Thanksgiving is followed by the season of gift giving. The air is filled with seasonal sales and our obligation to buy the newest, most fashionable, most wanted things. These are the gifts stacked under a glittering tree, waiting to be unwrapped with merry glee.

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If you research the definition of “pet peeve,” you’ll find this one among others: A pet peeve is a particular thing that bugs you every time . . . A peeve is an annoyance, and a pet peeve is an annoyance that’s nurtured like a pet — it’s something someone can never resist complaining about. …

Elizabeth Warren had great momentum for a while. Then her poll numbers leveled and fell. The standard explanation is that the Democrat's "Medicare for All" plan comes across as too radical -- both the price and the part that would force over 150 million Americans off their employers' private…

Regarding Amber Petrovich's op-ed, she is right on the money ("I'm not an addict, give me the painkillers, already," Dec. 1). I experienced exactly what she did with a knee injury. In the ER, I was in serious pain and after sitting and laying on a gurney, I was given Norco. I experienced som…

Based on overwhelming scientific evidence, California is moving toward an inevitable transition away from the use of fossil fuels, a transition that will have profound impacts on “oil central” Bakersfield and Kern County. Because of the climate crisis, if we care at all about leaving a livab…

This is in response to a recent letter, which sounded a lot like "baiting" to me ("Letter to the Editor: Tell us who has your vote," Dec. 2). No, I’m not in favor of sanctuary cities nor providing free health care to those here illegally. If the primary were to be held today, I’d vote for Am…

Friends and neighbors: I know, I know, you really don't like the president and you want me to know that you won't be voting for him in 2020. It might have started with his fib about the size of the inauguration crowd or the orange head or the bad joke coming off the bus about grabbing women.…

Thanks to the honest Costco member who found my portable hard drive abandoned in the cart. Instead of “finders keepers, losers weepers,” this honest individual returned it to Costco. I did weep, but for joy, knowing that honesty has not gone extinct. What a meaningful Thanksgiving. Thank you…

It was interesting to read some of the comments on a recent high-speed rail article ("That high-speed fiction looks a lot more like fact now," Nov. 18). Some seem to conveniently forget it was the people of California who approved the project back in 2008, two years before then-Gov. Jerry Br…

A chill fills the air this week and more rain is expected. Winter is on its way. It is a season welcomed by those of us who are fortunate to have families, friends and secure homes. This Thanksgiving weekend has been all about counting our blessings, staying cozy inside and being protected f…

It is easy to give thanks when things are going well. It is harder to do so when life has dealt us difficult, demanding and depressing situations. But just as a smooth sea never made a good sailor, the most genuine expressions of thankfulness are created in the crucible of adversity.

According to progressive websites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to arguing with your right-wing uncle. According to advertisements, it's the day before Black Friday. In reality, it is a most American holiday.

Last week’s hearings in Washington were difficult to watch. The witnesses were not known to be Democrats or Republicans; they were Americans. Americans that worked for the U.S. State Department, former National Security Adviser John Bolton or Mike Pence, definitely not “never Trumpers.” Some…

It saddens me that my conservative hero had to be President Trump. To his credit, he has continued to deliver on campaign promises that I support. To his detriment, he is an egotistical bully.

I watched every minute of the impeachment hearings and feel like I am one of the very few. Why did I do it? I am old enough to remember watching the Clinton impeachment hearings. I wanted to know how our country, which is known for due process and treating everyone equally, has come to a pla…

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Michael Gerson, for your Nov. 23 column ("In the Trump era, it's the survival of the unscrupulous"). I wish I could express myself to my friends just a little bit like you stated in this column. But these days you can't talk to your friends or family about po…

The recent congressional hearings have clearly shown that Trump and his corrupt gang of "merry men" are the bad actors I’ve always thought them to be. Their misdeeds have made a shamble of the Constitution, and lying is their modus operandi. Along the way, Trump, with the aid of his feloniou…

Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment "prayerfully," and apparently what she was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible.

In her diary entry for July 15, 1944, Anne Frank wrote words that would harrow and challenge generations not yet born: "I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."

Marine Pfc. Joseph Robert Livermore returned home to Bakersfield on Nov. 14. He was interred at Union Cemetery with full military honors. His family is rightfully proud of the battlefield courage of this Marine Corps hero who died Nov. 22 or 23, 1943, on the island of Tarawa in WWII.

So sad that some people have elected a congressmen like Adam Schiff. He is clearly way over his head. Schiff is having his dream come true and is now ruling like a dictator. His constant interruptions of Republicans' ability to ask questions from Schiff's witnesses in the impeachment inquiry…

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s just-announced drilling moratorium is being called a heroic act by industry opponents, who seek to end oil production in California.

The noise from motorbikes and hot rodded cars sometimes rattles our windows although we are a distance from main roads ("Deafening street racing has southwest Bakersfield residents fed up," Nov. 19). Glasspack mufflers and raised or lowered vehicles can be dangerous, not to mention booming r…

Every mainstream news outlet I am reading reports damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland in the impeachment inquiry. Even an AP story with the headline, “Key witness says President Trump sought quid pro quo with Ukraine,” appeared on The Californian's website.

Our republic has survived the Civil War, the Great Depression and the 2016 election. But can it survive the new sequel to “Frozen”?

One summer in the village, the people in the town gathered for a picnic. As they leisurely shared food and conversation, someone noticed a puppy in the river, struggling and crying. The puppy was going to drown!

Ask not why the Trump administration must dismantle America's environmental laws with such gusto. By now, that's a given. Instead, let's ask why some automakers, businesses that must plan years in advance, are siding with a president intent on sowing chaos in their own industry.

I recently purchased some cookie dough from a Bakersfield student for a school fundraiser. My check was cashed and I have been waiting for my delivery. A few days ago, I was notified that the seller (the student or parent, I assume) had not picked up the merchandise in a timely manner and th…

As a Latino, I couldn't help noticing that missing from the various lists of places to visit in Bakersfield/Kern offered in The Californian ("OUR VIEW: Come on, Bakersfield. We’re not that boring!" Nov. 17) was the National Chavez Center, which honors the legacy of Cesar Chavez. It includes …

There is a very special community within our larger one. It is composed of those wild, crazy, amorphous groups of folks who meet at 6 a.m. at Hart Park on Thanksgiving morning. We meet for a few hours of pure unmitigated gratitude. We give thanks that we are there. Gratitude expressed with h…

Imagine my surprise as I was reading the opinion page and there in black and white was a description of the so-called “Trumpized Republican Party” as “vulgar, anti-intellectual, racist and reactionary” (“GOP has a suburbs problem,” Nov. 8). The author sees those repulsive Republicans trounci…

The last few weeks we have observed a family of raccoons in our front and backyards. We have been alerted to their presence by our dogs. They reside in a sump directly across from our home. I have attempted to contact the local authorities (city of Bakersfield, Kern County Animal Services, F…

All over Bakersfield, people have been complaining about the ubiquitous presence of the homeless. It seems that no matter where you are, a homeless person is located in close proximity to you.

I think Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards meant it when he partly credited his reelection to LSU's and the Saints' winning season. That would be the football teams -- Louisiana State University and the New Orleans Saints.

I write this letter to acknowledge all the wonderful people that participated in honoring my uncle PFC Joseph Robert Livermore, returned home after 76 years following his demise fighting for our country ("Remains of long-missing Marine greeted with gratitude and respect in his hometown," Nov…

I just read about Bakersfield College beginning to plan for housing for homeless or low-income students ("Trustees push ahead on housing for students in need," Nov. 14) . Why can't dorms be considered? The individual units they are talking about with kitchens and bathrooms could be very expe…