I opened the paper Sunday to a picture of Harvey Hall under which was the date of his birth and death. Although Harvey hadn’t looked well the last few times I’d seen him, that brief period of frailty will not be my lasting memory but rather his robustness accentuated by ramrod-straight postu…

I just watched “The Darkest Hour," the movie about how Winston Churchill had to get Britain to prepare itself for a long fight with Hitler’s Germany. It made me think about what would we do in Bakersfield, or in the country as a whole, if we were to be attacked.

Dad left me a black wallet. Not me specifically, but the wallet was in his desk drawer next to his watch that had returned from the repair shop in good working order. No one else wanted them because the watch wasn’t a Piaget and the wallet not a Givenchy.

Reader: In your May 12 Sound Off column you responded to a reader by writing that President Trump is responsible for conflating "fake news" and "negative news." I think you are right to a certain extent: President Trump goes overboard identifying every negative news report as fake. But, in m…

California’s middle class is hurting. Housing is severely unaffordable. Energy costs are skyrocketing and public employee pension liabilities continue to metastasize. Our next governor must possess experience leading in government and the courage to take on broken systems and work for real r…

I’d never heard of artist Charles Arnoldi but the artists I haven’t heard of and the things I don’t know could fill the Louvre and the New York Library. Arnoldi, and his wife, Katie, were at the Bakersfield Museum of Art Thursday night for the opening of his exhibition “Forms: A Fifty Year Survey.”

It was a proud moment for my niece Rachelle and her husband, David Yubeta. Their son, Josh, was drafted to play in this year’s U.S. Army All-Star Bowl at Rabobank Arena. According to the U.S. Army website, “the All-Star Bowl is the only high school arena-style football game held indoors.”

Reader: This letter is in response to Jack Balfanz’s letter about that April 28 editorial cartoon by Bob Englehart ("Is this cartoon proof, at long last, of TBC's atheism?," May 5). The cartoon is a disgusting cheap shot against evangelicals. Evangelicals and Christians did not vote for Dona…

There are places that remind us of people. With Mike Marotta, it may be the stretch of road on Alfred Harrell Highway, beginning with the rise west of the soccer fields, and ending 200 yards later at the top, after he has laid down another withering pull, scattering fellow cyclists in his wa…

When I was a kid, milk was milk. It came in a glass bottle from the milkman, by way of a cow. Simple. There was skim milk, which my mother bought when my grandmother visited. It was watery and not exactly white, more like a sickly blue. My grandmother took a splash of it in her Sanka. (She a…

Public safety and staying financially solvent appear to be two of the biggest challenges facing the good people of Arvin, as elected representatives on the city council and the police department struggle to come up with a solution. Let's start with public safety.

Reader: I have always suspected that TBC Media was an atheist enterprise. As a result of the cartoon you published on April 28, I am now 100 percent sure of it. Your depiction of The Last Supper, captioned with the words, "One of you will betray me," spoken by Christ and referring to a comed…

Readers will recall last Saturday's column when I wrote about a trip to Alaska taken some years ago with some great hunting companions. I decided to let each of them tell about one of the highlights of the hunt, in their own words.

Reader: I'm not often prone to writing to newspaper columnists but I felt the need to in regard to your answer to Kathy Frith on marijuana ("Was it irresponsible to put pot smokers on the front page?," Sound Off, April 21). I take exception to your, and other media outlets', using the term "…

Last weekend, we took Andrew on a train from San Diego to San Clemente, spent the night, and then took the train back. An hour and 15 minutes each way. If this had been the Polar Express, and the journey had been to the North Pole and included hot chocolate and presents, it's hard to imagine…

It seems like every week there’s a new report about the emaciated state of the California Dream. Housing prices continue to rise. Environmental regulations push more Californians into energy poverty. Taxes and frivolous lawsuits incentivize businesses to leave the Golden State.

Although you might not completely understand what the Mazzei Injector Co. does, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that Angelo and Mary Mazzei have friends. That they are loved and have contributed to the community in which they live.