Team Trump members, numbering in the millions, while unwaveringly supporting Mr. Trump since his nomination, are facing the true meaning of the MAGA symbol they proudly wear on their heads. My reading of the Mueller report reveals that the acronym is actually code for “Make America Go Away.”

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America has received a new jump start after two-plus years and more than $28 million in taxpayer money being spent, the Mueller report results are in and there was no collusion found between Russia and President Trump. Was this a waste of time and money? History will tell.

Perhaps "My Kevin" should have taken a few hours, or days, to read the Mueller report before he came out with his whitewash statement to The Californian in Friday's paper. What, if anything, did he read to come to the conclusions he so righteously made? The Mueller report is quite damning. Read on.

To the lady with the white trash bag at Riverwalk Park on April 22, thank you for going out of your way today and picking up all the leftover Easter festivities that littered the grounds. Your good deed did no go unnoticed! And while I wanted to go up to you personally, shake your hand and t…

Living with chronic pain is an uphill battle. Every day, I wake up wondering if the symptoms of degenerative disc disease — osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis — will win out, and due to forced tapering I have lost my independence. I cannot work and my daily duties ar…

I love to see new places, but I am considering an annual trip of three days in Barcelona and three days in Paris for my bucket list. Watching La Sagrada Familia inch toward its final form and Notre Dame being restored would seem to be a worthwhile adventure for my mind.

I read with interest the relatively fair reporting (the political views of both sides covered evenly without a real conclusion in favor of either) by The Associated Press in Monday's paper, “White House: Migrants to sanctuary cities not a top choice.” In spite of the con arguments presented,…

Thank you for the story regarding Patrick Clary, James Goodmon and Gary Ketchell and their passion for donating blood platelets at Houchin Blood Bank ("Houchin Blood Bank's Gold Club members save lives anonymously," April 15). I live in Tehachapi and have had to have platelets on many occasi…

In a recent Letter to the Editor on bike paths (“Letter to the Editor: It’s called a ‘bike trail’ for a reason,” April 14), it states, “I thought a bike trail was for bikes?” and laments that, “everyday I ride the bike path and I’m always having to stop because people are walking three abrea…

Is there going to be something done about the constant street racing on the Westside Parkway that happens almost every night between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., especially Thursday through Saturday? Just last week I got caught in the middle of a race. They stop on the freeway and won’t let you…

I thought a bike trail was for bikes? Everyday I ride the bike path and I'm always having to stop because people are walking three abreast or walking their dogs. That's why they have sidewalks. The bike path is for bikes, not for you to walk your dog and block bike riders.

Councilman Bob Smith says the grand jury’s recommendation that sales tax oversight committee members should have been randomly selected makes "no sense" to him ("Grand jury recommends City Council select sales tax committee members at 'random' for fairness and transparency," April 10). Well …

Regarding the recent news article announcing Delano Police Department is adding "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles ("Delano approves adding 'In God We Trust' decals to police cars," April 3) and a city council member saying they hope others follow the example, I am writing to ask that …

We cruised the Panama Canal and it was a great experience with good food, great scenery and an interesting history of the canal. However, we were stuck at a table with two Justin Trudeau-supporting Canadians.

While both parties haven't adequately addressed the problems in our health care system it is still the best in the world. People come here from all over the world for treatment.

Seventy one years ago, I was raped by a so-called neighbor. He was 26, I was 11. I was taken to a doctor in a state of shock as I had no idea why I was being examined n that way. Evidently, the doctor didn't know I was in shock, though she should have. Neither did my mother. 

Gavin Newsom's paid holiday to Central America is a colossal waste of tax dollars. It serves no purpose whatsoever other than playing to the Democrat Party's uber liberal base who are more concerned with the perception of compassion rather than a grip on reality. This trip will accomplish th…

Cal State Bakersfield open in 1970, the same year I enrolled at Chico State. After visiting several campuses, Chico won out. It had a well-established campus — rich with trees and a year-round stream with an active salmon run bisecting the campus. More importantly, student housing was plenti…

Delano is to apply the slogan "In God We Trust" to its police cars ("Delano approves adding 'In God We Trust' decals to police cars," April 3)? Adding "Everyone Else Is Under Suspicion" beneath it would complete the sentiment.

Sam Morgen’s article on TRIP funds indicated that millions of dollars would be available for street improvements in the city in the near future (“Millions for Bakersfield road projects to become available each year after city finishes TRIP without bonds,” April 4). Who is going to make those…

I felt moved to write after hearing Supervisor Mike Maggard on the news speaking on the homeless. He said, "It isn't just homelessness, people don't need another pair of socks, they don't need, frankly, another meal. What they need is help to overcome their addiction." While I agree that the…

According to the New York Times, the NRA's next target is blocking Congress from reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act because it allows the police to take guns away from domestic abusers. This is what gives the NRA a bad reputation. Its position is all or nothing. It would have more …

I was glad to see Stephen Moore’s column about the high cost of college (“The biggest college scandal of all,” April 4). Because so many young people have a heavy debt to pay off, they are not establishing families until they are older. They are also receiving a thorough brain washing by the…

As usual, H. Steven Cronquist writes a well-written and clear Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Green New Deal: A financial and moral cause for fossil fuels," April 2). I think the conclusions (extract as much hydrocarbon energy material as we can because it's good for business/fore…

I applaud Kevin McCarthy's "Yes" vote in the "How they voted" box on March 31 on the attachment to HR7 last week. The attachment would limit lawyers' contingency fees. But I really would like to hear a reason for his "No" vote on the entire bill. This was a bill to reduce, if not eliminate, …

It was wonderful to read John Pryor's Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Baker Street in the 1930s and '40s," March 31) which nicely supplemented Robert Price's "Where We Live" Old Town Kern installment (“WHERE WE LIVE: In Old Town Kern, renowned restaurants and pervasive homelessnes…

On March 30, three of us went to lunch at Denny's on Rosedale Highway. I have a handicapped daughter who talked with the family seated next to us for some time. As they were leaving, the lady came over and told us they paid our bill. I was so stunned, I don't know what or if I said anything …

President Trump says he has been vindicated. I will reserve my judgment about the Mueller findings when every American is allowed to see the entire report. Until then, here are only a few of my present concerns regarding President Trump’s actions:

I am writing to you as a Bakersfield local regarding city taxes and what the future plans are in store. With all the bad news we are seeing, it is time to talk about Bakersfield’s future and what we as citizens of Bakersfield are hoping to see. In a previous article by Sam Morgen, he mention…

Joseph Luiz’s recent story regarding police foot patrols couldn’t possibly be more timely or relative ("Could police foot patrols help problems plaguing downtown Bakersfield?" March 30). Having spent more than a few days and nights working in the downtown area, I can attest to the harassment…

I truly appreciate that we still have city council members who listen to their constituents. Kudos to Councilman Bruce Freeman for his common sense comments regarding the proposed housing facility at Stockdale and Coffee. I agree that we don't want to "demonize" the developer for wanting to …

A letter writer recently wrote from Cabo San Lucas ("Letter to the Editor: Life in Cabo San Lucas," March 27). They were commenting on all of the hotels, resorts and condos that are being built there, mentioned the mansions and yachts that are there and made a comment about how this luxury c…

The Kern County grand jury has issued its recommendations regarding red-light cameras in Bakersfield ("Grand jury recommends Bakersfield install more red-light cameras," Mar 1). The grand jury recommended increasing the yellow-light interval to 3.9 seconds from 3 seconds. Nick Fidler, Bakers…

I’m really sad and angry. The wall has gone up on the south side of 24th Street. Our once lovely area is forever gone. There was always a divide of sorts between the north side (Westchester), and the south side of 24th Street, but we could always get across, we were connected, the view was n…

I was about to start this letter with, "It's amazing the reaction the liberal Trump-hating left has towards the released Mueller report." However, given the state of politics and media coverage over the last couple of years, it should not be surprising the sudden about-face the media and lea…

If one's expenses are tax deductible for using a guide/service dog to the IRS, don’t they have to show proof on the tax form, if audited, that the dog is trained to perform services? How come there is a different law for one form of government than any other branches of government or for pub…

I am writing this from Cabo San Lucas. It's lovely. Great weather and fine foods. But the most startling thing I noticed was how much building has been going on, mostly hotels, resorts and condos. There are more mansions, perched on the various hills. And in the marinas, plenty of yachts — b…

Wow, $58 million being raised to help so many departments in this city's government, and just with a measly 1-cent sales tax raise. How can anyone complain about an extra penny for every dollar they spend? The "No" voters all felt it would be wasted. It is going to change a lot of people's l…

I read with great interest Neeraj Rama’s Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Understanding Gandhi's message," March 23). Mr. Rama was extolling a great man, Mohandas K. Gandhi, and the intention to honor Gandhi’s 150th birthday on Saturday at CSUB. Rama quoted Gandhi and Albert Einste…

Sure didn't take long for city animal control to part ways with Best Friends, an entity ready to open its purse and take time to abate our horrible cat overpopulation problem ("Nonprofit pulls out of Bakersfield trap-neuter-release program, claiming city failed to reach agreements of contrac…

After reading William Lambers' column ("Lambers: Impact of climate change is shocking," March 21), I'm left confused. Lambers is a champion of the Green New Deal, which has been widely panned as unachievable. Solar and wind power is inefficient to supply our needs.

Following the last presidential election, I received considerable feedback when I wrote an editorial urging that newly elected Donald Trump be given benefit of the doubt by all Americans. Well, the president’s recent criticism of the late Sen. John McCain has exhausted my patience with him, …

As an organization that works alongside social workers to improve the lives of foster children, we at CASA of Kern County recognize the immense dedication and invaluable service social workers provide to our communities. They witness harrowing, heartbreaking tragedy, and try to mend families…

I disagree with your concept of Gov. Newsom's moratorium ("OUR VIEW: Newsom's death penalty reprieve betrays public trust," March 17). A moratorium does not abolish a law. It only suspends that law for a period of time.