When I read the editorial pages of the Bakersfield Californian, I'm reminded of the ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes. For those of you unfamiliar with Greek philosophers, Diogenes is best known for holding a lantern to the faces of his fellow Athenians while claiming to be searching for a…

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The recent public meeting on homelessness, hosted by the Kern County Board of Supervisors, outlined a tremendous plan for the next 10 years. Yet, something was missing. Or better yet, thousands of someones! This is not the first 10-year plan.

It was disheartening to read recent articles on the increasing cost of curbside recycling in Bakersfield. With a flurry of excitement and activism, curbside recycling was ushered in over a decade ago. The community supported this type of environmental stewardship from our leadership, and it …

Nothing is more important to parents than their child's safety. With school starting up this week throughout metro Bakersfield and Kern County's public schools, preventing danger, especially gun attacks in schools and on children, are subjects of concern among political leaders, school distr…

I have few thoughts on the Community Voices piece by Mark A Martinez (“Community Voices: Trump-Putin, Making America Great Again?” July 30).

I am not a monk. While I admire Thomas Merton and St. Benedict’s Rule, I wear jeans, not a robe, and I live in a condominium complex, not a monastery. And, of course, wear no hair shirt nor chant in the early morning.

The refrain teachers here more frequently is that students are unmotivated, undisciplined, detached and disrespectful. Yet, there are those teachers who see promise in all students, who refrain from teachers’ lounge bashings, remain optimistic, and are able to ignite in their students a desi…

In her venomous attack against “leftist liberals,” Brenda Sutton ("Community Voices: Just walk away from the Democratic Party," Aug. 3) asks “right-thinking” folks to join the “walk away” movement and leave the Democratic Party.

On March 30, 2019, the United Kingdom will find itself sovereign once again. Too much media fretting has been centered on the terms of the deal; but it will result as all deals do: with some people pleased with the outcome, others terribly unsatisfied and most unsure of what just happened.

For well over a year now, we have been inundated with inconsistent rhetoric centering on immigration, immigration policies and on immigrants themselves. For example: All undocumented immigrants will be deported. Then … Only those who participate in criminal behavior will be sent back. DACA (…

The Bakersfield Californian’s Aug. 1 story ("Forest Service proposes to thin out woods near Frazier Park") about two proposed logging projects in the Los Padres National Forest in southern Kern County leaves out several important details about why these projects won’t work to protect communi…

I’m a farm worker rights activist, and founder and board member for Pick Justice and California Farm Workers & Families – which means I work on behalf of the thousands of agricultural workers that harvest the food which comes to your table every night. My family and I are fortunate to pl…

I can sympathize with Mark Quinn's need for hope in today's world ("Community Voices: An absence of hope in society," July 28). But similar conditions have existed since civilization began.

Time passes, they say, when you’re having fun. I must be having a great time, because the Levan Institute of Bakersfield College is now beginning its 11th year of operation, and it feels like we just started.

A small college at the edge of the San Joaquin Valley with an ambitious building plan became a cautionary lesson this summer. Last week, beams were still exposed when Taft college officials terminated California Averland Construction, the general contractor building a $12 million student center.

We admire Socrates as a fearless, relentless seeker of truth. Yet if, today, he were to walk among us again, interrogating us as we take our morning stroll, shop, hang out in public places and leave places of worship, we, no doubt, would be impatient, irritated, offended and angry.

Bakersfield is home to some incredible people, including musicians, athletes, activists, community leaders and more, and similarly, Bakersfield College is home to some incredible Renegades.

The heresy thought of the day is about the “booming economy.” Proponents generally point to the historically low unemployment rate as the predominate evidence.

When I tell people I teach sixth graders, I always get that same look of “Oh… I’m so sorry. Twelve-year-olds aren’t like, even humans at that age”. And yes, they may be a little stinky at times, also hormonal, as well as self-centered. But many overlook the amazing qualities that these young…

California state and local governments face more than $770 billion (market value) in unfunded liabilities for public employee retirement benefits while reporting it to be $243 billion. This amounts to $19,731 per person for each of its 38 million citizens, or $60,000 per household.

Hope is an essential element of the human condition. Without it, nothing much matters. I'm not referring to worldly hope such as "I hope my team wins". I'm talking about spiritual hope. The hope that only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I read with interest the article about tree planting in Bakersfield, "Breathe in, breathe out: Bakersfield trees do more than just suck up water," which appeared in the July 23 issue of TBC.

After reading many of the Letters to the Editor, it is clear from the words and the tone that there is a very heavy negative opinion about President Trump. I gather that those of a different view have viewed it prudent not to write. From the look of it, they might reason, why invite the like…

Stephen Moore’s article ("How Trump can lower drug prices," July 21) makes the statement that "drug prices are too high." He then asks the question, "Compared to what?" He answers his own question by saying "compared to not having them at all" and gives sob story examples.

A year and a half ago I wrote that the “stable” world we’ve known since the end of World War II was on its way out. I explained that after Russia manipulated the 2016 U.S. presidential election, influenced the Brexit referendum, and then tried to move elections throughout Europe that Vladimi…

Recent events show that civility in our society has taken such a toxic turn that it threatens to match or even surpass the unrest of the late 1960s, when a rebellion against morality began and has worsened ever since.

As many of us juggle our busy schedules with work, school, play, few of us really know the famous names that once graced this grand structure. If only the walls could talk, what a story they would tell.

Over the past year, a fight over water has quietly simmered behind the scenes in Sacramento and throughout the Central Valley. The stakes couldn’t be higher as the outcome will have widespread implications for residents and water rights holders statewide.

Back in my college days, I took a class in Advanced Semantics while working on my master’s degree in Chinese history at the same time.

In 1982, as President Ronald Reagan proposed to add the equivalent of a 5 cent per gallon tax increase, he noted that the "cost to the average motorist will be small, but the benefit to our transportation system will be massive." That observation captures the choice that Proposition 6 places…

A Prussian General once wrote, “War is Politics by other means.” Today the flip side, “Politics is war by other means” applies when looking at our potential tariff war with China and our allies.

The California Community College system plays a fundamental role in preparing our communities for the future that we collectively want and need. In 2017, the Public Policy Institute of California reported that “California needs 1.1 Million more workers with bachelor’s degrees by 2030 to keep…

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…

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.