There have recently been attempts to restrict the acquisition and distribution of firearms. These have been rooted in a sane and reasonable desire to curb senseless killings. While entirely reasonable, they are continually thwarted by appealing to the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

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As soon as the rebellion against Nancy Pelosi within the Democratic caucus in the House began to take shape, I (and many others) were highly skeptical that it could succeed. Yes, many members, including some of the newly elected, had said during the campaign that they wouldn't support her bi…

A tourist in Florentine museums is like a skipping stone above unfathomable depths. Here a Botticelli. There a Donatello. A single room at the Uffizi that would reward a lifetime of study gets five hurried minutes before lunch.

I am writing as a retired LMFT, who helped start the Psychiatry Department at Kaiser Permanente in Bakersfield. There were four of us therapists who were hired, and after visiting other psych departments in SoCal, we planned programs and began seeing patients. This was in 2001.

Now that individual one, Donald Trump, has been identified as a co-conspirator in at least one criminal investigation and another of his inner circle, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to prison, how will he and his faithful supporters react if more charges follow?

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and second leading cause of death for teenagers, and rates have slowly been increasing over time. Now, this is not meant to put fear in you, but to better inform you that suicide is real and is not going away anytime soon, as mu…

Something, anything must be done about the railroad crossing on Rosedale Highway. At approximately 12:15 p.m. Monday, the train blocked Rosedale Highway for about 35 minutes. That highway was a parking lot. This has got to stop! Something/anything needs to be done.

I watched the George H.W. Bush funeral ceremony last Wednesday and thought all the eulogies were excellent. I particularly enjoyed that of former Sen. Alan Simpson. Clever phrases thrill me and he came up with at least three good ones.

I have read many opinions on immigration by readers of the Californian, and I feel the natural migration of poor and destitute people from the third world will continue as long as freedom prospers in America. The pursuit of happiness is a human endeavor that every person seeks throughout the…

Respected news sources have described those 16 televised minutes of shouting between Donald Trump and "Chuck and Nancy" as an "altercation" and a "lurid" exchange. To New York ears, it was just a discussion.

The county has no problem tacking on citizen fees for everything from dumping to traffic (“County braces for increased cost from city’s sales tax boost,” Dec. 11). I suggest they create some Sheriff Support fee. For example: an incarceration fee for arrest, a perimeter protection fee, even a…

The eulogies for George H.W. Bush keep rolling in, and a great American hero's life has been given proper tribute.

Thank you for your article on the sales tax failure in the county. If the elected supervisors had gone public with a statement promising the residents of Kern County that the additional tax revenue would be used for public safety, Sheriff's Office, fire department, I believe it would have pa…

My jaw dropped recently when I read that Parker Chamberlin was going to be considered for release from prison after the brutal murder of his mother Torie Knapp for which he was convicted back in 2001 9"Parker Chamberlin, who as a teenager stabbed his mother to death, is due in court Friday f…

Several radio stations have banned the playing of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because some suggests it alludes to rape or, at least, a man not accepting “no” as an answer. Why stop with this one song? There are countless other songs that have suggestive, inappropriate or offensive lyrics.

Congratulations to Dr. Min as she begins another chapter in her very full life! She has given so much to the Bakersfield community — 7,000 little lives — two of them were mine. She is truly an amazing doctor — highly regarded by her peers, loved by all, dedicated to her profession, compassio…

I really don't think that the bleeding hearts who want to let thousands of people from this "caravan" into this country unvetted have thought this through. Just look at the problems they're having in Europe where they have open border policies. Aside from the legality of this, what about the…

To legislative representatives: The president is a criminal. With the sentencing memos released Friday by the Mueller investigation and the southern district of New York, it is crystal clear that the president is a crook.

It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing Galileo and other scientists who held the heretical view that the Earth circles the sun. This was one of the main triggers that brought Galileo to the attention of the Inquisition.

It often starts off easy. For me it did. An elderly friend needed some help with food shopping and dealing with the cable company. He has no family to speak of, and his close friends have died. Pushing 90, his thinking had obviously slowed, but he could still shave, bathe and dress.

It was heartening and refreshing to view the funeral of President Bush on Wednesday. The speakers had to be limited in the time they had to talk about the man and the public servant. Ah, the good ole days when dignity and compassion could be found in the White House.

I recently moved to Bakersfield and ran into a problem. My Avalanche truck broke down at Gosford Road and White Lane at about 4 p.m. one day. I want to thank all the people who stopped to help me until a tow truck arrived.

While watching the funeral of President George H.W. Bush, I had a revelation in thought. I have been pondering my strong aversion to the illegal immigrant throng sitting on our border for several months. I felt conflicted because I have many strong connections to Americans of Mexican descent…

Mr. Borer left out two key facts among others ("The last real Republican: Rest in peace, Poppy Bush," Dec. 4). President Bush's tax increase plunged the economy into recession, which cost him the election. While the Soviet Union collapsed under Bush, President Clinton balanced the budget by …

An ad on ABC's "Live with Kelly and Ryan" shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation."

We tell ourselves that every vote counts. But when we get too busy to go to the polls, or to do the research necessary to cast an informed vote and we “skip” a race on the ballot, we are tempted to shrug and tell ourselves, “What the heck. It won’t matter.”

The longest journey begins with a single step. One of the first steps toward eliminating nuclear weapons was 65 years ago on Dec. 8 when President Dwight Eisenhower gave his "Atoms for Peace" speech.

When five thousand Central Americans “caravanning” towards the United States arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, which combines its two million people with San Diego for a metropolitan area of over five million people, it seems every television camera in the civilized world arrived to show us the on…

They wander the halls of public buildings and haunt receptions like the ghosts of the GOP past -- the cohort of Republican senators and House members who will be leaving office with the arrival of the new Congress. Some chose retirement because they did not want to do what is necessary to ke…

It seems that our society has no sense of pride or duty associated with being a citizen of the United States. President Kennedy’s challenge, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” has been turned upside-down.