I read with interest Danny Morrison’s article on the now very obvious double standard that is becoming more prevalent than ever in Kern County in regards to criminal justice. His conclusion was right on the money. Criminal justice in Bakersfield favors the white and the financially well-off.

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Lois Henry wrote an incisive description and explanation of the State of California/PG&E power usage surcharge. This liberal/progressive plan is yet another transparent wealth redistribution scheme. Success, as measured by house size, is punished by unconscionably "high usage" rate incre…

Your Aug. 14, Washington Post contributor, Petula DVoark, hit a new low in deranged Trump hatred. Trump is responsible for the Charlottesville riot? Was Bernie Sanders responsible for the man, an avid supporter, who went onto a baseball diamond and attempted to kill as many Republicans as he…

Once more, President Trump has said something I disagree with. Under great pressure from practically everybody, he spoke out against the white supremacist groups, and rightly so. But he went on to say, "Racism is evil."

The recent protests for removal of Confederate war statuary would not have occurred if the statuary would have been left where it is. I’m not a white supremacist, a bigot, or a left or right extremist, but it seems to me that removal of historical figures because we are ashamed of them now, …

Comments on the Charlottesville tragedy are for the most part missing the mark. There were no sides in that confrontation. It was two radical leftist hate groups spewing their usual arrogance, hate, fanaticism, vandalism and mayhem. Both groups are of the same ilk as Black Lives Matter, Anti…

Several times during the first seven months of the Trump administration, I have composed something to send to this publication. In most instances my words were rendered obsolete by the next appalling act, the "OMG" moments that have been the hallmark of his tenure in office. But for the pres…

Last weekend, a very serious incident which speaks directly to the strife and division of this nation occurred just up the road in Tehachapi. A planned candlelight vigil and peaceful rally was canceled due to threats of violence from what in the best case were misguided and misinformed indiv…

Has America lost its mind? Has freedom of speech become an evil source of civil unrest and be allowed to manifest its ugly head to cause injury and death? America must find away to peacefully protest without the growing threat of violent division between its citizens. The governor of Virgini…

Psychologist Brik McDill (Aug 11, 2017) worries about school misconduct-expulsions and says schools need teacher improvement. His only suggestion: "Teaching skillfully and well takes dedication, creativity, energy, spunk, humor, stamina, a bit of being a comedic thespian, and the capacity to…

It appears that President Trump will criticize and/or condemn many different people and groups. These include but are not limited to the pope, a Gold Star family, a disabled reporter, POWs, members of his own party, the leaders of allied countries and members of his own cabinet. Yet he will …

I have to say, when Sheriff Youngblood stated that law enforcement officers who have broken the law must be accountable and receive the same discipline as any other criminal, it was appreciated. When Chief Martin apologized to Ms. Hargrove for the Bakersfield Police Department canine attacki…

Brik McDill's commentary in the Californian, dated Aug. 11, where he explains that students shouldn't be expelled hastily in order to stop the "Expulsion-to Prison Pipeline," is action that just doesn't happen in most public schools. Unless a student commits battery on a teacher, or is caugh…

Danny Morrison's Aug. 8 column, "Blacks and browns aren't afforded the benefit of the doubt like Giumarra," was well stated, and thank you for that. It's simple: Regardless of who may be determined to be at fault for the tragic accident involving John Giumarra lll, the fact remains that evid…

Disgust is the only word that comes to mind when it comes to Logan August and Derrick Penney’s slap-on-the-wrist sentence ("Former sheriff's deputies sentenced to probation for conspiring to sell drugs they stole," Aug. 8). Do our law enforcement leaders realize what kind of message this sen…

“There are things in Obamacare,” Congressman David Valadao told The Californian, “that worked. But it’s far from perfect.” ('Congressman David Valadao talks health care, immigration, Washington, D.C., and Donald Trump," Aug. 11.)

Local columnist Danny Morrison is at it again ("Blacks and browns aren't afforded the benefit of the doubt like Giumarra," Aug. 8). He's taking a high profile criminal case here in town and making it about race, even though both the accused, John Giumarra III, and the lady who died, Angela H…

History often repeats itself in curious ways. In the early 1930s, Adolph Hitler and the NSDAP (Nazi) party came to power. In “Mein Kampf “(1925), Hitler wrote “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and wit…

Attention Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, et al: Great news , I’ve found a new job for you, a win-win career move, a mission. Improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. To do this we will: Ignite a…

The author of the Aug. 6 letter "She defied authority and got away with it" has taken Tatyana Hargrove behind the shed, again. The last time this letter-writer was black he too got stopped by a cop, for being white. Of course, he minded his P&Q's and placed his hands on the roof when ask…

It was with great disappointment that I read the comments of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, in your Aug. 5 edition ("McCarthy: Anthem's retreat is sign of law's inevitable collapse"). The congressman failed to note the current administration's lack of initiative in presenting a serious …

In his Aug. 6 Sunday Forum article, political consultant Ed Rogers calls senior policy advisor Stephen Miller "a thinking person's Trump," not seeming to realize he is implying that no thinking person could support Trump. If as Rogers says, Miller (the thinking person's Trump) "is arrogant, …

Utah Rep. Paul Ray is another Republican legislator trash talking California. He wants to encourage California to secede from the U.S. and is tired of our “whining.” He is just the latest tool in the decades long propaganda campaign Republicans have launched against our state: California is …

In expressing hostility toward the "artificial president" for his ban on artificial men and women from the military, Danny Morrison ("We may not understand transgenderism, but we need to," Aug. 1) is essentially ridiculing the 57 percent of active-duty military personnel who gave a negative …

Tatyana Hargrove is another youth who has mastered the art of defiance ("Case dismissed: Kern County District Attorney drops all charges in mistaken identity incident involving police and local teenager," Aug. 3). Her performance defying the police is an example of how she's been taught to d…

After reading the recent letters-section criticisms of Danny Morrison's Aug. 1 column, "We may not understand transgenderism, but we need to," I had to re-read the column. I can't believe its critics. I thought every word of Danny's column was right on. It always amazes me that so many Chris…

Regarding the Aug. 3 letter, "Where's Morrison's degree?," a criticism of Danny Morrison's Aug. 1 column about understanding transgenders: No degree is required to have compassion. My mother, born into a segregated South in 1902, taught us children that all people are created equal. She did …

Last month, I attended a town hall with advocates and fellow Delano residents to discuss the pollution that plagues us here in the Valley. Delano has a rich history of fighting for human rights; it is where Cesar Chavez began the grape strike of the 1960s, which brought together Latinos and …

I believe the author of the Aug. 2 letter ("Uber-tolerance and transgender") who complained about Danny Morrison's Aug. 1 column on understanding transgender people is in for some big surprises when she gets to those pearly gates and finds all kinds of people she has condemned here in this v…

After reading the latest incredibly radical rant on transsexuals from Danny Morrison ("We may not understand transgenderism, but we need to," Aug. 1), I have a question. What are his credentials? Self proclaimed expert? If his life's work is mentoring, what are the accomplishments that are t…

As the mother of someone living with Type 1 Diabetes, I understand the challenges nearly 30 million Americans confront on a daily basis in trying to live a normal life while constantly having to monitor their diet and blood sugar levels. My husband and I are up two to four times a night chec…

Well, Danny Morrison has done it again. Made himself look like an uninformed, uber-tolerant like-to-hear-my-own-voice schmuck. I can't even get through a third of his opinionistas without gagging a little. This time ("We may not understand transgenderism, but we need to," Aug. 1) I only read…

On July 30, Kevin McCarthy’s Facebook page (either by intern or by timer) posted a celebratory post for #ForeverGIBill. I posted a reaction within minutes, expressing my frustrations with his cowardice and lack of leadership. I never get a response from him or his office, and it's been that …

The PACE program was a horrible instrument for financing home energy improvements. It was probably as bad as the student loan instrument where parents can sign for huge loans based on only their credit score. Kudos to our local government leaders on killing a very bad program.

I didn’t vote for Donald Trump (nor did I vote for Hillary Clinton). Since Donald Trump is now my president, I have spent the last six months reading his tweets, his speeches, listening to his interviews with Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, and his public pronouncements and rants. I have see…

The misguided letters asking that Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green, Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin disavow President Trump's recent order that police agencies not be "so nice" and abuse suspects in their care is much too late. Unfortunately, that ho…

President Donald Trump, advocating for the rougher treatment of people in police custody during a speech Friday in Suffolk County, N.Y., seems to have forgotten the principle of "innocent until proven guilty." We should all applaud the majority of our police officers who proudly practice res…

Last week was the worst of all the bad weeks President Trump has put our country through so far. He couldn’t hold to his campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. He said it would be so easy. He’s failed miserably. He and his party control the government yet he couldn’t get the job d…

Two years ago Freddie Gray died after a “rough ride” in the back of a police van in Baltimore. Friday night in New York, President Trump told law enforcement officials, “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough — I said, ‘Pleas…

The other day I received a phone call supposedly from Apple Inc. telling me that my computer was being hacked and that I had the option of being connected to an Apple technician or calling an 800 number to fix the problem. I opted to talk to the technician, who provided a prompt asking for m…

I've never read more racially biased articles from a syndicated columnist than those of Leonard Pitts. His latest rant against the N.R.A. is mind boggling. The murder rate of N.R.A. members is much lower than that of the general public as most members are sportsmen who are most responsible f…

So the Kern High School District shelled out $670,000 of our tax dollars to settle a lawsuit, because more minority students were being expelled than white kids. Do you honestly think the administration wants to expel or suspend minority students knowing that's it's politically incorrect to do so?