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I am writing as a retired LMFT, who helped start the Psychiatry Department at Kaiser Permanente in Bakersfield. There were four of us therapists who were hired, and after visiting other psych departments in SoCal, we planned programs and began seeing patients. This was in 2001.

Now that individual one, Donald Trump, has been identified as a co-conspirator in at least one criminal investigation and another of his inner circle, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to prison, how will he and his faithful supporters react if more charges follow?

Something, anything must be done about the railroad crossing on Rosedale Highway. At approximately 12:15 p.m. Monday, the train blocked Rosedale Highway for about 35 minutes. That highway was a parking lot. This has got to stop! Something/anything needs to be done.

I watched the George H.W. Bush funeral ceremony last Wednesday and thought all the eulogies were excellent. I particularly enjoyed that of former Sen. Alan Simpson. Clever phrases thrill me and he came up with at least three good ones.

I have read many opinions on immigration by readers of the Californian, and I feel the natural migration of poor and destitute people from the third world will continue as long as freedom prospers in America. The pursuit of happiness is a human endeavor that every person seeks throughout the…

The county has no problem tacking on citizen fees for everything from dumping to traffic (“County braces for increased cost from city’s sales tax boost,” Dec. 11). I suggest they create some Sheriff Support fee. For example: an incarceration fee for arrest, a perimeter protection fee, even a…

Thank you for your article on the sales tax failure in the county. If the elected supervisors had gone public with a statement promising the residents of Kern County that the additional tax revenue would be used for public safety, Sheriff's Office, fire department, I believe it would have pa…

My jaw dropped recently when I read that Parker Chamberlin was going to be considered for release from prison after the brutal murder of his mother Torie Knapp for which he was convicted back in 2001 9"Parker Chamberlin, who as a teenager stabbed his mother to death, is due in court Friday f…

Several radio stations have banned the playing of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because some suggests it alludes to rape or, at least, a man not accepting “no” as an answer. Why stop with this one song? There are countless other songs that have suggestive, inappropriate or offensive lyrics.

Congratulations to Dr. Min as she begins another chapter in her very full life! She has given so much to the Bakersfield community — 7,000 little lives — two of them were mine. She is truly an amazing doctor — highly regarded by her peers, loved by all, dedicated to her profession, compassio…

I really don't think that the bleeding hearts who want to let thousands of people from this "caravan" into this country unvetted have thought this through. Just look at the problems they're having in Europe where they have open border policies. Aside from the legality of this, what about the…

To legislative representatives: The president is a criminal. With the sentencing memos released Friday by the Mueller investigation and the southern district of New York, it is crystal clear that the president is a crook.

It was heartening and refreshing to view the funeral of President Bush on Wednesday. The speakers had to be limited in the time they had to talk about the man and the public servant. Ah, the good ole days when dignity and compassion could be found in the White House.

I recently moved to Bakersfield and ran into a problem. My Avalanche truck broke down at Gosford Road and White Lane at about 4 p.m. one day. I want to thank all the people who stopped to help me until a tow truck arrived.

While watching the funeral of President George H.W. Bush, I had a revelation in thought. I have been pondering my strong aversion to the illegal immigrant throng sitting on our border for several months. I felt conflicted because I have many strong connections to Americans of Mexican descent…

Mr. Borer left out two key facts among others ("The last real Republican: Rest in peace, Poppy Bush," Dec. 4). President Bush's tax increase plunged the economy into recession, which cost him the election. While the Soviet Union collapsed under Bush, President Clinton balanced the budget by …

It seems that our society has no sense of pride or duty associated with being a citizen of the United States. President Kennedy’s challenge, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” has been turned upside-down.

We certainly should not be expanding the private GEO Mesa Verde detention facility that is located here in Bakersfield. Instead, we should be dismantling this prison that is holding innocent people who escaped from horrible conditions.

Why are the “small cars” like the excellent EV Chevy Bolt “not selling”? It’s because GM proudly advertises its big pickups and SUVs and hides the EV Chevy Bolt in the backyard. And when futuristic minded-people want to buy one, there are very little, maybe sometimes none, available at the g…

Really?! Mike McCoy, CEO of the Kern County Museum, “declined” to accept the iconic Amestoy’s sign ("Community sponsors step up to preserve Amestoy's classic neon sign," Dec. 4)? Really?! Not, “Let me speak to the board and see if we can budget this in,” or, “We would love to have it but we …

There's a fifth thing to know that for me is the most important factor in choosing a Medicare plan ("Beavin: Four things to know as deadline nears for choosing Medicare coverage," Dec. 1). Unlike Medicare Advantage, original Medicare does not restrict your choice of doctors here in Bakersfie…

We loved Robert Price's article about Giving Tuesday ("ROBERT PRICE: Busy Tuesday? Grab your credit card and follow me," Nov. 25). I read the article to my husband, Rick. People think, "I can't afford to give." You can't afford not to!

Can someone please tell me where all of the money collected for parking at the Kern County Soccer Park is going? There are thousands of cars parking out there every weekend at $6 a car. This weekend there is a soccer tournament and the fee has increased to $10 a car. This is on a cash-only basis.

The migrants from Central America have finally reached the border of the United States. The vast majority, perhaps over 90 percent, have been raised as Christians in the Catholic Church. Across the border, in the United States, we have people where the vast majority are Christians of some de…

How we have changed. George Herbert Walker Bush was a patriot who lived a life of public service. He was humble and modest. Never one to champion himself over others. American ideals, honesty and democracy were valued commodities. The notion that America was a beacon of hope and truth was ne…

I am critical of the Californian's coverage on Donald Trump's possible collusion with Putin's Russia. It seems to me you refuse to be critical of the ex-host of "Celebrity Apprentice." Your Opinion section is critical of the mostly women and children at the Mexican border asking for asylum t…

The current so-called "border crisis" is another example of choosing sentimentality over reason. Laws are in place for an orderly entrance into the country, but many believe these can be ignored. Their opinion is emotionalism shaped by slanted news coverage and anti-Trump rhetoric by feckles…

The stormers have learned to use code words (families, children) to try to by-pass protocol to come into this country and as a result have been hurt and gassed. I have come up with a novel idea to prevent this from happening: Stay away from the border. Pretty, isn't it?

Christmas tree lot owners should grow their trees in pots or tubs to sell or rent rather than cut them down. This is very popular back East and in Europe rather than destroying our trees. We are having a tree shortage here on the West Coast due to draught conditions and renting trees would r…

A recent letter writer wrote that poor forest management was to blame for the Camp Fire, not global warming, and that global warming was not manmade and may not even exist ("Letter to the Editor: Poor forest management or global warming deniers?" Nov 23).

President Trump's response to any personal involvement he has with Saudi Arabia in light of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that his only concern "is America First" is disgusting.

My, what a short memory Mr. Haddad must possess (COMMUNITY VOICES: What we have here is the failure to cooperate," Nov. 19)! He claims that the Democrats are not cooperating with Trump and his groupies, and accuses them of doing exactly what Sen. Mitch McConnell did when Obama was first elec…

When reading Sunday’s paper, I was startled. There on page A8 in the State/Obituaries page was an article about the California Republican Party (“California GOP ponders way forward after losses”). A former Republican leader in the state Republican Party is quoted as saying the “party isn’t s…

Angelo Haddad’s Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: What we have here is the failure to cooperate," Nov. 19) mentioned named people who have been targets of an aggressive and corrupt Justice Department. However, he forget to fact check himself.

I tried to help Donny Youngblood with his funding problem. I voted No on Measure N, but I voted Yes on Measures K and O on the premise that the 5 percent tax proposed on Measure K and the 7.5 percent excise tax on Measure O would provide the city and county with enough money to filter a litt…

I competed in the Bakersfield 2018 full marathon last Sunday, my third year. Of all of the races I have competed in, the Bakersfield course support is without comparison for the first 16 miles. The bike trail miles tend to be sparse with people, but there are still aid stations and some supp…

While reading How They Voted in the Californian, I was struck by the description of House Bill HR6784. It has to do with the removal of the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife published under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

At the time of this writing, there were 74 people confirmed dead in the Camp and Woolsey fires, and still mounting. The Camp Fire alone, near what was Paradise, is now the deadliest wildfire in U.S. history. And there are 1,011 people still reportedly missing (or presumed dead).

Stephen Moore of the fat-cat Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks had quite an entertainment-politics, hissy-fit in the Nov. 17 Californian ("Fannie Mae and 'Freddie Maxine'"). So did Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) really accept minor PAC contributions? Undoubtedly. Will I research it? Not ne…