Homelessness has reached the crisis level in metropolitan Bakersfield. At every major intersection you see homeless people sleeping on sidewalks or under bushes. They are pushing their belongings in grocery carts. They are sleeping in the entryways of downtown businesses.

Bernie Sanders' campaign recently stabbed Elizabeth Warren in the back. She was the Vermont senator's comrade in arms. It also threw a pack of lies at Joe Biden, tarring him as corrupt with zero evidence. As former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told Politico, Sanders "will play dirty." The Demo…

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Capitalism invites competition, innovation and efficiency. Government, on the other hand, is not a proponent of any of these capitalistic concepts. Government, especially socialistic government, often gets in the way of capitalism by creating free market obstacles.

Lo I have lived these many years. When young, most of my life was in the future where I, like a novelist, imagined many different stories, plots, locations and characters. And I, of course, was the narrator describing everything in my confidence about what was to come. What I didn’t know was…

It needs pointing out that Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan bears little resemblance to Medicare. The Vermont senator undoubtedly exploits the word "Medicare" to obscure the radicalness of his single-payer proposal. Medicare, after all, is very popular.

We’ve all heard of the beetle kill, fueled by climate change, that has wiped out huge swaths of conifers across the Sierra Nevada, imbuing our local national treasures with a slightly sinister feeling.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has expressed his desire to order the newly named CalGEM Division of the Department of Conservation to ratchet back oil and gas project approvals and thus achieve California’s goals for reducing its carbon footprint. Besides resulting in a tremendous cost to the state’s tax…

I was pleased to read about the Bakersfield Police Department and California Highway Patrol busting street racers around town ("BPD arrests one in street racing enforcement operation," Jan. 19). Now I hope the same effort will go into arresting all the mail theft criminals here. It's an epid…

Regarding the viewpoints article by Robert Price on the fake news posted by Shannon Grove about the state's sex-ed curriculum, one would hope a state senator would confirm information before disseminating it ("How do you like your sex, kids? And other fake news," Jan. 15).

What a turnout on Tuesday at the special Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting! Finally, we had our time to voice our concerns as pioneering, hard working people and communities that depend on oil. The meeting was long, and we truly appreciate the Board of Supervisors invaluable time in o…

An Assembly bill to force more state oversight of California’s county fairs is a good start. But before local taxpayers’ confidence in the Kern County Fair’s operation can be restored, the district attorney’s investigation of alleged wrongdoing must be completed, offenders must be punished a…

On Tuesday morning, as one of the Bakersfield Homeless Center work crews started their day cleaning the streets and storefronts of downtown, they noticed an older man lying in a doorway. When they went to wake him, they found that he had died on the street overnight.

"It is quite astonishing to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone our press and television report the open corruption -- and the flagrantly anti-democratic character -- of the Iowa caucuses."

Thanks to Robert Price for setting the record straight regarding Shannon Grove’s completely incomprehensible lack of knowledge regarding topics she should be current with ("How do you like your sex, kids? And other fake news," Jan. 15). It was very illuminating.

At the hands of state Sen. Shannon Grove, a seasoned state politician, we have another example of an impulsive use of social media resulting in a “fake news” post ("How do you like your sex, kids? And other fake news," Jan. 15). Her apology for not fact checking the information before postin…

The holiday season is over, which means it's back to school for students at Bakersfield College. Those working for a better life are inundated with the stress of new assignments and hectic schedules. Another underlying pressure added to many students’ plates is the struggle of not having eno…

In a few weeks, hundreds of Bakersfield residents will don tuxedos and gowns for the inaugural Mayor’s Ball. There’s a lot of buzz, and deservedly so, right now about this much-anticipated event. The evening promises to be an elegant affair benefitting the worthiest of causes: the needy and …

There is an important decision coming up in Kern County that tackles a critical "wicked problem." A wicked problem, of course, is what two political scientists, Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber titled a poli-social issue that is forever incomplete, contradictory and never requiring just one solution.

The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success.

It was gratifying reading about Louis Medina's mindfulness trip aboard a GET bus (“My free GET bus ride with the Buddha(s),” Jan. 9). As chance would have it, I had just read an article by the venerated Buddhist monk, Dr. Madawela Punnaji, and was struck by his explanation of mindfulness and…

One thing Canadians tend to be is sensible. And so it is surprising how many would consider making Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, king and queen of Canada. Harry is a beneficiary of the lucky sperm club, and Meghan was TV actress from Los Angeles. Do Canadians really wa…

A recent letter to the editor thanking our president is an example of how it's possible to be intelligent without being very smart ("Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Mr. President," Dec. 29). The incompetence and dishonesty of Donald Trump is exhibited on a daily/hourly basis to the point of…

Heres a suggestion for developing the eyesore that is East Hills Mall for any possible developer: we need another large grocer, possibly a WinCo Foods, maybe a large theatre such as an Edwards Cinema, a few small shops within a park-like setting and an In-n-Out on the east end and an Olive G…

Soon, the impeachment ball will be in the Senate’s court. Leader Mitch McConnell has been working with the president’s attorneys, indicating he has no intention of creating a trial process that would lead to the truth. The “trial” is merely a game and McConnell is out to win it.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recognized members of the latest astronaut class on Friday as they graduated from candidates to astronauts. These exceptional individuals were selected from a record pool of more than 18,000 applicants and included some of the brightest and most skilled ind…

I think Valerie Schultz has a splendid idea about renewing our “commitment to kindness and compassion” and the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” ("It's time to hear us roar," Jan. 11). What a great way to counter the hateful rhetoric we are bombarded with end…

I read with dismay Robert Price’s piece, (“These movie seats are reserved — until they're not,” Jan. 8), detailing an incident in which Studio Movie Grill, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, failed to reserve designated seats for disabled patrons and their companions.

The title of Leonard Pitts’ column on Dec. 7 caught my attention: “Today’s the day I say goodbye to Stephen King.” He’s discovered he is biased. That’s right: he rarely reads women authors. He has vowed to designate 2020 as the Year of Reading Women. What a manly thing to realize and own up to.

On Dec. 26, on the bottom of the front page there was an article about two families who have contributed to an upcoming science and math building with will be built on CSUB's campus ("Retired educator gives financial gift to CSUB's Energy and Engineering Innovation Building"). I believe this…

Do your eyes light up when your child comes home from school each day? Does he see how much you miss him while he's away? And when it's time for bed, do you tuck him in with a kiss and a hug? But most of all, do you hope your child will escape the world's bruises and if asked to compromise h…