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It had a special symmetry. 2020. The configuration conveyed order and balance, almost a harmony of sorts. Twenty on your side of the ledger, twenty on mine. In a society that bats around phrases like equal justice — never mind what the reality might always have been — its rhythm felt like a …

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It was a clear, perfect day at the perfect man-made oval known as Pinewood Lake. Hazel-gray ducks cut across the water in threes and a daring squirrel darted straight up the trunk of the substantial cottonwood at water’s edge. Jacquie Sullivan served apple juice on the back patio in tall, sl…

Note to my investment adviser: Buy Party City. When church bells across the land peal the all-clear and we emerge from our respective homes, squinting into the unfamiliar sun like rescued copper miners, we will want to have parties. Lots of them. So buy Party City, Jose Cuervo and KFC.

I used to feel occasional twinges of regret about the relentless pace of my life. Only a month ago, it seemed so hard to slow down. There was always something important to do. Always a deadline. Someone was always counting on me to fulfill some obligation, complete some task.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is undertaking a $20 million fundraising effort to build a community cultural center near 21st and H streets downtown on property owned by the Self-Help Credit Union. A San Diego architectural firm is designing plans, and fundraising efforts have begun.

Reader: I have always thought that Bob Price's 1997 article comparing the Hale-Bopp comet to local resident Hal Bopp — wait a minute, that's me! — was his finest work ("The Big Boppers: Hale-Bopp, the comet, has startling similarities to Hal Bopp, the oil guy," April 3, 1997). But columnist …

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I have three tidy little rows of media apps on my phone that I check periodically, some more often than others. I have too many, I know: The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Athletic, three local television stations, a loca…

Reader: All I want to say is "thank you so much" for putting one foot in front of the other and taking a very big step toward solving the homeless problem ("Take this tour of the county's new homeless shelter," Feb. 12). Good grief! All these years have passed, and yet all it takes is one go…

Documentarians, like all screenwriters, generally embark on their project's filming with very specific game plans: They assemble their story shot by shot with a clear understanding, in most cases, of how it will unfold and how it will conclude. "Zulu Summer" has almost none of those elements…

Reader: I was deeply saddened to learn about Larry Press, The Californian's longtime sports editor and sports columnist, who died this week ("Longtime sports editor Larry Press dies at 93," Feb. 7). Two events in my memory stand out, among the many, that define Larry Press: 

Reader: Robert Price's Jan. 26 column, "Unplugged, ejected and exiled, now-candidate Solis has fellow Dems exhausted and wary," which somehow merited front page placement, was "opinionated grease" into the swamp of thinly veiled bias and prejudicial politics. Let's acknowledge that The Calif…

Another ranking of U.S. metros is out, and Bakersfield has assumed its usual spot — at the bottom. We're so accustomed to occupying the lowest rung in studies of health, education, prosperity and economic mobility, it's almost disappointing, in a resigned, jaded kind of way, when we're not. Almost.

Reader: Thank you very much for spotlighting — and correcting — state Sen. Shannon Grove's absurd Facebook post about a book supposedly part of California's sex education curriculum for sixth-graders ("How do you like your sex, kids? And other fake news," Jan. 15). I guess I should not be su…

Reader: Regarding the tendency of theater-goers to occupy seats set aside for disabled customers and their companions ("These movie seats are reserved — until they're not," Jan. 8): What do you expect when drivers who are not handicapped park in handicap spaces and are never ticketed? — I've…

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It was Romi's last night in town before he returned to school for the spring semester and the Lara family wanted to do something together. Apparently the Laras have no aversion to sequels because they agreed on the latest installment of The Rock's action franchise, "Jumanji: The Next Level."…

Reader: I'm a fan of The Bakersfield Californian and buy it every day at my local Fastrip market. And one of the things I appreciate is that if I have a question about something in an article, I can email or call the journalist. On Christmas Day, three articles on Page A2 did not have byline…

Reader: I have followed the whole ugly mess of the unsolved 1979 Dana Butler murder for many years ("Dana Butler deserves one last chance at justice," Dec. 15). I nearly fell off my chair when I first read the big article that touched on it back in 2003, "The Lords of Bakersfield." I couldn'…

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The Dana Butler murder turned 40 this year. I did not remember the anniversary until a reader pointed it out last spring. A few weeks later someone else, an old Highland High School classmate of hers, asked about the bizarre, unsolved crime. Yet another email, particularly haunting, hit my i…