Building bridges between opposing groups takes commitment by both groups to take the time needed to build the trust that is key to humanizing the other group. One of the first steps in intentional trust-building that enables dialogue to occur is to learn about the interests that the other gr…

It may have been limited experience as my wife ran St. John’s Catholic School in Wasco for 18 years. She had a good mix of white and latino students, including one black student. Some were in and out from the labor camp.

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As my colleague Dr. Matthew Garrett wrote in a Community Voices piece last week, recent vandalism featuring stickers that instruct their readers to "Smash Cultural Marxism" and "Never Apologize for Being White" has appeared at Bakersfield College ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Stickers on BC's campus,"…

Few things offend Bernie Sanders as much as people escaping from command-and-control government systems, even minority students whose parents are desperate to get their kids a decent education.

Our educators, especially in the primary grades, are lacking the time required to devote to social studies education. In turn, our students are not learning the necessary skills to make active, informed decisions and be participants in the democratic process. It is crucial that beginning in …

I attended an all-male Jesuit high school 60 years ago. At that time there was almost no social awareness concerning sexual predators in the priesthood. There was one priest on the faculty who had a reputation for being too touchy-feely, and the general consul was to keep your distance. Many…

The Loan Shark Protection Act would limit the interest charged on credit cards to 15 percent. A 15 percent cap would be too low -- naively too low. Too bad the bill's sponsors, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, weren't more careful, because their clumsy approach hands am…

A couple months ago, my 4-year-old daughter started coughing and wheezing during the night. These weren’t the coughs of a small kid getting over a cold or the flu, but rather full on bronchial attacks that would slightly choke her of air and last for minutes sometimes.

For many years I’ve noticed a surplus of homeless people loitering the streets of Bakersfield. Even though there are a few missionaries provided, there are still many people who don’t get a chance to sleep in a bed at night. As a child, I would help as many homeless people as possible, espec…

I would like to commend Mr. Lujan for appearing on the news and at the Lakeside School board meeting to state his case regarding the bullying of his daughter and planting the seed of encouragement for other parents to come forward to protect their own children. I hope the exposure of bias to…

In a country that spans a continent, in a party that produced Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, there is still no serious political challenge to the ideological supremacy of a corrupt, deeply prejudiced conman who cares nothing for democratic traditions, constitutional limits and moral no…

My opportunities to be involved in activities that included Harvey Hall were not earth shattering but plentiful. They all rank high to very high on the enjoyable memories scale.

There are many reasons why people feel the need to get high on drugs. Some, simply out of curiosity, and some to soften the memories of a painful past. Either way, it’s just a temporary fix.

Why did Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election? It was not the Russians or collusion or any of the usual "news" that is reported. No, it was the desire of a majority number of the American electorate to select a non-political individual to run our country to try to correct what had …

Do I want to live next door to a registered voter (might be an extreme liberal); registered citizen (not here illegally); registered narcotics offender (could be dealing drugs or on drugs); registered arsonist (might burn down my house); registered sex offender (might grab my butt); register…

Maybe the political cartoon in Thursday's paper and touting an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent, the lowest in 50 years, and making fun of the Democrats about it should have been printed on the Comics pages with the rest of the funnies? Considering we have double digit unemployment in Bakers…

Shame on the Kern High School District for not supporting the science teacher who appeared in adult films. Do any district employees, especially those who accepted her resignation, ever view this type of online content? Do any of the parents who complained about her?

The lack of teacher diversity in the Kern High School District hurts all of our students. It is hurting students of color who often have teachers who do not understand their life experiences and our white students who leave high school unprepared for the diverse university and work environme…

Monty Byrom and Big House had the Fox fired up Saturday night. Bakersfield has its legends and Byron and Big House must be included. They didn’t miss a beat, harmonized like they played every weekend together.

I have been a pastor's wife for 35 years, I was sexually abused by a family friend over 59 years ago and I have known and worked closely with Monsignor Craig Harrison on many occasions while holding the position of executive director of Kern County Right to Life, dating as far back to 2001.

As a resident of Bakersfield, I experience the impacts of Kern County's runaway oil and gas development every single day. When I step outside and breathe in the nation's most heavily contaminated air, I think about the residents of my community who are unaware of the dangers associated with …

Last Friday, the Trump Administration increased the tariff from 10 percent to 25 percent on a large number of goods China exports to the United States. Contrary to what President Trump has stated repeatedly in public, this cost is not absorbed by China, but rather, by every American consumer…

Your article on AB 392 and the parents of “victims” is typically one-sided ("Families of those killed by Bakersfield police officers fight to change century-old deadly force law," May 12). People need to view this from the perspective of the officer charged with protecting citizens in a comm…

In a country riven with discord, an older philosopher, Sophia, lives in a small one-bedroom apartment in a modest neighborhood in the city of Splendiforous, the capital of Capitalisma, a democracy known for its material abundance, cheerful consuming and addiction to the latest technology.

Every time I hear political leaders complain about the unfair press and media they are facing, I am reminded of Harry Truman’s famous words, "If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

In 194 BC, when Scipio Africanus returned to Rome, the city of his birth, he was summoned to appear before the council to justify his accounts in what appeared then a serious misappropriation of war money Scipio had extracted from Rome’s erstwhile enemy Antiochus III of Syria. Scipio’s defen…

In a recent letter ("Letter to the Editor: Win at all costs," May 9), the writer said, "... how is it that we continue to select representatives who are indeed reprehensive, uncouth, lacking in civility and morally bankrupt?"

The Trump camp is making a very big deal out of Hunter Biden's 2014 gig with a Ukrainian oligarch. This was a time when his father, Joe Biden, Barack Obama's vice president, was pressing Ukraine's leaders to rein in its oligarchs. As it happened, Hunter's membership on the oligarch's board i…

Regarding William Barr's recent congressional testimony on the Mueller Report, his stall tactics were blatantly obvious. During questioning, he asked several times, "Could you repeat the question," then he would slowly repeat the question out loud while displaying a pondering gesture, buying…

In 2014, I was given a multiple diagnosis of MCTD (a form of lupus) arthritis in my knees and to top it off, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), another autoimmune disease which causes the bony plates in the spine to grow and fuse the vertebrae together. It also causes a constant pain in the sciati…

Lysistrata, the character from the Aristophanes play of the same name, declared a sex strike to try to stop a devastating war in ancient Greece.

I would like to ask all city and county residents to report animal abuse. It is not the reporter’s job to prove it, just let it be known. Also, the report can be anonymous.