This month, Americans celebrated Small Business Week. Granted, it’s not one of those major holidays, like Thanksgiving or Christmas. But it is an annual event to celebrate and honor the thousands of small businesses throughout the nation that are the backbone of the U.S. economy.

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I am writing in response to a piece titled: “We need leaders who will shape a better future in the Central Valley” (Sept. 22). The authors of this piece were quick to criticize some of the major economic players who keep the people in this valley working, and I quote, “…will fight the deep-p…

Smart and driven, Dorothy Donahoe was meant for college. But there was no university in a hundred miles of her Kern County home, and her widowed mother needed her. So like thousands of others in her hometown, she put her college dreams away and relied on gumption and grit to make her way in …

You haven’t been able to see it, but our vision for A Better BC is getting closer to a reality while our students and faculty have been away from campus. Whenever our students are able to safely return, they’ll find revitalized and more comforting spaces to learn and grow while completing th…

The future economic prosperity of the Bakersfield-Kern region hinges on a strong change in our economic diversification and our openness and adaptability to this change. This change doesn’t need to be uncomfortable, and if everyone with a vested interest in our region’s success comes togethe…

Doesn’t it seem as if the phrase “public safety” is a joke these days? I’m not talking about the performance of law enforcement; they are doing their jobs as best they can in the face of many hurdles. I support them and thank God that they’re there every single day.

I grew up in east Bakersfield and attended Noble School. In 1977, when my mom was on the Bakersfield City Schools Integration Steering Committee, she learned that my school perfectly reflected the socio-economic, racial and ethnic diversity of Bakersfield.

Permit me a story: A man out walking his dog comes upon a road crew landscaping a newly laid freeway. He watches person No. 1 dig a hole with person No. 2 following to fill it up. Hole after hole is dug and hole after hole is immediately filled. After watching the crew do this a dozen times …

Some issues being raised in the national media regarding the November election may be causing concern among some voters. These issues include increased volume of mail ballots, poll site availability, health and safety of voters and poll workers, as well as availability of results on election…

Given the uncertainties that we’ve all had to experience in 2020, including the COVID-19 pandemic, a financial crisis, a racial justice crisis and wildfires across California, I see it as my duty to make sure that none of my fellow BC Renegades are left behind.

We love to take trips. Sometimes for a vacation to the coast to joyously revel in the cool ocean and its bracing breeze. Sometimes to sightsee a natural wonder, such as the Grand Canyon, or the lights and wonders of a city like Paris with the Eiffel Tower and cafes bubbling with coffee and c…

This is a take on the age old question that older siblings have been pondering forever. Surely the wise and elegant stork that delivered me home is not the same demented or inebriated one that delivered my defective younger brother? So let’s take a look at electric vehicles and where they co…

So, here we are, the city of Bakersfield and the world, in the midst of a horrific pandemic, and the Bakersfield City Council is using its time, efforts and citizens’ tax revenue to modify what has been a perfectly working 102-year-old ordinance.

Americans have endured months of health care fears, societal shutdowns, economic hardship and high-profile race protests. Emotions run high in public and private spheres, and so too have these concerns spilled into Bakersfield College. This year as the administration delivered the Opening Da…

This November, voters will decide the fate of Proposition 25 and whether California embarks on a dangerous experiment using the latest trend in the criminal justice reform movement: eliminating bail. Fortunately for those of us who value public safety, voters — not state politicians — will h…

Growing up, my family and I always watched both the Republican and Democrat conventions. I have kept that practice through the years, and this year was no exception.

Fires are raging throughout the state, driven by dry brush and too little rain. Our air quality, always worrisome at best, continues to rise into dangerous levels, only furthered by the smoke which is filling our air. The simple act of going outside is hazardous to our health. It’s climate c…

I was delighted to see Peter Mancall’s article on the Pilgrims ("Complicated legacy of the Pilgrims finally coming to light," Sept. 5). I had intended to write a similar piece closer to the actual anniversary of the Pilgrim’s arrival, but Mancall beat me to it – and he has more authority as …

When I first learned that my sister had a mental illness, I was shocked. I didn't understand how that could happen. My sister suffered a serious head injury, which led to a mental illness diagnosis. After years of struggling and learning to live with this "new normal," she is now a mental he…

“Up Iwo Jima Hill they battled, 250 men, but only 27 lived, to walk back down again. And when the fight was over, and Old Glory raised, among the men who held it high, was the Indian, Ira Hayes.”

In his recent Community Voices piece, Jorge Barrientos takes to task the illustrious Gregory Porter for his apparent unfamiliarity with the Bakersfield arts scene, but only manages to scratch the surface on the wide range of art endeavors going on in our fair city - with the caveat that all …

This summer saw protests and justified outrage at the death of George Floyd. This is part of a continuing and troubling history of failures in policing systems and racial violence in our country. In the midst of this anger and, in turn, local and national calls for action and reform within p…

After the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the American public is now in the political mean season for the November election. I often wonder if cable and internet news programming is too much information for the average American.

The Green New Deal. New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is credited for “coming up” with this concept lacking in original thought, and apparently she never really studied the consequences of the first New Deal launched by Franklin D. Roosevelt in an attempt to combat the Great De…

At my school, we have a theme for each new academic year. We pick our theme several months ahead of the new school year, so the excitement has time to build. We brainstorm fun ideas for bulletin boards, T-shirts and activities. Across grade levels and various teaching styles, we unify around…

As a former university administrator, I have reviewed a lot of job applications. A typical application consists of a cover letter, a resume and reference letters/phone calls. The cover letter is where applicants argue for why they are the most qualified person for the job. References are peo…

All that we know has been greatly affected by recent events. Across the country, students, teachers, choirs, athletes, families and communities are dealing with many changes, and at Bakersfield College, we’re learning to adapt while ensuring we keep the essence of our community and purpose.

Agnotology. A word first used in 1995 by Robert Proctor, a Stanford professor of history of science. In a nutshell, it is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, and it is particularly related to the publication of misleading or inaccurate facts especially related to scientific d…

Have you ever heard the saying “It’s like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut”? While a sledgehammer will certainly open the nut, it will also smash it to bits when there are better tools for the job. This points to the issue of how we respond to someone who reveals that they are thinking ab…

I sometimes think of the aging process as a form of molting – a shedding of the skin of naivete and the growing of a more educated epidermis. My understanding of the experience of the Black man in America is a good example.

A popular rhetorical gambit of many on the left is that the “march of history” favors their policy proscriptions. According to this “narrative,” their favored prohibitions and directives, reflecting hostility to the American experience, extend the historical progress of humanity, and thus th…

In his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, Joe Biden spoke in black and white terms: “If you trust me with the presidency ... I will be an ally of the light, not the dark… United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America.”