There are some who wish to live in harmony with nature. It sounds nice. The problem is that nature does not live in harmony with mankind. It delivers to us, among other problems, contaminated water that contains bacteria and insects carrying deadly disease. Not long ago, historically speakin…

San Joaquin Valley residents will find scant relief when the blanket of wildfire smoke eventually dissipates. When the fires are finally doused and the smoke blows away we’ll still have some of the nation’s dirtiest air.

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As our beloved Diva Aretha Franklin often told us, “People want respect – even small children, even babies. As people, we deserve respect from one another.” Now that sister Aretha has taken her leave, we Americans must continue her anthem and demand R-E-S-P-E-C-T from the president of the Un…

There was only one Aretha, but, in her case, the first-name recognition evoked so much more than pop celebrity. Aretha was not a manufactured image like many of today's performers, but a sound, a supernaturally wondrous sound from this natural woman who made us all feel so alive.

Claiming the need for more money to fight public corruption, outgoing District Attorney Lisa Green and her successor, District Attorney-elect Cynthia Zimmer, are asking Kern County Supervisors to spare their department the 2.5 percent across-the-board budget cuts other county departments face.

I find it ironic that on the day newspapers across the country delivered editorials condemning the president’s attacks against the press the lead story in the Nation & World section of TBC was about how Trump unilaterally revoked the ex-CIA chief’s security clearance. I feel Trump took t…

When I read the editorial pages of the Bakersfield Californian, I'm reminded of the ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes. For those of you unfamiliar with Greek philosophers, Diogenes is best known for holding a lantern to the faces of his fellow Athenians while claiming to be searching for a…

Sorry to see our Bakersfield paper go off the anti-Trump cliff with the other 300-plus lemming national papers this Thursday. If 10 of your friends call you a jerk, maybe you're a jerk. Likewise, if tens of millions of people call out the media, print and broadcast, for putting out fake news…

Kudos to the editorial staff in Thursday's paper ("Our View: Media here for the people," Aug. 16). It takes courage to take such positions, given that the area you serve is strongly conservative. But there comes a time when good people everywhere must speak up against against tyranny, dishon…

From the beginning of the American republic, its founders obsessed about how it all would end. "Democracy never lasts long," said John Adams. "There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide."

In 1972, Pope Paul VI warned that "the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God." We see that smoke throughout the report from a Pennsylvania grand jury, which alleges that more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses -- including 99 priests from the…

The recent public meeting on homelessness, hosted by the Kern County Board of Supervisors, outlined a tremendous plan for the next 10 years. Yet, something was missing. Or better yet, thousands of someones! This is not the first 10-year plan.

The most memorable campaign event I attended in 2016 was a rally for John Kasich in Rhode Island. The participants seemed the cream of the middle class -- many old-fashioned small-business Republicans as my father was. The Ohio governor spoke on the benefits of not being angry with everyone …

In a recent piece ("Trump should learn from LeBron and fight hunger," Aug. 9), the author, who claims some loose association with the UN World Food Program, extols NBA star LeBron James for his I Promise school to assist hungry children while excoriating President Donald Trump. While James’ …

It was disheartening to read recent articles on the increasing cost of curbside recycling in Bakersfield. With a flurry of excitement and activism, curbside recycling was ushered in over a decade ago. The community supported this type of environmental stewardship from our leadership, and it …

Nothing is more important to parents than their child's safety. With school starting up this week throughout metro Bakersfield and Kern County's public schools, preventing danger, especially gun attacks in schools and on children, are subjects of concern among political leaders, school distr…

The eternal mess that is the DMV comes as a surprise to no one. The very best way to deal with the DMV is to avoid them face-to-face entirely. Online is the way to go. But if you have something trickier and need to go to the office, go online and make an appointment. You go straight to the f…

How dare the president of our country spend so much time tweeting about topics unrelated to our country’s welfare? How dare we allow the president of our country to spend any time tweeting about topics unrelated to our country’s welfare? Previous presidents were harshly criticized. They did …

Government failure: those two words are in my mind as I drive past the trash under the bridge above Garces Circle. Those words apply to the unbelievable filth and trash at F Street and Golden State Avenue. The old mill at Hart Park should have been torn down long ago. Where is the pride in o…

I have few thoughts on the Community Voices piece by Mark A Martinez (“Community Voices: Trump-Putin, Making America Great Again?” July 30).

From the first day Donald Trump started running for president, he has raged against America's large and persistent trade deficit. His tariff policies are designed to try to reduce these trade imbalances. It is the metric he uses to gage whether other nations are playing by the rules of our t…

I am not a monk. While I admire Thomas Merton and St. Benedict’s Rule, I wear jeans, not a robe, and I live in a condominium complex, not a monastery. And, of course, wear no hair shirt nor chant in the early morning.

A column in Thursday's Bakersfield California ("Community Voices: Are high-speed rails economically feasible") left myself unsure if the writer was for or against them. On a second reading it was obvious the writer was pro high-speed rail not only for California but for the nation.

I just want to express my appreciation to whomever chopped the goatheads and tumbleweeds in the 3500 block of Bernard Street. There were enough goatheads and tumbleweeds to seed Kern County. I walk my dog every day and he much resents goatheads. Thank you, thank you!

Rick Wilson was minding his own business as a Republican operative when Donald Trump happened. Though his commercials for GOP candidates often pressed thorns in liberal flanks, he won broad respect as a principled conservative.

I wasn't aware recycling was optional. I thought it was essential to save our planet. Every year residents receive instructions in the mail plastic No. 1 through No. 7 is acceptable, despite the fact No. 3 through No. 7 cannot be processed. Then our recycling experts opine it is unlikely res…

In response to a recent letter ("Letter of support," July 23), I am proud to send a letter of support for President Trump, but I know it will fall on deaf liberal ears. Sadly the liberals and media only recognize his gaffs and none of his accomplishments, such as the economy booming, stock m…

The refrain teachers here more frequently is that students are unmotivated, undisciplined, detached and disrespectful. Yet, there are those teachers who see promise in all students, who refrain from teachers’ lounge bashings, remain optimistic, and are able to ignite in their students a desi…

During two lengthy Capitol hearings last week, legislators took turns castigating the Department of Motor Vehicles and its director, Jean Shiomoto, over Californians’ hours-long waits for service, often in the hot sun, at DMV offices.

After enjoying the NFL for decades, I’m done with the “No Fun League.” This halftime problem was just the final straw. The team owners are wealthy, mostly successful men of industry, and some just inherited their team.

Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their senate staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this week we learned that Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., had a Chinese spy on her staff who wor…

Networking in Washington is even more important than it is elsewhere. One would never go to a party here inadequately dressed, which is to say without carrying a resume, ready to hand out at a moment's notice. Socializing is not personal; it's hard work. Ambition is a good thing, and we're s…

In answer to Robert Price's question about what is wonderful about Bakersfield ("We've got to be willing to sing our own praises," Aug. 8), in my opinion it’s the people, hands down, no question.

Grousing about the inexcusable long wait times at state Department of Motor Vehicle offices, including those in Bakersfield, can be heard in homes and workplaces. Social media is on fire as increasingly angry Californians vent.

In her venomous attack against “leftist liberals,” Brenda Sutton ("Community Voices: Just walk away from the Democratic Party," Aug. 3) asks “right-thinking” folks to join the “walk away” movement and leave the Democratic Party.

On March 30, 2019, the United Kingdom will find itself sovereign once again. Too much media fretting has been centered on the terms of the deal; but it will result as all deals do: with some people pleased with the outcome, others terribly unsatisfied and most unsure of what just happened.

I find it deplorable that an outgoing district attorney would abuse her office and the justice system to persecute the sole dissenting vote on a marijuana law.