I had to buy some groceries. I went to the store I have patronized ever since it opened. The young man stocking the produce was wearing a mask below his nose. I commented that his mask appeared to have slipped. In a tone that would have earned my offspring an all-expenses paid trip to time o…

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Having friends and family in Texas, I watched in horror as my daughter and grandkids were freezing in the dark during the recent storm. All that could have been avoided if Texas had instituted the Green New Deal.

“Conservatives” love to label anyone they disagree with as a radical socialist. Clearly, most conservatives either don’t have a clue what “socialism” is, or they don’t care. It’s just a convenient insult they can use when they dislike someone.

For decades, Kern County and the Central Valley have been leading California in the oil industry. However, it is no coincidence that we also hold some of the highest rates of respiratory illnesses within the state. My generation does not have the privilege of time to spare; we must take acti…

The column from Charles Sykes was pathetic ("We're all living in Rush Limbaugh's world," Feb. 21). Sykes is listed as a "former" radio talk show host. It's not only plain to see why he is a "former" host, it's also obvious he is still upset about not being able to compete with Rush Limbaugh …

Quite a hypocritical opinion piece in Saturday’s Community Voices ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Time for county, country to evolve," Feb. 20). An unabashed call for Californians (and America) to embrace progressivism with open arms. This movement, hidden behind the party name of Democrat, will be the …

President Biden's new mantra is "America is back." Yes, we're back alright, but we're sitting at the back of the bus! Maybe not even on the bus, perhaps trying to run to get on the bus. The border is open to illegal immigrants, but restaurants, schools and gyms are all closed. U.S citizens r…

At the age of 76, I read the obituaries every day. One thing I look at is the ages of those who have died, hoping they are older than me. The other is the name of the person, trying to note if I had them as one of my students at Foothill High School or Centennial High School.

I was very honored to be transferred to Bakersfield High School in 1978 as a teacher of Spanish and German. BHS spoiled me as I was able to teach the brightest and the best.

Interesting Community Voice piece in Saturday's paper ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Time for county, country to evolve," Feb. 20). True, these delegates are elected by voters, but that is misleading. They are registered Democrats in that Assembly District. They are people from our community who are in…

In response to the bill that bans the oilfield techniques used in California ("State lawmakers debut bill to ban oilfield techniques common in Kern," Feb. 18), many in California wish to ban the paychecks of these so-called representatives who live in a bubble supported by our money. Yes, th…

Where do I begin? About three weeks ago, my husband and I (mid-70s) received our first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Kern County Fairgrounds. My husband was on "hold" for 76 minutes before he was able to talk to someone about an appointment. We received our appointment date the next week.

The second impeachment trial of former President Trump in the Senate this past week resulted in the most bipartisan and overwhelming conviction of a president in U.S. history, albeit falling short of the two-thirds needed from the chamber to make it official. Seven Senate Republicans mustere…

I am greatly distressed to learn that Kern Medical has proposed to close its two outpatient pharmacies ("Kern Medical to shutter 2 retail pharmacies," Feb. 6). I thought that Kern Medical was a general hospital receiving substantial state and federal funding to provide for the county’s indig…

A recent article regarding accessory dwelling units triggered an alarm in my thinking ("Regional planning survey looks into 'granny flat' preferences," Feb. 2). If a large number of these units are built within an existing subdivision, how are the regulations going to prevent large families …

We expected long lines and chaos at the Kern County Fairgrounds for the COVID-19 vaccinations. Instead, we walked in on time, no waiting, the set up was safe and efficient with a caring and professional staff. We are so grateful for our Valentine's gift from the Kern County Public Health Ser…

The House impeachment managers sought to call Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington) to testify what she heard Kevin McCarthy say about his conversation with former President Trump during the Trump mob's attack on the Capitol. Why didn't they seek McCarthy's testimony directly? The only l…

Forty three senators voted to acquit former President Donald Trump. Forty three senators who could have been killed on Jan. 6. Trump cared nothing about their lives, or else he would have immediately ordered a halt to the invasion of our Capitol. He did not. Yet, under the pretext of unconst…

Kudos to the Kern County Public Health Services Department! I received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The operation there is well-organized, smooth and efficient. All of the workers are friendly and informative. They directed me everywhere I needed to go, an…

The hypocrisy of former President Trump supporters knows no bounds. Now Minority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell wants it both, if not all, ways.

The opinion page has been filled for months with letters on backyard hens. Regardless of the author's position, the recurring theme is that the opposition is comprised of a small but rabid group, while the author's own viewpoint is embraced by the masses. I say place the matter on the ballot.

A recent letter (“Enough Already” Feb. 10) criticized your “diatribes” against ex-President Trump and Rep. McCarthy. I disagree. It asked, “Where is your proof of lies?” There are some, I might suggest, but the most obvious has been repeated by both — that ex-President Trump won the election…

We in Kern County find ourselves at a crossroads. It is time for us decide if we want to continue to be embarrassed by Rep. Kevin McCarthy or elect someone who will commit to working for the citizens of our district. When the time came for McCarthy to lead in Congress, he did not measure up.…

The only president I ever hated and despised was President Carter. The only other president that I do not care for is President Trump. If he had quit using Twitter and calling people names, he might have been a good president. He alienated a lot of good people. His style was gruff and not at…

I feel I need to clarify a few things regarding the article “Bakersfield hen supporters plan to return with new effort” by Sam Morgen. I use the title of CEQA consultant and I refer to myself as an Environmental & Land Use Planning/Researcher. I do not speak for any other person. I don't…

A recent letter writer was disgusted with the “lies” against Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump, stating, “Constantly saying something over and over doesn’t make it true unless you are a very sick and condescending person who proves something to themselves by calling everyone else a liar withou…

The writer of a recent Community Voices column proclaims that reality is still here. He then displays his stunning lack of connection with that reality with his opening words ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Reality is still here," Feb. 8). He refers to the recent deadly insurrection as "the trespassing …

It is disgusting to see the constant diatribes against former President Donald Trump and Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Where is your proof of lies? Constantly saying something over and over doesn’t make it true unless you are a very sick and condescending person who proves something to themselves by …

It appears the “Good Old Boy” laws still prevail in Bakersfield. A few people with money still dictate and control the rest of us. In particular, one person has always had an issue with the City Council and its decisions, whether it was the 24th Street project or any number of issues.

I think that teachers are doing their best during COVID-19. I am disappointed that Rep. Kevin McCarthy said teachers were taking a vacation during this pandemic ("McCarthy receives criticism over post that portrays teachers on vacation," Feb. 3). My teachers always try to make sure we are do…

Gregory Gordon in his recent Community Voices column wonders how we can ever achieve unity (“COMMUNITY VOICES: Is unity the answer?” Feb. 4). The answer is we won’t with a two-party political system. But we can return to the normalcy we saw decades ago. When people had respect for the though…

My friend Gil Cola and I were disappointed to read that the City Council rescinded a series of ordinances that allowed urban hens to be raised in the city (“Bakersfield City Council repeals ordinances allowing urban hens,” Feb. 3). The City Council chickened out big time.

The AP article in Thursday’s paper (“Slain Capitol Police officer honored: ‘We will never forget’”) set me to thinking, something my wife feels is dangerous for me to do. The actions of officer Brian Sicknick were beyond heroic.

As a partner in a small Taft based oil company, I agree with most of the recent opinion written by Catherine Reheis-Boyd with two exceptions ("OTHER VOICES: California oil and gas are in it for the long run," Feb. 5).

I read an article that said some believe Bill Gates is using COVID-19 vaccination to implant microchips, and some are fearful it will turn them into antennas for 5G wireless. When I stop laughing, I plan to cry next.

As the mama bird to a gaggle of small children, I have had to reckon with some very deep and challenging questions from my four little ones during the past year. Being a vessel for anxieties, an interpreter of maladies, a magnet that helps train the moral compass — these are all duties that …

On the afternoon of Feb. 1, I was riding my bike on the bike path out where it crosses the river near Enos Lane. There has been construction there for the new bike path extension, and the turn there has been covered in dirt and gravel caused by the construction activity. This has created a h…

As I write this, I'm watching my Congressman Kevin McCarthy, hypocritically, paying respects in the Capitol Rotunda to the Capitol policeman killed by a seditious mob on Jan 6. Unlike Liz Cheney, whom I politically disagree with, "My Kevin" doesn't have the integrity to condemn the mob and i…

While some teachers are certainly not "enjoying a vacation," neither are they pressuring their unions to get the schools back up and running ("McCarthy receives criticism over post that portrays teachers on vacation," Feb. 3). The aggrieved teacher should join with her colleagues and demand …

The history books might have said that Kevin McCarthy saved the GOP. He had (still has as of this writing) the opportunity to help Republicans find their principles, which have been set aside in favor of adoration of a man who does not believe in anything remotely consistent with those principles.

Kevin McCarthy has always partnered with those who could further his political career. When Trump was elected, Kevin latched on to him like remora on a shark. He fed Trump’s ego to the point that he became known as “My Kevin” to Trump. He let Trump rant on without any accountability. We know…

While watching the televised ceremony to move late Capitol Police officer’s Brian Sicknick’s remains from the Capitol building, to Arlington Cemetery for burial, who did I notice, standing so tall and prominent with a small group of Congressmen, but our own “photo op Kevin.” It is this write…

Congressman McCarthy has hit a new low. He has unfairly profiled public school teachers by tweeting a cartoon with the caption, “While students are stuck at home, teachers unions enjoy the good life at their expense.” The cartoon depicts a teacher tanning under a palm tree sipping on a tropi…