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Home. Such a cozy, comfortable word and concept. A place where light first shined in our eyes, where we discovered who we were and weren’t. A home is not only a house; it is a neighborhood, a city. A home is family, friends, holidays, seasons, weather, disappointments and joy.

Another national election is behind us, another which spoke little to the lofty issues facing the Republic. Three issues come to mind: money, perpetual war and how will the public debt be repaid (or will it?). This brief discussion involves the first of these topics.

Last week Bakersfield College received the 2018 state Chancellor’s Student Success Award for modeling outstanding methods and outcomes that led to increased graduation and transfer from BC to four-year institutions. This is a particularly prestigious honor because the California Community Co…

The unique power of America is its intangible magnetism that has drawn thinkers and refugees, poets and athletes, families and celebrities, the hopeless and the hope-filled, seeking the fulfillment of their dreams or the relief of their fears, coming from all over the globe for generations.

It’s a dangerous position that Stafford Betty would have us embrace, the position that we rely on faith to get us out of the fix we’re in ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Murder and arson in a secular world," Nov. 15). History has shown many times that this is precisely what advanced civilizations do jus…

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…

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…

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…

My wife and I live in Pismo Beach. We enjoy visiting Bakersfield. We like Dewar's ice cream. We've been to many performances at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace where some of our favorite artists have performed. Rosemary's Family Creamery has the very best liverwurst sandwiches in the world.

Is Amazon Kern County’s newest welfare queen? According to the Nov. 2 article ("Kern proposes $3 million hiring incentive for Amazon"), “The incentive package would give annual refunds to one of the world’s most valuable companies in an amount equal to half its combined property, sales and u…

President Donald Trump has longed to fulfill his campaign promise of erecting a border wall. This October, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), introduced H.R. 7059, to not only provide funding for a border wall ($16.6 billion), but to amend American immigration law, particularly the Immigration and …

Last year, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 which raised the taxes on both gasoline and vehicle registrations. Most likely, you have noticed that you are paying significantly more at the pump and for your vehicle registration.

California is in a crisis to secure a safe, reliable and clean water supply, especially in the Central Valley. Both our communities and the agricultural industry have been affected by our state’s water challenges and continue to struggle without a solution.

I was jolted out of my complacency by a recent news item in TBC: “Rep. Kevin McCarthy has been the beneficiary of $218,000 in campaign donations in this election cycle from pharmaceutical companies and organizations, second-most in Congress, the Daily Beast reported Tuesday.… McCarthy has re…

Josh Deutinger knew he wanted to be a police officer when he was about 7-years-old. He took a field trip to the Fresno Police Department and was fascinated with the patrol cars, the equipment the officers carried and learning how officers protected the community from “the bad guys.”

As your Sheriff, I am often asked by community members why it can take up to four hours for a deputy to respond to a call for service? Though this is not always the case, there are several factors that may impact the timeliness of a deputy’s response.

As a strong supporter of Bakersfield College and a long time Renegade fan, I would like to say congratulations to the Renegade football team for its recent purchase of safer football helmets and $100,000 donation from Sequoia Paints. In addition to the new gyms, locker rooms, football turf, …

In this last year, the Trump Administration and Congress have separated children from their families, funneled money from the poor to the pockets of CEOs and made it more difficult for Americans with chronic health conditions to access healthcare.

I was pleasantly surprised when Steve Bacon ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Kavanaugh’s taint," Oct. 25) began his piece with his first paragraph, especially where he stated he believes in due process and does not believe the accused are guilty until proven innocent. Imagine my surprise then to read his…

For millennia, Jews have suffered the consequences of anti-Semitism. Having been part of the great American experiment from this country’s inception, we have managed to make ourselves at home in these United States. We have fought and died for this country. We have been welcomed, integrated …

Remember when mechanics, teachers, carpenters, nurses and waitresses crashed the financial system, took millions in bonuses, and got a taxpayer bailout? Me neither (paraphrased from and apologies to F. Alakbarov). The great financial crisis (GFC), a global affair, is turning 10. Ten years ol…

Strangely enough, I envy Elizabeth Warren. It turns out that, after taking a DNA test, she’s discovered that she’s 1/1000th Native American. Well, when I took my DNA test several years ago, I found out that I don’t have a single Asian ancestor. I still identify as Filipino, and always have, …