It’s unsettling to see this ongoing assault and effrontery of the collective will as our constitution is trampled upon by the current president and those people of low character that surround him; those who will undermine common good with their own particular will, (the will to profit). Trum…

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After lengthy consideration, I believe our nation is in dire need of a constitutional amendment to rectify a problem that third, fourth or fifth graders may have in spelling — let's change the names to "Febuary" and "Wensday" and delete the unnecessary extra letters. And while we're amending…

Measure N money is for extra services that we do not currently pay for already. This is new extra money that the city has not had before. It does make sense to pay the millions of dollars once a year into the pension fund and save a million each year. But, why hasn't the city been doing that…

The Bakersfield City Council and City Manager Alan Tandy have no regard for the citizens of Bakersfield when it comes to Measure N. The city council’s oversight committee is made up of people who are always on high profile committees. No doubt they are very capable but how does the city expe…

One president was omitted from your story featuring seated presidents who visited Bakersfield ("When presidents visited Kern County," Feb. 18). As a 5-year-old child on Sept. 23, 1948, my mother kept me out of school and took me to the corner of Sumner and Baker streets to see President Harr…

In no time social media has blown up regarding the news release that the city of Bakersfield will use a small portion of the money from Measure N to help save the COB $8.7 million over the next seven years, making a yearly payment to the PERS retirement system. Do people really not understan…

So President Trump, the great negotiator, signs a deal for $1.375 billion for his border wall. He could have had over $5 billion. He is so shrewd. Now he has declared a national emergency. His national security people recently testified to Congress regarding current security concerns and did…

Congratulations all of you that vote these Democrats into office along with a ballot measure in 2008 that gave us this boondoggle, the high-speed rail. But on the bright side, one day we’ll be able to get to Merced in record time. What a joke.

In 2010, the estimated cost to build 520 miles of the California high-speed rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles was $40 billion. The estimated 2018 cost for the same system was $77.3 billion. Constantly missing and extending completion deadlines and expansive change orders was and is disr…

Regarding the two letters in the Feb. 13 paper, in which the authors are writing that this year’s tax refunds are down compared to last year’s. The implication is that only President Trump and other rich folk benefitted from the reforms. Not true.

The letters about refunds from the IRS on Feb. 13 ("Who benefits with this year's taxes," "Large tax refund explained," "Tax bill") seem to suggest that every year the IRS sends everybody a refund out of the kindness of its heart because it loves and cares for all citizens, and recently non-…

BCSD administration is recommending the BCSD board approve the revised public comment policy at the 6 p.m. Feb. 26 board meeting at 1300 Baker St. I have reviewed it and feel very strongly that it not only eliminates huge swaths of free speech, it will scare a lot of people out of speaking e…

I want to thank the Californian for the front page story about Kali Rose Daniels ("After being born at 12 ounces, local girl exceeds expectations," Feb. 11), the little girl who weighed 12 ounces when she was born. It is beautiful. I wonder if readers who are pro-abortion have second thoughts.

A frequent letter writer bragged in Saturday's paper about his Trump and the Republicans' tax bill that saved him $1,265 ("Letter to the Editor: Many thanks to Trump and the Republican tax bill," Feb. 9). He also assailed two news outlets for supposedly claiming that the tax bill would only …

I do not approve of the tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota which were anti-Semantic comments in saying American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group.

We've all had countless times in our lives when a new boss comes into our lives that we just don't think is going to cut it. They have crazy ideas, they try to reinvent the wheel, they bring their tag-along friends from their prior job — lots of reasons not to like them. But, we decide inste…

Lately I've seen calls from "progressives" or socialists to "take on" the agriculture and oil industries. I'm wondering what would hold up our economy in this state if that were to happen. Many businesses have already been taxed and over regulated out of the state thereby decreasing the tax …

A letter expressed admiration for 45's "tax reform" by noting that he paid $1,265 less than last year ("Letter to the Editor: Many thanks to Trump and the Republican tax bill," Feb. 9). That's far short of the $4,000 everyone was promised. "Federally Organized eXpression"/state media is not …

I’m happy for the letter writer last week who boasted of his increased tax refund this year thanks to Trump ("Letter to the Editor: Many thanks to Trump and the Republican tax bill," Feb. 9). However, according to the IRS, the average tax refunds were down 8.4 percent for the first week of t…

Regarding Juan Rodriguez's Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: This beacon of hope should not be turning its back on the world," Dec. 28), he failed to elaborate on the fact that, according to the "astute demagoguery" of something called federal law, asylum is limited to those individ…

Can you imagine if you had $1-2 billion dollars to spend on bribing every branch of the government. This is what is happening in a lot of South American countries. The drug cartels are creating Narco states. Those suffering the most are the villagers that are being forced out by violent drug…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out one tweet about the NFL that left folks speechless — including the NFL being racist and that the poor black players would never be subject to her 70 percent income tax. One tweeter referred to her as “childlike” in his criticism of her antics with semantics.

We the people of the United States work hard and vote to send representatives to Washington to represent our values. 

I have to comment on the column written by Justin Salters ("Good-bye, good luck and thank you," Feb. 5). He is scared of the progressive movement gaining momentum in the state Legislature. I am a progressive, but I feel the Democrats that are in power do not have the tenacity to take on the …

Just got my taxes done and, according to my preparer, I saved $1,265 on my taxes due entirely to the Republican tax bill passed last year. I'm at the lower end of what is considered the middle class, so I'm glad my accountant doesn't get his training from the "Clinton News Network" or "PMSNB…

When I first saw the story about the complaint of the Nazi flag being on display in the history class, it smacked me as being ridiculous. Looking back on my world history class at Delano High School, my teacher was Dr. Segesvary. During the class he brought in artifacts from WWII consisting …

Listening to Trump’s State of the Union address, billed as a unity address, was less about an agenda for unity and much more a trip down memory lane. Commemorating past successes, but what about today’s successes and failures?

The president expressed a newfound concern for the middle class in his State of the Union address. Here is a suggestion to make most Americans whole, if not great, again: Repeal the Republican tax “cut” that robbed the middle class to give millionaires and corporations a tax holiday. Califor…

Stefanie Daubert ("COMMUNITY VOICES: The disappearance of 'masculinity' is harmful to society," Jan. 28), in her response to Gillette’s ad on “toxic masculinity,” is woefully misguided believing that men in this country are being attacked for, well, being men.

While a student government leader at CSU Northridge, I organized campus events. The most memorable was "The Vagina Monologues." A 20-year-old conservative Catholic that devoutly spent my weekends at Mass and debate tournaments was then put off by the word “vagina” on my meeting agenda.

The unbelievable brouhaha over Mr. Gaeta’s display of the Nazi flag (Nazi flag taken down in classroom at Frontier High School," Feb. 1) as a part of a unit on WWII history is finally enough to convince me that my presence in classrooms as a 73-year-old substitute teacher has ended.

I recently read with interest that our local state Sen. Shannon Grove has taken on the thankless role as leader of the Republican caucus in our state Senate. Sen. Grove has some appropriate ideas for legislation regarding veterans and the homeless. Her help in passing laws to assist veterans…

In response to William Lambers' piece ("The doomsday clock is ticking," Jan. 30), the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is 191 pages and almost all of the document is about compliance, monitoring and the extensive bureaucracy required of the participants. I don’t understand what good thi…

Most of my family and hard working friends except those that depend on government, on bureaucratic jobs or grants quietly grumble or express an opinion about the ridiculousness of four out of five of the articles printed and three out of four of the newscasts aired. Unfortunately we are not …

  On the morning of Jan. 25, 1999, I was sleeping peacefully when my husband excitedly called me to come to the front of our La Cresta home. In the 47 years I had lived in Bakersfield I had never seen anything close to the sight that met my eyes. Snow everywhere. The entire lawn, the street,…

In her recent Community Voices, Stefanie Daubert makes a strong case regarding toxic masculinity ("COMMUNITY VOICES: The disappearance of 'masculinity' is harmful to society," Jan. 28). Unfortunately, her case is dangerously wrong. From watching the now-viral commercial by Gillette, Daubert …

I absolutely believe the old mill at Hart Park should be torn down, the sooner the better. I do not believe it should be rebuilt. I think it would be just wonderful to get rid of it.

Regarding the recent column by an anti-oil activist (“Iconic landscapes threatened by drilling and fracking proposal,” Jan. 27), the attempts to frighten the people of Kern County are again on full display. While the author benefits, as do every single one of us, from petroleum-based product…