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In the Oct. 18 Californian, a letter titled “Why do seniors matter less than roads?” was printed. The author was commenting on the Community Voices piece (“Save senior, disabled transportation services in Bakersfield,” Oct. 17). The original article lauded the fact that GET and NOR Parks &am…

Our community is facing a very quiet situation that will soon have an impact on thousands of seniors and people with disabilities. The Consolidated Transportation Service Agency provides low-cost door to door transportation to seniors and disabled community members. They offer a critical com…

About 40 years ago, a survey was taken, asking trust levels for 30 professions. As expected, clergy, medical providers and attorneys were number one, two and three on that scale. Used car salesmen and insurance agents were numbers 29 and 30.

It was reported in the news that Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas introduced H.R. 40 in the U.S. Congress on Jan. 4, 2021 to study the subject of reparations for slavery and its after-effects. A similar bill last year was reported to have a projected cost of up to $13 trillion. Sen. Everett …

What will be the quality of life in Bakersfield over the next five years? And what will be the quality of life for people who live here 20 years from now? In the course of one’s life, there are events that occur that make one question the life choices you have made. But no one single event m…

Well into my retirement years, I’m in the cohort of those who slow down and pay more attention to what’s going on locally and around the world. During this stage, questions arise about the nature of the world and about the greater question about the moral nature of mankind itself.

Growing up in Delano — the birthplace of the farm-labor rights movement, in the shadow of giants like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Larry Itliong — I’ve seen firsthand how important a thriving, sustainable agricultural sector is not only to our state and nation, but for the people whose l…

This article is a response to Ronal Reynier’s piece in the opinion section on Sept. 9 titled, “What is CRT?” CRT is a tool used by historians and social scientists to better understand the dynamics of race relations. It is not designed to indoctrinate, create division, blame or denigrate but…

Compassion. While it is easy to say this word, it is often difficult to truly feel it, feel it for those, like the homeless, whose lives are so very different from ours.

In his Sept. 23 article “GOP wants no part of debt ceiling hike; good for them,” syndicated columnist Hugh Hewitt should have clarified that the GOP wants no part in the debt ceiling hike only because it is being requested by the Biden administration. It’s politics! The Trump administration …

In David Blankenhorn’s book "Fatherless America," he advances the argument that our nation’s most urgent social problem is the absent father from the home. He notes two compelling statistics to support his position. “One, about 40 percent of American children will go to sleep in homes in whi…

I continue to hear good friends locally and most commentators nationally agree that we are experiencing a significant lack of unity within our “United” States — more severe than at any other time in our lives.

As we approach the 20th anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies, the devastating Sept. 11 attacks, there have been debates as to why we should remember such a day, given that young people now, were not even born when this event took place.

The difficulty in writing about the need to vote "yes" on the Newsom recall is the reasons justifying the recall are too many to include in a readable, coherent article. But I will revert to a technique I learned when training soldiers as a sergeant in the Army: keep your content limited and…

I didn’t enter into public service to become rich, but I didn’t enter it to be driven into bankruptcy, either. Like most of my fellow Kern County employees, I have a passion for service work, and I was willing to trade the higher pay of many private sector jobs for the more fulfilling nature…

It’s hard to imagine public confidence in politicians could drop any lower, but they tend to grab hold of other institutions and professions they occasionally find useful dragging them down into their political pig pen. As the slightly crude saying goes, “If you dabble in a pig pen, you’re g…

Let me start by thanking those who decided to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Your decision has reduced my chances of getting COVID-19 and has reduced the chance of all the children under 12 getting COVID-19, children who do not have a choice because they cannot get the vaccine. Whether you deci…

Supporters of the recall have worked frantically to defend this wasteful partisan power grab, costing taxpayers $276 million. With the next California gubernatorial election only a year away, it is clear the recall opportunists want to exploit an undemocratic quirk in California law that all…

Just a few weeks ago we concluded the 32nd Olympiad, and in a few days the Paralympic games will, too, come to an end. I reflect on the athletes who competed in these summer games in Tokyo, Japan. Athletes from across the globe whose dedication, determination, hard work, and sacrifice earned…

Three years ago Nestor was driving home after a long day toiling in the blistering valley fields, when he was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. He was stunned when the officer informed him he was being arrested for supposedly not checking in with his probation officer. He had be…

Someone needs to reply to the editorial ("Wake-up call: California is running out of water") about water in the Sunday paper. The problem isn’t a lack of water. The problem is that we don’t think about the problem, until it is a problem. Remember the man who fell out of a 10-story building. …

Thirty years ago. Thirty years ago this summer my son took his life. He left his backpack on a bridge between Canada and the United States. His body was not found until several weeks later. On his last journey we escorted him out to the heaving sea, where, on fate’s cue, he was lovingly scat…

That the United States should leave Afghanistan is generally accepted. But the manner in which we are leaving is an historic example of weak and corrupt leadership, the consequences of which are mind-boggling.

Good evening! And welcome to the first COVID Appreciation Dinner, sponsored by COVID International. Thank you! What a night, eh?!

California’s climate cycles between dry-very dry years and wet-very wet years. Rain soaks us, replenishes our reservoirs, and dry times follow. When two or more consecutive years are very dry and reservoirs and groundwater reserves become depleted, that’s a drought. Since 1970 we’ve experien…

Beyond the human price of COVID-19 is the financial toll of treating the sick. Back in the day, conservatives touted fiscal responsibility — that is, keeping the cost of government in check.

He was born in a one-room house with no running water or indoor plumbing. The same stove was used for cooking and heating the home. He helped make the bricks his father used to build their next home. His parents left school after the eighth grade. Yet his mother always encouraged him to purs…

Last Wednesday, I walked the driveway to pick up the morning paper and spotted a big yellow school bus circling the block. Returning inside, our eldest daughter came down the stairs in her “first day” dress and a big smile (complete with a missing tooth) blanketing her face. After a bite or …

Like any veteran of the Afghan War, I watched the news last week with an agony I scarcely thought possible. It is a hideous and deep despair, familiar in form if not intensity because of the many disasters that have accompanied these last eight years of American withdrawal. Many veterans car…

I read Dr. Brij Bhambi’s Community Voice piece ("Take the Shot," Aug. 10) affirmative argument and yet I’m left with unanswered questions. The thrust of the doctor’s article was a medical one, although I have read the same advice in economic and/or political terms. Full disclosure, my person…