Many people have noticed veggie burgers showing up on menus at fast food and casual eateries. But, “What’s the point?” one might ask. It turns out that not only are vegetable-, grain- and bean-based burgers better for the general public, but they’ve now been scientifically shown to have a re…

It was almost the weirdest Trump play of the week. The president's bizarre threats against carmakers fell in the shadows after he called off a meeting with the Danish prime minister because she wouldn't discuss selling him Greenland. What we and the Danes initially interpreted as a clownish …

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I am a long time patron of the downtown location of Slice of Italy. I was so upset with the news of the recent vandalism at their restaurant ("Slice of Italy vandalized Monday night, costing the restaurant more than $7,000 in damages," Aug. 13 and "It happened again: Slice of Italy vandalize…

The headline in Tuesday's paper, "Bakersfield's families applaud as Newsom signs new police use of force bill into law," refers to AB 392, which outlines when police can protect themselves against potential criminals. The new key word is to use force only when "necessary," and a definition i…

A reminder for Mr. Trump who cancelled a trip to Denmark because of a "nasty" comment by its prime minister (who said selling Greenland to the United States is "an absurd discussion"), something we learned about age 5: sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

Piñatas, tres leches cakes, music, laughter and a good carne asada. These are some of the distinct memories I have of many parties throughout my childhood. They were often held outside, in backyards or our other backyards — the park. Hart Park near the bluffs in Bakersfield holds a special p…

Responding to the letter regarding the compensation for Kern County firefighters (“Letter to the Editor: Fire personnel compensation,” Aug. 11), it must be noted that the source that was used to find the compensation amounts, Transparent California, breaks out the comp in base pay, overtime,…

Last week, Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced that her office and six other prosecutors’ offices across California obtained a $4 million settlement with Renovate America, Inc., also known as the HERO Program, which provides Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. The se…

In these cruel times, we all need a bit of levity. So here’s the biggest joke of the day: when Trump expressed an interest in purchasing Greenland, Denmark’s leader said that was absurd. He said that she was being nasty. I guess it takes one to know one.

"Make America great again"? Someone suggested disinfecting the White House would be a good start. But then again, we are still the greatest land on earth (or why would so many still want to come here?). The question, however, implies there was a greatness in the past that has faded away. It …

Is anyone but me concerned about the nexus of Donald Trump, POTUS and the security of America in a world that is not at all what Trump thinks it is? Donald Trump talks to Americans and the world as though it was 1949, not 2019.

As I see this control of guns, would it not be better to control the operator of the gun rather than the gun? The current analogy is to ticket the car for running the red light or speeding when the real problem is the operator of the car. I think some people are looking for the easy way to s…

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines fanatic as unreasonably enthusiastic; overly zealous, a person whose extreme zeal goes beyond what is reasonable. Considering that the official national motto “In God We Trust” is displayed not only above the dais of the City Council chamber and is on e…

We have homeless encampments next to our freeways and behind buildings and dumpsters, but after reading about homelessness in the August edition of the Catholic Agitator, I read more about how Los Angeles’ problem is enormous, and it was brought on by the failure of its City Fathers to plan.…

When President Trump suggested that two United States representatives should be denied access to visit Israel, our country officially lost the title of being the “United” States. Our democracy assumes that our citizens may disagree and will vote representatives in to advocate for their posit…

I have preached. As a young man, during my high school years in Detroit, I was a boy preacher. Billy Graham was my hero, the black Scofield Bible, a gift from my grandmother was my source of truth. With others of my faith I stood on street corners handing out tracts and speaking to those pas…

These past couple of decades read like the script from a David Mamet movie, with the American middle class as the mark. The trailer from a movie would include an abundance of distortions, illusions, financial debauchery and other unnatural economic acts that are prevalent in today’s economic…

I recall quite well the first time I encountered Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence (Ahimsa) and his approach to non-violent action (Satyagraha). I was a young college student, studying philosophy and history. Gandhi’s words, for me, leapt from the page like a thunderbolt:

May I remind the Aug. 8 letter writer who stated Republicans deny emergency services in Puerto Rico ("Letter to the Editor: An incognito trip") that corrupt government officials there have stolen millions of dollars of the relief money. Also, thousands of cases of donated bottled water were …

Trade wars will be "...easy to win." Really now, Mr. President? How's that going for you? Not well for the retirees, 401k contributors, heck, anybody that has any money in the market. Trump fans might not understand the yield curve. I won't try to explain it. Let's just say that it's a reces…

Jaswant Singh Khalra, the Martin Luther King of Sikhs, was martyred for exposing the secret abduction, murder and cremation of thousands of Sikhs by Punjabi police. Bakersfield’s Sikh community requested that Stonecreek Park in its neighborhood be re-named in his honor. More recently, they p…

I want to thank Robert Price for his column “McCarthy’s tired talking points on gun violence” on Aug. 7, specifically the quote, “But mental health experts, Arthur Evans, chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association among them, say people with mental illness are generall…

In May, Kern County health officials warned people who ate in a Bakersfield fast food restaurant that they may have been exposed to the measles by an infected person who was traveling through Kern County.

If any of what we have been told of the life of Mr. Epstein is half true, there are many people that not only should be brought to justice, but should also be ashamed of their own actions, or lack of actions. If I was aware of a gentleman keeping company with an underage girl, I do believe I…

Juan Rodriguez wrote his opinion titled “It’s time to take action” on Aug. 12. He never states what this action should be nor expresses any constructive action to improve our unfortunate mass shootings and the border crisis. He just spouts drivel about President Trump and Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

A terrorist organization is a cohesive group which encourages its members to use physical and verbal violence to obtain an economic or political goal. The NRA has promoted fear in all politicians by using its economic power to either defeat or advance their careers. The NRA has prevented all…

I am writing in response to a recent letter regarding the Kern County Fire Department’s compensation ("Letter to the Editor: Fire personnel compensation," Aug. 11). First of all, they sited total compensation from Transparent California which includes the cost of benefits and grossly oversta…

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a good man, has made a conscious decision -- one that he may come to regret -- to tie his political future, and maybe his eventual legacy, to President Trump, by serving as an echo-chamber for Trump's opinions. Kern County citizens, both Democrats and Republicans, are in…

David Keranen's ("COMMUNITY VOICES: A timeline of mass shootings since 2009," Aug. 8) recent piece is a lengthy listing of tragic events that have occurred in the United States over the past nine years. Of course, this pales to the horrendous events that have occurred worldwide during the sa…

In Sunday's paper, several informative articles and opinion pieces concerning the economic contributions to California and the future of the oil industry in Kern County and California in general appeared. These articles could be overly optimistic on the longevity of oil and gas operations in…

Bakersfield has seen this before, 40-plus years ago. The potential for a 40-plus years effect is, again, very real ("ROBERT PRICE: Is the end of Kern oil production really upon us? Sure sounds like it," Aug. 11; "Economy not so rosy for the middle class," Aug. 11; "COMMUNITY VOICES: Kern Cou…

The missing word is "illegal." This word seems to disappear whenever liberals discuss the illegal immigration issue or immigration reform, but it's the key piece. We who are the product of ancestors who migrated to this country legally understand that and have very little respect for those w…

Earlier this month, Calgren Dairy Fuels in neighboring Tulare County celebrated the completion of its renewable natural gas facility in Pixley, an operation that’s gathering biogas from multiple dairy farms and turning it into pipeline quality renewable methane. I couldn’t be more pleased th…

If we changed one simple thing we could stop this senseless killing. When the shooting starts, we are running the wrong direction. We turn away, hoping to get away and get shot in the back. The shooter is going to find a group of people before he starts shooting.