Beto O'Rourke, the losing Texas senator candidate who bootstrapped his way into becoming a losing presidential candidate, had a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole.

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President Donald Trump claims he has "tremendous Democrat support" in the House for the accord he signed last year with Mexico and Canada to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. He threatens to withdraw from NAFTA if Congress doesn't quickly pass his new trade deal.

Last month I wrote a letter to the editor talking about the homeless issue in Kern County and how we need to step up and do something about it ("Letter to the Editor: Community needs to help the homeless," June 22). Since writing that letter I've noticed that people want to help, but don't k…

To the nice man who stayed with me after my wallet was stolen at Reading Cinema on July 10, thank you so much for remaining to help and comfort me. You went above and beyond and the world could certainly use more people like you.

The governor’s dismissal of the state’s top oil regulator was no rush to judgment, but a reasoned response to oil investments that regulators disclosed themselves (“Grove: Governor’s rush to judgment to fire top gas and oil regulator will hurt California’s economy,” July 14).

It looks liken all of Trump's ardent supporters learned one thing from their mothers: if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all.

I am appalled that President Trump would uses racist language to disparage elected reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts. These four women, all American citizens, and duly elected to serve in the…

Are we giving our poor children who are citizens of this country proper bedding, food and toothbrushes? If we are not, we shouldn’t be giving it to people trying to get into our country. Let’s take care of our own people first. We shouldn’t give priority to people at our borders over our own…

To be American is a wonderful thing most of the time. There are moments, however, when it is downright humiliating. Can you imagine a more pitiful scene than a busload of Americans traveling 815 miles from Minneapolis to a Walmart in London, Ontario, Canada, to buy insulin at a 10th -- a 10t…

You may be asking, what is C. diff? C. diff stands for clostridium difficile. It is a bacterium that causes life threatening diarrhea. It is usually contracted in a health care setting. It occurs in individuals who have been taking certain antibiotics. According to the Centers for Disease Co…

Most Americans had no idea what was happening in the remote New Mexico desert on the morning of July 16, 1945. But a few in the area knew something was up when dishes started rattling in their homes and windows breaking. Some people witnessed the sky light up with fire.

We are amazing tool makers. We have used our observations of the natural world and our reason to create technologies and devices that have taken us to the moon and linked us instantaneously across the globe. Yet for all this tool-making progress we have not learned how to respect and love ot…

My husband and I moved to Ciayanca Valley in 1958 where the air was crystal clear and noted to be rated with the best quality of air in our country. We moved to Bakersfield a month ago to be closer to our son at our present age. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reportedly found 1,000 fleas on a CALM fisher cat and stated this was the cause of death. Also a CALM skunk's death occurred due to starvation.

Unfortunately, I have no clue as to how to solve the homeless crisis. In an economy where there are more jobs than applicants and a state with liberal welfare programs this shouldn't be happening. I believe the biggest cause of this is due to methamphetamine and prescription drug problems an…

Thank you for the outstanding story (and photos) of the local home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright commissioned by Dr. George and Millie Ablin back in the 1950s ("Bakersfield's Ablin House part of statewide Frank Lloyd Wright home tour," July 10).

It was certainly no slip of the tongue when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cut a small group of her party's radicals to size. "All these people have the public whatever and their Twitter world," she told The New York Times. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how…

An article appeared in The Bakersfield Californian this year, listing Taft as one of the 50 worst places to live. I responded with a Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: How Taft landed among the worst cities list," Feb. 21). My piece focused on a number of issues including a lack of a…

They call it “earthquake amnesia.” It occurs when a year, or two — or maybe a decade or two — of calm sets in between big California earthquakes. 

The executive order that President Donald Trump issued on Thursday was a face-saving attempt to repackage a political loss. Much more important, however, it reflects the administration's stepping back from the brink of a truly historic rejection of the principle that the courts decide the la…

I don’t understand efforts to ban flavored vaping. Vapor products were the only thing that successfully achieved getting away from tobacco after 15 years of smoking as well as the millions of people who have already quit.

About 250,000 years ago, the polar ice caps expanded widely and deeply, well into the northern United States, forming the Great Lakes. I even knew that as a kid in Chicago, where we found bits of copper and Fool's gold dragged down from way up north. They didn’t start melting back until 10,0…

Our house backs up to Stockdale Highway. We have lived in our home for 44 years. When we built this house there were no long-term plans to build a six-lane highway behind our house. We can't even enjoy our backyard because of the noise. The speed limit is 45 and hardly anyone goes 45, includ…

What a horrible and senseless situation ("COMMUNITY VOICES: The cat that should never have been killed," July 10). As an animal lover myself, I find it difficult and disturbing that this kind of horror is allowed to continue. Unfortunately, with the climate that we live in these days, sad to…

The concentration camps of Nazi Germany received much exposure and condemnation at the time. The German people were also vilified: how could they let that happen? “We just didn’t know” was the usual response. The rejoinder? They didn’t want to know.

On Monday, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment charging multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein with sex trafficking of young girls. Epstein's lawyers object to the charges, claiming the government is improperly seeking a "redo" of a case involving simila…

This letter is to confirm the things that a recent letter writer wrote about pit bull dogs being the No. 1 breed to inflict dog bites; No. 2 being German shepherds or shepherd mixes (“Letter to the Editor: Dog attacks,” July 7). This was reported by the California Department of Public Health…

In the beginning large American corporations sent good-paying, value-added jobs overseas. These past 25 years, real wages for full-time male workers are basically unchanged. However, the banking system has stood by ready to expand consumer credit so that American families can at least borrow…

Here is what I know: Kern County leads the state in homicide rates for 2017 and 2018. We need additional revenue to get the Sheriff’s Office staffed to an acceptable level. The Kern County Board of Supervisors forced Sheriff Donny Youngblood to single-handedly lead the 2018 election effort f…

I haven't managed to get used to how much people talk these days. Apparently, the creation of cell phones answered a very deep need that no one on the planet realized was there.

Tex was what he was called by the people where he finally found a home. Tigger was his first name, but there was no way to know that as the people who owned him for two years moved out and left him in the cul-de-sac to fend for himself.

Stephen Pelz’s recent piece (“COMMUNITY VOICES: Myths associated with homelessness,” July 7) cogently deals with the reality that Bakersfield, along with every other city and town of any considerable size in our nation, is experiencing in regards to homelessness. Pelz details and dispels pop…

This past week’s earthquakes were indeed devastating. While all of the emergency providers and politicians were informing people about what they should and shouldn’t be doing in this time of crisis, why didn’t they mention that an important source of water during these desperate times would …

The June 30 Californian has an article by Robert Price about Westchester ("WHERE WE LIVE: Westchester residents know it's only theirs for a generation"). The planned pedestrian crosswalk on 24th Street and the bottleneck it will create is mentioned, “...especially when Westchester children h…

Just finished reading the Bakersfield Police Department has a hiring goal of 100 new officers in the next three years ("BPD off to good start as it attempts huge hiring spree," July 4). I commend the Bakersfield Police Department and its efforts to make the city of Bakersfield a safer place …

While sitting in the patio enjoying a cup of coffee and reading The Californian on the morning of the Fourth of July, I came across a column written by Matt Munoz, a Californian contributing columnist for what’s happening in the Bakersfield music scene ("Studio engineer hits milestone with s…

Some of you that are too young to know, libraries were the warm place in winter or cool place in summer mom would drop us off for a few hours — where learning and reading was the idea, but enjoying a story telling or a clown doing his tricks, magic and other amusing things were also availabl…

In an article Tuesday ("Coastal Commission considers limiting off-road access to Oceano Dunes," July 2), the term "right" was used to describe use of the dunes by off-roaders. One must be reminded that the word "right" is a very strong and important word. It is something you have as a part o…