The term “cloture” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution. But it is a tradition that goes back many years. Established in 1917, it’s a requirement that the Senate needs a three-fifths vote to move legislation forward in that legislative body. It was also the rule to approve federal judges…

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Drug addiction is killing people just like you and me: fellow image bearers of God who are moms, dads, uncles, aunts, daughters and sons. From February 2018 to February 2019 alone, 69,000 people died of drug overdoses. This problem has grown markedly worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Month…

A bipartisan infrastructure bill will soon reach the Senate floor. The proposal for much-needed improvements to roads and bridges, flood protection, clean water, and universal broadband was crafted by hardworking Republicans and Democrats with the blessing of President Biden. Perhaps there i…

Every guy, until the compulsory military draft ended in 1973, except those with a special exemption, faced a minimum two-year military hitch serving their country. Directly out of high school or college we all got our induction notices before the month of our graduation ended. For me, I rece…

Are you tired of the scorching heat every summer? Yeah, me too. Are you tired of dozens of forest fires destroying trees, homes, and sometimes towns? Yeah, me too. Well, get used to it, climate change is here and it's real.

Millions of Americans joined friends, families and neighbors to celebrate our nation's Independence Day. This year's Independence Day took on additional meaning marking the first time in more than a year and a half that we could gather free of restrictions, social distancing and the looming …

“The shot heard 'round the world” not only began the American dream of independence and self government, but it began a worldwide movement toward self-determination that continues to this day.

The Central Valley, in particular Kern County, grows much of the food that feeds the nation and produces energy that fuels every aspect of our economy. California depends on Kern County-produced energy to electrify the grid, giving power to the state’s schools, hospitals and homes. Yet, the …

I woke up early this morning to various text messages on my phone. After doing my best to wake up immediately to look through them, I came to a quick realization that I cannot get it together as quickly as I once did when I was coming up through the ranks and fighting fire.

Robert Price’s report (April 17) on the fascinating life and death of Dr. Gerald Haslam was excellent. As a world-class author and university professor, Haslam never forgot his roots in Oildale, Price commented.

The Great American Experiment began July 4, 1776. Taxation without representation provided the initial thrust to the fueled passions, unleashing expansive dreams of human emancipation across the globe. The Declaration of Independence aimed to put human rights on a pedestal: “We hold these tr…

Events are often reminders and metaphors for what happens in life. The sudden, unanticipated, shocking collapse of the high rise condo building in Miami is one of these reminders, one that is vivid and terrifying. A reminder of how unforeseen and abruptly life can end. A reminder that we sho…

In early July 1776, the Continental Congress declared its Independence from the British on behalf of our 13 colonies. It was a defining moment in our American history, and we still have so much to celebrate on this 245th birthday of the most unique and unparalleled experiment in human govern…

A recent article on the possibility of capturing carbon dioxide in Kern County was refreshing. Virtue-signaling by extremists on the left has created a dark green future reflected not only in extreme green policies, but also in actual darkness which will be brought upon the world. But, your …

On a recent morning I arrived at our office in downtown Bakersfield to find the driver’s side window bashed in on a pickup truck. This pickup truck was scheduled to be towed to the dealership that morning to have the catalytic convertor and transmission oil pan replaced after the convertor w…

California is home to one of the nation’s most vibrant small business communities. The good folks who own and operate these companies are just now beginning to pick up the pieces following the economic destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Government-mandated lockdowns brought many…

In 2019, a Bakersfield Californian editorial with the headline “Assemblyman Fong vs. secretive bureaucrats” highlighted the all-too-often battle to obtain public records from state agencies. It referenced my introduction of a bipartisan legislative proposal to help Californians hold their st…

Bowing the symbolic knee to “wokism” is the most progressive mandate in this hypersensitive and litigious cancel-culture environment. Racially on its veneer, this is ultimately about absolute power, class warfare and dominating control.

Reading John Pryor’s Community Voices essays provides stark evidence of a key source of our nation’s intense political divide: In an attempt to justify the current GOP, he and others must redefine reality to make it fit their ideological needs. Take his most recent piece (“What really motiva…

As we strive to develop a replacement workforce to continue supporting California’s economy, the Farmworkers Institute of Education & Leadership Development is committed to uplifting the economic prospects of our underserved populations in poor, minority communities. Whether it is develo…

First let me establish a historical perspective. The period from 1909 to 1914 was considered the Golden Age of Agriculture because increasing efficiency in production and high commodity prices resulted in record farm income. However, beginning after World War I and accelerating after 1929 wi…

When I grew up in Detroit, I did not know it was segregated. That its Black residents were kept on the East Side, not allowed into the West Side, where I lived. My neighborhood was white, as were my elementary school and Mackenzie High School where, among other things, I played football. Onc…

When I was preparing to move across the country to start my Ph.D. program, my parents invested in a printer with a flatbed scanner. I was 24 years old at the time. For nearly two decades up to that point, I regularly read and interpreted their mail for them — daily when I lived at home and t…

Achieving peace in our world, whether we’re talking about the global community or even our own “inner circle,” can feel like a daunting challenge at best and, at times, simply impossible. As often happens with endeavors that feel too big to tackle, we shake our heads and simply wish things c…

The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot on Sumner at Baker is about to disappear from our community. With no plans for new development, the Union Pacific is proposing to make yet another vacant lot in an area that doesn’t need more vacant lots. There is no single building in our community that h…

“I solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...” The oath of office for U.S. representatives makes no exceptions for party, political expediency, or pleasing the powerful.

California’s Central Valley has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state and it’s the reason Gov. Gavin Newsom said in his first State of the State Address in 2019 that he was committed to unlocking the enormous potential of the Valley. Coming out of the pandemic, the Central Vall…

In February of this year a freak snowstorm hit the state of Texas. Over 100 people died, some of hypothermia and others from carbon monoxide from autos and generators used carelessly for emergency heat. Why? Because electrical utilities failed. Texas has greatly increased its dependence on r…

Recently, Liz Cheney was removed from her House Republican leadership role because her views that the 2020 election was not stolen and the party needs to move beyond Donald Trump were too far out of the “big tent” described by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Her ouster further cements …

Over the Memorial Day weekend, meat producing giant JBS USA, the country’s top beef producer and second largest pork producer, was hit by a cyberattack, which temporarily shut down its operations. As supplies regain stability, meat prices are expected to increase.

As Americans start returning to normal activities, after the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be getting closer to ending, one must ask, “Where are the extra mental health services that are needed for individuals who experienced mental health issues during the pandemic?”