Americans have been bombarded for over a century with the idea that socialism is another word for communism and that it is very bad. The word socialism is just another word for the social contract that we make with one another as Americans.

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Valerie Schultz's smarmy, genteel gender bigotry is part of the problem ("Future is female, but only if we vote," Oct. 14). Matta and Hill may truly be sharp and sensible. McCarthy and Knight may indeed be glossy and aloof. But promoting mindless identity politics — vote for women, especiall…

“Lagniappe” is a French/Spanish Creole word that means something pleasant and unexpected like a free dessert with a meal. President Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Neal Gorsuch (approved by a 54 to 45 vote) and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (approved by a 50 to 48 vote) are all l…

I'm disappointed and disagree with The Bakersfield Californian's endorsement of Supervisor Mike Maggard. First off, he does not have the endorsement of any public safety groups: Deputies, firefighters, detention officers or probation. All of public safety has endorsed candidate Jeff Heinle. …

TBC recommends voting for Rep. Kevin McCarthy because he's a power figure in Washington, D.C., not because of what he has done to help the people in his district, which has been nothing. And now McCarthy wants to hit the American taxpayers with a bill of over $23 billion to build a wall that…

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. It seems liberals and the leaders of the nation's Democratic Party didn't get the memo or just don't feel it applies to them.

I agree with Ms. Gosling ("COMMUNITY VOICES: It's not the district's fault," Oct. 6) that students need direction from home about following school rules and being respectful of their teachers. This was a “given” with my son when he started school. You get in trouble at school, you’ll get in …

John Cox, Republican candidate for governor, is running on a platform that most Californians support: Repeal of the $52 billion gasoline/diesel tax, creating a business-friendly environment, addressing the homeless crisis through affordable housing and reversing the recently enacted “sanctua…

Is there anything more depressing than a lovelorn country western song? Yes, the lack of citizens showing an interest in politics as described in Bob Price's front-page article in the Sunday Californian. He went to Bakersfield College to lead a discussion of state and local ballot measures. …

I was once proud to call myself a Republican. However, in 2000 I left the GOP due to growing racism and sexism within its ranks. However, not even I could imagine to what depths of intolerance and dishonor the current GOP leadership would sink.

In Saturday's Congress endorsement, did you really say the reason to vote for Kevin McCarthy is so Bakersfield can claim the hometown of the next Speaker of the House? I read your piece multiple times and you point out how he has voted on items that hurt our citizens in Kern County, but you …

Shameful how long it's taking for some agency to come help this poor sick coyote that is slowly starving to death. It needs to be humanely captured, given medical attention and relocated to another area. So the Department of Fish and Wildlife doesn't want to pick it up? It needs to do its jo…

My memories of Jimmy Mills over the years when articles would come out in the Californian about him missing in action revolve around the years 1955-1956 when we both competed in high school sports, both football and basketball, him at BHS and me at Arvin High. We both played on the B class t…

I was listening to Vally Public Radio tonight when I heard an article about poor people marching in front of Congress wanting the Republican’s out and more aid for the needy. A four-day trip to Washington, D.C., to see my daughter usually costs me an average of $2,500, which is why I only go…

"The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world." Mothers bring forth life, nurture, love, teach, pray and the gift of hope and joy onto the world. My role models and salvation were my Nana, Nonie and mother. As a Christian man, I will appreciate the contributions made by these strong and l…

Your endorsement regarding Grace Vallejo ("OUR VIEW: We recommend: Elect Vallejo in revamped 4th District" states, "... Vallejo has been deeply involved in the community of Delano, Kern's second-largest city, her entire adult life - working in education..." Her work in education was only in …

Everyone should be very frightened by the current political disgrace. I, like the previous letter writer (“Memories come back,” Oct. 3), had a similar experience while I was in high school. 

Friday's story on Juan Romero, the busboy at the Ambassador Hotel photographed consoling a dying Robert F. Kennedy, touched me. To be able to experience a moment of horror at the assassination, and, at the same time, comfort his friend as he lay dying, is heartbreaking. Juan felt guilty for …

Praise the Lord, the Kavanaugh fiasco is finally over! Considering that every Democrat, with the exception of Joe ”I’m trying to save my seat” Manchin, declared they would vote no on Kavanaugh shortly after he was nominated, this ridiculous spectacle could have been avoided, and they could h…

In the Nation and World section, I was reading the article about White House Counsel Don McGahn, a key figure in the administration's handling of the Russia investigation, and his leaving in the fall. Toward the end of the article, I thought I had somehow inadvertently turned the page to the…

Brett Kavanagh should withdrawal himself from the Supreme Court nomination. I am sure we can find a better judge for the position than one who is accused of sexual assault. This is a political disaster for both parties. It shows that our legislative branch of government is a place were we ar…

John Cox states in his opinion piece ("The Californian got it wrong," Oct. 4) that he has family still living in the Central Valley. He is likely referring to his half-brother, who lives in Fresno. John Cox's brother has stated on Facebook that he will not be voting for him, follows Gavin Ne…

Seven police officers were shot in South Carolina, one fatally. The shooter was armed with a rifle. This is just one instance during the last few years when police were attacked with firearms. But the NRA and right-wing gun lovers say all citizens should be armed to make us safer. I pray for…

My Country, God bless thee, land of a constitutional democracy, let freedom ring. When athletes, people of conscience, or religious minorities take a knee during the anthem dear to me, let freedom ring. If, in our cars we speed, or our fellow human beings cross the border illegally, then due…

This is a response to Debby Brackley’s Community Voices piece (“Kavanaugh’s nomination should not be rushed,” Oct. 3). Her final line is the true crux of her article. “We need to make sure a clown does not become a Supreme Court justice.”

The current debate on who is more truthful, Christine Blasey Ford, Ph.D., or Judge Brett Kavanaugh, hopefully will be settled soon. America does not need another Anita Hill circumstance where the assertion of sexual aggression lingers for decades, unresolved.

It was a typical rant that Trump was on before his fans on Tuesday night. All those, he spouted, who are involved in the attacks on Kavanaugh are evil. Not just mistaken. No longer deluded. They are evil. And so the venom flows. What to make of such a tyrant Trump?

I can’t believe the Bakersfield Californian is once again refusing to stand against cruelty to animals. Thankfully, California citizens are once again paving the way in fighting back against the brutality animals all too often endure.

I bet Alfred Harrell is turning over in his grave seeing the paper he founded going from a conservative Republican newspaper to a liberal democratic mouthpiece. How sad for the people of Bakersfield and Kern County. Fair and balanced it is no longer. Elect Democrats and raise taxes, make peo…

What/who picked a majority of Democrat candidates as part of Sunday's endorsements in the Opinion section? Gavin Newsome? Really? A continuing blunder from the Jerry Brown administration, to destroy California through over taxation, increasing homelessness, etc. Have you forgotten what count…

The Bakersfield Californian’s opposition to Proposition 12’s anti-cruelty measures that would also improve public health upsets me. In 2008, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that required veal calves, mother pigs and egg-laying hens be given enough r…

A bill allowing state lawmakers to live outside the districts they represent recently passed the state legislature with bipartisan support. I call it the "carpetbagger bill."

There will be 2 competing ballot initiatives in Kern this November: Measure J and Measure K. The voters of Kern deserve an analysis of both measures because they are as similar as horseshoes and hand grenades. As this paper analyzes each measure, I respectfully ask that Measure J is describe…

Regarding a recent letter questioning paperwork needed to be brought to the DMV ("Documents required for the DMV," Sept. 29), the DMV posted all the documents needed for a Real ID on its website and all one has to do is read it. People need to bring 1) Proof of ID, 2) Proof of Social Securit…

Doubtful the public will learn anything new during the extra week of interviews. That is, unless of course, somehow the FBI could do some investigating into Ms. Ford's lawyers that are working "pro-bono" and were recommended by the office of Sen. Diane Feinstein. Tracking the leak of the con…

I imagine that I am not alone in having this week’s Senate confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court trigger long buried memories of sexual assault.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's testimony struggled to rebuke Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's creditable testimony. Kavanaugh, who already took the unusual step on appearing on FOX News, where at length, he described his teen life as a choir boy experience has already walked backed…

Judges must listen carefully to people who come before them without being unduly influenced by prejudice. Judge Brett Kavanaugh did not demonstrate clear thinking. Questions about high school drinking sparked belligerence, sarcasm and defensiveness. He went on several alcohol related rants, …

Brik McDill ("Community Voices: Ending school shootings starts with kids," Sept. 27) said that there are 38,658 deaths caused by gun violence every year, but tells us nothing about gun ownership or intentional violence. Then he wants to create a list of children who might become mass shooter…

With the attention on the DMV, I had to go to San Luis Obispo to get an appointment that was four weeks out from my birthday. The local offices are booked for appointments about two months out. I brought my passport and a 50-year-old Social Security card with original signature. The latter h…

The article “County downsizes groundwater management role, raising concerns of state intervention” from Sept. 22 points to the possibility that the state could take over groundwater management planning in Kern County. This would be a tragic outcome.

The definition of hypocritical is "behaving in a way that suggests one has higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case." Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McDonald has redefined the word. How else can he explain how he, and his Republican cronies, held up President Obama's …

Both testimonies were compelling. But I find it hard to believe that the Democrats were able to persuade such a woman as Christine Blasey Ford to be an accomplice in their “scheme” of delaying confirmation, thereby wrecking her life. Harder to believe that Brett Kavanaugh, with his keen inte…