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Finally the indictments against Russian government operatives have been handed down by a federal court in Maryland. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and his team secured these indictments by convincing a grand jury that there was enough evidence for a trial to proceed. Of course these Russi…

In her column (“We need a revolution of kindness,” July 15), Valerie Schultz is right about one thing. Our country needs to be a kinder place, but she is wrong that the French Revolution should inspire us. With the French Revolution (nothing like the American Revolution), the country lost he…

I fear the comments made by Donald Trump to Europe will open a Pandora's box of racist leaders and bring fascism back to the continent. He said immigration is hurting European culture. These words have echoed throughout Europe in the past, but for the first time they are being said by an Ame…

In Robert Price's column ("Struggling airport, growing city: What's up with that?" July 15), he discussed why the Meadows Field airport is such a bust.

I’ve been in various areas of the environmental field for 44 years. I’ve seen the phony push to eliminate Freon for its stated effect on the ozone layer, the government requirement for MTBE in gasoline for the same reason. Turns out it only added a carcinogen to the water table and a dramati…

One hundred new police? Plus 40 new staff? For $17 million extra? If the voters approve a new tax hike? I cannot afford any more tax hikes! Democrats recently added 12 cents per gallon to our gasoline price and 20 cents per gallon of diesel. Now this, that they admit, will help them with the…

Why hasn't Trump been charged with 2,400-plus counts of kidnapping? He gave the order to separate the families at the border. He is not above the law. He needs to be held accountable.

The intension of the out-of-state owners of the Mesa Verde Immigration Detention Center to buy and demolish the El Morocco Motel and The Dome, originally built as Strelich Stadium, leaving bare open land should give us pause. In a community that has lost so much of its built history, this wo…

I am sick of everyone so concerned with the kids who have put on a very good show of crying children. This is a scam which has become the center of the Democratic Party. They say they are against separating the children from the parents. I would like to see all the people who are complaining…

In the middle of the 19th Century, poet James Russell, in "The Present Crisis," wrote, "Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide." Our time has come.

I read Robert Price's column ("Everyone wanted a piece of Lonnie Shelton, and he delivered," July 11) on Lonnie Shelton and was intrigued with the descriptions of his athleticism. It reminded me of the time I met him.

The Community Voices piece by Jennifer Burger ("'Pack-it-in, pack-it-out' applies almost everywhere," July 2) gives all new reason as to why there should be a fee to visit the park. It would help pay for the people hired to clean up after the slobs. Animals are cleaner, even cats cover their dirt.

I scanned the article Joseph Luiz wrote ("Group fighting blight by taking down illegal signs," July 11) a couple of times. Not once did he mention the real culprit: yard sale signs. They are quite an eye sore. Every northwest intersection has these taped to all types of standards. People lov…

In reply to a recent letter to the editor ("Diversity," July 11) in the Bakersfield Californian, I agree that diversity has helped America. However, when diversity overrules common sense and qualifications, America is tragically wounded.

Finally, I understand. God has a plan, according to a recent letter to the editor ("Calm down," July 10), and Trump is working on it.

A recent letter to the editor ("Calm down," July 10) stated they didn’t agree with separating families. I’m assuming those at our southern border. I agree with that. I think all of us do. The writer then thanked goodness that Trump reversed that policy. I disagree with that. Trump instituted…

Fifty plus years ago I gave birth to a much anticipated second child. I had what was then called "German Measles" before three months into the pregnancy. The possibility was that it could cause blindness or deafness in the baby. Shortly after that I had emergency appendicitis and had surgery…

I would like to express my appreciation for the recent articles about the Burrito Project, and Teens Helping Teens. Thank you to the numerous volunteers in both of these worthy projects who are serving people in need. You are an inspiration to all of us! Think of all we could accomplish if e…

Leonard Pitts, as you struggle with who you are politically, consider your decision that you have no choice but to be a liberal ("Now I know how the Gipper felt," Leonard Pitts, July 8). Neither conservative nor liberal are the philosophical ideal, but that of childlikeness.

In response to the article regarding Meadows Field restricting Uber drivers from dropping off or picking up passengers, I cry FOUL! Another nail in the coffin of poor management of our local airport and just another reason not to use it.

The Californian’s July 8 Washington Post article featuring physicist Carlo Rovelli stimulates thinking. It certainly appears his book, “The Order of Time” will prove as interesting as “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking.

It is with interest that I read the most recent article on the prohibition of ride sharing apps (Uber/Lyft) from picking up people at the Meadows Field Airport terminal. I wrote to the airport after my most recent business trip to complain that while I could get dropped off at the terminal, …

I'm writing to counter the letter "Trifecta" in the July 6 Californian. Diversity is the key to America's greatness.

In reading the Community Voices piece ("The country's metamorphosis," July 7) from Mr. Russell Ming, I felt that this cloud of fog needed some daylight to clear up the picture he was painting of America’s present condition. Mr. Ming pointed to addiction, poor wages and spiritual rootlessness…

I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for Nina Ha's article in the Bakersfield Life magazine. We are all so stressed out. Her "An Attitude of Gratitude" needs to be on everyone's refrigerator.

I'm confused again. Why aren't the Democrats pushing for a speedy end to the Mueller investigation, or at the very minimum, an interim report on where things stand as of right now? It seems to me, with the Supreme Court selection process right around the corner, anything the Democrats can do…

I don't agree with separating families. Thank goodness President Trump reversed that policy. That being said, I'm still a Trump advocate.

Regarding two letters concerning "Time's fake news," I well remember when I first moved to Kern Valley. I read Time's volume on the history of the formation of the towns in the western states. We know that a key component in the towns' formation was the work of the Methodist circuit-riding p…

Two gents posted a decidedly anti-union column in Community Voices ("Independence for Kern employees," July 5). So, who are they? Matt Peterson is Field Director of the California Policy Center, a Republican group based in Orange County that focuses on pension and education reform. Romeo Agb…

Ms. Keranen's Community Voices letter "Qualities of a good leader" prompted this note of agreement. Above the auditorium stage at Beardsley Junior High School were emblazoned these words: Think clearly, Speak truthfully, Act Nobly. Words to admire. Words to inspire. Words to live a life by. …

I appreciate the Letter to the Editor ("In my fantasy world," July 4) in which the writer shares their fantasy of making it illegal for advocates of clean energy to use a petroleum product. Unfortunately, their dream is built on a misleading argument.

There was a report in December on my siblings donating blood to the Houchin Community Blood Bank in my father’s footsteps, called “Local Teens Become Donors to Help Father.” I would just like to thank you for reporting on my older brother and sisters. I look up to them very much. I’m not old…

After reading the Community Voice "Independence for Kern Employees," I have a question. What about an employee grievance with management, will it be handled for union people only? So, if you opt out of the union, are on your own? This is not usually a problem with most people, but it can hap…

I have spent a great deal of my adult life studying our founding documents. One of my treasures is a draft copy of the Declaration of Independence which hangs on my wall.

Maxine Waters badmouths President Trump and demands he be impeached because she says he's a racist. Trump responds by calling Waters "a person with a low IQ." If I were president and this woman were intimidating me, I would defend myself against her slanderous attacks. Wouldn't you?

Recently the cities of San Francisco and Oakland sued several major oil companies such as Chevron and Exxon for several billion dollars claiming they caused global warming, intentionally, in the same way that cigarette companies knowingly peddled a substance which caused the death of thousan…

Years ago, I returned after serving my country in an unpopular war, naively assuming America could do no wrong, guided by humane laws and principles, religious tolerance and fairness for all.

United Way of Kern County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Our United Way focuses on the success of children to grow into healthy, educated, financially stable and valuable members of their community. But none of that can happen if …

In Mr. Hartman's editorial, he managed to include most of the current Democrat Party talking points, and a fairly concise compilation of standard liberal dogma. Kudos! I'm sure your local comrades will be pleased.

What does Robert Dear have to do with the killing of five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland? Dear went on a killing spree at a Planned Parenthood facility after having been brainwashed by a continual flood of anti-abortionist rhetoric from Republican politicians for years. …