I agree with a recent letter writer who said A driver who was under the influence when he killed a mother and her unborn child was given a light sentence (“Letter to the Editor: Driving under the influence sentences,” Nov. 7). However, it is legal for a mother to kill her unborn child since …

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The midterms suggest that President Donald Trump needs to double down on populism, just not the sort that's been his signature to this point.

It was not supposed to happen. Donald Trump, the much celebrated billionaire businessman, star of TV’s “The Apprentice,” political neophyte and Washington, D.C., outsider became the Republican Party nominee in 2016. President Barack Obama arrogantly assured the Democrats with his response to…

I agree with Mr. Schiewe’s opinion (“COMMUNITY VOICES: Keep drinking, Kern County, that's life as it should be,” Nov. 12) that we showed our hypocrisy when we didn’t prohibit alcohol at the same time we voted against legalizing marijuana sales. However, I disagree with his statement that the…

When Amazon chose a Queens neighborhood across from Manhattan for one of its new headquarters, James Corden remarked on "The Late Late Show," "I gotta say, I really think this could be the thing that finally puts New York on the map."

The president never fails to live down to his reputation as a sulking, hateful boor of a man. His recent trip to Paris seemed to reinforce that image. Trump feels that above all, Americans must respect the flag and respect the military. And he has made quite a show of mocking the NFL and the…

Maybe this is futile. After all, there's little point in talking back to a deranged person, especially if he is dead.

Humans, like other mammals, are tribal and territorial. Wolves have their packs; lions have their prides; cattle have their herds; humans have their religions, politics and countries. If we fight another country, we call it a war. If we don't have a war, we fight among ourselves. It is our nature.

Bakersfield College is our community college that serves approximately 33,000 students throughout Kern County. The BC’s main campus is located at 1801 Panorama Drive in the East Bakersfield area and is not always easily accessible for many students who live in West Bakersfield and other Kern…

When Californians see the tragic weather events that interrupt the lives of so many year round in other parts of the country, we grimace. Most of us have friends or relatives back East who have been caught in a storm of one kind or another.

With failure of Measure N, Bakersfield leaders needs to do what they should have done much earlier: commit to the use of leadership and management tools that (1) eliminate waste and (2) continuously improve systems and processes to maximize productivity and lower operational costs.

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California appears a lock to become the next chairman of the House's powerful Financial Services Committee. Waters is pledging to be a diligent watchdog for mom and pop investors, and recently told a crowd that when it comes to the big banks, investment house…

Congratulation, gun lovers! Your message of gun self-protection is really catching on. It's now leap-frogging to the opposite side of the political spectrum. Have you heard of the Socialist Rifle Association? Fearing radical groups on the right, groups are now forming on the left in self-def…

Many years ago in school, I took a debate class that I really enjoyed. My favorite was the occasional day when we had to draw tickets out of a hat then we had 15 minutes to prepare, often times having to take the opposite side of our personal preference with the issue at hand.

I agree with Ms. Ouellette’s Community Voices article regarding Amazon selecting Bakersfield for a fulfillment center ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Amazon: The county’s latest welfare queen," Nov. 8). The $3 million tax incentive package was, ostensibly, to insure that Amazon would hire locally. Did t…

Those of us who participated in the 2000 presidential election are getting political PTSD from the current gubernatorial and senatorial recounts in Florida. President George W. Bush was eventually declared winner in the Sunshine State (and thus the election) by 537 votes out of about 6 milli…

If there was one place where the moderate Republican could make a brave last stand, it was at the Metropolitan Republican Club on Manhattan's Upper East Side. New York County (Manhattan) was one of the few counties outside Ohio to prefer John Kasich over Trump in the 2016 primaries.

Why do you Republicans (notice I lump you all together) believe in the man that is the president of our country? Wednesday's press conference was the worst such meeting I have seen. After losing the House, he lies and berates, acting just plain obnoxious. Why? It's beyond me.

Well, well. If Rep. Kevin McCarthy doesn’t get the Minority Leader seat, maybe he will finally have to do some real work for his constituents. He loses use of his larger office and the duties there, which had nothing to do in helping the people back home. Now he can serve on a committee and …

During the 1980s and 1990s, we had a lot of mass shootings which the media referred to as drive-bys or gang-related shootings. These mass shootings were done by minorities in the inner cities. The argument back then was these shootings happened because of minority culture in inner cities.

Proposition 14 took effect Jan. 1, 2011, where the two top vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation advance to the general election. The Democrat Party dominates California politics, so this proposition seemingly guarantees two candidates from the Democratic Party will be in the general…

Huggers and non-huggers. They are one of the world’s either-ors, which is how we often see one another: Carnivores or vegetarians, left wingers or right wingers, believers or non-believers. Unfortunately, such thinking is divisive and the source of intolerance and hatred.

Upon returning home from six years of service in the Coast Guard, I settled in northwest Bakersfield and was making the 30 minute commute to Bakersfield College daily to pursue my education. When classes opened at BC southwest, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to take courses there be…

The Californian's Sam Morgan ought to reconsider his use of the word “fix” to refer to a medical marijuana patient's medicine (“After cannabis vote, legal medical marijuana dispensaries on brink of closing throughout Kern County,” Nov. 7). Would this journalist describe a person going to Rit…

Smokey Joe’s Café at the Stars Theatre is a great fun performance of singing and dancing. The performance includes some favorite oldies like “On Broadway,” “Charlie Brown,” “Hound Dog,” “Poison Ivy,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Kansas City,” “Jailhouse Rock” and many more. The talented cast is outsta…

Congratulations to David Couch on winning reelection as county supervisor in the newly redrawn 4th District. Congratulations to the citizens of the 4th District in recognizing that experience and competency count for more than ethnicity alone.

"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character." -- Lyndon Johnson

More questions than answers have emerged from the results of the mid-term elections. Sure, the political parties are spinning it like there are real winners and losers. Democrats are claiming victory for recapturing the House and seizing an opportunity to hold President Trump’s feet to the f…

With Attorney General Jeff Sessions' forced resignation, all eyes are now on his temporary replacement, Matthew Whitaker, who had been serving as Sessions' chief of staff. The Post reports:

In a few weeks I will celebrate my 67th birthday. I like to think that, after 35 years as a business and economics journalist, I still have some knowledge, experience and wisdom to offer to the readers of the Washington Post. But I also know that I've lost a step or two and am no longer keep…

The Democrats must not repeat the horrible mistake made by the Republicans and become a party that is devoted solely to stopping someone. Sen. Mitch McConnell announced years ago, when Obama was elected, Republicans were going to dedicate themselves to stopping him. This leads to insanity. A…