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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.

In a visit to Grace Cathedral eight years ago, Bishop Desmond Tutu gave a call for reaching across political, socio-economic and religious divides, proclaiming, “We are all agents of transfiguration. Go forth and transform your personal relationships, your community, your world, so it become…

The latest Where We Live installment was wonderful, very well-written and highly accurate, from my perspective, as a resident of Baker Street during the 1930s and 40s (“WHERE WE LIVE: In Old Town Kern, renowned restaurants and pervasive homelessness are side by side,” March 24). However, the…

Suicide. A terrifying, endlessly sad word. One that makes the abstraction of death so real, a sharp slap to the deepest part of our minds and hearts.

The recent disclosure of illegal means to gain acceptance to elite colleges and universities has evoked memories of my experience as a parent of college-bound children, and my own experience as an applicant and student.

Along with the rest of our community, nation and the world, Women's March Kern County is shocked and horrified by the senseless massacre of innocent people in Christchurch, New Zealand, as they peaceably gathered to worship in their local mosques March 15. We add our voices to the chorus of …

“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.” That is how one of the greatest minds of all time described Mohandas K. Gandhi. That person was Albert Einstein, who was unquestionably the foremost leader in the philosophy of science.

“You run this town as long as people think you run it. They stop thinking it, and you stop running it.” A memorable line from the Coen brothers’ movie “Miller’s Crossing.” The opening scene is worth the price of admission. A meeting between an Italian mobster and an Irish mob boss, with the …

CSUB has always been a steward and champion of our neighborhood, even before Bakersfield grew out to meet us in what was then the far southwest. This is our home. And, like our friends and fellow southwest Bakersfield residents, we care deeply about what happens in our home.

Oildale residents have had it. I recently attended a community meeting in the area, and the residents are simply fed up. They are tired of the homelessness, crime and drugs rampant on their streets. After the issues at the skatepark (located on Airport Drive), I believe I can articulate some…

The California Healthy Kids Survey is an anonymous, confidential survey administered to students in grades five, seven, nine and 11. The survey illuminates the strengths and areas of need for K-12 schools in terms of climate, student safety and wellness and youth resiliency.

Scottish essayist, philosopher, historian and economist David Hume (1711-1776) was way ahead of his time when he wrote that man was guided essentially by feelings, with reason catching up and rationalizing all things human. We like to think of ourselves as logical rational creatures, but the…

We are living in a time where gender roles are being re-examined by society at large. There is a lot of negativity being brought to light by the #MeToo movement, and many people are questioning societal roles and gender norms in the 21st century. Not to discredit any movement that we are wit…

The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis. On Feb. 23, The Californian ran an article describing the effects in Kern County and, specifically, east Bakersfield and the Kern River Valley (“ROBERT PRICE: Opioids are already killing us, and now look what’s coming”).

Opponents of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to bring California into the transportation 21st century by building a modern, true high-speed rail (HSR) system are chortling over his successor’s decision to hold the line to one connecting Bakersfield and Merced for now.

The Wendy Wayne Ethics Awards were founded to honor the legacy of Wendy Wayne, a Cal State Bakersfield alumna and ethical leader. In Wendy’s name, the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSUB continues to honor and recognize the ethical leadership and achievements of Bakersfield community members …

Editor's note: TBC Media seeks to support the efforts of local young people interested in journalism careers. Thus, we are sharing this student's efforts to further her education in this field.I am a student at Maricopa High School and a Kern County native.

I recently saw a meme as I scrolled through my social media feed that read: “Have you ever noticed ... That people won’t take time to look up important information, but they’ll spend fifteen minutes taking a quiz to find out what kind of potato they are?” I laughed because it reminded me tha…

I have been following the Jussie Smollett case extensively in the news and on social media. He is an actor from the show “Empire” that has now been charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. He may also face federal charges for the fake letter he sent …

A recent article (“Arvin, Taft, Cal City make 50-worst places to live list,” Feb. 8) listed Taft as the 42nd worst city to live in out of 50. I would not venture to say it is one of the worst places to live by far, but I feel it’s struggling to stay afloat economically coupled with a lack of…

We have been here before, this time of political division and turmoil. Yet, because we live in the present, we tend to think of it as unique, but it’s a recurring part of human history.

The column written by Bryant Baker (“Iconic landscapes threatened by drilling and fracking proposal,” Jan. 27) was in serious need of some “fact checking.” It was so far off base that I am surprised The Californian published it.

Peddling green works. After watching Budweiser's 2019 Superbowl commercial-- the Clydesdales racing through wheat fields on Tejon Ranch, with wind turbines turning serenely in the background--I couldn't help but think, "Maybe Bud isn't so bad after all."

I confess, except for a few items like the latest New York abortion law, I’m not paying much attention to the news these days. I’ve concluded, “Why make myself perpetually angry about things I can’t change or do much about?”

First, let me express my sincere congratulations to the excellent individuals that were selected to serve on the Bakersfield Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure N. There were so very many excellent applicants, it was difficult for the City Council to select among them.