The Kern County oil industry is a vital part of our community. I've had and have relatives and friends whose careers were and are with the oil industry. It's important to let those politicians up in Sacramento understand the severity of using the Kern County oil industry as a political backdrop.

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Thank you, Louis Gill, for stepping up to challenge Kevin McCarthy for Congress. The people of the 23rd district need a leader who will put the needs of community and country before party and personal ambition.

Leonard Pitts is the angry "journalist." It seems each time I read his opinion piece my blood pressure elevates. His disdain for white conservatives is boldly apparent in each of his opinion articles. I'm an old white guy. Served my country in Vietnam. Worked for 45 years. Paid lots of taxes…

Jan. 6 happened. We all saw it. We all have witnessed the damage, the anger, heard the threats. Now, Steve Bannon, who is the sleaziest of all for stealing donations from citizens, is being protected by the Republicans? And Kevin McCarthy is at the center of it. The election was not stolen. …

Does the vaccine eradicate the COVID virus? Does the vaccine prevent COVID virus? Does the vaccine prevent the spread of COVID virus? Does the burden of guilt vis-à-vis the virus fall upon the unvaccinated? The answer is no to each question, contrary to the steady drumbeat of contributors in…

Ten Octobers ago, my family moved into our San Gabriel Valley home, and people started knocking on the door. Some knockers were neighbors. Some were trick-or-treaters.

Big things are obviously happening in California’s public school system these days and they will certainly affect not only the lives of nearly 6 million K-12 students but the state’s economic and social well-being for decades to come.

In the Oct. 18 Californian, a letter titled “Why do seniors matter less than roads?” was printed. The author was commenting on the Community Voices piece (“Save senior, disabled transportation services in Bakersfield,” Oct. 17). The original article lauded the fact that GET and NOR Parks &am…

I am troubled by the state of our nation. Gerrymandering (intentionally distorting voting districts to favor one political party) is dishonest. This is not “clever” or “all is fair in love and war.” This is devious, immoral and just plain crooked.

I wanted to take this opportunity to remember and recognize two people who played a major role in my educational life, whom I consider to be local treasures. Ms. Dorothy Wood and Ms. Elaine Conley, who both passed into the next life recently within days of each other.

Confession: I used to be a Republican. I briefly became one years ago while living among the ultrawoke on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Their authoritarian diktats drove me crazy. And their narrow definition of economic interests as the rich versus the poor — with the middle class almost invi…

States have the ability to mandate required vaccines like polio, measles and now COVID. While I acknowledge the right of peaceful protest, I question the benefits of the message a walkout sends. One side says individual rights should trump the greater good and there should be freedom of choi…

Recently, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law that by 2024, California would ban small engine use for ourselves or gardeners. Personally, I like to have a clean and manicured yard and a broom and a rake don’t always do the best job. Sometimes a hose down works. (Until he bans that.)

The history of slavery spans many cultures, nationalities and religions from ancient times to the present day. Likewise, its victims have come from many different ethnicities and religious groups. The social, economic and legal positions of slaves have differed vastly in different systems of…

How self-centered we’ve become! Me and my mask or inoculation ... or neither. It’s my decision, right? Or is it like other compromised freedoms we live with, like where you can smoke, can you drink and drive, how much of your body can you show and where?

I first thought John Pryor’s Oct. 12 column ("Community Voices: What John Steinbeck knew then that matters now") was a joke, but he seems to be serious, just bizarre. He’s always leaned well to the right, but this attack on the Biden administration and the proposal to remove the president an…

Regarding the letter “Follow the money on vaccines” (Oct. 18): From the outset, who can assert the reader’s assertions are nothing but more falsehoods making their way into print. I’m disappointed an editor would print the letter, without any substantiation, as it’s exaggerated conjecture an…

How hypocritical can a newspaper editor be? Standing firmly on the pillar of the First Amendment to bash the freedoms of parents. The right of a person to make their own medical decisions should be protected by such an institution. But the “for thee, not me” disease has infected our local ne…

Here's how TV news works: What is just an annoyance becomes a concern. A concern turns into a serious worry. And a serious worry is elevated into a crisis. Stoking anxiety is how they keep the public glued.

Over the last 15 years, actor Daniel Craig has played the dashing British secret agent James Bond. In each of his five films — "Casino Royal” (2006), “Quantum of Silence” (2008), “Skyfall” (2012), “Spectre” (2015), and now “No Time to Die” (2021) — Bond has had a covert license to take the l…

Saturday night as the dogs and I were peacefully watching TV there were several of those huge, loud booms followed by more smaller fireworks. I was just about to call and report the fireworks when I realized it was coming from Bakersfield College.

While Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 770 bills passed by the Legislature this year, he couldn’t approve a big one that he wanted badly — a $4.2 billion appropriation to shore up the state’s much-delayed, increasingly expensive and obviously mismanaged bullet train project.

I believe it’s been shown that the COVID vaccines help many people even though we have no long-term knowledge of their effects. And there is information showing that many people have died and/or had severe side effects from those same vaccines. So why are we being forced to play Russian roul…

H. Steven Cronquist, in his Community Voices, "Can we trust the medical community?" (Oct. 16) has given us one example of why insurance agents fall toward the bottom of lists of most trusted professions.

This letter ("Can we trust the medical community?" Oct. 16) does nothing but fuel the fires of our current differences, and aside from a few stats that "may" be correct, the one that stands out is insurance agents are 30 out of 30 in trustworthiness.

I would like to comment on Chis Fendrick's Community Voices ("Save senior, disabled transportation services in Bakersfield," Oct. 17) on seniors' services here in Bakersfield.

Our community is facing a very quiet situation that will soon have an impact on thousands of seniors and people with disabilities. The Consolidated Transportation Service Agency provides low-cost door to door transportation to seniors and disabled community members. They offer a critical com…

Letters published in Tuesday’s Californian rail against COVID vaccine mandates. They complain about the “loss of freedom" and go on to demonize Democrats, politicians (at least those they don’t agree with), social safety net programs, gun control efforts, LGBTQ rights, climate change mitigat…

I am amazed how closed-minded and misinformed people are regarding the vaccine. Are people really willing to gamble their health and welfare of themselves, children and grandchildren on the current administration? This leader with his Afghanistan, border policy and current economy debacles r…

In a recent letter ("They’re removing our freedom to choose"), the writer asserts three falsehoods that are right out of the anti-vaccination playbook. 1) 99.97 percent chance of survival after COVID infection, and that the vaccination is “ineffective” compared to other prior vaccines becaus…

About 40 years ago, a survey was taken, asking trust levels for 30 professions. As expected, clergy, medical providers and attorneys were number one, two and three on that scale. Used car salesmen and insurance agents were numbers 29 and 30.

Lately, Americans have been watching the news with concern. That’s because tight global supply chains are causing shortages for many everyday products. And at the same time, energy prices are rising dramatically, with supply failing to meet the demands of economies reemerging from the COVID …

It was reported in the news that Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas introduced H.R. 40 in the U.S. Congress on Jan. 4, 2021 to study the subject of reparations for slavery and its after-effects. A similar bill last year was reported to have a projected cost of up to $13 trillion. Sen. Everett …

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a private employer to get rid of a worker deemed bad for business, he or she can. Such appears to be the fate of Jon Gruden, who resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders football coach after a trove of racist, sexist and homophobic utterin…