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OUR VIEW: When a home becomes a business, rules are needed

Short-term rentals, or STRs, are booming across the nation, including in Bakersfield. But with these “alternative” vacation rentals have come raging conflicts between property owners, neighbors, government officials, and advocates of affordable housing and private property rights. Read more

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Community Voices: Daring boys to become men

By ROBERT TAFOYA ​ | ​

In David Blankenhorn’s book "Fatherless America," he advances the argument that our nation’s most urgent social problem is the absent fathe… Read more

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JOHN PRYOR: Our only path to restoring national unity

By JOHN PRYOR ​ | ​

I continue to hear good friends locally and most commentators nationally agree that we are experiencing a significant lack of unity within … Read more

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Community Voices: Remembering 9/11 and honoring the victims

By BRADY SHULER ​ | ​

As we approach the 20th anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies, the devastating Sept. 11 attacks, there have been debates as t… Read more

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