Hands down, one of the best ever columns ("California needs nurses more than ever," July 30). Here we have the heart of not only Bakersfield, but California itself. She covers all bases, without prejudices. She has risen above politics and brought her heart back to her roots, not taking the easy way out. A true citizen, graduate and most of all, woman of integrity! God bless you, Delali Ladzekpo.

I'm inspired today, and I thank you.

Sandee Foreshee, Bakersfield