Thursday’s Community Voices article ("Certified healthy additions to Kern County") caught my eye. Matt Constantine, director of public health for Kern County, always serves up solid public health advice. To help us all make healthier choices, Constantine announced Kern County Public Health i…

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Helmet use may seem like an obvious decision to prevent head injuries while cycling, but there are many who contend that helmets may actually increase the likelihood of cyclist injuries on the road.

On June 27, Assemblyman Rudy Salas informed President Christian of the exciting news: Gov. Brown had just signed the 2018-2019 California state budget which specifically allocated $1 million to Bakersfield College’s workforce development programs. Assemblyman Salas has always been a champion…

Kern County is a wonderful place to live and work. Summer mornings in Kern County are a great time to get outside and move. Walk, garden, ride a bike, talk to neighbors, jog - whatever it takes, just move. Summer evenings are also a terrific time to eat at many of our local, healthy restaura…

The last time I rode the GET bus regularly was in high school. I would ride from downtown to East Hills mall. I recently re-discovered public transportation in Bakersfield.

Right now there are more than 1,000 people living on the streets of Kern County. These homeless members of our community are often ostracized, ignored and left hiding in the shadows with little access to the things you and I may take for granted, including health care.

Last week I reread Franz Kafka’s "The Metamorphosis." Later that night I took a walk on the beach, then stood by the shore for a little while and looked out at the nighttime ocean. I was on vacation with my family at my grandparent’s beach house in Carpinteria. A few days later we returned h…

The Viewpoint article submitted by Jennifer Burger in the July 2 edition of the Bakersfield Californian encouraged everyone to pick up after themselves when using public parks. This is great advice. Cleaning up your trash before leaving the park is a great way for the next family to have a g…

There are 47 traditional public-school districts and 11 incorporated cities in Kern County with employees represented by various public-sector unions. The County of Kern administers nine contracts with unions representing its employees. Plus, Kern is home to multiple state prisons each run b…

Even though many don’t care to admit it, there are tremendous benefits to large and consistent levels of immigration. In fact, most of the negative impacts of immigration to the United States are on older immigrant populations and individuals with less than a high school diploma: a shrinking…

Twenty two school shootings in 4 1/2 months this year. When will the madness end? Of course the usual simple minded reasons will be trotted out by religious conservatives: It's all because the Bible and prayer has been removed from the schools and the Ten Commandments are prohibited from our…

President Donald Trump has lately declared his desire to send an armed force into space, around planet Earth. He would call it the United States Space Force—a sixth armed force, after the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.

Trump and team have declared “zero tolerance for unlawful immigration.” How ‘bout if all Americans, regardless of political persuasion, in unison declared “zero tolerance for any more lies” and then stopped letting anyone on Trump’s team get away with them.

From time to time someone suggests renaming the Bakersfield federal courthouse for former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, who grew up in east Bakersfield. The most recent was columnist Robert Price, who on asked for reasons to oppose that proposal ("Sound Off: House speaker or …

Past concerns have arisen regarding Wal-Mart employees, and recently employees at Amazon, having to rely on SNAP benefits. In April 2018, The Intercept released a study concerning employees at Amazon being reliant on food stamps (SNAP) benefits. Exploring the data from 2014 to 2017, the stud…

What makes a community safe? For low-income families, safety is not about sheriffs and prisons. Here in Kern County, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office is one of the deadliest and most dangerous police forces in the country, according to investigations by the American Civil Liberties Union and…

The recent blockbuster film "Incredibles 2" depicts a family of superheroes. Once again, they save the day. But people enjoy super-heroes not only in the world of entertainment, but in the political world as well.

A tip of the hat to The Californian’s opinion staff is in order for its editorial about improving the Veterans Administration ("Honor heroes by improving VA," Our View, May 27). But I have a suggestion regarding this statement: “If we truly value the sacrifices made by our brave military, we…

California’s liberal lawmakers insist efforts to force our public universities into the abortion business are motivated by only the most noble of reasons. If they have their way, all UC and CSU student health centers will be required to provide medical abortions by 2022.

My sister Judy found out that her two sons had been present at a schoolyard fight. They denied involvement. Not good enough to her! She chewed them out throughly and unforgettably on the grounds that if you’re there and breathing the same air, you’re involved and responsible, too.

If Kim Jong Un sat in our nation’s Oval Office, he’d be planning exactly the same flamboyant parade down Pennsylvania Avenue (past the Kim — now Trump -- International Hotel) that our current White House occupant wants to see rumbling down Pennsylvania Avenue this coming Veterans Day.

During my 26 years as the city manager of Bakersfield, the community has weathered several economic cycles. During the downturns, we rightsized the budget and continued to provide the quality levels of service expected by residents. Staff had previously never approached the City Council rega…

It was encouraging to see so many young people exercising their fledgling political wings with rallies around the world this spring, but we should be cautioned that all that passion without equal stores of understanding and judgment can easily go nowhere.

When we think of successful marriages, we often wonder about the ingredients that help couples achieve such feats. The givens in these relationships are seemingly obvious: trust, loyalty, respect, interest and anything else that positively contributes.

In his May 29 Community Voices article on our “unhealthy society,” retired Bakersfield educator David Keranen joins a small but vocal set of elites who've waged an ongoing battle with the rest of us populists on a variety of societal ills.

I am an Erskine fire survivor. Some of you may recall an article that was posted back in October 2016, "What Happened to the Erskine Fire Fund?" I wrote it after funds of $200,000 were reportedly donated to the fire victims.

Hart Memorial Park, commonly know as simply Hart Park, is located just north of Bakersfield. The park is 370 acres and contains two lakes and three canals. It was named after Kern County County Supervisor John Hart, who spearheaded the park's development. Constructed between 1921 and 1936, i…

The implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in the Kern High School District, and the role of the Dolores Huerta Foundation in filing a lawsuit that was settled last year has recently come under attack. Teachers and counselors have beaten the drum about an increase i…

While the vast majority of people in our state can depend on safe drinking water coming out of their taps, the fact that even a small percentage of their fellow Californians lack what most of us take for granted is inexcusable.