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Just read an article online put out by Reuters that General Electric is shutting down its Inland Empire Energy Center 20 years before the end of its design life because it cannot compete with the growing supply of inexpensive renewable energy from wind and solar plants. If this energy is so …

I imagine decades from now kids in school will read narrative accounts about 2019. Like we learn about Harriet Tubman freeing 300 slaves, or the reflections of a teenager who wrote: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank d…

A friend of mine posted the following two posts on Facebook in an attempt to be uplifting: "When you are honest, you build strength of character that will allow you to be of great service to God and others. You will be blessed with peace of mind," and, "Strong families require effort. Your f…

Recently The Californian had an update on the Isabella Dam project ("Wet weather, melting snow bring adjustments to Isabella Lake repair work," June 3). I also watched a documentary on the five worst dams in the world." Isabella Dam was number four. Very interesting!

Apparently Kamala Harris is blowing smoke about free public college tuition in her presidential campaign platform when she has done nothing in California to control the cost to the students (“Audit says CSU stashed away $1.5 billion and raised tuition," June 20).

I'd like to make an observation about the community support shown for the Kern County Department of Human Services ("Fear, discontent reportedly widespread at Kern County Department of Human Services," June 20). Mostly women employees supporting women and children, and the support of the Vie…

As the year has progressed here in Kern County, it seems like the homeless population has gone up everyday. Every time I pass a homeless man, woman or child, my heart aches for them. A few days ago, with the heat unbearable, I saw a homeless man desperately try to cool off by lying under a w…

So, Mr. McConnell says we have repaid our debt to the slaves. We did elect a black president. Maybe next we can find a Native American willing to stand up to the racism. But, God forbid a woman! We have already allowed them to earn 76 percent of what a man makes. Just what do these people wa…

These are difficult political times. The nation is divided and there is great animosity. I tried to contact Congressman Kevin McCarthy when he went to bat, defending Trump who acknowledged he would accept election assistance from foreign nationalities. I was unsuccessful as his Washington, D…

The mighty San Andreas Fault will move whether we frack or not which it did in the 1857 (7.9) Fort Tejon quake. And in 1906, the San Francisco Quake (7.9). No oil wells in or around either location then, and we hadn’t started fracking till about 1947 ("Letter to the Editor: Something to pond…

First of all, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sam Morgen's story on owed library fees ("More than 40,000 Kern residents owe $1.1 million in fines to library," June 17). I found it to be well-researched and informative.

Where is the money going for the roads? This city and county has the worst roads in the state. I’ve seen potholes the size of a basketball and 5 inches deep. I’m a cyclist and riding a bike in Bakersfield is a absolute nightmare.

The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away. Screaming fireworks ready to be set off, filling the air with sounds, booms, screams, smoke flashes and stars. Dogs will do anything: go over fences, through windows, break ropes, run, dash through open doors, bark as they run down streets with ow…

Interesting letter in Monday's paper from a reader who longs "for a return to ethical and moral leadership" ("Letter to the Editor: Trump's declaration," June 17). It seems to me ethical and moral leadership has been lacking in this country for a very long time, nationally and statewide. Sin…

Trump’s declaration that he would “take it” if a hostile foreign power, Russia, offered him “dirt” on a rival proves, once again, that President Trump has no moral core. He might inform the FBI if he felt like it at the moment. But he will do anything and say anything as long as it advances …

Here is something to ponder when debating fracking: since commencing fracking, Oklahoma has more earthquakes each year than California. Would fracking along or near the San Andreas fault, which is overdue for a major quake, be wise? Is damage to homes, buildings, roads, gas pipelines, canals…

Most of the people that are stopped at DUI checkpoints are driving without a license or on a suspended one. What happens to their vehicles if they are alone while driving? Do they get to drive home or call for family assistance?

President Trump gives America the opportunity to bring justice and integrity back to our nation. The results of Obama’s eight years are finally surfacing and they are not good. Trump winning the 2016 election really disrupted the plans of the Democratic Party.

After pondering Mr. Ananian’s comments in Sunday’s paper concerning the “fracking” business in Kern County, I finally understood he was voicing objection to the BLM’s proposed oil and gas leasing of government lands ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Skepticism about the fracking business," June 10).

I have to disagree with Mark Whitehouse's assertions about why our country needs a stimulus ("Whitehouse: A little stimulus wouldn't hurt the job market," June 10). What America needs is an organized workforce that can negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions. We also need a n…

I’m a faithful Catholic Bakersfield woman who attends Saint Francis Church. I also veil during Mass. In a recent article in The Bakersfield Californian, Kyle Humphrey made a wildly dangerous statement regarding women who veil in this town as doily wearers (it’s been called a veil, or mantill…

Nearly 95,000 crosses and one of the most stunningly beautiful views of the English Channel from French soil. Normandy, June 6, 1944, stands as the turning point of the Second World War. Hitler’s Nazis will soon be defeated, France, and then all Europe, will be liberated from Germany’s iron fist.

I got to ask Dr. Ruth a question. While attending a pre- party for President Clinton’s second Inauguration in Washington, D.C., I spotted Dr. Ruth Westheimer the celebrity sex therapist. My question to her will come later.

Someone "splain" to me. Why in Bakersfield do so many drivers feel the need to be traveling at least five miles per hour over the speed limit before they cross over the white line from their rolling stop at any intersection, accelerating hard until they put their latte back into the cup hold…

June 6 was Thanksgiving Day for me. First of all because my paratrooper husband was among those young men who jumped into Normandy on D-Day. Thankfully he survived, so many did not

With the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day and the landing at Normandy, I am reminded of the supreme sacrifice of so many of our brave young military members. In late March of this year, we visited the Omaha Beach area, the museum and the massive, solemn and beautifully maintained American …

For thousands of students and the teachers they had in 20 years, David Reese will never be "ex-Principal David Reese" of Bakersfield High School. His office door should have had a sign on it saying, "You're welcome to come in."

Whenever we go to the grocery store these days, my mom, sister and myself are harassed by homeless people begging for money as we try to enter the store. On a recent trip to the Vons in the Marketplace, we were yelled at by a homeless man who was shouting at the top of his lungs for money so…

A recent letter to the editor made the unattributed claim that computer models of global climate change to date are demonstrably wrong ("Letter to the Editor: Presenting the facts," May 29). In fact, the models perform very well. For example, examine the extremely good match between global t…

On May 25, I met a friend for breakfast at Spencer's Restaurant at the East Hills Mall. A big thank you to the unknown person who bought our breakfast. It was a nice surprise, and very much appreciated. May God bless you for your unexpected kindness and generosity.

A few days ago the national spelling bee contest concluded with an unusual ending: an eight-way tie for first-place. This was a first. But then, after I read the names of the students, a realized something else needs to be noted. Maybe you can come up with the same conclusion. First the name…

In the May 24 Opinion Hits & Misses, a “Miss” was outlined concerning cycling in Bakersfield, and a link for residents to make comments about bike ridership was provided. I attempted to use the site, but the site was not user friendly. I gave up trying to use it.

I read the article with interest about the tight labor market and difficulty obtaining qualified employees ("Tight labor market keeps local employers on their toes," May 28). My granddaughter, who grew up in Bakersfield, has a degree in international business and logistics plus several years…

Please tell me that there are plans to repave Haley Street. California Water Service has been doing a lot of work along Haley to replace aging water pipes. I want to thank them for bringing us clean water. I am very grateful that we live in a country where this is available.

Ken Hooper's mission to fill in the blanks in our knowledge of local history is commendable, but more than that, it is necessary ("BHS archiving students discover new names, info, to be etched into the Wall of Valor," May 24). By engaging his students in this important task, Mr. Hooper is te…

A recent letter writer wrote, “The present scandal is the result of men with homosexual tendencies being accepted into the priesthood” ("Letter to the Editor: The church does not need to change her teaching," May 26).

Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” spoke to the upheaval of the 60s and the political unrest around the Vietnam War. Today we still have political unrest and war and the way it is waged has changed dramatically. The war I speak of is the war of words that are being uttered throughou…

Regarding those who doubt the accusations against Father Craig Harrison, I sympathize with how hard it is to believe the alleged victims, especially if you know Father Harrison or have a good opinion of him.

In response to Lia Mendez’s Community Voices piece (“COMMUNITY VOICES: Farming the future,” May 22), her first premise states, “research suggests that we can expect to see global temperatures rise by about 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the next 40 years.” That is a ridiculous claim that even over…

During the presidency of George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld persuaded the president to declare war on Iraq. The U. S. Congress unanimously voted to declare war, and in 2003 we invaded Iraq.

I worked for the Sheriff’s Office and for Kern County for over 30 years. I have seen some good things and bad things over that time, but I have to ask, how much does the Bakersfield Police Department pay for the use of the Sheriff’s helicopter? During my career, no one would answer my questi…