The last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. You knew that, didn't you? Born in the Victorian era, Arbor Day began mainly as a gentle reminder to admire trees as things of beauty. As an environmental observance, it has been upstaged by the more comprehensive Earth Day (itself now almost 5…

Team Trump members, numbering in the millions, while unwaveringly supporting Mr. Trump since his nomination, are facing the true meaning of the MAGA symbol they proudly wear on their heads. My reading of the Mueller report reveals that the acronym is actually code for “Make America Go Away.”

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America has received a new jump start after two-plus years and more than $28 million in taxpayer money being spent, the Mueller report results are in and there was no collusion found between Russia and President Trump. Was this a waste of time and money? History will tell.

Perhaps "My Kevin" should have taken a few hours, or days, to read the Mueller report before he came out with his whitewash statement to The Californian in Friday's paper. What, if anything, did he read to come to the conclusions he so righteously made? The Mueller report is quite damning. Read on.

To the lady with the white trash bag at Riverwalk Park on April 22, thank you for going out of your way today and picking up all the leftover Easter festivities that littered the grounds. Your good deed did no go unnoticed! And while I wanted to go up to you personally, shake your hand and t…

Living with chronic pain is an uphill battle. Every day, I wake up wondering if the symptoms of degenerative disc disease — osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis — will win out, and due to forced tapering I have lost my independence. I cannot work and my daily duties ar…

Last year the Jess Nieto Memorial Conference inaugurated a formal reflection on Nieto’s legacy, one of Bakersfield’s finest internationalists, entrepreneurs, civil rights and educational leaders in context of the 50th anniversary of the Chicano student blowouts, a youthful 1968 movement dema…

Your article on Clinica Sierra Vista’s CEO was poorly researched, one-sided and downright irresponsible ("Why former Clinica board member is accusing CEO of taking company down wrong path," April 17).

Right after Easter last year, I traveled to Washington, D.C., and visited several of our nation’s capital's famous sites. I was amazed to discover how many of the buildings and monuments in Washington contained quotations from the Bible and references to the Christian faith.

Donald Trump's claim of vindication by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report depends on some creative thinking. The president, it seems, is not guilty of conspiracy with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. He is only guilty of wishing really, really hard for Russian help and havin…

Help us understand. Why, exactly, were workplace rules changed in 2015 that now leave pregnant California prison guards with an agonizing choice: either endanger their unborn babies, or change their employment status to one that imperils their careers?

The road to Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park is closed to cars, and the shuttle bus wasn’t running. Would the Three Stooges — my sons, ages 10, 8 and 5 — agree to a 2 ½ mile uphill hike to see Yosemite’s signature sequoias?

I love to see new places, but I am considering an annual trip of three days in Barcelona and three days in Paris for my bucket list. Watching La Sagrada Familia inch toward its final form and Notre Dame being restored would seem to be a worthwhile adventure for my mind.

I read with interest the relatively fair reporting (the political views of both sides covered evenly without a real conclusion in favor of either) by The Associated Press in Monday's paper, “White House: Migrants to sanctuary cities not a top choice.” In spite of the con arguments presented,…

Thank you for the story regarding Patrick Clary, James Goodmon and Gary Ketchell and their passion for donating blood platelets at Houchin Blood Bank ("Houchin Blood Bank's Gold Club members save lives anonymously," April 15). I live in Tehachapi and have had to have platelets on many occasi…

Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York's World T…

In a recent Letter to the Editor on bike paths (“Letter to the Editor: It’s called a ‘bike trail’ for a reason,” April 14), it states, “I thought a bike trail was for bikes?” and laments that, “everyday I ride the bike path and I’m always having to stop because people are walking three abrea…

It's a solid bet that our health care future won't look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election.

"I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration," the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, "that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul."

Is there going to be something done about the constant street racing on the Westside Parkway that happens almost every night between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., especially Thursday through Saturday? Just last week I got caught in the middle of a race. They stop on the freeway and won’t let you…

If you want one number that encapsulates the enormity of the economic turnaround under President Donald Trump, it is this: In America, as of the end of February, there were 7.1 million unfilled jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number is larger than the entire popu…

There not being nearly enough discussion of chariot racing in American politics, it is worth recalling the story of the Greens and the Blues. These were the two main racing teams of the Byzantine Empire, and they generated considerable sporting enthusiasm. A clash of their fans in the riots …

Long before there was the Boston Marathon, a couple of British spies in Massachusetts stumbled into one of their own. Captain John Brown and Ensign Henry De Berniere were sent by British General Thomas Gage on a long journey to survey the countryside outside Boston in February 1775.

I thought a bike trail was for bikes? Everyday I ride the bike path and I'm always having to stop because people are walking three abreast or walking their dogs. That's why they have sidewalks. The bike path is for bikes, not for you to walk your dog and block bike riders.

Councilman Bob Smith says the grand jury’s recommendation that sales tax oversight committee members should have been randomly selected makes "no sense" to him ("Grand jury recommends City Council select sales tax committee members at 'random' for fairness and transparency," April 10). Well …

Regarding the recent news article announcing Delano Police Department is adding "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles ("Delano approves adding 'In God We Trust' decals to police cars," April 3) and a city council member saying they hope others follow the example, I am writing to ask that …

We cruised the Panama Canal and it was a great experience with good food, great scenery and an interesting history of the canal. However, we were stuck at a table with two Justin Trudeau-supporting Canadians.

While both parties haven't adequately addressed the problems in our health care system it is still the best in the world. People come here from all over the world for treatment.

Attorney General William Barr's testimony Wednesday, in which he again refused to produce the unredacted special counsel report and raised concerns about nonexistent "spying" on the Trump campaign, was a low point in the history of the Justice Department.

In a visit to Grace Cathedral eight years ago, Bishop Desmond Tutu gave a call for reaching across political, socio-economic and religious divides, proclaiming, “We are all agents of transfiguration. Go forth and transform your personal relationships, your community, your world, so it become…

"Our country is full," President Trump said in regard to the immigration debate. Is this true? That depends. Some parts seem full, and some parts are definitely not. What the United States does need is a smart conversation on population.

Seventy one years ago, I was raped by a so-called neighbor. He was 26, I was 11. I was taken to a doctor in a state of shock as I had no idea why I was being examined n that way. Evidently, the doctor didn't know I was in shock, though she should have. Neither did my mother.