Permit me a story: A man out walking his dog comes upon a road crew landscaping a newly laid freeway. He watches person No. 1 dig a hole with person No. 2 following to fill it up. Hole after hole is dug and hole after hole is immediately filled. After watching the crew do this a dozen times …

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Some issues being raised in the national media regarding the November election may be causing concern among some voters. These issues include increased volume of mail ballots, poll site availability, health and safety of voters and poll workers, as well as availability of results on election…

How long will this quarantine last? We have been dancing it for six months. I am willing to be quarantined for all eternity if Gov. Gavin Newsom says so.

Maybe it is about time for friends of Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl to raise money for all of the things that the Forest Service has cut from its budget and can’t afford anymore.

I read the article written by Matthew Garrett and have to disagree with his alarmist attitude toward Bakersfield College's model of racial equity ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Questions of 'racial equity' at BC," Sept. 18). Most Americans, and now most institutions, including sports teams, believe sys…

Given the uncertainties that we’ve all had to experience in 2020, including the COVID-19 pandemic, a financial crisis, a racial justice crisis and wildfires across California, I see it as my duty to make sure that none of my fellow BC Renegades are left behind.

For a while now President Donald Trump has been claiming that "crime is running rampant" in what he has referrd to as Democrat-run cities. But Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood in Friday's Community Voices piece endorsing a NO vote on Proposition 25 regarding bail reform states that in Ke…

We don't want to have chicken coops and chickens in our northwest neighborhood. We have lived with this situation before and it was not pleasant. After months of complaining to code enforcement, the chicken coop was finally dismantled.

Concerning the Bakersfield City Council's vote today on the so-called chicken ordinance, the only chickens we want to see in our neighborhood (by Cal State Bakersfield) are those chickens that are either barbecued, baked, broiled or fried.

California is being inundated with calamities. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sicken and kill thousands. Wildfires exacerbated by the climate crisis rage and cause unhealthy levels of air pollution, displacing families across the state. A tidal wave of evictions looms due to an economic …

I'd like to respond to an AP article ("Trump spurns science on climate: 'Don't think science knows'," Sept. 14). Quoting from the article, "President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in historic West Coast infernos and rene…

The Bakersfield City Council is on the verge of approving an ordinance allowing up to 12 hens in the backyards of residential neighborhoods zoned R-1 (“Urban hens one step closer to reality for most Bakersfield residents,” Sept. 8). Residents are largely unaware of this astonishing change fr…

Now that there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the president of the United States has an opportunity to make history. The president should put forth his nominee for the consideration of all Americans. Most likely this nominee will be a moderate woman with excellent qualifications.

Kudos to Rep. Kevin McCarthy for his offer to supply his constituents with pocket editions of our Constitution. Particularly timely since many predict a constitutional crisis after the Nov. 3 election. Although few will take the time to read it ("boring"), it could be a handy reference in November.

We love to take trips. Sometimes for a vacation to the coast to joyously revel in the cool ocean and its bracing breeze. Sometimes to sightsee a natural wonder, such as the Grand Canyon, or the lights and wonders of a city like Paris with the Eiffel Tower and cafes bubbling with coffee and c…

My wife and I were leaving the Coffee Road and Rosedale Highway Lowe’s parking lot Saturday when we saw a procession of Trump for president supporters driving by, in vehicles displaying American flags and flags calling for the re-election of Donald Trump for president. It was a beautiful thi…

California, Oregon, Washington, along with other western states, are on fire, burning out of control. Firefighters on the line, brave as they are, are stressed to the max and totally exhausted. More than 3 million acres are burnt and the total is climbing. For whenever these acres get replan…

I am really proud of President Donald Trump and the two Bakersfield doctors who are willing to stand up against the "fake media" ("Local doctors featured in viral video of doctors that was later banned from social media," Aug. 9). Hydroxychloroquine has already been used daily by millions of…

Our politics may be paranoid, our society paralyzed by pandemic and our skies ablaze, but don’t fear! We Californians receive an avalanche of advice about how to behave in crisis. All we have to do is follow all of it. Easy-peasy, no?

The issue of allowing backyard hens in the city is getting increased attention (“Urban hens one step closer to reality for most Bakersfield residents,” Sept. 8). And while some have written ill-formed caustic opinion pieces or devoted entire segments of their radio show to misinformed bellig…

With backyard hens, you can have fresh eggs every morning, straight from your very own backyard. Since COVID-19 started affecting us, more and more people are working remotely from home. This is turning out to be the new normal, and it is impacting the amount of food available in stores. As …

The devastating fires over the past weeks have hurt so many people, but something good may come out of this. The effect of high-level smoke on temperature in the valley was obvious. For days, temperatures below 80 were when 90s were forecast.

In 1974, I joined the Bakersfield Fire Department and at that time both fire departments had separate funding sources. The city funded its services from property taxes and general fund monies, and the county was funded by taxes on the oil reserves.

With respect to the article concerning Rudy Salas' efforts to reclassify public safety dispatchers as first responders, I believe this has been long overdue ("Local assemblyman plays key role in reclassifying public safety dispatchers as first responders," Sept. 14). As stated in the article…

A recent opinion letter is embarrassingly limited in factual information ("Letter to the Editor: California fires," Sept. 14). It simplistically attributes causes of the forest fires to limited logging and limited controlled burning while conveniently ignoring drought conditions, beetle infe…

This is a take on the age old question that older siblings have been pondering forever. Surely the wise and elegant stork that delivered me home is not the same demented or inebriated one that delivered my defective younger brother? So let’s take a look at electric vehicles and where they co…

So, here we are, the city of Bakersfield and the world, in the midst of a horrific pandemic, and the Bakersfield City Council is using its time, efforts and citizens’ tax revenue to modify what has been a perfectly working 102-year-old ordinance.

To save lives, including our own, and to reopen Kern County’s economy, we must wear face masks, socially distance and wash our hands. We also must test. The reasoning is that unless we know how many people in our community test positive for COVID-19, we don’t know the extent and sources of t…

Hurricane Sally has just pummeled the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. Though it landed as "only" a Category 2, what made it disastrous was its slow crawl, drowning Gulf of Mexico communities in Book of Genesis-type flooding. Hurricanes these days have slowed down…

Americans have endured months of health care fears, societal shutdowns, economic hardship and high-profile race protests. Emotions run high in public and private spheres, and so too have these concerns spilled into Bakersfield College. This year as the administration delivered the Opening Da…

In a recent letter to the editor, the author lays the blame for the recent extraordinary super fires in California on the state leadership in Sacramento ("Letter to the Editor: California fires," Sept. 14). He blames Democratic state leadership for restrictive logging rules, lack of controll…

Regarding the Bakersfield Police Department officer's response to loud music from an impromptu jam session in the park, the kids probably thought when the officer stopped and came up to them, "Well there goes our instruments to be taken as evidence" ("A reason to smile: BPD's response to lou…

Watching the news this weekend and hearing our president blame the West Coast forest fires on “forest management,” I cannot help but bring to mind the fact that most of these forests are actually federal lands. What that means is that our president is blaming his own employees for the lack o…

This November, voters will decide the fate of Proposition 25 and whether California embarks on a dangerous experiment using the latest trend in the criminal justice reform movement: eliminating bail. Fortunately for those of us who value public safety, voters — not state politicians — will h…

I anxiously awaited the start of last week's NFL kickoff game in Kansas City, through all of the social justice movement activities, just to have the Chiefs crowd start their war chant and tomahawk motions at kickoff. This chant and chop were created by the FSU "Marching Chiefs" band in 1984…

I see that the Democratic presidential candidate requires a teleprompter to respond to reporters' prescreened questions. And he does not read his prepared answers very well. As his handlers usher him from the room, the reporters whose questions have been selected and prescreened cannot ask f…

I wonder what future historians will say about President Donald John Trump. In my opinion, I predict they will be totally dumbfounded that this incompetent blustery loudmouth rode circles around our supposedly rigid and solid "checks and balances" that were brilliantly installed in our Const…

I commend Kern County CAO Ryan Alsop in his demand that Gov. Newsom simplify and further refine the vague, inaccurate moving target he is using to evaluate California counties' COVID-19 status ("Kern County CAO demands change after state inflates local COVID-19 rate," Sept. 10).