Congratulation, gun lovers! Your message of gun self-protection is really catching on. It's now leap-frogging to the opposite side of the political spectrum. Have you heard of the Socialist Rifle Association? Fearing radical groups on the right, groups are now forming on the left in self-def…

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Many years ago in school, I took a debate class that I really enjoyed. My favorite was the occasional day when we had to draw tickets out of a hat then we had 15 minutes to prepare, often times having to take the opposite side of our personal preference with the issue at hand.

I agree with Ms. Ouellette’s Community Voices article regarding Amazon selecting Bakersfield for a fulfillment center ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Amazon: The county’s latest welfare queen," Nov. 8). The $3 million tax incentive package was, ostensibly, to insure that Amazon would hire locally. Did t…

Those of us who participated in the 2000 presidential election are getting political PTSD from the current gubernatorial and senatorial recounts in Florida. President George W. Bush was eventually declared winner in the Sunshine State (and thus the election) by 537 votes out of about 6 milli…

If there was one place where the moderate Republican could make a brave last stand, it was at the Metropolitan Republican Club on Manhattan's Upper East Side. New York County (Manhattan) was one of the few counties outside Ohio to prefer John Kasich over Trump in the 2016 primaries.

Why do you Republicans (notice I lump you all together) believe in the man that is the president of our country? Wednesday's press conference was the worst such meeting I have seen. After losing the House, he lies and berates, acting just plain obnoxious. Why? It's beyond me.

Well, well. If Rep. Kevin McCarthy doesn’t get the Minority Leader seat, maybe he will finally have to do some real work for his constituents. He loses use of his larger office and the duties there, which had nothing to do in helping the people back home. Now he can serve on a committee and …

During the 1980s and 1990s, we had a lot of mass shootings which the media referred to as drive-bys or gang-related shootings. These mass shootings were done by minorities in the inner cities. The argument back then was these shootings happened because of minority culture in inner cities.

Proposition 14 took effect Jan. 1, 2011, where the two top vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation advance to the general election. The Democrat Party dominates California politics, so this proposition seemingly guarantees two candidates from the Democratic Party will be in the general…

Huggers and non-huggers. They are one of the world’s either-ors, which is how we often see one another: Carnivores or vegetarians, left wingers or right wingers, believers or non-believers. Unfortunately, such thinking is divisive and the source of intolerance and hatred.

Upon returning home from six years of service in the Coast Guard, I settled in northwest Bakersfield and was making the 30 minute commute to Bakersfield College daily to pursue my education. When classes opened at BC southwest, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to take courses there be…

The Californian's Sam Morgan ought to reconsider his use of the word “fix” to refer to a medical marijuana patient's medicine (“After cannabis vote, legal medical marijuana dispensaries on brink of closing throughout Kern County,” Nov. 7). Would this journalist describe a person going to Rit…

Smokey Joe’s Café at the Stars Theatre is a great fun performance of singing and dancing. The performance includes some favorite oldies like “On Broadway,” “Charlie Brown,” “Hound Dog,” “Poison Ivy,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Kansas City,” “Jailhouse Rock” and many more. The talented cast is outsta…

Congratulations to David Couch on winning reelection as county supervisor in the newly redrawn 4th District. Congratulations to the citizens of the 4th District in recognizing that experience and competency count for more than ethnicity alone.

"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character." -- Lyndon Johnson

More questions than answers have emerged from the results of the mid-term elections. Sure, the political parties are spinning it like there are real winners and losers. Democrats are claiming victory for recapturing the House and seizing an opportunity to hold President Trump’s feet to the f…

With Attorney General Jeff Sessions' forced resignation, all eyes are now on his temporary replacement, Matthew Whitaker, who had been serving as Sessions' chief of staff. The Post reports:

In a few weeks I will celebrate my 67th birthday. I like to think that, after 35 years as a business and economics journalist, I still have some knowledge, experience and wisdom to offer to the readers of the Washington Post. But I also know that I've lost a step or two and am no longer keep…

The Democrats must not repeat the horrible mistake made by the Republicans and become a party that is devoted solely to stopping someone. Sen. Mitch McConnell announced years ago, when Obama was elected, Republicans were going to dedicate themselves to stopping him. This leads to insanity. A…

My wife and I live in Pismo Beach. We enjoy visiting Bakersfield. We like Dewar's ice cream. We've been to many performances at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace where some of our favorite artists have performed. Rosemary's Family Creamery has the very best liverwurst sandwiches in the world.

For many years I have been aware of the extreme danger on the narrow two lane Highway 166 between Santa Maria and Bakersfield. It was good to see the Cuyama Valley speaking up in unison requesting help with this roadway. Because of a small ranch we own in the Cuyama Valley, I frequently use …

In recent months, the political leadership of two neighboring countries with large immigration programs issued very different messages. They would be the United States and Canada.

One hundred years ago, on Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice was signed marking the official end of WWI. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day, to memorialize the end of WWI and to commemorate all of the veterans who served in it. Now observed as Veterans Day, the oc…

What Kevin Harvick did Sunday in Texas was incredible, and I'm not talking about his dominate win. No, I'm referring to what he did in the first moments after the win when he lifted a young fan from the stands and brought him down the track in front of his car and took a photo using the youn…

Is Amazon Kern County’s newest welfare queen? According to the Nov. 2 article ("Kern proposes $3 million hiring incentive for Amazon"), “The incentive package would give annual refunds to one of the world’s most valuable companies in an amount equal to half its combined property, sales and u…

In the spirit of the political season, I want to claim credit for the most STUPENDOUS, INSIGHTFUL and POWERFUL political strategy since Pericles bound the DELIAN LEAGUE into an empire to resist THE PERSIANS. I urged voters to support reasonable Republican candidates in the Senate, and to vot…

I recently read where 23-year-old John Hernandez was convicted of driving under the influence ("Driver sentenced to two years in prison for crash that killed pregnant teacher," Oct. 30). He was sentenced to two years in state prison for the deaths of Gabriela Soto and her unborn child. Justi…

One day in the early 1940s, my maternal grandmother, the late Addie Clayton Mack, a retired principal of Emerson Jr. High, took my mother, the late Marion Mack Deaver, my brother Mike and I into that small building to the right of 1707 Eye St. to meet with Mr. Harrell. His age was showing bu…

It's appropriate that the U.N. special rapporteur devoted to adequate housing has visited encampments in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Mumbai -- and San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.

It surprised few to learn that Robert Bowers, who is charged in the massacre of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, was a social misfit and psychotic wreck. Most domestic terrorists are. They latch onto some extreme ideology to obscure the mess in their head.

President Donald Trump has longed to fulfill his campaign promise of erecting a border wall. This October, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), introduced H.R. 7059, to not only provide funding for a border wall ($16.6 billion), but to amend American immigration law, particularly the Immigration and …