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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…

Kern County is one of the leading oil-producing counties in the nation and the benefit of this industry is not just seen in our county, but globally, as our oil fields help power California and much of the world. Kern County produces 72 percent of California’s oil and 70 percent of our natur…

The State Water Project, commonly known as the SWP, is a lifeline for Kern County and California that each day delivers water to a large portion of Bakersfield’s homes and Kern County farms and business. The SWP helped make Kern County the number one agricultural county in the nation and ens…

The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as firearm violence resulting in at least four people being shot at roughly the same time, excluding the perpetrator. Using this definition, there have been more than 2,100 mass shootings since 2013, roughly one per day.

Someone once simplistically defined the major socioeconomic systems of the world as follows: capitalism is the uneven distribution of wealth; socialism is the distribution of misery; communism is socialism with a gun in your back.

Just recently, I travelled to Italy and Sicily for the trip of a lifetime and got some life lessons along the way. As I am born of Sicilian parents, it was as if I was returning home, to a place I barely knew. And the lessons learned I can bring back and share with you, lessons we need to le…

In her recent column on the impact of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court (“VALERIE SCHULTZ: The Kavanaugh effect,” June 8), Valerie Schultz misses the mark, suggesting Kavanaugh’s ascension ushers in a totalitarian era of “forced procreation.”

The forces of left- and right-wing extremism are tearing the USA asunder. The radical left, as spearheaded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and others, unflinchingly propose socialist policies that have been repeatedly discredited in practice. They ignore the lasting damage to glo…

After reading the article and then going to the website regarding the front page story ("Bakersfield receives an F on most educated cities list, but improvements might be in the future," July 24), I would like to share a few ideas to create a new headline:

As the Kern County Fire Department Chief and Director of Emergency Services, I would like to thank our fire department personnel, local elected leaders and allied agencies for their assistance during the recent earthquakes in the city of Ridgecrest.

Chevron’s ongoing oil spill in the Cymric Oil Field, near McKittrick, has been occurring over the last two months and is a major threat to the environment. But it is best understood as a symptom of bigger issues in the oil and gas industry. As an environmental justice organizer in Kern Count…

I'm a fan of old movies. Two of them seemed to run on parallel tracks: "Quo Vadis" and "The Ten Commandments." Both featured tyrants — Pharaoh and Nero. Charming chaps, both of them. But I suggest the possibility of a trilogy, with President Donald Trump going for the lead in a modern update…

Enough already. It is time for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to reclaim his reputation as a man of honor and to stop countenancing President Trump’s immorality. It is not just that McCarthy’s virtue is at stake; we are at risk of losing the social decencies and institutional structure…

When I accepted a full-time teaching job at Bakersfield College two years ago, my friends worried. They said I would hate the area, and that the heat, bad air quality and ills of Kern County’s biggest city would negate the benefits of a tenure-track faculty position.

A week ago, Jose Arredondo was photographed blowing out a candle at an impromptu birthday dinner with friends. He is relaxed and sporting his signature wide smile. It is believed to be the last picture taken of the local businessman who was murdered several days ago in Cabo San Lucas. News o…

You may be asking, what is C. diff? C. diff stands for clostridium difficile. It is a bacterium that causes life threatening diarrhea. It is usually contracted in a health care setting. It occurs in individuals who have been taking certain antibiotics. According to the Centers for Disease Co…

We are amazing tool makers. We have used our observations of the natural world and our reason to create technologies and devices that have taken us to the moon and linked us instantaneously across the globe. Yet for all this tool-making progress we have not learned how to respect and love ot…

An article appeared in The Bakersfield Californian this year, listing Taft as one of the 50 worst places to live. I responded with a Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: How Taft landed among the worst cities list," Feb. 21). My piece focused on a number of issues including a lack of a…

In the beginning large American corporations sent good-paying, value-added jobs overseas. These past 25 years, real wages for full-time male workers are basically unchanged. However, the banking system has stood by ready to expand consumer credit so that American families can at least borrow…

Tex was what he was called by the people where he finally found a home. Tigger was his first name, but there was no way to know that as the people who owned him for two years moved out and left him in the cul-de-sac to fend for himself.

Some of you that are too young to know, libraries were the warm place in winter or cool place in summer mom would drop us off for a few hours — where learning and reading was the idea, but enjoying a story telling or a clown doing his tricks, magic and other amusing things were also availabl…

A recent Community Voices article contained commonly held myths about homelessness that are not supported by the facts ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Taking drastic measures is necessary with homeless problem," June 30). The most widely held myth is the idea that many homeless persons prefer the lifest…

Who runs the United States? We are told that "the people" run the country through their votes for our elected representatives. Really? We have seen presidents elected by an obsolete electoral system in spite of losing the popular vote by a large margin. Neither major party seems anxious to g…

In the election season before us, we will hear the phrase “white privilege” on the lips of progressive politicians and thinkers. They will endite the America of today, citing racial prejudice as one of our greatest problems. In reality, progressives who use this rallying cry are living in th…

Two important groups will find this story relevant to their daily lives: employers needing competent, experienced and responsible employees, and competent, experienced, responsible people with wrinkles who want to work in our country’s economy that needs their skills but is haunted by bias a…

We charge you, King George, with “a long train of abuses” designed to “establish an absolute tyranny over these states.” Our 1776 Declaration of Independence was also a Declaration of Defiance, detailing the high crimes and misdemeanors of a tyrannical despot. The king was accused of “obstru…

We’re getting gender language all balled up: biological binary sex at birth as determined by x and y sex chromosome combinations (XX female, XY male); felt gender identity when one senses one’s femaleness or maleness whenever and however that may occur; one’s decision about what to call him/…

One of the better 30 minutes of my life was spent talking with one of my favorite old time baseball players Hall of Famer Cool Papa Bell, aka James Thomas Bell. We met at a baseball show in Las Vegas in 1985, six years before his death.

As I read about several politicians talking about how this country needs to cancel all student debt, at first I thought, “That would be nice. I have plenty of student loans.” Upon thinking more about this, though, I know this would not be the right thing to do. I then thought about other sit…

The city of Bakersfield has more money than ever before to handle local affairs. The increase in funds can be attributed in large part to the November 2018 passage of Measure N, a local general sales tax measure that projected a growth upwards of $50 million annually.

As a health professional living, working and raising my family in the valley, I care deeply about how our environment impacts our health. I am particularly interested in how air quality affects my patients with lung conditions. In order to improve our patients’ lung health, we must also addr…

As I reflected on three recent Community Voices pieces by faculty at Bakersfield College and Bakersfield College’s highlighting of building of bridges between groups as part of the Gandhi 150th celebration, I took another look at BC’s core values and the three-year strategic directions. Whil…

Women’s March Kern County is proud to have led the many voices who pushed the Bakersfield City Council to address the glaring absence of female representation on the Measure N Oversight Committee. We want to thank the other female-led organizations who joined us: Latina Leaders of Kern Count…