The legitimacy of the investigations that maliciously dogged Trump's campaign and presidency absorbed more blows after the declassification by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell of a list of Obama administration officials, including presumptive Democratic presidential n…

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"It needs to end. Now," stated the New York Post the other day. What the editors of that paper are saying is that it is imperative that all businesses be opened up immediately to resume doing business as the various business owners see fit.

What begins as extolling of 19th century of men of enlightenment in a recent letter is actually a thinly veiled excoriation of religious conviction and conservative thought ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Is reopening society so soon moral and ethical?" May 25). It is an outright attack on the concept o…

Froma Harrop writes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York should be Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate ("Andrew Cuomo for vice president," May 24). Perhaps Harrop forgot that Gov. Cuomo issued an incredibly stupid and inhumane order that had New York nursing homes admit patients with CO…

Monday’s Californian has an excellent opinion piece concerning the moral and ethical dimensions of reducing the restrictions on citizens during the pandemic ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Is reopening society so soon moral and ethical? May 25). Reopening society could cause the public to be subject to …

Bravo and God bless you: that’s my sincere message to the staff of the New York Times, as well as its tribute that appeared in Sunday’s issue, titled “Remembering the nearly 100,000 lives lost to coronavirus in America.”

Thursday's Californian featured articles regarding the increasing cases of the coronavirus and its associated deaths, plus the scheduled reopening of restaurants, churches and more. I have some concerns related to both.

Dr. Bezdek’s column (“COMMUNITY VOICES: In defense of elites,” May 20) presents an excellent demonstration of why the term “elite” carries a negative connotation. The crux of his argument, bathed in condescension, is based on the following statement: “Elites, in reality, are individuals who …

Our government is based on a two-party system whereby robust debate is required to present all sides of an issue in determining which is the wisest course to pursue.

In the May 16 edition, The Californian printed the article "Will Congress help California? Newsom's budget banks on it." School children are listed to take a hit. I'll quote: "Without an infusion of at least $14 billion from Congress, Newsom said the state would have to cut billions to publi…

As Kern County reopens, I urge my fellow citizens to wear masks and maintain social distance. If you truly are committed to reopening our economy, then these things are vital. Wearing masks is a protection for others. Even if you find them annoying or see not wearing them as some form of soc…

David B. Thomas' letter was outstanding ("Letter to the Editor: Some positives from this time," April 21)! Mr. Thomas was spot on with every item he spoke about. I loved it!

Within the last few days, news reports have indicated that while the capacity to test people for coronavirus has expanded, “not enough” people are stepping up to take the test. This is a critical time when our public health officials need to shift from administering the test solely to those …

Twice, in the past week, I have listened to former President Barack Obama attack President Donald Trump. While hearing this, I again had the thought, as I did many times during his eight years in office, that when he attacks someone, he is describing himself.

Harold Staat (“COMMUNITY VOICES: Do legislators have our best interests in mind?,” May 14) surmises that after his extensive use of lead ammunition at a shooting range followed by a blood test showing no ill effects of lead that legislators acted blindly to removing lead from ammunition. He …

The old saying, “My mind’s made up, don’t confuse me with facts,” seems to be true for President Donald Trump. This week he criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci for telling us the truth.

I thoroughly concur with Ramona Gia's letter ("Celebrate the teachers around you," May 13). Certainly teachers are the key to any learning situation happening in any classroom at any school. In addition, there are many other people who deserve our thanks right along with the teachers.

The Ken Jeong show at the Fox Theater has been canceled. Really no surprise. Vallitix will issue refunds, but, get this, there is a $5 per ticket fee charged for the refund! I bought three tickets so I have to be out $15 to not see the show! They already charge about $15 per ticket in fees o…

In Clayton Campbell’s column (“COMMUNITY VOICES: In Kern, as elsewhere, freedom trumps fear every time,” May 10), he and other business owners signed a letter asking the Board of Supervisors to rescind the April 2 order, which criminalized violation of the shelter-in place rules. I have not …

A recent article about the scarcity of toilet paper seemed inadequate to explain much about the long-lasting nature of this problem. A short-term doubling of demand, such as the article described, would surely not cause a lasting shortage. The supply chain should be able to cope with that, y…

It never ceases to amaze me how some self-interested people, keenly fixated on their own individual rights, choose to invoke the Constitution of the United States to defend their egoistical positions, while conveniently neglecting the preamble of this document ("COMMUNITY VOICES: In Kern, as…

There are a lot of mention of people supporting food establishments by picking up food to go. I would participate, if the local Public Health Department would ensure the workers have been tested for COVID-19 and place a certificate, similar to the "A" and "B" grading of the establishment, on…

Let's make sure we got this right. There are more than 383,000 people in the Bakersfield area, we have done roughly 14,000 COVID-19 tests and now we we want to open everything up almost back to normal? Seriously, what kind of sound thinking is that and who is responsible for the irresponsibi…

I keep hearing people ask if I can “congregate” at a store, then why can’t I go to church? Going shopping today is very different than going to church, and will be even with social distancing and mask wearing.

Choices given to us are only bad options. Which are better? Which are worse? Immediately before us are options that have to do with starting up the economy even before the killer virus isn't through with us yet. A complex modern society just can't stay shut down for long. Ah, what parts star…

I am a senior who has multiple sclerosis, COPD and have had in the past multiple blood clots in my legs and lungs. I’ve been considered by some to be in very poor condition. These may be my health issues, but they don’t define me as a person. God did give me a brain, too, which is working pe…

Our first responders are heroes. They could shelter-in-place like the rest of us, but they don't. Each day they go back into hospitals and ERs. Each new patient could be infected with the virus, but they keep treating the sick, day after day.

Two months ago, when the novel coronavirus forced us to shut the doors of St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center, it created a unique challenge: how would we continue to feed the vulnerable in our midst for whom there is no home to shelter-in-place? An article in The Bakersfield Californian by …

Anyone here in Kern County who uses a mobility vehicle or a wheelchair have a hard time opening a library door at one of the branch libraries? Could be because some of the branches have automatic door buttons, while others don’t.

There is a photo on the front page of Wednesday’s Bakersfield Californian showing many of the 300 supporters who participated in the Free Kern County rally ("‘Free Kern County’ rally demands reopening of businesses, churches," May 6). I could not help but notice that not a single person in t…

Eight states didn't lockdown and their numbers seem to be better than states that did. As of this writing, we've had 1,143 reported infections of COVID-19, with 13 deaths. The mortality rate of those infected is 1 percent.

I want to thank those businesses that are requiring face masks for its customers. At the same time, I am frustrated that many stores do not require them and do not have sanitary restrooms. What are these disrespectful businesses thinking? I will not return to such places even if COVID-19 dies out.

In a recent Community Voices, the author defended our president’s mishandling of COVID-19. The author’s civics lesson was clear, but his application assumed Trump understands federalism. He doesn’t.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on May 3 defended her decision to extend a stay-at-home order to May 15, declaring, “Whether you agree with me or not, I’m working to protect your life if you live in the state of Michigan.”

For all of the people protesting about wearing face masks, I have a question. If that interferes with your individual rights, I’m wondering how you feel about traffic lights. Do you observe them? They protect both you and me, just like face masks.

Everyone is anxious for this pandemic to be over. But 150 to 200 protesters standing around without masks on and without observing social distancing guidelines while they wear Trump hats does nothing positive to end this nightmare (“Anti-government shutdown protest springs up in downtown Bak…

At some point, this pandemic will end. Invariably, at some point in our lives, we will find ourselves in need of medical care for something else. We might find ourselves in an ICU after a coronary episode, or under emergency care following an accident. Maybe in a cancer center undergoing lif…

I get that people are tired of being cooped up. I understand that businesses need revenue. But don’t the protesters shown in Saturday’s paper realize that all the steps taken by the government are precisely why we have so few deaths ("Anti-government shutdown protest springs up in downtown B…

There will always be disagreements on how the COVID-19 pandemic should have been dealt with. People tend to believe what benefits them personally. Given that fact, let's discuss the elephant in the room.

Meet Mr. Karma. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I read the article about the fair board warning about closing for good due to money issues (“Kern County Fair board warns it may have to close for good,” April 30). Remember, some people associated with the fair are accused of squanderi…

This probably is a good time to remind readers how quarterly GDP growth is reported. The 4.8 percent decrease reported for the past quarter does not mean that GDP went from, say, 100 percent to 95.2 percent. It means GDP went from a base of 100 to 98.8 (-1.2 percent). The quarterly growth ra…

While reading Richard Thesken’s column (“COMMUNITY VOICES: The future of our planet,” April 30), I flashed back to the early 1970s. Many voices said it would be irresponsible to have children, bringing them into a doomed world. Fortunately, most people were optimists and chose to have famili…