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As a Kern County resident, I’ve been trying to weigh the economic benefits of the recent fracking proposal. I want to see good jobs fuel a strong economy. And as someone who depends on Kern County’s natural beauty to make a living, I want to make ensure any expanding sector is, at the very l…

I have noticed that the ongoing discussion about the stickers that have shown up at Bakersfield College has not been focused on an analysis of the message communicated by the two slogans that have offended some. In our current political debate there is a tendency to substitute labels (i.e wh…

My colleagues at Bakersfield College, Matthew Garrett and Andrew Bond, debate the significance of stickers reading “Smash Cultural Marxism” and “Never Apologize for Being White” ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Stickers on BC's campus," May 19; "COMMUNITY VOICES: The problematic nature behind the sticker…

I just finished the Mueller report, all 400-plus pages of it. I admit that parts of it were a slow slog and I didn’t understand all the legal technicalities. But I understood enough to know that President Trump was lying again when he tweeted and continues to repeat “No Collusion. No Obstruc…

The Mayor’s Trophy went to Payton Renz of Liberty High for her leadership, athletic performance, scholarship and community service. Kudos to her. Well done, kiddo. So why are we so critical about Bakersfield?

In the 1970s, a task force was created to go through old California laws with the intent to rescind laws and regulations that either no longer make sense or are now outdated.

Building bridges between opposing groups takes commitment by both groups to take the time needed to build the trust that is key to humanizing the other group. One of the first steps in intentional trust-building that enables dialogue to occur is to learn about the interests that the other gr…

As my colleague Dr. Matthew Garrett wrote in a Community Voices piece last week, recent vandalism featuring stickers that instruct their readers to "Smash Cultural Marxism" and "Never Apologize for Being White" has appeared at Bakersfield College ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Stickers on BC's campus,"…

I attended an all-male Jesuit high school 60 years ago. At that time there was almost no social awareness concerning sexual predators in the priesthood. There was one priest on the faculty who had a reputation for being too touchy-feely, and the general consul was to keep your distance. Many…

A couple months ago, my 4-year-old daughter started coughing and wheezing during the night. These weren’t the coughs of a small kid getting over a cold or the flu, but rather full on bronchial attacks that would slightly choke her of air and last for minutes sometimes.

Shame on the Kern High School District for not supporting the science teacher who appeared in adult films. Do any district employees, especially those who accepted her resignation, ever view this type of online content? Do any of the parents who complained about her?

The lack of teacher diversity in the Kern High School District hurts all of our students. It is hurting students of color who often have teachers who do not understand their life experiences and our white students who leave high school unprepared for the diverse university and work environme…

I have been a pastor's wife for 35 years, I was sexually abused by a family friend over 59 years ago and I have known and worked closely with Monsignor Craig Harrison on many occasions while holding the position of executive director of Kern County Right to Life, dating as far back to 2001.

Last Friday, the Trump Administration increased the tariff from 10 percent to 25 percent on a large number of goods China exports to the United States. Contrary to what President Trump has stated repeatedly in public, this cost is not absorbed by China, but rather, by every American consumer…

In a country riven with discord, an older philosopher, Sophia, lives in a small one-bedroom apartment in a modest neighborhood in the city of Splendiforous, the capital of Capitalisma, a democracy known for its material abundance, cheerful consuming and addiction to the latest technology.

In 2014, I was given a multiple diagnosis of MCTD (a form of lupus) arthritis in my knees and to top it off, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), another autoimmune disease which causes the bony plates in the spine to grow and fuse the vertebrae together. It also causes a constant pain in the sciati…

Now that the ridiculous project to construct two five-story CSUB off-campus dormitories at the intersection of Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road (the busiest intersection in Bakersfield) has been beaten back by a grassroots effort of local residents, one wonders what will be next on the agen…

Day of the Teacher is celebrated on the second Wednesday of May in accordance with California legislation and the education code. In 1982 the California Teachers Association and the Association of Mexican American Educators sponsored an Assembly Bill proclaiming the Day of the Teacher patter…

This year, our global community celebrates 150th years of Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy. Because of this, I am excited to announce and invite our local community to an amazing show that bridges the story of Gandhi with the incredible culture, music, dance and spirit of India right here at the Home…

In the interest of background, in the early 1930s at the outbreak of the Great Depression many banks failed when too many depositors came looking for their money at the same time. This was a predictable consequence of the fractional reserve banking system, a scheme that is dominant to this d…

The terrorist attack in Sri Lanka last week was the largest of its kind since Sept. 11. Many of us were lulled into thinking that the defeat of ISIS in Syria and the pause in large-scale bombings across the world portended a steady and inevitable decline in the allure of radicalized Islam.

When I was 9-years-old, someone had to tell me that my aunt, whom I loved more than I can express, passed away. My parents were at a loss. They turned to Monsignor Craig Harrison, then Father Craig.

The photo of the Chabad rabbi tending to his congregation despite his wounds and exhorting all humanity to embrace the light and fight hatred attests to his courage and resolve. The tragic death of a longstanding member of the Chabad community in protecting him from further injury demonstrat…

“Come to camp this summer” is on a poster touting the activities at camp and inviting teenagers to apply. This might evoke images of mountain lakes, boating, fishing, sandy beaches, hiking, sleeping bags and smores around the campfire. At the annual encampment for the Devil Pups Youth Progra…

“You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have tried everything else,” said Sir Winston Churchill.

Poetry has many faces, many voices. It ranges from the sacred to the humorous, the serious to the sensuous, the everyday to the far away. From the 23rd Psalm to “The Cat in the Hat.” From Shakespeare’s sonnets to Bob Dylan’s lyrics. From hymns to rap. Poetry speaks to us with many voices. Th…

This year, the Bakersfield Women’s Conference celebrates 30 years. If we dare to be honest, being a woman in business or positions of power, especially in Bakersfield, hasn’t historically been the easiest achievement. But women in Bakersfield have found their place, and workshops offered at …

Last year the Jess Nieto Memorial Conference inaugurated a formal reflection on Nieto’s legacy, one of Bakersfield’s finest internationalists, entrepreneurs, civil rights and educational leaders in context of the 50th anniversary of the Chicano student blowouts, a youthful 1968 movement dema…

Your article on Clinica Sierra Vista’s CEO was poorly researched, one-sided and downright irresponsible ("Why former Clinica board member is accusing CEO of taking company down wrong path," April 17).

Right after Easter last year, I traveled to Washington, D.C., and visited several of our nation’s capital's famous sites. I was amazed to discover how many of the buildings and monuments in Washington contained quotations from the Bible and references to the Christian faith.