What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America's need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way.

Ah, that we would do so. Actually open our minds and hearts to love’s bright voice. Today, as a nation, when we are torn with intolerance and anger toward neighbors who are different from us and differ with us, we must take seriously what it means to love our neighbors, each and all of them.…

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In a recent letter (“A better look at history,” Sept. 17), the writer asks if President Trump should be compared to Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. The writer calls any comparisons “laughable.” He asks has Trump thrown people into Gulags or ordered executions? No. Is Trump's administration hol…

I attended the Taco and Beer Festival this weekend. I walked into the event 45 minutes after it had started and there were already people ripping off their wristbands and leaving the event. I soon found out why they were leaving so quickly: The tacos were not unlimited, as advertised.

It’s been one year since the Kern High School District (KHSD) settled a historic lawsuit that showed KHSD disproportionately expelled and suspended African-American and Latino students over the years.

What does it mean to be an ethical leader? For some, it means standing up in the face of injustice, especially when no one else will do so. For others, it means living one’s life with integrity, often without recognition. In essence, though, an ethical leader is one who takes action to serve…

In their rush to confirm the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Republicans are once again demonstrating their flagrant disrespect for our Constitution and the Rule of Law. Among their maneuvers, they have sequestered thousands of documents penned by Kavanaugh that mig…

In our highly polarized era, we too often judge election results from the confines of partisan politics. That's not nearly as useful on the state and local levels, where elected officials have roads to fix, kids to educate and budgets to balance. Voters want people who can do the job. Ideolo…

In reading the Community Voices article by David Keranen ("Community Voices: Give the Nobel Prize to a true economist," Sept. 16), I could not help but see one consistent tone.

When an athlete disputes a referee's call, it's usually a minor matter, mostly of interest to devoted fans. But when Serena Williams yelled at chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Open on Sept. 8, and later broke her racquet in frustration, it became a matter of intense national interest as…

Give Trump the Nobel Prize for economics? On what planet does Stephen Moore reside ("Give Trump the Nobel Prize for economics," Sept. 12)? Trump is not an economist. Other than perhaps a few college courses in economics, he is not a theorist of any kind, and he probably has not published any…

Here's my two cents to explain why I'm voting against the 1 cent sales tax increase proposed this November. If other departments and entities would keep their fingers off these funds, which are supposed to be for fire and safety, I'd vote for this measure.

While not a teacher of history, I've been a student of history all my life. While not stated outright, a recent Letter to the Editor ("History is the best measurement of the political news," Sept. 13) mentions the Bob Woodward book "Fear," which for anyone who is paying attention knows refer…

The evidence that early school start times are horrible for middle and high school students is overwhelming and has been for decades. In 2014, an American Academy of Pediatrics study found that on school nights, 87 percent of high school students and 59 percent of middle school students slep…

Jahi McMath’s tragic saga, like many other so-called “brain death” cases, has brought that question to the forefront of medical, legal and ethical attention. After a 2013 surgery for sleep apnea, she was in recovery when the surgery site began to bleed. Her medical team was unable to staunch…

Tatiana Matta, a Democrat, is running against incumbent Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy in California's 23rd Congressional District. But you would not know this if you were to drive around Bakersfield less than two months from the November election.

It doesn’t matter how “you” deem the Second Amendment to be written. If the other nine are individual rights then so is the second. You cannot cherry pick and say the Second Amendment is a group thing and the rest are individual rights. So get over it and start working on the real problem, w…

I read in the Tuesday TBC the thoughtless killing of a California condor here in Kern County ("$15,000 reward offered in fatal shooting of California condor in Kern County"). My emotions ran from sorrow to anger. The wanton slaughter of such a beautiful animal for a few tail feathers sickens…

I’m really tired of the same opinion writers, and you know who you are, that continue to express their displeasure with President Donald Trump and his administration without explaining how it has personally affected their lives here in Kern County and not mentioning Gov. Jerry Brown’s polici…

From the dramatic landscapes and towering canopies of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, to local sites like Lake Ming and Heritage Park right here in Bakersfield, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been vital to conserving open spaces and improving outdoor recreation oppo…

I was born and raised in Bakersfield and am a USMC veteran. Driving around town lately, I see that flag etiquette is not be used. Private parties, businesses and a new restaurant at the Valley Plaza are not presenting the flag correctly with other flags. An education in flag etiquette would …

We've all heard the description about the stages of deception, attributed separately to Mark Twain and Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." Similarly, I think there are three kinds of politicians: liars, damned liars and contemptible liars. An…

When I saw our Congressman Kevin McCarthy on Fox News calling the anonymous op-ed writer a "coward," I could only think about how hypocritical he was. I agree, the writer should have put their name on the piece, but at least they had the courage to speak out about a problem known to most in …

Is Gov. Jerry Brown insisting alternate sources be used for his high speed rail? If everyone has to be on an alternate source by 2045, this has to include this train folly. That would tie with the probable completion date if it does, in fact, gets completed.