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…

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…

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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…

Reader: This is Don Hall of Don Hall Jewelers just calling to say, what an outstanding article by Steven Mayer on the return of the Japanese-American lieutenant colonel's medals ("Yard sale purchase yields trove of military medals," July 21). Steve really hit the nail on the head. I grew up …

One measure of a city's economic prowess, and thus its place in the American landscape, is its access by air to and from the world beyond its borders. By that measure, Bakersfield ranks somewhere between Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Bismarck, N.D. That is to say, just a few notches above irrelevance.

Reader: Very nice write-up on Bakersfield's Lonnie Shelton ("Everyone wanted a piece of Lonnie Shelton, and he delivered," Robert Price, July 11). I have fond memories of Lonnie when we played together at South High School on the JV basketball team. I was the starting point guard, with margi…

Reader: I read with interest the printing of the Declaration of Independence in your July 4 paper. At the bottom of the document that we Americans so cherish are the signatures of the 56 men who signed it. Men who were putting their own lives in peril by virtue of their signatures as they we…

I've had only one opportunity in the past year to gauge Kevin McCarthy's reaction to his nickname, bestowed on him by a man for whom nicknames generally reflect some degree of disdain. At first sniff, Donald Trump's "My Kevin" pet name for the House majority leader would seem to reflect a ce…

When Bakersfield said goodbye to Harvey Hall and Mary K. Shell, two former mayors with distinctive places in local history, the city lost, within a scant 25 days, more than just two colorful characters.

Reader: My family has lived in Bakersfield since 1972, and over that time I have watched the content of The Californian slowly become rather indistinguishable from the San Francisco Chronicle. Nowhere was this more apparent than your coverage of the "1000 Flags" display honoring Memorial Day.

Reader: A fair response to Greg Billinger ("Is pointing out Trump's homecoming 'choreography' fake-newsy?," Sound Off, May 19). But I get the point he was trying to make (about Hallie Jackson's alleged focus on the event's staged nature in her story for NBC about the three prisoners' release…