In last Sunday's newspaper, reporter Stacey Shepard and photographer Alex Horvath presented to readers a special report on coronavirus from inside Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. The headline summed up what readers could expect to read: "More anxiety, more sickness, more stress: Inside Bakers…

Reader: Thank you, Steven Mayer, for uplifting me with a hopeful and beautiful message of love and kindness that is the mural outside the homeless center in Bakersfield ("Artists painting mural at navigation center for homeless were once homeless themselves," July 24).

Reader: This is pretty insignificant compared to all that is going on these days, but I’m just curious about how you determine which features of the paper go together in a section each day. Some days the Sports and puzzle page/comics are together in a section; other days, Sports is with the …

I'm starting Sound Off a little differently today. I simply want to offer a heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to our local high school graduates. What a difficult time they've had to endure these last few months, with the coronavirus, the transition to online learning, and perhaps mo…

Reader: (in a voicemail for reporter Steven Mayer) I want to tell you how much I enjoy your column. I especially enjoyed the one about the man jogging or running around his block, because it brought a lot of memories back to me when I was trying to earn my foot travelers badge in grammar sch…

Reader: Among the many things I dislike about President Trump and the Republican Party is the way immigration reform is a favorite wedge issue, and immigrants are despised and scapegoated is what I find to be the most distasteful.

Reader: I wanted to respond to another misguided column, from Robert Price, about the virus having a silver lining. I thought "thank goodness" when he left The Bakersfield Californian, because I would no longer be subjected to his angry far-left liberal views. But instead, you give him a wee…

Reader: Why all the fuss? If you don't want to run into a burning building, don't become a fireman. If you don't like high-speed chases, don't train to be a police officer. If you don't want to be exposed to possible contagious germs, don't become a health care professional.

Reader: Great article ("Robert Price: Noriega Hotel closing? Now it's really hitting home," April 28) about the closing of the Noriega Hotel. I used to caddie up on the (Hill) Bakersfield Country Club and Babe would always find a loop for me when I was a kid. When it rained I would stay arou…

Reader: I was shocked when I saw the political cartoons in the Saturday, April 11, edition. The very first one showed an empty tomb of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with the caption "I guess he had enough of being quarantined ..."

Reader: Since the paper’s sale, I have observed that The Californian seems to print less news stories, but of longer length. Personally, I liked the more stories of shorter length.

Reader: Yes, I am not happy about the article ("Flatter or fight? Governors seeking help must navigate Trump," March 27) from the governor, I think it was of Illinois, that is crabbing about Trump because he didn't respond to his need for masks and ventilators.

Reader: When will we be able to learn more specific information about the people in Kern County who have been diagnosed with coronavirus? I'd like to know such things as their ages, the general area where they live, if they have underlying health conditions, if they have recently traveled, a…

Reader: Your March 14 Page A1 article, “As pandemic spreads globally, so do panic and anxiety locally,” shows the media stirring up the public with your own panic attack and causing the shutdown of nationwide events, for no reason, other than your extreme admonitions of severe consequences i…

Reader: Let me get this straight. They’re canceling high school sporting events, most being outdoors, and determining that keeping the kids in what we have always been told are overcrowded classrooms is in their best interest???