The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn't required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn't required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn't even really required any elected Democratic officials.

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Ed Rendell recently whacked Elizabeth Warren when she bashed Joe Biden for taking rich donors' money. The former Pennsylvania governor wrote that he himself had run a "swanky" fundraiser for Warren's Senate race, for which she thanked him royally. Furthermore, she transferred $10.4 million o…

Homelessness in Bakersfield is now a top concern for Bakersfield and kern County as evidenced by recent official actions and news articles highlighted by The Californian's recent editorial ("OUR VIEW: Kern, Bakersfield step up to offer hope in homeless crisis," Sept. 15).

Michael Cariker couldn’t have said it better ("COMMUNITY VOICES: A young Latina's hope," Sept. 14). I’ve been a citizen for half of my life and was a registered Republican for years. When the Republican Party left me, I registered as Independent. This year I finally switched to Democrat beca…

After reading Norm Haughness' piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: That elusive 2nd Amendment," Sept. 14), I’m still confused as to where he stands on the Second Amendment. The phrase, ”the right of the people to bear arms," sort of cancels out a “well armed militia,” as being the only ones to have arm…

So you don’t like Trump. I can understand that. I certainly disagree with him on the global warming issue. We do need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. And then there are the tweets — quick reactive shots from the hip, seemingly not well thought out responses of a defensive nature. They are d…

Jose Gaspar crafts a piece (“JOSE GASPAR: Talk of mayoral, city council recalls in Shafter,” Sept. 8) defending Shafter’s Mayor Gilbert Alvarado and councilmen Caesar Lopez and Manuel Garcia’s — dubbed by the community as the three amigos — actions stating “context is everything” and all the…

This spring — as federal prosecutors announced charges against wealthy Californians who paid bribes to get their kids into elite universities — a poor kid from a poor town faced her own dilemma: how could she help others go to college?

l have been a substitute teacher for 10 years. It is a job that l truly love. l am in four districts currently — Vineland, Arvin, Greenfield and Richland — where the great majority of my seventh and eighth grade students are Latino.

Why does this brief 27-word amendment seem to be so hard to understand? The answer is pretty clear: its first half has become invisible, at least to NRA aficionados.

My Facebook feed often carries pictures of children whom I don't know and, in the case of sonograms, who aren't even born yet. They are strangers to me, albeit cute strangers. If I'm very close to the sender, I'll respond in a private message, "That's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen,"…

How wonderful it must be to be an intellectual the stature of Bakersfield Realtor David Knoeb. Knoeb is a principal architect of the Squatters Protection Act who felt it was necessary to create SPA in order to assist police officers with determining if a squatter is trespassing or not in a v…

I read a letter recently that said electrification is the answer ("Letter to the Editor: Electrification is preferred," Sept. 4). This is not a new concept. General Electric and the power companies started a program in the early 1960s called Medallion Homes, which were all electric homes wit…

It seems strange that I’m the only designer in Bakersfield being a wet blanket about the $200,000 re-branding project done by Tennessee-based North Star Place Branding ("Rebranding campaign focuses on opportunities in Bakersfield, Kern," Sept. 9).

As a very young baseball coach starting my coaching career at West High in the early 1980s, I got to know several umpires who would work out games regularly. As a young coach I thought I knew everything, and I wasn't afraid to voice my opinion on calls that didn't go our way. 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one in five adults in the United States, or 46.6 million, experiences mental illness in a given year. NAMI also states that 6.9 percent, or 16 million people in the U.S., had at least one major depressive episode in t…

If you are noticing an uptick in the number of property crime and theft stories from friends and neighbors, you are not alone. Rates of these types of crimes are increasing statewide at an alarming rate and it’s only getting worse.

The now-former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab went from hero to zero in a couple of news cycles. Once heralded for overseeing projects that use technology for social good, Joichi Ito resigned after revelations that he had tried to hide the source of donations fro…

A recent letter writer states, "During the past several centuries, sea levels have risen about 7 inches per century, or 1/16 inch per year. From 1993 to 2014, sea level rose at a rate of 1/8 inch per year" ("Letter to the Editor: Sea level history vs. man’s influence," Sept. 8).

A recent letter writer is opposed to the Kern River Valley getting a visitor center and cites several areas that she believes would be better candidates for the money the visitor center will cost (“Letter to the Editor: Items Lake Isabella needs,” Sept. 4). I personally find it troubling tha…

In 2016, I stood in the driveway with my family as the Sanger Fire and Police Department surrounded our neighborhood. Less than a mile away was the Water Tower, the tallest structure that planted itself in the middle of the suburbs of Sanger. On top of the Tower, sat a young boy who blankete…

When I was a child, grocery stores did not have baskets or wheels for their customers' use. Customers were expected to handle their own groceries. My mother had a metal basket about half the size of a current grocery store cart that had two wheels and a handle to pull it along. It fit in the…

I have to question the letter written about electrification being preferred ("Letter to the Editor: Electrification is preferred," Sept. 4). I don't think that he knows what a BTU, or British Thermal Unit is. One BTU is the heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one deg…

The coastal county of 275,000 tortured souls is not our most dangerous place, but it embodies the greatest fears of Californians, which are all about our powerlessness. Our coastal beauty is under attack by climate change, our immigrant neighbors are being persecuted by our country’s own gov…

I would like to offer an alternative perspective to a Sound Off letter published Aug. 31. Let me begin by saying that I do not live in Taft and have not spoken to the neighbors around St. Andrews where Shar-on feeds the hungry. However, I do serve on the Board of Directors and have known Sha…

In November 2016, my girlfriend moved out, and I was so distraught. I hated my life. Down the street from my house I discovered a sandwich social. Shari Rightmer and Cathy Edgewood were serving food, but I soon discovered that they were really dishing out love. It's been said that true wealt…

After reading Ucedrah Osby's Sunday Forum piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Schools must value and mentor our students, not punish and discard them," Sept. 1) where she states that our schools should mentor students instead of punishing and discarding them — which has some valid points — I noticed t…

In a recent Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: What type of citizen are you?" Aug. 29), the author writers, “Progressives devote all their effort to making the future better. They actively push for laws that make living a much more fulfilling experience."

My husband and I saw the San Francisco production of "Hamilton" on Aug. 29. Coincidentally, the same morning I was reading The Californian online. There was an article, about Darnell Abraham, a Bakersfield native, who would be stepping permanently into the role of General George Washington f…

Kern County does currently own a large facility with all the infrastructure needed to safely and efficiently shelter every single homeless person in the county.

September is National Preparedness Month. Government agencies, including the Kern County Fire Department, will be encouraging residents to be prepared to survive disaster events. Government agencies can only inform and encourage - preparedness starts with you!

Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, to his credit, seized the initiative in the battle over whether Britain will truly exit the EU, and on what terms.