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Commenting on a recent letter to the Californian, it's hard to understand how knowing about scriptures that speak about violence can give solace and peace. There is the statement that "He is the creator of life." If He is the creator of life, then apparently, according to the Bible, He can e…

In his Oct. 11 letter, Julian Delgado called Donald Trump a “draft-dodging coward." Although not technically a “draft dodger” because of a medical exclusion, those of us that served in the military during the Vietnam era recognize exemptions given Trump and other “chosen ones” for exactly wh…

Thank you, Valerie Schultz, for pointing out the current climate of immature and offensive name-calling, and its relationship to leadership in governing ("The real toll of 'sticks and stones,' Oct. 14).

William Bezdek’s Community Voices submission ("Objection to contraceptives based on unfounded belief, Oct. 13) contained misleading statements about the Church’s teaching on sexual relations, contraception and the purpose of marriage.

The Republicans are in charge. That means nothing will get done about gun violence in America except for lip service. That's because the NRA has firm control over the Republicans. One of their biggest supporters is our own Kevin McCarthy.

With the Las Vegas massacre, we are again seeing an outcry calling for gun control, as if that would help the larger situation. Sorry, Pandora's box has already been opened. Gun control simply takes guns out of the hands of responsible citizens and leaves gangs and terrorists in a stronger p…

If you're over age 65, have parents or grandparents over age 65, or even hope to make it to age 65 yourself, please read/understand this.

Great article by Anna Smith on Monday's Money page (Bakersfield won't win new Amazon campus, but we'll gain by trying"). As occasional counsel for Kern Economic Development Corp. in the past, I can attest to the efforts of that public-private partnership over the past 30 years in successfull…

Donald J. Trump says it's a disgrace that some NFL players are taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. What's really a disgrace is that during the Vietnam War, Donald J. Trump got a bunch of deferments. 

  • Larcenia Taylor

We are all trying to find out and figure the reasoning behind the mass killings in Las Vegas. It is hard to fathom how such a heinous crime can be manageable in the man of humanity.

I worked with former Kern County Supervisor Don Maben on the board of a new hospital for Tehachapi for about three years. I sold tickets for art shows, dinners, and rodeos along with Jack Palance and Don. Tehachapi has suffered a big loss with the passing of Don Maben.

Protesters, this is America. You have the right to protest, as I have. You will not stand for our flag or our national anthem, I will not stand in line to buy a ticket for a pro football game, buy food at the snack bar, or buy sports memorabilia. I will not watch pro football or players in a…

Our American city is turning into a garbage disposal by people who think they are entitled to dump their what-nots just anyplace. I am tired of the ugly landscape.

The president says this is not the time to talk about gun control. It is the BEST time to talk about it while the recent horrors of Vegas are fresh in our minds.

I would like to thank all the friends of my nephew, Michael Chadburn, the Chadman to me, who came out to Sandrini's last Saturday night and donated money, time and music at the benefit that Jay Smith organized.

On Monday after the carnage ended in Las Vegas, Bill O’Reilly proclaimed that, ” This is the price we pay for freedom.” O’Reilly has two children: Madeline is 19 years old and Spencer is 14. Do you think that O’Reilly would have said that if his two children were in the line of fire?

I believe its normal to be despondent when we read about another member of our human family who does something terrible. But here is one way to cheer yourself up that I began to practice in earnest some time ago. Say please and thank you at every opportunity.

Here we go again, another mass shooting in America. We will have vigils, people will pray , and politicians will make their speeches, but nothing will be done . Weapons of mass destruction are now part of Americana. Mass shootings are now the norm. Fear of mass shootings by madmen using thes…

I'm grateful to the Enns family for petitioning the Bakersfield City Council for a safe crosswalk at 24th and A/Alder streets. I addressed this issue at one of the 24th Street "improvement" hearings a year or more ago. It was after that hearing that residents on the south side of 24th fought…

Another American Tragedy.  Perhaps uniquely American. Sandy Hook and Aurora didn't do it.  Perhaps this one will. How can an individual legally acquire such a formidable arsenal?  In a span of just a few minutes and from hundreds of yards away, the shooter got off enough high-powered rounds …

I am appalled to learn that the Kern Council of Governments , KernCOG, under the leadership of executive director Ahron Hakimi, has declined to provide a representative to the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority ("Amtrak reducing service from Bakersfield, shifting a train north in search of b…

I loved Anna Smith's Sept. 18 column. I've been in Bakersfield for almost 17 years now and I love it. We have so many good things here, such as the great Christmas lights at CALM, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the Crystal Palace for country music and the Rabobank Arena has had a lot of…

The Californian reports that more than 100,000 people will have attended the Kern County Fair. I figure if only 25,000 cars parked in the lot at $10 a car that would be $250,000. The parking lot has needed to be repaved for some time now. It is hard to travel it with a walker or stroller wit…

The First Amendment to our Constitution has quite a bit to say in just a few words. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting individual religious practices. It gives us a free press. Congress cannot restrict the rights of individuals to speak free…

Michael Turnipseed's Sept. 25 op-ed, "Let's bring air traffic control system into 21st century," asserts that the U.S. national airspace system is becoming less efficient with outdated technology causing delays and disruptions. As the largest aviation organization in the world, the Aircraft …

Donald Trump was again this week, verbally attacking John McCain at a rally in Alabama, blaming him for the failure of Republicans to repeal the ACA. The audience joined in to boo McCain.

Now that Kern County Supervisors have approved a motion to bring in professional park planning firms for Hart Park, I hope they expand this project to include parks in other locations, in particular those in the Kern River Valley. History shows that the Kern River Valley only gets improvemen…

The Bakersfield Californian's Sept. 24 editorial, "Let Milo's shallow and vacuous circus go forward," and Justin Salter's Sept. 26 column, "Broaden GOP's appeal? Milo isn't the way to do it," on why CSU Bakersfield's College Republicans group should shun provocateur Milo Yiannoupolos make so…

Regarding the CSUB College Republicans and their attempts to have Milos Yiannopoulos speak at the university, there’s nothing free about his proposed speech. It’s a $20,000 speech, according to what I read in The Californian.

I have a way to resolve the recent NFL controversy. Tell the players to take off their uniforms and put on ours. They play a game and make millions under the freedom that we provide. Pat Tillman led by example. I'm a U.S. Air Force Gulf War veteran and I know plenty of Army, Navy, Air Force,…

Regarding professional athletes' anthem displays: It's wonderful that they're protesting injustice, something everyone of course is against. However, to protest by publicly disparaging their country's anthem, its flag, and the citizens who do honor them, they degrade themselves and the venue…

It really is a sad thing to see the events occurring today that involve the Stars and Stripes. I keep hearing that the flag doesn’t represent this country. Wow! Do any of those making this claim have any knowledge of history? Try to think what this country would look like today if the result…

While selfish malcontents representing the NFL thumbed their noses at our flag and anthem as a way to send a message to President Trump and the police, a different and uplifting scene marked the opening ceremony at a regional soccer tournament hosted by the Special Olympics Southern Californ…

I and my great, great grandfather, a Civil War veteran who fought with the New Mexican Volunteers, concur with the NFL players who are making a political statement before every NFL game by bending down on one knee.

I could not believe the Sept. 22 letter, "Report illegal immigrants," written by a physician. It is hard to believe that a doctor could be so cold-hearted. Try to imagine what Bakersfield would be like without our immigrants, legal or otherwise. Who would tend to the agriculture farms in Ker…