Back in my college days, I took a class in Advanced Semantics while working on my master’s degree in Chinese history at the same time.

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On Thursday, the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee motioned to subpoena the interpreter from the Trump-Putin summit. They wanted her to testify, in closed session, regarding the talks between the despot and his wannabe pal.

I could not believe our district attorney had the audacity to indict Supervisor Perez for such frivolous charges. It is a disgrace that the district attorney and her cronies are after Leticia Perez. I realize there is allegedly conflict of interest with the marijuana industry and she voted t…

If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance this week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S. national security, he can do so with one bold move: Announce he is moving out most U.S. forces currently stationed in Germany and sending them to Poland.

Setting aside the issue of whether the president is wittingly advancing the interests of a hostile power -- a qualification that is only imaginable in the Trump era -- what is happening to the direction of American foreign policy?

There’s no doubt about it. Donald Trump is Putin’s “Manchurian Candidate,” and is definitely guilty of treason! This was vividly and tragically confirmed on the world stage in Helsinki. Worse yet, by not taking control of the situation, the GOP leadership in Congress is complicit in Trump’s …

In 1982, as President Ronald Reagan proposed to add the equivalent of a 5 cent per gallon tax increase, he noted that the "cost to the average motorist will be small, but the benefit to our transportation system will be massive." That observation captures the choice that Proposition 6 places…

A Prussian General once wrote, “War is Politics by other means.” Today the flip side, “Politics is war by other means” applies when looking at our potential tariff war with China and our allies.

Some members of the Republican Party are guilty of elder abuse. You only have to watch congressional hearings to see this play out. They are subjecting President Trump to political abuse to further their own far right wing political goals. The abuse comes in the form of political flattery, s…

The California Community College system plays a fundamental role in preparing our communities for the future that we collectively want and need. In 2017, the Public Policy Institute of California reported that “California needs 1.1 Million more workers with bachelor’s degrees by 2030 to keep…

Are President Trump's threats and insults against our allies just an obnoxious negotiating tactic? It hardly matters, because they haven't worked. And it's worse than not working. Trump has turned "made in America" into consumer poison around the globe.

As the wife of a retired Kern County firefighter and mother of a county firefighter, I feel I must respond. We have no idea how these firefighters earned this overtime pay. If these men were sent out of the county to work, which happens quite often, the federal government reimburses the coun…

After the fiasco at Helsinki, I called Kevin McCarthy's Washington office to hear his opinion. The response was McCarthy had no expressed opinion and was not anticipated of expressing any. As a concerned citizen, this "hear no evil, see no evil" stance "double-downs" on the spineless posture…

Our military has been viewed skeptically ever since the Vietnam War, when some returning vets were subjected to shouts of “baby killers.” More recently, former U.S. Rep. John Murtha accused U.S. Marines of killing civilians in cold blood. And just this year, a Pico Rivera councilman referred…

My question for Republicans is what are you going to do about President Trump? I understand that Evangelicals are not going to anything. Trump promised them an end to Roe v. Wade and that is enough to satisfy them. I understand that the wealthiest 1 percent are not going to do anything. They…

The United States is under sustained attack by Russia. The current Director of National Intelligence stated last week “the warning lights are blinking red.” Seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies determined in 2016 that Russian cyber attacks against the U.S. election were traced directly to th…

The Bakersfield City Council has placed a 1 percent sales tax increase on the November General Election Ballot. The Kern County Sheriff has asked the Board of Supervisors to do the same.

I hope that readers of the Sunday Californian naming the top 20 Kern County Fire Department wage earners in 2017 were as appalled as I was. All 20 took home over $200,000. Overtime usually exceeded their base pay. Small wonder the County Administrative Office wants to cut back their overtime…

After reading the article in Sunday's paper about the Kern County firefighters and their overtime, I am sure this will strike the cords of many Kern County taxpayers.

Donald Trump is not, and never will be, the Moscow correspondent for The Nation magazine, and he shouldn't sound like it.

Tab Hunter died this month at 86. Blond and blue-eyed with a sweet smile, Hunter fit the 1950s bill for a Hollywood heartthrob. But he had no interest in the girls who swooned over him -- or for girls in general. Hunter was one of several closeted gay movie stars leading complicated double l…

It's a word that doesn't appear in any dictionary, but without a doubt it will: "Gohmertism," defined as an expression that is mind-bogglingly stupid and hateful. It is named after Congressman Louie Gohmert, whose nastiness and ignorance are boundless.

Finally the indictments against Russian government operatives have been handed down by a federal court in Maryland. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and his team secured these indictments by convincing a grand jury that there was enough evidence for a trial to proceed. Of course these Russi…

In her column (“We need a revolution of kindness,” July 15), Valerie Schultz is right about one thing. Our country needs to be a kinder place, but she is wrong that the French Revolution should inspire us. With the French Revolution (nothing like the American Revolution), the country lost he…

One of Donald Trump's more memorable promises on the campaign trail was to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Polls show this issue remains popular with Americans, especially lower-income families, who are worried about high drug prices.

Defining a foreign policy theory that might merit the title of "doctrine" is difficult in the Trump administration, which is dismissive of reflection, consistency and precedent. But in practice, it is the replacement of national pride with personal vanity.

In Robert Price's column ("Struggling airport, growing city: What's up with that?" July 15), he discussed why the Meadows Field airport is such a bust.

I fear the comments made by Donald Trump to Europe will open a Pandora's box of racist leaders and bring fascism back to the continent. He said immigration is hurting European culture. These words have echoed throughout Europe in the past, but for the first time they are being said by an Ame…

I’ve been in various areas of the environmental field for 44 years. I’ve seen the phony push to eliminate Freon for its stated effect on the ozone layer, the government requirement for MTBE in gasoline for the same reason. Turns out it only added a carcinogen to the water table and a dramati…

One hundred new police? Plus 40 new staff? For $17 million extra? If the voters approve a new tax hike? I cannot afford any more tax hikes! Democrats recently added 12 cents per gallon to our gasoline price and 20 cents per gallon of diesel. Now this, that they admit, will help them with the…

Is it possible that only Ivy League law schools produce attorneys who have what it takes to climb to the top of this country's jurisprudence heap? This heap's pinnacle, of course, is the U.S. Supreme Court. Apparently, we have evolved to a nation where the SCOTUS ivory tower is exclusively t…

They stuck with Donald Trump when he was heard, on video, boasting about sexually assaulting women. They stuck with him still when he acknowledged paying hush money to a porn actress who alleged an affair.

Why hasn't Trump been charged with 2,400-plus counts of kidnapping? He gave the order to separate the families at the border. He is not above the law. He needs to be held accountable.

Thursday’s Community Voices article ("Certified healthy additions to Kern County") caught my eye. Matt Constantine, director of public health for Kern County, always serves up solid public health advice. To help us all make healthier choices, Constantine announced Kern County Public Health i…

The intension of the out-of-state owners of the Mesa Verde Immigration Detention Center to buy and demolish the El Morocco Motel and The Dome, originally built as Strelich Stadium, leaving bare open land should give us pause. In a community that has lost so much of its built history, this wo…

I am sick of everyone so concerned with the kids who have put on a very good show of crying children. This is a scam which has become the center of the Democratic Party. They say they are against separating the children from the parents. I would like to see all the people who are complaining…

In the middle of the 19th Century, poet James Russell, in "The Present Crisis," wrote, "Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide." Our time has come.

In an era of partisan polarization, it is rare to get agreement on anything, but about this there should be a consensus: The Supreme Court is an undemocratic institution whose power should be carefully circumscribed.