As a lawyer regularly appearing in the courts of this community I was alarmed at the vitriolic and unjustified recent comments about Judge John “Lance” Fielder, who has served as one of our most distinguished and respected bench officers.

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I must take issue with community columnist Sal Moretti ("We're in the trenches of the Battle of Bakersfield," May 21), who said he watched "The Darkest Hour," a movie about Winston Churchill at the onset of World War II. Moretti writes of the danger of appeasement and how Britain was at the …

Though California is known as blue state, it’s an error to think that California is highly aligned with the Democratic Party. California was red until 1994, when Pete Wilson’s campaign included Prop 187 and California started turning away. According to the Public Policy Institute of Californ…

  • The Bakersfield Californian

HIT – Kern County is the king of wind power. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Kern’s 4,581 wind turbines are more than any other county in the nation. In addition, the USGS says Kern has the highest turbine density in the world.

Monday night I attended my first-ever Kern High School District board of trustees meeting. I was with my school teacher's husband to support a fair and equitable redrawing of the district’s trustee boundaries.

  • By Lesley Bonds

The 1960 California Master Plan for Education established California community colleges as an open-access system through which colleges would accept any student capable of benefiting from instruction. Yet, systemic barriers have prevented community colleges from reaching some of our most mar…

  • By Victoria Cross

Endemic in today’s modern world is the habit of large corporations or governments to identify a problem with research studies and numbers. Instead of addressing the core issues, the bureaucrat wants to adopt additional procedures, adding to the already bogged down and inept process. Corporat…

  • By DANA MILBANK

Robert S. Mueller III's investigation has won indictments against President Trump's former campaign chairman and 16 others and has secured guilty pleas from five people, including Trump's former national security adviser and two campaign advisers.

After reading about the specious charges a disgruntled former employee made against T.L. Maxwell’s Restaurant and Bar, and against Terry Maxwell personally, I thought to myself there’s seemingly no end to people trying to make excuses for their failures, and then get money for it ("Lawsuit f…

Society tends to dehumanize people that are different from the norm. Whether Marcos Vargas' personal lifestyle was different should have no bearing on the reason why he was murdered ("Reports: Bakersfield attorney met alleged killer on dating app," May 8). It is difficult for law enforcement…

In the April 12 edition of TBC, a contributor asked, “Are farmers still for Trump?” Well, based upon the recent economic forecasts of our GDP and the Associated Press article published in The Californian May 20, “China plans to buy more US goods,” I would say that they most resoundingly are,…

Will a liberal progressive please reply to this letter and give me a logical explanation why the Democrats are against any requirement for able bodied adults without young children to be in school, engaged in job training or perform 20 hours per week of community service to qualify for food stamps?

Mike Miller’s Community Voices piece, “Serve every person, not necessarily every purpose,” needs historical perspective. He proposed to “allow a business to decline a request for service when the purpose clearly conflicts with the business owner’s sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or …

A word is missing from the headlines in U.S. newspapers on stories about the recent shootings at that Houston-area high school. That word is assassinated. It should replace killed, dead, or died. Why? Because that what was it was, one person intentionally and willfully killing other people.

Americans watched in earnest as biracial Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry. It was a historic day in which Royal traditions were largely abandoned, altering forever the course of British history. Is it not surprising, as millions watched from near and far, that President Trump ignored the whole…

Bakersfield is much less brighter today upon the passing of our dear friend and standard bearer, Harvey Hall. My sincerest hugs and thoughts go to Harvey's loving wife and best friend, Lavonne, as well as to family and friends. Harvey Hall was an incredible, inclusive and talented ambassador…

The Washington Post reports that so far this year, more students have been killed at school (nearly 30) than service personnel on military assignment (fewer than 15). A suggestion for all of the flag-waving, military-loving, NRA "patriots": the next time you see a high-school student, thank …

Jim Maples, in his May 17 Community Voices article, "County supervisors need to join anti-sanctuary fight," assumed a lot of things that he needed to prove. First off, the tragic incident with ICE in Delano cannot be placed directly or indirectly or even imaginatively at the feet of the gove…

The one great man who believed in me, my friend Harvey Hall has died. I hope to God that for every great man that leaves us there will be another that rises because without integrity there is nothing.

  • By Rich Lowry

We are currently engaged in a high-profile negotiation that may or may not succeed in getting the Chinese to buy more of our stuff.

  • By BOB FRANKEN

Usually, the only place to hear cultured British accents is anytime on PBS, but on the eve of the royal wedding, British experts were flooding the other domestic networks, making the U.S. news personalities sound like American riffraff (pardon the redundancy).

  • By Sharlet Briggs

Preserving and improving access to health care should be a priority for lawmakers. But a proposal now under consideration in the state Assembly would do the opposite dismantling our state’s health care system as we know it, resulting in massive cuts to patient care services and the potential…

  • By BOB FRANKEN

Usually, the only place to hear cultured British accents is anytime on PBS, but on the eve of the royal wedding, British experts were flooding the other domestic networks, making the U.S. news personalities sound like American riffraff (pardon the redundancy).

  • By MICHAEL GERSON

Those who find "globalists" to be villains should attend to recent events in Congo. In the remote region of a remote country, government agencies and international institutions identified by sterile acronyms are working to prevent the spread of a disease that could result in the swift global…

  • BY FROMA HARROP

Romper, a website for young mothers, asks a good question. Is crushing student debt a big factor in millennials' not having children? Its answer is yes.

There is no point in arguing whether Donald Trump had sexual relations with his many accusers or not. Even if it is discovered and proven incontestably he did, there will remain a sizable contingent which will to their last days insist differently.

Columnist Dana Milbank recently pointed out many of Donald Trump's glaring admissions ("How Trump is transforming himself into the greatest president of all time," April 8). To my surprise Milbank omitted the 4,000-plus lawsuits placed against Trump for various reasons. He also didn't mentio…

  • By Lorenzo Vargas

Notwithstanding whatever legislation she proposed, cosponsored and/or voted for in her years in Congress that proved to be beneficial to the people, Sen. Dianne Feinstein confirms she is against implementing a single-payer, Medicare-for-all program here in the United States. In vivid contras…

  • By Stephen Moore

There is an old saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and we've learned that again with the Congressional Budget Office and last month's highly misleading fiscal forecast.

  • By Froma Harrop

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses.

  • By Robert Gebelhoff ·

If you ask people what caused the opioid crisis ravaging our country, you'll no doubt hear that doctors are to blame for handing out painkiller prescriptions too liberally. That narrative makes sense: Over the past few decades, doctors have massively increased the amount of opioid prescripti…

  • By Max Boot

I was not, alas, close to Tom Wolfe. I knew him only slightly: I saw him at occasional parties and dinners at his Upper East Side haunts, including the Lotos Club, where a glorious full-length portrait of him hangs in the lobby. I went to a few shindigs at his beautifully appointed apartment…

  • By Jay Ambrose

So, so many are quick to say President Donald Trump made a horrible error in withdrawing from the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, and some doubts are understandable even as the definitive harrumph is nonsense.

  • The Bakersfield Californian

California is on the brink of an historic national first – mandating all new homes built after 2020 be equipped with solar photovoltaic systems. It is also on the brink of exacerbating the state’s existing affordable housing crisis by adding thousands of dollars to the cost of constructing a…

Yes, another school shooting, this one at a Texas high school. Now we will be asking each other why, knowing all along "it's the gun stupid" — but then this is a common affliction in conservative states and in places like Kern County. 

I, like many of you who reside in the state of California, have probably received a mail-in ballot that was once reserved for citizens. For those of us who live in Kern County and other conservative leaning enclaves in this state, it would be prudent for you to make a copy of the mail-in bal…

Student discipline is not primarily a matter of making choices for students. (If you break this rule, I will impose this punishment, as advocated in the May 18 letter, “PRIS isn’t discipline”; it is a matter of helping students learn to make good choices and to be responsible for those choic…

  • BY RICH LOWRY

In the second century A.D., Jewish rebels who had stunned the Romans and liberated a portion of Judea overstruck imperial coins with images and a message of their own, "Year One of the Redemption of Jerusalem."

  • BY BOB FRANKEN

President Donald Trump makes such a big deal of his advanced negotiating skills, but the tactics he shares in his book "The Art of the Deal" are really so rudimentary that they are just cliches:

  • By MICHAEL GERSON

In West Virginia, Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of creating jobs for "China people" and getting donations from his "China family" (McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, was born in Taiwan). In Georgia, Republican gubernatorial candidate M…

  • By Stephen Montgomery

In his screed disparaging solar, wind, and non-carbon power in general and claiming a “crisis” in our electric power markets, columnist Stephen Moore ignores and distorts much ("Who turned off the lights in America?," May 17).

  • By Yuki Takeuchi

One of my students recently told me that his family was never proud of him before he began to learn Japanese in my class. He said, "My mom cried when I sang ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ in Japanese to her ... I've never made her proud of me before, but she is now."