May I remind the Aug. 8 letter writer who stated Republicans deny emergency services in Puerto Rico ("Letter to the Editor: An incognito trip") that corrupt government officials there have stolen millions of dollars of the relief money. Also, thousands of cases of donated bottled water were …

Trade wars will be "...easy to win." Really now, Mr. President? How's that going for you? Not well for the retirees, 401k contributors, heck, anybody that has any money in the market. Trump fans might not understand the yield curve. I won't try to explain it. Let's just say that it's a reces…

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Jaswant Singh Khalra, the Martin Luther King of Sikhs, was martyred for exposing the secret abduction, murder and cremation of thousands of Sikhs by Punjabi police. Bakersfield’s Sikh community requested that Stonecreek Park in its neighborhood be re-named in his honor. More recently, they p…

I want to thank Robert Price for his column “McCarthy’s tired talking points on gun violence” on Aug. 7, specifically the quote, “But mental health experts, Arthur Evans, chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association among them, say people with mental illness are generall…

In May, Kern County health officials warned people who ate in a Bakersfield fast food restaurant that they may have been exposed to the measles by an infected person who was traveling through Kern County.

If any of what we have been told of the life of Mr. Epstein is half true, there are many people that not only should be brought to justice, but should also be ashamed of their own actions, or lack of actions. If I was aware of a gentleman keeping company with an underage girl, I do believe I…

Juan Rodriguez wrote his opinion titled “It’s time to take action” on Aug. 12. He never states what this action should be nor expresses any constructive action to improve our unfortunate mass shootings and the border crisis. He just spouts drivel about President Trump and Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

A terrorist organization is a cohesive group which encourages its members to use physical and verbal violence to obtain an economic or political goal. The NRA has promoted fear in all politicians by using its economic power to either defeat or advance their careers. The NRA has prevented all…

I am writing in response to a recent letter regarding the Kern County Fire Department’s compensation ("Letter to the Editor: Fire personnel compensation," Aug. 11). First of all, they sited total compensation from Transparent California which includes the cost of benefits and grossly oversta…

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a good man, has made a conscious decision -- one that he may come to regret -- to tie his political future, and maybe his eventual legacy, to President Trump, by serving as an echo-chamber for Trump's opinions. Kern County citizens, both Democrats and Republicans, are in…

David Keranen's ("COMMUNITY VOICES: A timeline of mass shootings since 2009," Aug. 8) recent piece is a lengthy listing of tragic events that have occurred in the United States over the past nine years. Of course, this pales to the horrendous events that have occurred worldwide during the sa…

In Sunday's paper, several informative articles and opinion pieces concerning the economic contributions to California and the future of the oil industry in Kern County and California in general appeared. These articles could be overly optimistic on the longevity of oil and gas operations in…

Bakersfield has seen this before, 40-plus years ago. The potential for a 40-plus years effect is, again, very real ("ROBERT PRICE: Is the end of Kern oil production really upon us? Sure sounds like it," Aug. 11; "Economy not so rosy for the middle class," Aug. 11; "COMMUNITY VOICES: Kern Cou…

The missing word is "illegal." This word seems to disappear whenever liberals discuss the illegal immigration issue or immigration reform, but it's the key piece. We who are the product of ancestors who migrated to this country legally understand that and have very little respect for those w…

Earlier this month, Calgren Dairy Fuels in neighboring Tulare County celebrated the completion of its renewable natural gas facility in Pixley, an operation that’s gathering biogas from multiple dairy farms and turning it into pipeline quality renewable methane. I couldn’t be more pleased th…

If we changed one simple thing we could stop this senseless killing. When the shooting starts, we are running the wrong direction. We turn away, hoping to get away and get shot in the back. The shooter is going to find a group of people before he starts shooting.

President Donald Trump's immigration agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder.

Given the decades-long crisis in domestic terrorism (also known as mass shootings) in the USA, and given the refusal of the U.S. Congress to provide leadership in seeking solutions to the gun problems, why have not the hundreds and hundreds of colleges and universities in the USA stepped int…

I hope every reader of the Californian took the time to read Cynthia Zimmer’s Community Voice piece about proposed California Senate Bill 310 ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Proposed law allowing convicted felons to be on criminal juries advances in state Legislature," Aug. 6). This bill, passed by the …

Negotiations are currently taking place between the firefighters union and the county of Kern. The representative for the Kern County Firefighters Union, in a recent Bakersfield Californian article, states that they are losing firefighters to other places due to low compensation. They are co…

When politicians amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in the aftermath of Sept. 11 to “make us safe,” they promised that this massive new power would never be used to spy on American citizens. That was a blatant lie because U.S. intelligence agencies almost immediately be…

Mass shootings within 12 hours in El Paso and Dayton. We are now at more than one mass shooting per day in the United States. Leaders across the country are interviewed and asked for their explanations on why gun violence is accelerating. Of course the explanations are set forth in political…

Responding to Rich Lowry’s commentary ("'Moscow Mitch' is a ridiculous smear," July 31), with POTUS long on calling Democrats and Republicans he doesn’t like all sorts of offensive, juvenile and insulting nicknames, Democrats have been largely silent on such sophomoric behavior.

Yes, Bakersfield, as well as many American cities, has a homeless problem. Cogitative issues, drugs, affordable housing, etc., along with offshoring living wage jobs contribute to the problem.

Kern County is one of the leading oil-producing counties in the nation and the benefit of this industry is not just seen in our county, but globally, as our oil fields help power California and much of the world. Kern County produces 72 percent of California’s oil and 70 percent of our natur…

Why is Kevin McCarthy blaming video games for the racist, bigoted violence that has become epidemic in our country? For the last three and a half years all we have heard from the president is that Latinos are all rapists, murderers and drug dealers while “some, I assume, are good people.” I …

I applaud Robert Price’s recent criticism of Rep. Kevin McCarthy lying to the public about the causes of gun violence (“McCarthy’s tired talking points on gun violence,” Aug. 7). McCarthy is well aware of the fact that violent video games are played throughout most other nations without the …

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Congress and the president to do anything meaningful about gun control. If history is a lesson, the three recent mass shootings only will receive the usual thoughts and prayers. Powerful campaign donors, notably the National Rifle Association, will cower la…

There are so many people texting, using cell phones or running red lights that are creating problems for other drivers. Since more policemen are going to be hired, they should put some of them in plain clothes, on motorcycles, with camera helmets. They can drive up and catch people in the ac…

My family has lived in Kern County since the 1850s, so I know how important our forests and other public lands have been to our region’s development, including providing lumber for building homes, clean water for farms and communities and recreational opportunities.

The New York Times has discovered that many of California’s public water systems are fonts of deep trouble. This might be news outside the state, but residents have been aware of the problems for some time. So have officials -- whose responses are never adequate.