I am currently watching "The View" and the hosts are discussing a violent fake video that was shown at a pro-Trump occasion with Trump with a gun killing all his rivals — Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and others. The worst was that Donald Trump Jr., Sarah Sanders …

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I vividly remember years ago as I was preparing my daughter for kindergarten and was distressed to read about how before the age of thirteen most girls suffer from emotional problems ranging from depression and cutting to eating disorders and pressure to please, according to Stephen Hinshaw.…

Last week, for nearly 30 hours, residents of far northeast Bakersfield were in the dark at the command of PG&E. This was due to extreme weather conditions that had been forecast by PG&E meteorologists. However, winds never exceeded 20 miles per hour at Rio Bravo, Solera and several o…

I just read that go green liberal Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order diverting millions away from highway projects throughout California, including Highway 99 from Tulare to Madera and Highway 46 between the Kern County line and Cholame in San Luis Obispo County. I wrote to Opinion …

As I read the most recent posits by published by a senior veteran writer to The Bakersfield Californian’s opinion section, I noticed she referenced something President Trump tweeted as reported in The Guardian on Sept. 28 ("Letter to the Editor: Country before party," Oct. 13). I guess she d…

I read a couple of conservative voices complaining about the liberal bias of The Californian in Robert Price's Sound Off. I think that is funny, and agree with Robert Price in the paper's attempt to provide both sides of the political spectrum. Some days the silent and not so silent majority…

Well, Gov. Gavin Newsom's henchmen are at it again. This time $32 million of road taxes are being stolen and diverted to "an uncommitted reserve that would fund light rail and other projects connected to climate change goals..." We would love to see an exact accounting of where these purloin…

There are many reasons a person may not be able to use the bridge over the train tracks on N Street ("Letter to the Editor: A pedestrian walkway is available," Oct. 8). Lazy isn't even on my list.

According to a Guardian article from Sept. 28: "Trump continued to punch back on Saturday, branding Democrats 'savages'. He tweeted: 'Can you imagine if these Do Nothing Democrat Savages … had a Republican party who would have done to Obama what the Do Nothings are doing to me. Oh well, mayb…

I am surprised that Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Liz Cheney and other Republicans are so upset with President Trump announcing the removal of U.S. troops from northern Syria. They must have missed Republican leaders Marco Rubio, Jim Jordan, and Roy Blunt over the weekend. Each explained …

I appreciated Leonard Pitts’ well-thought out piece on women and the times ("How the times have changed," Oct. 6). Of course he had to emphasize one of the president’s past sins without considering that there are aggressive women who prey on rich young movers and shakers to enjoy the company…

California is intent on economically devastating Kern County by reducing the amount of water for agriculture and destroying the oil industry, with no plan for any other job creation here. Nuclear power production is a zero carbon alternative to oil and gas and could help replace lost jobs if…

I don’t want another country to decide our American elections or to be invited to do so. I said this in a recent call to Congressman Kervin McCarthy’s office as soon as the appalling, unthinkable scope of the present scandal became apparent. This scandal has since become even worse, thanks t…

I agree with Robert Price that Kevin McCarthy needs to be concerned about his own legacy and with his suggestion that he “extricate himself from the circle of support around this president” (“McCarthy needs to catch a different train while he can,” Oct. 6). The president has broken the law a…

There is a perfectly functional walkway over the train tracks on N Street (“Letter to the Editor: A new pedestrian walkway is necessary,” Oct. 6). People are just too lazy to walk two blocks to use it. If jurors would be on time and/or give themselves ample time to go back and forth, they wo…

There seems to be some who are confused what the big deal is about former Vice President Joe Biden's son accepting a high paying job from an energy company in Ukraine. Close your eyes just for a minute and pretend that President Trump's son, Don Jr., accepted a similar position. I'm pretty s…

Too often, California’s politicians have put their personal interests over their constituents, and the push for Senate Bill 1 was no different. Sen. Shannon Grove was right when she wrote about the dangers it would pose to those who work in the agricultural industry in The Bakersfield Califo…

I went to jury duty last week and was saddened by the live video feed of people attempting to cross the street when a train was stopped on the track, blocking the road. You could observe people climbing over and under the train while stopped in the road. It is incredibly dangerous! This prob…

Trump's "my Kevin" was an embarrassment to himself and the Republican Party as he tried to defend Trump against impeachment on "60 Minutes." He thought that he found a "gotcha" moment by claiming that "60 Minutes" had added a word to Trump's transcript, only to show that he apparently hadn't…

I’ve been reading posts online about “those” homeless people and myths about them. They’re not bused here, they’re from here, and they’re our family. All homeless people aren’t drug addicts, criminals, mentally ill or lazy. They each have their own reason for being homeless and most want to work.

The homeless situation hasn’t gone away, though it’s been missing from the front page for a few days. And no new solutions other than build more houses or “granny flats” in residential neighborhoods have been proposed. Unfortunately, bills like AB 101, which recently passed, are in place to …

Finally, but still slowly, people are beginning to see Trump as the kind of person he truly is: a pathological liar and narcissist who cares only about himself, his money and his power.

Choosing a name for the new high school is very important ("KHSD reveals top 8 names for newest high school," Sept. 4). There are several good candidates but I don’t think naming a school after an individual is the answer. A more generic choice, such as Providence, for example, would be more…

I have to take a deep breath and try to understand the direction this country is going. At best we have developed into a nation of confusion not sure who it benefits — certainly not the will of the people.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy's sycophantic relationship with President Donald Trump never ceases to amaze. McCarthy has once again come to the defense of the president's troubling actions. McCarthy's partisanship is so entrenched there is apparently nothing the president can do to warrant repr…

I support the ongoing important issue involving our community homelessness. Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood need our support to implement a county ordinance to detain and arrest those who are mentally ill, under the influence of a control…

So y'all wanted to lock Hillary Clinton up for "hiding" emails in a private server? What do you do with a president who presided over hiding a hot potato transcript? In court, that's circumstantial evidence of knowing you've done wrong.

Today I heard a message by Congressman Kevin McCarthy that the job of Congress is to legislate and to "make tomorrow better than today." I believe he forgot the most important role of members of Congress and that is to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from enemies, b…

Rep. Kevin McCarthy's hypocrisy is showing. Speaking in regards to the Democrats opening up impeachment inquiries, McCarthy stated that Congress’ job is to move the country forward and to stop investigating. Maybe he is suffering from forgetfulness, but I’m sure I remember him bragging about…

Why is everything always focused on bicycles and other sports getting recreation? Off-road motorcycles get zero. A grant was obtained for setting up a riding area here but we remain outlaws who get citations for attempting to participate in our recreation.

In an attempt to solve the affordable housing crisis prevalent in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego by incentivizing construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), our super majority Legislature sent bills AB 68, AB 881 and SB 13 to Gov. Gavin Newsom. These disastrous bills relax rul…

In my opinion, the breeders are not the problem ("Animal advocates are divided on Bakersfield's strategy for reducing rampant pet overpopulation," Sept. 21). If someone is willing to shell out mega dollars for a pet, that person is going to be darn sure that pet does not get out on the stree…

I just read that California Attorney General and Ad Hoc Mexico Attorney General Xavier Becerra has instituted a ban on California state employees traveling to Iowa because the state of Iowa does not condone transgender surgeries paid at taxpayer expense. Sen. Kamala Harris in her role as Cal…

Nearly everyone has a worldview, a set of presuppositions, through which we filter all other information. This was no more apparent, in my opinion, when reading the Q&A conversations another reader said she had at The Marketplace with strangers who are pro-Trump ("Letter to the Editor: T…

To the letter writer of “True or false ignorance is not bliss,” please do not attempt to engage me in a conversation concerning politics while I’m shopping at the Markerplace. I’m there to shop — not discuss politics. If I want to discuss politics with you — which I don’t — I’ll just go to F…

A recent letter to the editor got it right on what to name the newest Kern County high school ("Letter to the Editor: Name high schools after true local heroes like Wendy Wayne," Sept. 8). Name it after someone who will give its students a focus on service.

Friday's Californian said that more road construction and closures are scheduled for this week. Why can't we complete a few of these road projects before starting new ones? We have K-Rails all over our community. It is one hazard after another, one detour after another.

Homelessness in California has reached epidemic status and the sanctuary state is the driving force. The residential squatting has taken control of the environment and is starting to force business and city investment to look elsewhere.

We’ve reached another tipping point in Kern County around the issue of homelessness. This crisis opens avenues of opportunity to do things differently in order to achieve a better outcome. Let’s not squander this opportunity.

Many decades ago, as a student at Garces Memorial High School, I asked a history teacher who “Garces” was. After a long pause, he said, “A Spanish monk,” and that was that. Still curious, I looked up the padre’s biography and discovered he had been an adventurous Franciscan indeed, who had o…