I saw a recent Associated Press report about rent control that is being considered. As an owner of rental property I would like to point out that when my taxes, insurance and utilities go up, I have to raise my rents to maintain a decent return on my investment. Perhaps our lawmakers could l…

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Regarding Amber Petrovich's op-ed, she is right on the money ("I'm not an addict, give me the painkillers, already," Dec. 1). I experienced exactly what she did with a knee injury. In the ER, I was in serious pain and after sitting and laying on a gurney, I was given Norco. I experienced som…

This is in response to a recent letter, which sounded a lot like "baiting" to me ("Letter to the Editor: Tell us who has your vote," Dec. 2). No, I’m not in favor of sanctuary cities nor providing free health care to those here illegally. If the primary were to be held today, I’d vote for Am…

Friends and neighbors: I know, I know, you really don't like the president and you want me to know that you won't be voting for him in 2020. It might have started with his fib about the size of the inauguration crowd or the orange head or the bad joke coming off the bus about grabbing women.…

Thanks to the honest Costco member who found my portable hard drive abandoned in the cart. Instead of “finders keepers, losers weepers,” this honest individual returned it to Costco. I did weep, but for joy, knowing that honesty has not gone extinct. What a meaningful Thanksgiving. Thank you…

It was interesting to read some of the comments on a recent high-speed rail article ("That high-speed fiction looks a lot more like fact now," Nov. 18). Some seem to conveniently forget it was the people of California who approved the project back in 2008, two years before then-Gov. Jerry Br…

Last week’s hearings in Washington were difficult to watch. The witnesses were not known to be Democrats or Republicans; they were Americans. Americans that worked for the U.S. State Department, former National Security Adviser John Bolton or Mike Pence, definitely not “never Trumpers.” Some…

It saddens me that my conservative hero had to be President Trump. To his credit, he has continued to deliver on campaign promises that I support. To his detriment, he is an egotistical bully.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Michael Gerson, for your Nov. 23 column ("In the Trump era, it's the survival of the unscrupulous"). I wish I could express myself to my friends just a little bit like you stated in this column. But these days you can't talk to your friends or family about po…

The recent congressional hearings have clearly shown that Trump and his corrupt gang of "merry men" are the bad actors I’ve always thought them to be. Their misdeeds have made a shamble of the Constitution, and lying is their modus operandi. Along the way, Trump, with the aid of his feloniou…

Marine Pfc. Joseph Robert Livermore returned home to Bakersfield on Nov. 14. He was interred at Union Cemetery with full military honors. His family is rightfully proud of the battlefield courage of this Marine Corps hero who died Nov. 22 or 23, 1943, on the island of Tarawa in WWII.

So sad that some people have elected a congressmen like Adam Schiff. He is clearly way over his head. Schiff is having his dream come true and is now ruling like a dictator. His constant interruptions of Republicans' ability to ask questions from Schiff's witnesses in the impeachment inquiry…

The noise from motorbikes and hot rodded cars sometimes rattles our windows although we are a distance from main roads ("Deafening street racing has southwest Bakersfield residents fed up," Nov. 19). Glasspack mufflers and raised or lowered vehicles can be dangerous, not to mention booming r…

Every mainstream news outlet I am reading reports damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland in the impeachment inquiry. Even an AP story with the headline, “Key witness says President Trump sought quid pro quo with Ukraine,” appeared on The Californian's website.

I recently purchased some cookie dough from a Bakersfield student for a school fundraiser. My check was cashed and I have been waiting for my delivery. A few days ago, I was notified that the seller (the student or parent, I assume) had not picked up the merchandise in a timely manner and th…

As a Latino, I couldn't help noticing that missing from the various lists of places to visit in Bakersfield/Kern offered in The Californian ("OUR VIEW: Come on, Bakersfield. We’re not that boring!" Nov. 17) was the National Chavez Center, which honors the legacy of Cesar Chavez. It includes …

Imagine my surprise as I was reading the opinion page and there in black and white was a description of the so-called “Trumpized Republican Party” as “vulgar, anti-intellectual, racist and reactionary” (“GOP has a suburbs problem,” Nov. 8). The author sees those repulsive Republicans trounci…

The last few weeks we have observed a family of raccoons in our front and backyards. We have been alerted to their presence by our dogs. They reside in a sump directly across from our home. I have attempted to contact the local authorities (city of Bakersfield, Kern County Animal Services, F…

I write this letter to acknowledge all the wonderful people that participated in honoring my uncle PFC Joseph Robert Livermore, returned home after 76 years following his demise fighting for our country ("Remains of long-missing Marine greeted with gratitude and respect in his hometown," Nov…

I just read about Bakersfield College beginning to plan for housing for homeless or low-income students ("Trustees push ahead on housing for students in need," Nov. 14) . Why can't dorms be considered? The individual units they are talking about with kitchens and bathrooms could be very expe…

Being one that has things to do at 7 a.m. on Sunday mornings, I believe this marathon has become totally out of control. All major thoroughfares are blocked off from Union Avenue on the east to Gosford Road on the west, and 34th on the north to Stockdale Highway on the south, and roads in be…

Imagine the following: Kevin McCarthy is still a CSUB student and taking a class from me that he must have to graduate. Sadly, we are now at the end of the term and it is clear he will not pass. He thus stops by my office and asks if he can do extra credit to pull his score into the passing …

The 24th Street widening project has caused significant amounts of construction downtown, and subsequently, numerous streets have been temporarily or permanently blocked off. One street that hasn’t been allowed the luxury of a protective brick wall is the north side of Beech Street. Traffic …

The opinion piece by Anthony Wright paints a rosy — if inaccurate — picture of California’s attempt to solve surprise medical billing through a misguided approach called benchmarking, or government rate-setting ("OTHER VIEWS: California’s solution to stop surprise medical bills is working; i…

With the ongoing and everlasting road construction on 24th Street, it seems that 21st Street has now become a main thoroughfare for crosstown traffic. Not only is it always full of cars, but they are also driving too fast. I live downtown and cross 21st Street on foot many times throughout t…

Thank you for the thoughtful, well written and timely article on homelessness ("It's cold, they're homeless and we'll study it," Nov. 10). For our city to address the issue in terms of those without homes, their neighboring businesses and residents and its effect on our city and state is cru…

When my husband and I were touring Europe several years ago, we visited a large cemetery in Normandy. As we walked down the rows, we read the names and hometowns of the soldiers lying there. The cemetery is maintained to such perfection that not a blade of grass is out of line or taller than…

Vince Zaragoza is correct ("Letter to the Editor: NIMBY memory lane," Nov. 11) when he comments on what happened at the City Council vote on the first homeless center 29 years ago. I was the chairman of the Homeless Coalition Task Force and gave the report to the City Council that night. It …

Thank you, Mr. Price, for your piece about the homeless situation in our area using Jesus as an example to follow ("It's cold, they're homeless and we'll study it," Nov. 10). This has been my own argument lately as I watch people who say they are Christian complain about and blame those less…

According to a CNN report, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is "invalid" unless the identity of the anonymous whistleblower is revealed.

Mr. Price, I agree with your article on the homeless ("It's cold, they're homeless and we'll study it," Nov. 10). I was a police officer in my other life, and we used to be able to pick up the mentally ill street people and take them to a clean, warm hospital until the American Civil Liberti…

Please join me in celebrating Nurse Practitioner Week (Nov. 10-16). A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse with graduate level education such as a master’s degree or a doctoral degree. In California, all NPs are registered nurses licensed by the California Board of Reg…

The recent article concerning the City Council meeting to acquire property for a homeless shelter took me down memory lane ("Bakersfield City Council postpones purchase of East Brundage homeless shelter site," Nov. 6). It reminded me of the NIMBY controversy 29 years ago when the city funded…

Congressman Kevin McCarthy clearly supports President Trump no matter the circumstances. What if the congressman is wrong?

Trump is at it again. He’s mindlessly tossing around insults and threatening to cut off federal funds that help fight California wildfires. He’s also lecturing Gov. Newsom, saying he should “get his act together,” and manage California’s forests better by sweeping leaves off the ground.

A recent letter writer ("Letter to the Editor: Keep America great," Nov. 6) is mistaken when he states, "I personally have yet to meet anyone whose life has been damaged by Trump's policies." It is a classic case of failing to see the forest because of the trees.

One Sound Off writer and several other Republicans are saying Democrats are impeaching Trump to try to nullify the election. If Republicans like Jeb Bush or John Kasich had won the presidency, no Democrat would be trying to impeach them. They are trying to impeach Trump because he is truly a…

Am I the only one who thinks that something is not right when the son of a past vice president, who also is running for president, is given a high-powered job in a country like Ukraine and he freely admits that the only reason he got the job was because of his last name? I know that governme…

The past week has been historic for the fight to end Alzheimer’s in our community. On Oct. 26, the Alzheimer’s Association kicked off its inaugural Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Ridgecrest. As a member of the volunteer walk committee, I joined nearly 200 participants who raised more than $30,00…

I read with some amusement Valerie Schultz’s most recent column, where she, like many others, are vilifying a sitting president ("OTHER VOICES: Schadenfreude," Nov. 3). Her sarcasm is poorly used, and though she clearly does not like this president, she offers no suggestions of how someone e…

Trumpsters, I have spent the last three years trying to understand your state-of-mind and your ideological beliefs that lead you to be so loyal to President Trump. He does not represent deep-seated traditional beliefs in Republican Party values. He is opposed to free trade, international agr…

As an electric vehicle driver for six years, my family has owned a Chevy Spark EV, two Nissan Leafs, a KIA Soul EV and two Tesla Model 3s. I think Robert Price ("Electric car lovers are among us, right here in oil city," Nov. 3) missed one of the biggest selling points of EVs: charging at ho…

I would like to go on the public record condemning Republican house members and their leader Kevin McCarthy for the division they are fomenting, by unanimously voting against the impeachment inquiry rules. They have lost whatever moral core they might have once had. This "party-over-country"…

No one loves animals more than me, but something must be done about these feral cats! I live in a small gated community and last year 15 kittens were dumped on us Several of us fed them, trapped and had them neutered then found homes for them. The last two cats I paid to have them neutered. …