Reader: My first awareness of mass shootings was in 1966 when one occurred from the University of Texas Tower. The next was of a cluster of workplace shootings started among federal employees in the mid-'80s with what is described in the slang as “going postal.” In 1999, Columbine occurred, …

Reader: I have always believed that the purpose of an Opinion section in a newspaper was to allow differing opinions on political and nonpolitical issues to be put out to the reading community to allow people to consider and arrive at their own conclusions.

Reader: I am prompted to write with a concern about the headline for Rich Lowry’s editorial in the April 28 Californian. I think that titling it “Biden’s climate summit folly” was an inappropriate summary of Mr. Lowry’s arguments. I think that Rich Lowry too often makes unfair and value-lade…

Reader: Thank you, Robert Price, for your wonderful piece on Gerald Haslam ("Gerry Haslam's valley was a place of renewal and comfort," April 18). Whenever anyone asks where I am from, I usually answer “the Other California.” Most people reply, “Where?” giving me an opportunity to share some…

Reader: Once again, you have shown your massive talent for avoiding any attempt to answer the real question ("Sound Off: Obituaries capture readers' interest," April 3). The very visible subtext to both letters about the "obituary" of Robert Scot Green involves their feeling that they are be…

Reader: You didn't do justice to the obituary for Beverly Cleary. She wrote or published books from 1950 to 2006. In 1984 she was awarded the John Newbery Award for "Dear Mr. Henshaw." The Newbery is awarded for "The most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Reader: It was an Opinion page full of good news. Wednesday March 17, 2021 was a five-star day for Bakersfield Californian Opinion writers and readers with two wonderful, factual Community Voices pieces and four enjoyable letters all well-intended, well-mannered and rated "bringing smiles to…

Reader: I am saddened that The Californian ran a photo essay encouraging people to trespass on private property to take photographs of themselves among the trees ("Photo gallery: Beautiful weather brings people out to local almond bloom," Feb. 26). Earlier The Californian ran a piece on thef…

Reader: I read the paper daily as well as watching the evening news. I read your article Thursday ("Deadly winter: As cases of COVID-19 recede in Kern County, deaths climb") on COVID deaths and I just don’t understand why the data lags so far behind. If a person is being treated for COVID in…

Reader: Christine, just wanted to question TBC's commitment to the CDC's request regarding the use of masks and social distancing to control the COVID-19 spread. The reason I ask this is that on too many times while reading TBC, e.g., one example Saturday, Jan. 16, "Let Them Play" in Tehacha…

Reader: I enjoyed the mixed bag of articles in the paper on Sunday, Dec. 27. From Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer’s hysteria about crime ("Community Voices: LA DA George Gascón has an offer no criminal can refuse") to Samantha Barnes' piece on living white in society ("Other Voi…

Reader: I am so tired of being lied to by all the media and now our very own newspaper. I challenge The Bakersfield Californian to physically go to each and every hospital in Kern County and base your story on how empty they really are as my wife and I did. Not only were they a ghost town, n…

Reader: Dear Mr. Feinberg, I have been a subscriber of The Californian for over 30-plus years. I enjoyed your warmhearted article on the homeless center in today's paper ("Positive vibes abound, as M Street Navigation Center hosts its first Thanksgiving," Nov. 27).

Reader: So as I picked up the paper to read Tuesday morning, I was commenting to my wife, "You know, it would be nice if there was reporting of some 'good' news in all of this." "You know, some perspective, deaths in Kern County at 0.0004976 of population. Or, cases at 0.04442 of total popul…

Reader: Good evening, Robert (Price), I want to congratulate you and thank you for your Bakersfield Californian column ("Robert Price: In the debate about police reform, some voices apparently matter more than others," Oct. 25) making the case for the Board of Supervisors' ill-timed, poorly-…

​Reader: I am mostly sad that this kind of headline ("Almonds dethrone grapes to become Kern County's top-grossing crop," Sept. 23) will disappear when water disappears from the Central Valley in a few years. Life goes on, until it doesn't. Keep up the good work, TBC.

One writer praised her relative, a captain with the Kern County Fire Department. Another woman expressed her heartfelt thanks to the California Highway Patrol officer who expertly worked to get everyone to safety after cars slid like sleds on black ice patches on Interstate 5.

Reader: I am confused by the change in capitalizing certain race adjectives. I have been noticing for several weeks that the word "black" when used to describe a person's race is now written with a capital "B." However when "white" is used for the same reason the "w" is not capitalized.

Reader: First, I love The Bakersfield Californian — the comics, puzzles, many great columnists, and of course, news. My father was a newspaperman also. He owned his own paper, lost it in the Depression and then worked for several other papers, including lastly, the N.Y. Daily News.

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.