I applaud the change in leadership at the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault. It is about time that nonprofit entities are held to the same standard as other businesses. A nonprofit that derives its income from our tax dollars and privat…

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I feel sorry for poor Donald Trump. He is still trying to turn a loss into a win. He seems incapable of believing that he could possibly lose an election and keeps calling members of state government to change their votes so he can win. I labeled him a narcissistic sociopath five years ago a…

David Keranen’s Community Voices article in Wednesday's Opinion section (“Bible offers conservatives little guidance on abortion”) ought to raise concern in the public arena. Mr. Keranen is listed as an educator. If one is an educator and believes and teaches as he so expresses himself — Kat…

Two items of interest in this past week’s Californian struck me as being very problematic for our community. The first was the notice that the National Guard had been called in to assist with the overflow of COVID patients in local hospitals. This is tragic news in itself, as it puts us in t…

If you think our American environment/eociety is being overwhelmed, it is and that is the plan. This behavior is being implemented by our current government’s willingness to allow open borders, free money, free health care, free housing and free food for all newcomers.

Thanks for printing Leonard Pitts's "Activism is not a popularity contest" (Sept. 15). This column took me back to the days when department stores were marketing "punk" clothing in an attempt to capitalize on a distinctly anti-capitalist movement in music and culture. But it also put me in m…

Reading the letter saying that the Civil War was never about slavery, that it was about economics, aroused my ire. Well, first slavery is an economic system. Secondly, and more importantly, the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Hamilton Stephens, straight up said that slavery was …

I'm a Black man, and I am so tired of white people trying to justify slavery. Look, whoever attempted to continue slavery should not be honored. Period! And anyone who played a part in ending slavery should be commended.

Today I heard the most ridiculous radio commercial of all time. It depicts a 7-year-old granddaughter questioning her grandmother on whether she is paying for her college education. Since when has it been an "expectation" that grandparents should flip the bill for their grandchildren's tuition?

Millions and millions of COVID-19 vaccinated people are at the six-month term limits of the vaccine (as reported a few months ago on every network) as being the duration of the vaccine). The boldness of this perception that as the vaccine itself weakens that they are protected leaves serious…

President Biden's plans to rebuild the U.S. have many pitfalls. We need to turn a deaf ear to the misinformation, baseless "facts" espoused from far right gangs that have confused and angered many Americans.

Unrelenting Trump supporters, how many of you think it is disgusting he used 9/11 for campaigning? He did it off the back of the worst attack on American soil. On top of that, he emceed a boxing match for millions of dollars on 9/11! That is bold face wrong.

It’s so tempting to respond to Jim Wood’s question ("What are the pay, benefits," Sept. 9) about my salary, and the implication that I’m an entitled whiner, with snark. But the truth is, my rate of compensation IS his business. Public employee pay is public information.

My recent letter ("Statue remembered true hero," Sept. 12) defending Robert E. Lee's place in history seems to have raised some disagreement in a few quarters. When I wrote the letter, I didn't feel it necessary to re-litigate the Civil War or cite the true causes of the conflict, but I gues…

Ralph McKnight Jr.'s recent letter ("Refusing a vaccine is baffling," Sept. 12) decrying "antivaxers" and drawing analogies to driving and voting "rights" was exceptionally thoughtful. From my viewpoint, I would like to add a few more considerations regarding this phenomenon.

In response to the comment about the Robert E. Lee statue removal, let’s be reminded of facts and not call it “woke culture.” It wasn't "misplaced loyalty" to Virginia or the South that led Lee down that path. Lee was a slaveholder who misused the Bible and twisted Christianity to justify th…

This is a rebuttal to Rich Lowry's piece, "Real Biden presidency emerges," Sept. 13. Once again Rich Lowry's opinion and perspective is muddied by his real agenda. As a notable right-wing pundit, he spews conjecture designed to shatter Biden's presidency. It's true that current polls show a …

In Response to Steve Clark's letter ("Statue remembered true hero," Sept. 12), there is such a thing as permanent ineligibility. Pete Rose is permanently ineligible from baseball for gambling on baseball games as a player and manager.

I have to respond to the letter by Steve Clark regarding admiration for The Rebel white supremacist statue of a Rebel leader of the Northern Virginia rebel army. Robert E. Lee is no American hero; he is a traitor to America and humanity.

I am baffled by people refusing to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, or taking common sense precautions recommended by medical professionals to protect themselves, their families and their community. Aside from the pseudoscientific, fact-free nonsense, the basic argument is personal …

I was disgusted but not surprised considering the childish woke mentality that led to the removal and destruction of the Robert E. Lee memorial statue. The statue did nothing to encourage racism or glorify slavery, but did give remembrance to a true hero and a great man.

The upcoming recall election serves to be a BIG pivotal moment in our state's history. It will be a major factor in the policies that shape the future of our state. What is most important is that we will hopefully be able to gauge the true impact of the liberal population versus the conserva…

I have not heard the word "Deplorables" since Hillary Clinton train wrecked her election bid in 2016. Don't think for a minute Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton; she destroyed herself. This is why California continues to lose business and citizens of all political, racial and income levels.

I am writing in response to the recent op-ed written by Randy Villegas about Nestor Chavez and the unjust and heartbreaking consequences he’s had to suffer because of the jail/prison to immigration detention pipeline currently in effect.

In response to the letter ("Is our species worth preserving?") in Sept. 6 edition, the writer was spot on when he said the IQ in both Texas and California would go up when Californians move to Texas. I laugh every time I read that letter.

Thursday morning it was with great interest I started reading the Opinion letter "Ban teaching of critical race theory," or CRT. In reading it I thought I would learn what CRT was and how it was being taught in our schools. Finishing the letter I knew no more about CRT than when I started ex…

With regard to Community Voice author Karen Briefer's recent article ("When we're not paid, we can't pay everyone else," Sept. 8i) where she apparently is writing to solicit sympathy from the readers along with a raise from her employer, she omitted a key part of the story. Not having enough…

This letter is about how people change their spots when it is about protecting their faults, failures and wrongdoings. There is just so much going on in D.C., it’s hard to see what is real and what is fake, which is the real intent in the recent declarations make by Kevin McCarthy. Specifica…

Sunday's newspaper was filled with stories detailing the fallout from vaccine hesitancy in Kern County. When did this community cease to believe in modern medicine and embrace rumor and misinformation as the standard ? It certainly hasn't always been this way.

Biblical tradition describes a 40-year exodus over 3,000 years ago from Egyptian slavery to freedom. It brought freedom from bondage and was instrumental in bringing the world the Bible and its commandments for human conduct necessary to prosper in a codependent community.

So, Donald Trump finally got it. The more Republicans that come out against masks and vaccines, the fewer Republicans you have voting in 2022 and 2024. I wonder how long it took him to figure that one out? What was it that finally made him see the light? Was it all those ultraconservative an…

The cause, and blame, for defeat of the U.S. backed Afghan government goes back decades. It starts with the Soviet-Afghan war in 1979-1989. After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Reagan administration decided to bleed the Soviets, as payback for Soviet backing of North Vietnam. Reagan…

In a recent editorial, The Californian made an important call to action: Conserve water as much as possible to mitigate the megadrought’s impact on our state. From government to utilities to individuals, we all have a role to play.

I read the Community Voices piece by Randy Villegas and Nestor Chavez ("Valley legislators: Stand with immigrant communities," Sept. 2). It is heartbreaking how Chavez was separated from his young children due to the cruel practice of transferring people released from prison (or, in this cas…

First let me state that I have had both Moderna vaccinations to protect me from COVID-19. While I do understand some people not wanting to take the vaccinations, their reasoning is puzzling to me. I have heard that the scientists did not test it long enough, they are afraid of the side affec…

Most people will find justification through any source when an investment, lifestyle or livelihood may be affected. Many will argue drought is cyclical in California. Some will say global warming is not all man-made. I say, "Does it matter?' These things are happening and it just makes sense…

Kevin McCarthy is a bottomless pit of dishonesty. He stumped for Trump's 30,573 false and misleading statements and he has shown no sign of growing a backbone since Trump's monumental loss last November.

I totally agree with Jon Stuebbe's viewpoint ("Let's create websites for TV feedback") in the Monday newspaper. My husband and I are so tired of ordering movies only to send them back because first thing is some sex scene or the language is so filthy we can't stand it.

Attorney Nile Kinney’s humorous piece ("If COVID could talk," Aug. 29) about COVID’s "thank you" to us should actually give us pause to ponder our situation. By creating new variants, COVID has us in a spike and recover cycle that will repeat over and over until vaccinations reach every corn…

On Sunday, I watched on TV the dignified transfer movement of fallen soldiers, and it reminded me 20 years ago George W. Bush and Congress prevented the media and publishers from publishing photos of the transfer.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Many people tell themselves that this is not a concern for them, it will never happen to me or people I care about. But let me ask, "What does the typical suicidal person look like?" Me and you! You don't have to have a mental illness to die by…

Pastor David Goh of “The Garden” says “Of course, we are adamantly opposed to the bullying of any child.” ("Community members from local churches fill BCSD's chambers to speak out against LGBTQ resource library," Aug. 26.)

As a retired resident of Bakersfield, you can generally anticipate local talk radio having a definite conservative swing. It used to be you could be entertained with Rush and his comical approach to news. Recently, a local radio host was telling his listeners that the COVID-19 shots should n…