I was returning from a business trip and my short layover was in LAX. He was standing in front of me in a short line on the tarmac. We were waiting to board our flight to Bakersfield.

Put down that old vinyl record and put your shoes on. Is the car gassed up? Good. Print out this article, open up Google maps and take this tour, which we have plucked from the pages of Robert Price's 2015 book, "The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized Ameri…

The dominant narrative about Bakersfield is often inaccurate, and at the very least, incomplete. There’s a richer depth to the people that were born and nurtured here. Our history is full of fascinating and innovative individuals. Unfortunately, we don’t hear, repeat and internalize these st…

It's Labor Day weekend, and as you read this I am marinating in a coat of SPF 40 on a sandy beach, warily eyeing circling seagulls. I am trying to achieve a zen that clears the mind of anything related to work or reality in general, but in fact I am worrying that if I don't leave early enoug…

Reader: After seeing The Californian join the Destroy Trump Media in downplaying the news of Mollie Tibbetts, the young Iowa woman who was allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, by relegating it to an Aug. 22 digest item, it is understandable that greater coverage would…

If it seems like the process of electing people to serve in government and education is a never-ending process, it's because it is. The political season is worse than the NBA season; at least basketball players take a couple of months off to lounge on tropical beaches. Politicians are always…

“Our County was built on Tariffs, and Tariffs are now leading us to great new Trade Deals – as opposed to the horrible and unfair Trade Deals that I inherited as your President. Other Countries should not be allowed to come in and steal the wealth of our great U.S.A. No longer!”

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Reader: Sorry to see our Bakersfield paper go off the anti-Trump cliff with the other 300-plus lemming national papers this past Thursday ("Our View: Media here for the people," Aug. 15). If 10 of your friends call you a jerk, maybe you're a jerk. Likewise, if tens of millions of people call…

Reader: One only has to look at the front-page headlines in your Aug. 4 edition to know we've fallen full-bore into a feel-good generation. "Mini-Con brings out inner superheroes," "How not to recycle," and of world-shatteringly importance, "City seeks funds for proposed bike path along Fria…

Listen to people discuss the City of Bakersfield's proposed sales tax increase and you're liable to hear complaints about employee pension obligations and other assorted government screwups and inefficiencies. If we're going to talk about taxes, that's all fair game for debate.

Reader: Bob Price's leftist view is obvious in his obsequious defense of Supervisor Leticia Perez's misdemeanor charge as an overreach by the DA ("Why is Perez's case different? Onus is on DA's office," July 25). His political leanings are at variance with any moral values his father, a chap…

The only thing to do on a hot summer day is see “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” The movie is touching, funny, entertaining and no doubt a lot of fancy people won’t like it.