Even after the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, ending World War I, American soldiers were still carrying out heroic missions. Lt. Orville C. Bell and officers in the American Relief Administration were saving civilians in Montenegro from starvation.

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The recent article concerning the City Council meeting to acquire property for a homeless shelter took me down memory lane ("Bakersfield City Council postpones purchase of East Brundage homeless shelter site," Nov. 6). It reminded me of the NIMBY controversy 29 years ago when the city funded…

For years, I’ve told children, newspaper editors and other credulous people that I’m the Joe of Trader Joe’s. That’s a lie. But it’s true that the store and I grew up in the very same neighborhood.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy clearly supports President Trump no matter the circumstances. What if the congressman is wrong?

Trump is at it again. He’s mindlessly tossing around insults and threatening to cut off federal funds that help fight California wildfires. He’s also lecturing Gov. Newsom, saying he should “get his act together,” and manage California’s forests better by sweeping leaves off the ground.

A recent letter writer ("Letter to the Editor: Keep America great," Nov. 6) is mistaken when he states, "I personally have yet to meet anyone whose life has been damaged by Trump's policies." It is a classic case of failing to see the forest because of the trees.

One Sound Off writer and several other Republicans are saying Democrats are impeaching Trump to try to nullify the election. If Republicans like Jeb Bush or John Kasich had won the presidency, no Democrat would be trying to impeach them. They are trying to impeach Trump because he is truly a…

No doubt, if you step off an airplane at any passenger terminal in America, you will be greeted by a panoply of flashing signs, dynamic local photographs and evidence that folks are proud of their town and happy to share their excitement with you.

Am I the only one who thinks that something is not right when the son of a past vice president, who also is running for president, is given a high-powered job in a country like Ukraine and he freely admits that the only reason he got the job was because of his last name? I know that governme…

The past week has been historic for the fight to end Alzheimer’s in our community. On Oct. 26, the Alzheimer’s Association kicked off its inaugural Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Ridgecrest. As a member of the volunteer walk committee, I joined nearly 200 participants who raised more than $30,00…

I read with some amusement Valerie Schultz’s most recent column, where she, like many others, are vilifying a sitting president ("OTHER VOICES: Schadenfreude," Nov. 3). Her sarcasm is poorly used, and though she clearly does not like this president, she offers no suggestions of how someone e…

Trumpsters, I have spent the last three years trying to understand your state-of-mind and your ideological beliefs that lead you to be so loyal to President Trump. He does not represent deep-seated traditional beliefs in Republican Party values. He is opposed to free trade, international agr…

If there's one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it's that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years, from the election of Donald Trump to Britain'…

As an electric vehicle driver for six years, my family has owned a Chevy Spark EV, two Nissan Leafs, a KIA Soul EV and two Tesla Model 3s. I think Robert Price ("Electric car lovers are among us, right here in oil city," Nov. 3) missed one of the biggest selling points of EVs: charging at ho…

I would like to go on the public record condemning Republican house members and their leader Kevin McCarthy for the division they are fomenting, by unanimously voting against the impeachment inquiry rules. They have lost whatever moral core they might have once had. This "party-over-country"…

No one loves animals more than me, but something must be done about these feral cats! I live in a small gated community and last year 15 kittens were dumped on us Several of us fed them, trapped and had them neutered then found homes for them. The last two cats I paid to have them neutered. …

I believe Congressman Kevin McCarthy when he says regarding the rules for impeaching President Trump that "Democrats are trying to impeach the president because they are scared they can't defeat him at the ballot box." I also believe that Mr. McCarthy is himself scared to host a town hall me…

Since moving back home to Bakersfield from Los Angeles in 1992, I've logged more than two million air miles and 700-plus business trips. I prefer to fly through Meadows Field, but this choice has become increasingly difficult for my frequent business travel. First, only seven daily flights a…

The wildfires that have befallen our state might cause one to wonder why California? Why now? Other states have forests and nearby communities with electricity and they have not had these firestorms. California itself has had communities with electricity close to and within forests, but with…

I was encouraged when I read the articles concerning housing for homeless people ("Kern supervisors clear path for homeless shelter near downtown Bakersfield," Oct. 29 and "Bakersfield announces homeless shelter for Brundage Lane," Oct. 29). At last! Clearly homelessness is increasing statew…

Whenever discussions of American values arise in political discourse, there are certain phrases that have become synonymous with the very ideological existence of our nation. Words such as liberty and democracy. Phrases such as “the pursuit of happiness” and “created equal” have a weight and…

Thanks to the Kern County Board of Supervisors and the city of Bakersfield for planning additional homeless shelters in Bakersfield, in spite of the objections of those who choose to see all the homeless as mentally ill, severely addicted or criminals ("Kern supervisors clear path for homele…

I write this thank-you note because no corporation has done more than you to awaken the public to the challenges California faces, and it’s high time we acknowledged the enormity of your civic contribution.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has recently signed several bills into law for our fair state. How many were signed last year, the year before that and the many years before that? Thousands, to say nothing of the hundreds of thousands of pages of laws in the Federal Register in Washington, besides county …

I agree with President Trump's decision to pull troops from northern Syria to save their lives from endless wars there not only because we're allied with Turkey in NATO (the U.S. has a major air force base there), but also because of my personal insight working as a geologist engineer over a…

This weekend brings the time change from daylight saving time back to standard time. It is traditionally the time to also change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Our horrible air quality due to blowing dust and smoke from the recent fires suggests two additional duties we all should consi…

To state the obvious: with the way this president talks, lofty speech has been clobbered to death. The announcement of the demise of a main ISIS bad guy percolates with the rhetoric of the sewer. Mr. Trump relishes the gory details, the kind of ghastly brutality that makes the stomach lurch.

It’s officially an “emergency.” The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to declare the local homeless problem an emergency and to give themselves new authority to deal with it.

We are free. We live in a nation where freedom is a solid foundation, not a passing fashion. We embrace and treasure our freedom. Freedom to choose how to live, what to believe and to express our beliefs. This is the blessing of freedom. We do not, though, talk often about the burden of free…

Freedom of expression is the most important right in the American system of Constitutional government. Abuse of free speech — through calculated and relentless blurring of fact with opinion — is so frequent and casual that it is a wonder our democracy endures. This is true not only in the co…

Republicans have had trouble mounting an effective defense on Ukraine because they haven't put down their stakes on the most defensible ground.

Whenever I define a problem, I also try to offer a solution — even for problems as complex as homelessness, active shooters, etc. However, the wildfire problem is a “puzzlement,” to quote Yul Brynner in “The King and I.”

What can you say about "sophisticated" investors who would pile billions into a startup whose 40-year-old founder walks the streets of Manhattan barefooted and says his company's mission is to "elevate the world's consciousness"? Did I mention that his enterprise has yet to turn a penny of profit?

Recently, I attended a conference on service learning and ethical leadership at which many speakers discussed the concept of servant leadership. There are diverse definitions for this form of leadership, but, at its core, servant leadership involves leading with the aim of helping one’s foll…

I live in a high fire-risk area and fully support the grid shutdowns. I do not understand how some cannot comprehend the risk. One letter writer even claimed that the shutdowns have not prevented fires ("Letter to the Editor: Outages aren't helping," Oct. 29). That's adding ignorance to fool…

The House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy showed his true colors last week. They are definitely not red, white and blue. Last week the Democrat led House passed a bill to combat foreign interference in U.S. elections. On a party line vote the bill passed. I get it, the GOP …

Gov. Gavin Newsom is once again attempting to dupe Californians into believing he is working to improve our way of life when, in fact, he is simply using his latest ruse to attack oil companies. What is his ruse you ask? Mr. Newsom is terribly upset about the high price of gasoline in Califo…

At the Oct. 23 Bakersfield City Council hearing, staff brought a recommended ordinance to the council for implementation of recent state legislation regarding accessory dwelling units. Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, are more commonly called “mother-in-law quarters.” Most ADUs are in the …

California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation -- it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life.