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  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Third-party corroboration of Grove story was missing

    Reader: I take exception to the article alleging that Assemblywoman Shannon Grove made a statement that the drought in California is the result of God's retribution for abortion ("Article quotes Assemblywoman Shannon Grove as blaming drought on God's anger over abortion," June 12).

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: Did our endorsements line up with voters' feelings?

    Reader: Every election cycle, The Californian gets slammed by readers for allegedly being out of touch with voters -- particularly Kern County voters. You're too conservative, some complain, or, way more often, it seems, you're too liberal. Well, I want to know how your endorsements from

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor.

    SOUND OFF: What was your restaurant reviewer trying to accomplish?

    Reader: After reading Pete Tittl's review of Sorella Ristorante Italiano, recently opened in a new location, I am finding it difficult to understand exactly what his review was about ("Sorella has a new home, and some growing pains," Nov. 16). Was he encouraging his readers to visit

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Israeli airstike photo simply told a compelling story

    This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian's news coverage. Your questions -- which may be edited for space -- are answered here each Saturday. Reader: Regarding the (Aug. 2) front page photo showing an

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Why not publish names of welfare recipients, too?

    Reader: I read with great interest your response to a reader (in the March 15 Sound Off column) questioning whether public official salaries should be printed in the paper. Your response was that since it was taxpayer money that funded those salaries the public has a right to know. Using your

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Oops! My arrogant liberal bias is showing again

    I wish we newspaper-types had the time to manipulate the news the way some readers apparently think we do. I can't even carve out an hour for lunch most days, let alone plot ways to subject readers to my petty grudges and biases. But as long as people (myself included) see the news through

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Point out the inaccurate reporting, Monsignor

    When our John Cox attended a March 1 community forum hosted by the Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP and heard the local branch's president essentially take credit for having convinced the Diocese of Fresno to remove Kathleen Bears as principal of Garces High School, he knew he might have

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Not enough detail in story of young boy's death

    Jason Kotowski's story last month about the death of 4-year-old Gregorio Edward Leyva attracted a lot of attention, and not just because of the heart-wrenching nature of the incident. The boy had darted into the street near his home, in full sight of his mother, at a spot where she usually,

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Break out the old Thesaurus: McDill is in town

    If you’re looking for a columnist who’s better looking than the one pictured here, such as Ric Llewellyn or Heather Ijames, you’re looking on the wrong day. Our band of merry, rotating columnists has moved from Saturday to Thursday. Why? Because our dynamic Thursday lineup of news and features was

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Did story of boy's fatality include unwarranted detail?

    Every pedestrian fatality is a tragic one, no matter who the victim or what the circumstances, but the death of Gregorio Edward Leyva last week was especially heart-wrenching. Gregorio was 4. He was hit by an SUV while crossing the street near his home. His mother was apparently just a few feet

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Who was really recognized with that standing ovation?

    There wasn't a dry eye in the U.S. Capitol building, and perhaps anywhere in America among those who watched the final minutes of Tuesday's State of the Union address, when President Obama introduced and spoke briefly about Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was wounded in a

  • Californian executive editor John Arthur.

    SOUND OFF: This cat got out of the bag and the howls began

    Nothing gets readers worked up like a change in the comics, and we heard from a few of you this week: READER: Once again The Bakersfield Californian has decided to remove the long time comic favorite "Garfield" and put in its place an unknown generic comic. Just like they did with

  • SOUND OFF: We're back, and we have some catching up to do

    This column has not appeared for several weeks, so we have some catching up to do: *** READER: (In regard to our Dec. 31 list of state, national and global quotes of the year:) I am sorry this is so late but I feel it is important to ask: why was this quote from the U.S. Senate Benghazi

  • Californian executive editor John Arthur.

    SOUND OFF: We approach the holiday with plenty of good cheer

    READER: Dear Mr. Ewing, I want to compliment you on your article in The Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 14, page 49, covering the Division 1 Girls Tennis Section Finals. It is a masterpiece of reporting, writing and journalism, demonstrating the highest level understanding, acute perception,

  • Californian executive editor John Arthur.

    SOUND OFF: If he were a teacher our grade would be C-

    READER: It's good that The Californian challenged the accuracy of the United Farm Worker's spokesperson regarding (the recent) protest at Rep. Kevin McCarthy's office. But as a former journalism instructor, I am appalled at the news writers' description of the UFW's statements

  • Californian executive editor John Arthur.

    SOUND OFF: Headline makes the situation worse, reader argues

    READER: Shame on the Californian for today's headline ["He sides with Democrats." Oct. 31, about Rep. David Valadao]. While you can make any argument that this is just "news," that's exactly the problem, and you're instigating it. That Valadao sided with Democrats

  • Californian executive editor John Arthur.

    SOUND OFF: In her view, prep football coverage went south

    READER: I am very upset over the high school sports section because South High School is not receiving as much attention as they should. South High's football team is undefeated and they were given a small article in the newspaper on Saturday, September 28, while Ridgeview lost their last game

  • Californian executive editor John Arthur.

    SOUND OFF: Anniversay coverage can have many approaches

    READER: Does September 11 have no meaning for you? What made you decide to completely omit it from the front page on Wednesday, Sept. 11? At least we got a "Kern's Past" on page 8. Good decision.... I guess the deaths of 3,000 Americans only 12 years ago can be COMPLETELY forgotten