oilfield tank and a house, mayb…

I am quite upset and expect better from our Kern County Courthouse. Are we living in Germany or Italy? When you call, the outgoing voice mail says "Press one for English." I am thinking, Is this not Bakersfield in the USA? Why do I have to choose English? What does the future hold? How many …

Is anybody but me tired of the left lying about the Trump presidency? I am really sick of it. For all you liberals, and I know this state is full of them, you used to rub arms with Trump before his presidency. You used to go golfing with him, dinners with him, invited him to your wedding, be…

An article written by Matt Levin of CALmatters (Amid Housing Crisis why 2 out of 5 California Millennials Live at Home), mention a number of possible reason why they are not moving out of their parents' home. However, this article misses the primary reason why Millennials are still living at…

Mr. Haughness claims to be an educator and a writer. If he really is an educator, he would know his letter of Sunday, May 14, was written well above the comprehension of most people. His phrasing and wording is quite gut wrenching. His sentences can be as long as 36 words; some even longer. …

Approximately one year ago, one of the HVAC units in our home became inoperable and the cost to pay for a new unit was prohibitive. Our contractor suggested the HERO program. We were pleased with the ease of access to the program, the clear description of its parameters and the effort of the…

Who has not seen the pictures of Trump and Oval Office guests taken by the Russian news organization, Tass? Tass recorded pictorially President Trump's Oval Office meeting with the Russian emissary who is at the center of the controversy of illegal, if not unethical Russian contact with Gen.…

As a resident of the 3rd Ward, I know what it's like to have a businessman as my council member. I have approached Ken Weir twice with issues of out-of-town developers. Once I was told he talked to the developer and they said they would resolve all our issues. If resolve all our issues means…

Liberals never learn, do they? The American voters gave them a clear message last Nov. 8 that even with a total of $623 million in campaign donations Hillary Clinton could not win. With all the 98 percent of the media's lying attempts to derail Donald Trump’s candidacy they did not win. With…

The smaller Trump's shrinking base becomes, the more egregious his dictatorial actions will be. This petty tyrant is on the way out. Sooner, the better for all of us. Face it, Trump sycophants, James Comey was getting too close to the truth on the Trump/Putin love fest. Easy to predict that …

Cynthia Sarratt's commentary about the lack of motivation of eighth graders (Community Voices: "Our habit of 'social promotion' hurts middle schoolers," May 9), stems from this: Because Kern County doesn't have all unified school districts (which means the student attends the same district, …

I am in total agreement with Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner's obvious comment from the May 9 board meeting, referring to immigration reform, that "Kern County can't make the changes that must be made to truly fix the situation." I also agree with his statement that "our leaders in Wash…

Sacramento legislators are ready to tell everyone about all of the merits of the recently created Senate Bill 1 for repair of highways and roads in California. Thanks to the one-party control structure in the state government, this bill apparently went through the legislative process with ve…

Reading Steven Mayer's excellent, but heartbreaking story about Corporal Lang's untimely death in today's (May 13) Californian makes be both sad and angry. Sad as always when anyone young dies before their time. Angry because this did not have to happen.

In the Californian (Sunday Forum: Counter-Coulter: Academia doesn't have any responsibility to give voice to illogic and hate, May 14), Norm Haughness of Tehachapi, wrote that Ann Coulter should not be allowed to speak about conservative values on college campuses in California. Norm knows f…

Norm Haughness, you are so wrong. Universities have the right and the responsibility to allow all viewpoints to be heard in public forum. You are not the arbiter of who should, and should not, have the right to free speech, and I completely reject your thesis. What these people say may be re…

After reading the Community Voice by Norm Haughness (May 14), I am reminded of the many times I have read or heard the venom and hatred spewed out by some liberals and thought to myself, "they are giving an excellent description of themselves." If you disagree with their opinion, you are low…

After reading the column by Cynthia Sarratt (Community Voices: “Our habit of ‘social promotion’ hurts middle schoolers,” May 9), I must say, what are we going to do about it? I’ve been teaching Science to 7th- and 8th-grade students for the last 22 years. Students are well aware of the fact …

In regard to the charlatan in the Oval Office firing FBI director James Comey, the President justified his blatant attempt to short-circuit the House investigation by telling the nation on May 9, “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confiden…

Victor and his pregnant wife Olivia cross a river, breaking United States law. They are not U.S. citizens and have no rights. They're given shelter, food, and directions by supportive, covert groups along their harrowing journey. Their destination is one of several sanctuary cities to the north.

A full-page ad has been running in The Californian placed by an organization that is telling us that we should be more “tolerant” of the illegal alien population in our country. I wonder if the folks behind the ad have ever pondered how they would like it if the tables were turned.

If we want to save our schools and future students, we need to put Cynthia Sarratt in charge (Community Voices: "Our habit of 'social promotion' hurts middle schoolers," May 9). Students must not only be taught that bad actions have consequences but also that inaction on their part has lasti…

After reading the column by Cynthia Sarratt (Community Voices: "Our habit of 'social promotion' hurts middle schoolers," May 9), I must say amen! Many of us who went to school in the 1940s and '50s have been expressing the same sentiments for years.

In response to the letter writer who lamented the lack of free programs for English learners ("Teach them English — really," May 9), Bakersfield Adult School offers six successive levels of ESL, with both morning and evening classes. Classes are offered on the main campus, located at 501 S. …

I don't like conspiracy theories used to explain political events. Stupidity and greed are usually sufficient. The firing Tuesday of FBI director James Comey by President Trump while the agency is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia shakes me. I don't want to…

  • BY ROBERT PRICE rprice@bakersfield.com

People frequently complain about being unable to communicate with immigrants because of their inability to speak English. Many can’t afford to take the English for Multilingual Students classes at Bakersfield College. Wouldn’t it be a blessing if BC could offer non-credit courses in EMLS so …

Considering how I’ve been treated as a black-Latina studying at CSU Bakersfield to obtain a teaching credential, I wasn’t surprised to hear about the Kern High School District’s totally unwarranted tasing of young Tyson Green (“Disagreement and insensitivity over tasing of a BHS student,” Ma…

Recently I moved my legal residence from Washington, D.C., back to my hometown, Ridgecrest. Living in D.C. means not having a vote that counts in the legislature, but now I have Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, as my representative.