On May 12, I was walking/jogging on the bike path, which has become my twice-a-week ritual and I witnessed some very low-class behavior that I thought was unthinkable in Bakersfield.

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I've had enough! Yes, Black lives matter, but so do all lives regardless of color. There is no special consideration for lives. We're all here together and everyone's life is important.

Just read in the May 12 Bakersfield Californian that a newly proposed $10 million solar plant will cover 110 acres, to be heavily subsidized by taxpayers, with a capability to recharge electric batteries of 12 trucks overnight (after sunset?), and supercharge two trucks in only 30 minutes (s…

I am 92 years young, and the widow of a World War II veteran. I have been voting faithfully for more than 70 years, and I have NEVER, EVER, seen our country in the state it's in now. I find myself crying when I see the division and the anger and the hate.

I am disappointed in the editorial for not opposing motorized vehicle use on our equestrian trails. E-bikes are not compatible with horses, like water and oil.

Well “my Kevin” has shown that the only thing he is concerned with is a desire for title and whatever power comes with it. He has shown he will lower his moral and ethical standards to whatever level he must to get back his majority position. He has shown he is not afraid to lie, show no reg…

I remember when Democrats were Democrats and Republicans were Republicans. At 65 years of age, I remember when Democrats were for the blue collar worker, creating jobs, putting people to work, minimizing money for those that chose to not work, and was adamantly opposed to abortion. I remembe…

The picture of the South High Spartans school flag brought back wonderful memories. I attended Michigan State University 1954-1958 where I became an MSU Spartan. The campus is large and the entrance to the stadium holds a large roundabout with a 9’9” statue of a Spartan soldier. We called hi…

Emma Gallegos' article about the upcoming high school boundary changes was well done. It was balanced to express different stakeholders’ opinions. It appears, however, that the Laurelglen neighborhood does not have a voice. With two high school-aged sons and one coming, the Kern High School …

I have a pit in my stomach. The Kevin McCarthy lead vote to oust Liz Cheney for telling the truth has changed the way history will look at the Republican Party, Trump, and everything to do with this horrible action. Every one of you in Congress that voted to oust her should be ashamed at the…

Kevin McCarthy rents a penthouse in Washington, D.C., from one of his billionaire political donors. He’s very much out of touch with his average constituent here in California. His two-faced approach to politics is revolting. One day he says something and, if Trump doesn’t like it, he’s back…

I’m pretty certain that if Liz Cheney and I sat down for a cup of coffee, we would agree on very little. However, I would happily pay for her coffee to honor her integrity.

This article ("Draft building code urges more electric, less gas," May 10) refers to the push by some to have new homes use electricity instead of natural gas. While that change may be part of the change needed to get away from fossil fuels, it is not clear everyone wants to make the leap now.

Our ancestors got us here somehow! They left us inborn traits and potentials developed and built into our DNA over many thousands of years. We are what came before us. None of us can change our past. No two of us are alike.

In February I paid off the mortgage on one of my properties. I was told that I would receive a letter verifying this. I did not receive such letter and it has now become necessary so I started the process to get the letter. I went to the website to get this and started having problems.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has integrity, guts, experience, and is a true conservative. I call on all fellow Republicans to heed her clarion call to return to the true foundation of the party.

I concur with Dick Taylor's article on the need for a new Veterans Administration facility in Bakersfield. It's a shame that the same people who stopped us from getting a new facility the last time are at it again. These 100 lawyers or whatever they call themselves, who filed the lawsuit, ar…

Simone Weil was a French philosopher who died in England during the Second World War. She had, with her parents, fled France after Hitler’s occupation.

I continue to be amazed by the audacity of our illustrious congressman, Kevin McCarthy. In one of his latest social media posts he promotes the restaurant aid program created by the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, the same one he voted against. He called the American Rescue Plan “sociali…

The Bakersfield Californian article, “South High, in move away from controversial mascot, will become the Spartans,” (May 8) was an exercise in delicious irony. In the summer of 2020, millions of Americans watched in consternation as the Orwellian cultural purging of words, names, statues an…

Trump sells. That’s why the media obsesses over him. The media doesn’t want us to forget about Trump because that would mean decreased readership, viewership, and therefore decreased revenue.

This letter is written to express my concern about how Rep. Kevin McCarthy is behaving as the leader of the GOP representatives in the U.S. House. What he has done and continues to do along with his GOP colleagues undermines our Democratic Republic and Constitution. His, and their, support o…

Congratulations to South High School for the announcement of their new mascot the SPARTANS!!! It took courage and dedication on the part of the committee to come up with an uplifting emblem by which their school community will now be identify.

On Jan. 13, Rep. Kevin McCarthy stated in a fine speech that former President Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6 insurrection. He was right, and I applaud his standing up for truth and for our country. He perceived soon after that Trump is still the head of the GOP in the eyes of many and …

Today I took my wife to a restaurant known for its sizzling steaks. We haven't been eating in restaurants for almost a year. I noticed the prices for various entrées located on the wall had increased significantly in the past year. We ordered our selections and were seated. Looking at our re…

Back in 1954, we had Joseph McCarthy making outrageous allegations. Today we have Donald Trump making outrageous allegations. It was Joseph Welch, an attorney at one of Joseph McCarthy's hearings, who said, "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

The Bakersfield Californian provided a service by publishing this excellent letter by Everett Amburn ("Give people a choice of energy sources," April 29). The bill mentioned is H.R. 2307, which will put an increasing fee on fossil fuels and return the money to people equally as a dividend.

Today, the conscience of the nation and the eyes of the world await the sentencing of Derek Chauvin by Judge Peter A. Cahill for the murder of George Perry Floyd. Forty-four years ago, on May 5, 1977, Jose Campos Torres died at the hands of police in Houston Texas. He was beaten by a group o…

The story of the police canine killed by a suspect saddened me. These dogs are highly trained and are valued at $10,000 to $20,000. They give their life for their handler. They often live in their homes and play with the children.

We certainly know a lot about what has happened in the past years, and one of the causes, as Alex Wigglesworth says, is that “Rising temperatures mean more precipitation is falling as rain rather than as snow, and the snowpack is melting earlier in the year, leading to fire seasons that star…

I have been approached rather regularly of late regarding installing solar panels on my house (which, at this time, I prefer not to do). I have been given all sorts of promo information, trying to convince me that there is no cost, which I consider a false claim, since I doubt very seriously…

A recent article ("Plan to thin out the forest on Mount Pinos draws opposition," April 12) reminds us once again of how our government disrespects and ignores the historical significance and importance of sacred landmarks to Native American tribes.

Every year, the skies get darker, the air gets thicker, and Californian lungs deteriorate. The common perpetrator: climate change. As a state, we are already making a fundamental difference in paving a greener future but we must continue to build on our momentum before we run out of time to do so.

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to end all fracking and oil exploration as recently stated in John Cox's April 23 article, "Newsom orders end to fracking in California by 2024, work toward phasing out all in-state oil production by 2045."

Living in Bakersfield and Kern County has a sense of pride, especially in California. For outsiders, they can’t imagine living in a place like this since we are not a big city. Instead, we are agriculture, the oil industry and a diverse city. It gives you a feeling of a big city, but at the …

Can we meet the cops halfway on this project? Across the country, we all know by now that police are reengineering their training departments and as much as we'd like to see change overnight, it takes time to implement it. I'm hoping that Bakersfield can stay out of the headline news with ev…