A recent article (“Arvin, Taft, Cal City make 50-worst places to live list,” Feb. 8) listed Taft as the 42nd worst city to live in out of 50. I would not venture to say it is one of the worst places to live by far, but I feel it’s struggling to stay afloat economically coupled with a lack of…

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." -- John F. Kennedy, 1962

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It’s unsettling to see this ongoing assault and effrontery of the collective will as our constitution is trampled upon by the current president and those people of low character that surround him; those who will undermine common good with their own particular will, (the will to profit). Trum…

Before the 2016 presidential race, Bernie Sanders exuded some charm as an unapologetic lefty with a Brooklyn accent. But when his campaign gained traction, the authoritarian took over. Unwilling to concede that Democratic primary voters preferred Hillary Clinton to him -- she had amassed nea…

After lengthy consideration, I believe our nation is in dire need of a constitutional amendment to rectify a problem that third, fourth or fifth graders may have in spelling — let's change the names to "Febuary" and "Wensday" and delete the unnecessary extra letters. And while we're amending…

Measure N money is for extra services that we do not currently pay for already. This is new extra money that the city has not had before. It does make sense to pay the millions of dollars once a year into the pension fund and save a million each year. But, why hasn't the city been doing that…

The Bakersfield City Council and City Manager Alan Tandy have no regard for the citizens of Bakersfield when it comes to Measure N. The city council’s oversight committee is made up of people who are always on high profile committees. No doubt they are very capable but how does the city expe…

One president was omitted from your story featuring seated presidents who visited Bakersfield ("When presidents visited Kern County," Feb. 18). As a 5-year-old child on Sept. 23, 1948, my mother kept me out of school and took me to the corner of Sumner and Baker streets to see President Harr…

In no time social media has blown up regarding the news release that the city of Bakersfield will use a small portion of the money from Measure N to help save the COB $8.7 million over the next seven years, making a yearly payment to the PERS retirement system. Do people really not understan…

So President Trump, the great negotiator, signs a deal for $1.375 billion for his border wall. He could have had over $5 billion. He is so shrewd. Now he has declared a national emergency. His national security people recently testified to Congress regarding current security concerns and did…

So Amazon chose Valentine's Day to announce its breakup with New York City. No, it will not build a new headquarters in Queens as planned. Who is to blame for the split, the tech behemoth or grouchy New Yorkers? If one must choose, I'd say Amazon.

When it comes to stories, most of us prefer trashy over technical. Tacky trumps substance. Or these days, attack-y Trump deflects substance. That certainly could explain the decidedly non-substantive high interest in Jeff Bezos, one of President Tweet's favorite targets.

Congratulations all of you that vote these Democrats into office along with a ballot measure in 2008 that gave us this boondoggle, the high-speed rail. But on the bright side, one day we’ll be able to get to Merced in record time. What a joke.

In 2010, the estimated cost to build 520 miles of the California high-speed rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles was $40 billion. The estimated 2018 cost for the same system was $77.3 billion. Constantly missing and extending completion deadlines and expansive change orders was and is disr…

Regarding the two letters in the Feb. 13 paper, in which the authors are writing that this year’s tax refunds are down compared to last year’s. The implication is that only President Trump and other rich folk benefitted from the reforms. Not true.

When Bakersfield officials urged city residents to vote last November for a 1 percent increase in the city’s sales tax rate to help pay for essential municipal services, they promised to provide public oversight to ensure the approximately $50 million raised each year would be properly and e…

The letters about refunds from the IRS on Feb. 13 ("Who benefits with this year's taxes," "Large tax refund explained," "Tax bill") seem to suggest that every year the IRS sends everybody a refund out of the kindness of its heart because it loves and cares for all citizens, and recently non-…

BCSD administration is recommending the BCSD board approve the revised public comment policy at the 6 p.m. Feb. 26 board meeting at 1300 Baker St. I have reviewed it and feel very strongly that it not only eliminates huge swaths of free speech, it will scare a lot of people out of speaking e…

I want to thank the Californian for the front page story about Kali Rose Daniels ("After being born at 12 ounces, local girl exceeds expectations," Feb. 11), the little girl who weighed 12 ounces when she was born. It is beautiful. I wonder if readers who are pro-abortion have second thoughts.

Outsize attention has been paid to outlier Democrats making outrageous remarks. They are a small handful of House Democrats, though you'd never know it, given all their headlines.

A frequent letter writer bragged in Saturday's paper about his Trump and the Republicans' tax bill that saved him $1,265 ("Letter to the Editor: Many thanks to Trump and the Republican tax bill," Feb. 9). He also assailed two news outlets for supposedly claiming that the tax bill would only …

I do not approve of the tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota which were anti-Semantic comments in saying American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group.

We've all had countless times in our lives when a new boss comes into our lives that we just don't think is going to cut it. They have crazy ideas, they try to reinvent the wheel, they bring their tag-along friends from their prior job — lots of reasons not to like them. But, we decide inste…

Lately I've seen calls from "progressives" or socialists to "take on" the agriculture and oil industries. I'm wondering what would hold up our economy in this state if that were to happen. Many businesses have already been taxed and over regulated out of the state thereby decreasing the tax …

A letter expressed admiration for 45's "tax reform" by noting that he paid $1,265 less than last year ("Letter to the Editor: Many thanks to Trump and the Republican tax bill," Feb. 9). That's far short of the $4,000 everyone was promised. "Federally Organized eXpression"/state media is not …

I’m happy for the letter writer last week who boasted of his increased tax refund this year thanks to Trump ("Letter to the Editor: Many thanks to Trump and the Republican tax bill," Feb. 9). However, according to the IRS, the average tax refunds were down 8.4 percent for the first week of t…

It was Liz Lemon, the protagonist of television's "30 Rock," who noted that the word "lovers" really tends to bum people out - "unless it's between the words 'meat' and 'pizza.'" But it's February and lovers are everywhere, celebrating the holiday we love to hate. Valentine's Day occupies a …

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, has released her Green New Deal plan to the nation -- and to great applause from the Democratic Party.

Regarding Juan Rodriguez's Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: This beacon of hope should not be turning its back on the world," Dec. 28), he failed to elaborate on the fact that, according to the "astute demagoguery" of something called federal law, asylum is limited to those individ…

We have been here before, this time of political division and turmoil. Yet, because we live in the present, we tend to think of it as unique, but it’s a recurring part of human history.

Can you imagine if you had $1-2 billion dollars to spend on bribing every branch of the government. This is what is happening in a lot of South American countries. The drug cartels are creating Narco states. Those suffering the most are the villagers that are being forced out by violent drug…

It is the tragedy of America that a story of freedom, self-government, religious liberty, entrepreneurship and inclusion is also a story of forced migration, stolen labor, routine rape and murder, lynching, vote stealing, racist piety, segregation, red-lining and mass incarceration.

The column written by Bryant Baker (“Iconic landscapes threatened by drilling and fracking proposal,” Jan. 27) was in serious need of some “fact checking.” It was so far off base that I am surprised The Californian published it.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out one tweet about the NFL that left folks speechless — including the NFL being racist and that the poor black players would never be subject to her 70 percent income tax. One tweeter referred to her as “childlike” in his criticism of her antics with semantics.