It’s so tempting to respond to Jim Wood’s question ("What are the pay, benefits," Sept. 9) about my salary, and the implication that I’m an entitled whiner, with snark. But the truth is, my rate of compensation IS his business. Public employee pay is public information.

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My recent letter ("Statue remembered true hero," Sept. 12) defending Robert E. Lee's place in history seems to have raised some disagreement in a few quarters. When I wrote the letter, I didn't feel it necessary to re-litigate the Civil War or cite the true causes of the conflict, but I gues…

President Biden's plans to rebuild the U.S. have many pitfalls. We need to turn a deaf ear to the misinformation, baseless "facts" espoused from far right gangs that have confused and angered many Americans.

Unrelenting Trump supporters, how many of you think it is disgusting he used 9/11 for campaigning? He did it off the back of the worst attack on American soil. On top of that, he emceed a boxing match for millions of dollars on 9/11! That is bold face wrong.

In David Blankenhorn’s book "Fatherless America," he advances the argument that our nation’s most urgent social problem is the absent father from the home. He notes two compelling statistics to support his position. “One, about 40 percent of American children will go to sleep in homes in whi…

I continue to hear good friends locally and most commentators nationally agree that we are experiencing a significant lack of unity within our “United” States — more severe than at any other time in our lives.

Ralph McKnight Jr.'s recent letter ("Refusing a vaccine is baffling," Sept. 12) decrying "antivaxers" and drawing analogies to driving and voting "rights" was exceptionally thoughtful. From my viewpoint, I would like to add a few more considerations regarding this phenomenon.

In response to the comment about the Robert E. Lee statue removal, let’s be reminded of facts and not call it “woke culture.” It wasn't "misplaced loyalty" to Virginia or the South that led Lee down that path. Lee was a slaveholder who misused the Bible and twisted Christianity to justify th…

This is a rebuttal to Rich Lowry's piece, "Real Biden presidency emerges," Sept. 13. Once again Rich Lowry's opinion and perspective is muddied by his real agenda. As a notable right-wing pundit, he spews conjecture designed to shatter Biden's presidency. It's true that current polls show a …

In Response to Steve Clark's letter ("Statue remembered true hero," Sept. 12), there is such a thing as permanent ineligibility. Pete Rose is permanently ineligible from baseball for gambling on baseball games as a player and manager.

I have to respond to the letter by Steve Clark regarding admiration for The Rebel white supremacist statue of a Rebel leader of the Northern Virginia rebel army. Robert E. Lee is no American hero; he is a traitor to America and humanity.

I am baffled by people refusing to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, or taking common sense precautions recommended by medical professionals to protect themselves, their families and their community. Aside from the pseudoscientific, fact-free nonsense, the basic argument is personal …

I was disgusted but not surprised considering the childish woke mentality that led to the removal and destruction of the Robert E. Lee memorial statue. The statue did nothing to encourage racism or glorify slavery, but did give remembrance to a true hero and a great man.

Short-term rentals, or STRs, are booming across the nation, including in Bakersfield. But with these “alternative” vacation rentals have come raging conflicts between property owners, neighbors, government officials, and advocates of affordable housing and private property rights.

As we approach the 20th anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies, the devastating Sept. 11 attacks, there have been debates as to why we should remember such a day, given that young people now, were not even born when this event took place.

The upcoming recall election serves to be a BIG pivotal moment in our state's history. It will be a major factor in the policies that shape the future of our state. What is most important is that we will hopefully be able to gauge the true impact of the liberal population versus the conserva…

I have not heard the word "Deplorables" since Hillary Clinton train wrecked her election bid in 2016. Don't think for a minute Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton; she destroyed herself. This is why California continues to lose business and citizens of all political, racial and income levels.

The difficulty in writing about the need to vote "yes" on the Newsom recall is the reasons justifying the recall are too many to include in a readable, coherent article. But I will revert to a technique I learned when training soldiers as a sergeant in the Army: keep your content limited and…

I am writing in response to the recent op-ed written by Randy Villegas about Nestor Chavez and the unjust and heartbreaking consequences he’s had to suffer because of the jail/prison to immigration detention pipeline currently in effect.

In response to the letter ("Is our species worth preserving?") in Sept. 6 edition, the writer was spot on when he said the IQ in both Texas and California would go up when Californians move to Texas. I laugh every time I read that letter.

Rudolph Giuliani was always somewhat off-center, even in his glory days as New York City mayor. But people who recall him then were stunned by his decline into a conspiracy-mongering swamp creature of Trump world. The 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 lets us remember that on that day of horror, …

Thursday morning it was with great interest I started reading the Opinion letter "Ban teaching of critical race theory," or CRT. In reading it I thought I would learn what CRT was and how it was being taught in our schools. Finishing the letter I knew no more about CRT than when I started ex…

With regard to Community Voice author Karen Briefer's recent article ("When we're not paid, we can't pay everyone else," Sept. 8i) where she apparently is writing to solicit sympathy from the readers along with a raise from her employer, she omitted a key part of the story. Not having enough…

This letter is about how people change their spots when it is about protecting their faults, failures and wrongdoings. There is just so much going on in D.C., it’s hard to see what is real and what is fake, which is the real intent in the recent declarations make by Kevin McCarthy. Specifica…

Sunday's newspaper was filled with stories detailing the fallout from vaccine hesitancy in Kern County. When did this community cease to believe in modern medicine and embrace rumor and misinformation as the standard ? It certainly hasn't always been this way.

I didn’t enter into public service to become rich, but I didn’t enter it to be driven into bankruptcy, either. Like most of my fellow Kern County employees, I have a passion for service work, and I was willing to trade the higher pay of many private sector jobs for the more fulfilling nature…

It’s hard to imagine public confidence in politicians could drop any lower, but they tend to grab hold of other institutions and professions they occasionally find useful dragging them down into their political pig pen. As the slightly crude saying goes, “If you dabble in a pig pen, you’re g…

Texas has low taxes, which is nice. Its mild winter weather appeals to many in the snowbound north. And the cost of living there is certainly lower than that of the elite coastal cities. Also nice.

Biblical tradition describes a 40-year exodus over 3,000 years ago from Egyptian slavery to freedom. It brought freedom from bondage and was instrumental in bringing the world the Bible and its commandments for human conduct necessary to prosper in a codependent community.

So, Donald Trump finally got it. The more Republicans that come out against masks and vaccines, the fewer Republicans you have voting in 2022 and 2024. I wonder how long it took him to figure that one out? What was it that finally made him see the light? Was it all those ultraconservative an…

You know things are off the wall when even the FDA can't keep a straight face. What could the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say to Americans who refuse to get a coronavirus vaccine administered by medical professionals but instead go to a livestock supply house for a drug designed to dew…

For many of us, Labor Day is just an annual three-day weekend marking the “unofficial end” of summer. It may even be a chance to grab deeply discounted prices that are traditionally featured in stores.

The cause, and blame, for defeat of the U.S. backed Afghan government goes back decades. It starts with the Soviet-Afghan war in 1979-1989. After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Reagan administration decided to bleed the Soviets, as payback for Soviet backing of North Vietnam. Reagan…

In a recent editorial, The Californian made an important call to action: Conserve water as much as possible to mitigate the megadrought’s impact on our state. From government to utilities to individuals, we all have a role to play.

I read the Community Voices piece by Randy Villegas and Nestor Chavez ("Valley legislators: Stand with immigrant communities," Sept. 2). It is heartbreaking how Chavez was separated from his young children due to the cruel practice of transferring people released from prison (or, in this cas…