There is no point in arguing whether Donald Trump had sexual relations with his many accusers or not. Even if it is discovered and proven incontestably he did, there will remain a sizable contingent which will to their last days insist differently.

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Yes, another school shooting, this one at a Texas high school. Now we will be asking each other why, knowing all along "it's the gun stupid" — but then this is a common affliction in conservative states and in places like Kern County. 

I, like many of you who reside in the state of California, have probably received a mail-in ballot that was once reserved for citizens. For those of us who live in Kern County and other conservative leaning enclaves in this state, it would be prudent for you to make a copy of the mail-in bal…

Student discipline is not primarily a matter of making choices for students. (If you break this rule, I will impose this punishment, as advocated in the May 18 letter, “PRIS isn’t discipline”; it is a matter of helping students learn to make good choices and to be responsible for those choic…

Jim Maples assumed a lot of things that he needed to prove. First off, the tragic incident with ICE in Delano cannot be placed directly or indirectly or even imaginatively at the feet of the Governor or any other Democrats. ICE policies are motivated from Washington D.C., instigated by Geoff…

The definition of socialism: “Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods collected.” 

Steven Mayer pointed out in his May 15 article "Feds, state provide millions to clean up diesel trucks, tractors — but is it enough?" that funding for newer heavy-duty trucks in California is insufficient to achieve "the magnitude of emissions reductions required for attainment."

Discipline in schools is punishment given out to correct a student or enforce obedience to school rules. Gerald Cantu of the Dolores Huerta Foundation wrote in a May 7 Community Voices article ("PBIS, and time, are still solutions for KHSD") that Positive Behavioral Intervention is a discipl…

Gosh, maybe the investigators into the Tesla/fire truck accident in Salt Lake City this week should check this out. Perhaps the self driving Tesla was texting another self driving car, in a language that the software engineers don't understand. Just a thought.

A scumbag has been sent away, hopefully for more than 31 years (Man convicted of murder in Bakersfield police Officer David Nelson's death sentenced to 31 years to life," May 5). I don't care what Julian Hernandez's attorney thinks, Hernandez has to pay the consequences of many years of crim…

Last week, while discussing the state's finances, Gov. Jerry  Brown revealed that there is a $9 billion surplus in the budget that surprised him. His thought was to keep this money "for a rainy day."

Twenty-four students, fourth through sixth grade, participated in the recent Bank of America speech contest. Each kid had to give a three- to five-minute speech based on essays they had written about water resources. As a retired school teacher, I eagerly looked down the published list of wi…

This is in response to Angelo Haddad's April 30 Community Voices article, "America's spiritual amnesia has led to her cultural decline." I agree with him until he says that "the growing hate, resentment and anger emanating from the far left to further their agenda is contrary to God's law." 

Angelo Haddad's April 30 Community Voices article, "America's spiritual amnesia has enabled her cultural decline," is a correct explanation of the "moral decay" in our schools, our families, our government and even some churches. Students used to respect their teachers and they tried to do t…

I'm going to have to disagree with portions of the May 2 letter, "A Lesson From Venus." The writer contends that a recent resurfacing of Venus has caused a once earth-like planet to have a thick carbon dioxide atmosphere and that CO2 alone has caused the planet to have a surface temperature …

A recent letter in The Californian suggested that we need humanitarian immigration reform. We are already very humanitarian because we have allowed over 10 million people to enter and live in our country illegally. That is an invasion and not immigration.

It is estimated 1 percent of the population of the nation can be classified as sociopaths. If this is so then Kern County, by national average, has 8,848. I find it is hard to disagree with the number.

I disagree with local economics professor Richard Gearhart's premise as reported in the March 28 article, "Kern might be in poor health, but it's not that bad, local health economist says." Gearhart, of CSUB, states that Kern County’s health is “not that bad” after we were ranked 52nd out of…

The Paris Accords Agreement that was signed by 195 nations including the United States was abandoned by this country last year. All the other nations went ahead to continue to clean up their air and water but we were left behind.

On many of our trips to and from Pismo Beach, on Hwy. 46, we will occasionally stop at the park known as the Wonderful Park at Lost Hills. I want to truly compliment the corporation Wonderful, Kern County Parks Department, and the people of Lost Hills on building and maintaining an excellent…

The question has been asked: If President Trump brings about a peaceful solution with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, do we forgive him all else? Even flawed people can do great things. We can forgive everything except destroying our republic. The threat to our country is the acceptance of tyrann…

Following up on the May 3 letter, "Students Lose in Discipline Issue": How about we try something different for the disciplinary problematic students who are threatening teachers and other students and disrupting classrooms?

I am compelled to write in response to the false statements being made about Judge John "Lance" Fielder in the race for the Kern County Superior Court District 14 seat. I was the presiding judge in 2013 and 2014, during which time the affair between Judge Cory Woodward and his clerk came to …

In reference to Richard Kemp's May 8 Community Voices article, "Marijuana, opioids misjudged for opposite reasons": The reason we have an opioid epidemic is because of deregulation of the prescription drug industry in 2000. Since 2000 manufacturers of prescription drugs have been allowed to …

From the beginning, I've seen this whole Russia thing as a reaction to Donald Trump's sincere initial effort as President-elect to begin a rapport with Russia. Little did he know the jackals of the Swamp would be called down on him.

It was approximately three months ago that I attended the memorial service and Military Burial for my principal Bill Cummings. As we walked into the Mennonite Church, I was stuck by the knowledge of how much I didn't know about this very kind man! Mr. Cummings taught soldiers in Germany duri…

I was born in Bakersfield in the early 1940s. I've seen a lot of changes in our city over the years, but one thing that has shown very little change is political attitudes — the city and county remain very conservative. So it makes me wonder, since we live in a state that is controlled by De…

Rudy Giuliani, speaking as Donald Trump's lead attorney, would have done his client, the President, better service had he declined to answer a question posed on ABC's "This Week" on whether Trump would respond under oath to questions posed by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Giuliani champ…

I am disappointed The Californian is backing Judge John "Lance" Fielder, not Deputy District Attorney Cole McKnight in the race for Superior Court judge. Fielder wasn’t selected by Kern County, he’s a Jerry Brown appointee. We never chose him. Cole has been a conservative hometown Bakersfiel…

The story of Walter Easley, a World War II veteran who received the Bronze Star ("World War II veteran receives awards from Kevin McCarthy," May 4), tells of a member of the Greatest Edition who made a sacrifice that many of his generation willing took upon themselves.

Removing the word "Boy" from the Boy Scouts of America is a completely unnecessary move — 108 years of history thrown out, and why? I'm not sure what BSA now stands for — is it for Boy or does it stand for Bye Bye Boy Scouts name? The Girl Scouts have been given a hard problem to overcome an…

The National Association of Realtors is joining with industry partners, allies, and consumers throughout 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. We believe that fair housing for all should remain a core focus of the housing industry, and we must ensure policies and …

So Bakersfield High School is a worse mess than before the Dolores Huerta Foundation-sponsored lawsuit. Wow. Who could have seen that coming? ("At Bakersfield High, students 'cuss up a storm,' fight and assault staff; teachers say new disciplinary practices are to blame," April 15.) Somehow,…

A letter writer in the May 1 Californian exemplifies why Americans are at odds with each other. In his letter entitled, “KCFD needs more diversity” the writer attempts to educate the Kern County Fire Department about their hiring practices. He is so laser focused on his perceived need for th…

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood is center stage with a 12-year-old video shedding light on his character. In a minute-long clip from a longer video, Youngblood asserts that it is financially better to kill than to cripple suspects. I need to call out Sheriff Youngblood.

Many in Kern County think that Kevin McCarthy is someone we should be proud to have represent us in the U. S. House of Representatives. He is the house Majority Leader, second only to the Speaker of the House. One would think that someone in that position would have great clout.

Rodeo season is upon us, yet we seem on the brink of a sea change regarding the use/abuse of animals in entertainment: e.g., recent bans on orca shows at SeaWorld; elephant bullhook bans; the demise of the Ringling Bros. Circus.

The campaign for stronger gun laws in America has been fought for many years. Many people who oppose stricter gun laws do so because they believe that it is in direct violation of the Second Amendment. Even though the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms, does that mean th…

As a full-time resident of the Kern River Valley, I love the lake, mountains, shops and the beautiful trails. Our small valley and economy depend on tourists that venture here to also enjoy these amenities.

Bakersfield High isn't a school anymore but a holding tank for kids. Teachers can't teach if kids aren't paying attention and beating up the teachers. This problem will spread like a cancer to other high schools, too.