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Fellow Bakersfield College professor Matthew Garrett complained (Sept. 18)that at BC’s Opening Day meetings, “one term repeated over and over: ‘racial equity.’” He feels racial equity would “ignore the plight” of poor white students. However, equity means “the quality of being fair and impar…

In response to Matthew Garrett’s Community Voices piece ("Questions of 'racial equity' at BC," Sept. 18), what he fails to recognize is the "racial equality" that most Americans are asking for boils down to rectifying this: Educate and dress up a white man from Oildale and a Black man from s…

We are senior citizens and wanted to participate, at our daughter’s suggestion, in the Kern County Fair Drive-thru. My husband, Dennis, and I arrived at the Fairgrounds about 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 25. We followed our daughter and granddaughter through the line. It took us about 45 minutes from …

If you are a part of the “anybody but Trump” brigade, then please do not read this letter as it will only confuse you. How does propaganda work? An excellent example is the recent allegation from the Atlantic Monthly that the president referred to those who died in the military as “losers” a…

So, to be a Trump supporter is to be a patriot, implying the reverse that to be anit-Trump is to be anti-American? That seems to be the insidious suggestion of the opening paragraph of the Sept. 20 story ("Trump supporters out in force with truck rally in northwest") describing the “Corona T…

The letter writer ("Who's telling the truth?, Sept. 23) is looking for the truth. I can help with that. He claims Trump has claimed “crime is running rampant” in Democratic cities. The implication is he’s incorrect.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new mandate to eliminate new gas cars in 15 years is very realistic. When you consider cost of ownership, a Tesla model 3 is as cheap as a Toyota Prius and they are only getting cheaper. The big hold-up on BEVs (battery electric vehicles) is the cost of the battery. Elon …

Nobody's got a problem with people having dogs (remember the golden retriever that viciously bit 8-year-old Leilani Rivera on the face?) but mention the idea of people being allowed to keep chickens on their own property and everyone loses their mind.

Today (Wednesday) your newspaper chose to run almost a quarter page file photo of Cindy Mc Cain with the headline "Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden for president." She was quoted as saying, "I decided to take a stand, and hopefully other people will see the same thing," as she was targeting A…

How long will this quarantine last? We have been dancing it for six months. I am willing to be quarantined for all eternity if Gov. Gavin Newsom says so.

Maybe it is about time for friends of Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl to raise money for all of the things that the Forest Service has cut from its budget and can’t afford anymore.

I read the article written by Matthew Garrett and have to disagree with his alarmist attitude toward Bakersfield College's model of racial equity ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Questions of 'racial equity' at BC," Sept. 18). Most Americans, and now most institutions, including sports teams, believe sys…

For a while now President Donald Trump has been claiming that "crime is running rampant" in what he has referrd to as Democrat-run cities. But Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood in Friday's Community Voices piece endorsing a NO vote on Proposition 25 regarding bail reform states that in Ke…

We don't want to have chicken coops and chickens in our northwest neighborhood. We have lived with this situation before and it was not pleasant. After months of complaining to code enforcement, the chicken coop was finally dismantled.

Concerning the Bakersfield City Council's vote today on the so-called chicken ordinance, the only chickens we want to see in our neighborhood (by Cal State Bakersfield) are those chickens that are either barbecued, baked, broiled or fried.

I'd like to respond to an AP article ("Trump spurns science on climate: 'Don't think science knows'," Sept. 14). Quoting from the article, "President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in historic West Coast infernos and rene…

The Bakersfield City Council is on the verge of approving an ordinance allowing up to 12 hens in the backyards of residential neighborhoods zoned R-1 (“Urban hens one step closer to reality for most Bakersfield residents,” Sept. 8). Residents are largely unaware of this astonishing change fr…

Now that there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the president of the United States has an opportunity to make history. The president should put forth his nominee for the consideration of all Americans. Most likely this nominee will be a moderate woman with excellent qualifications.

Kudos to Rep. Kevin McCarthy for his offer to supply his constituents with pocket editions of our Constitution. Particularly timely since many predict a constitutional crisis after the Nov. 3 election. Although few will take the time to read it ("boring"), it could be a handy reference in November.

My wife and I were leaving the Coffee Road and Rosedale Highway Lowe’s parking lot Saturday when we saw a procession of Trump for president supporters driving by, in vehicles displaying American flags and flags calling for the re-election of Donald Trump for president. It was a beautiful thi…

California, Oregon, Washington, along with other western states, are on fire, burning out of control. Firefighters on the line, brave as they are, are stressed to the max and totally exhausted. More than 3 million acres are burnt and the total is climbing. For whenever these acres get replan…

I am really proud of President Donald Trump and the two Bakersfield doctors who are willing to stand up against the "fake media" ("Local doctors featured in viral video of doctors that was later banned from social media," Aug. 9). Hydroxychloroquine has already been used daily by millions of…

The issue of allowing backyard hens in the city is getting increased attention (“Urban hens one step closer to reality for most Bakersfield residents,” Sept. 8). And while some have written ill-formed caustic opinion pieces or devoted entire segments of their radio show to misinformed bellig…

With backyard hens, you can have fresh eggs every morning, straight from your very own backyard. Since COVID-19 started affecting us, more and more people are working remotely from home. This is turning out to be the new normal, and it is impacting the amount of food available in stores. As …

The devastating fires over the past weeks have hurt so many people, but something good may come out of this. The effect of high-level smoke on temperature in the valley was obvious. For days, temperatures below 80 were when 90s were forecast.

In 1974, I joined the Bakersfield Fire Department and at that time both fire departments had separate funding sources. The city funded its services from property taxes and general fund monies, and the county was funded by taxes on the oil reserves.

With respect to the article concerning Rudy Salas' efforts to reclassify public safety dispatchers as first responders, I believe this has been long overdue ("Local assemblyman plays key role in reclassifying public safety dispatchers as first responders," Sept. 14). As stated in the article…

A recent opinion letter is embarrassingly limited in factual information ("Letter to the Editor: California fires," Sept. 14). It simplistically attributes causes of the forest fires to limited logging and limited controlled burning while conveniently ignoring drought conditions, beetle infe…

In a recent letter to the editor, the author lays the blame for the recent extraordinary super fires in California on the state leadership in Sacramento ("Letter to the Editor: California fires," Sept. 14). He blames Democratic state leadership for restrictive logging rules, lack of controll…

Regarding the Bakersfield Police Department officer's response to loud music from an impromptu jam session in the park, the kids probably thought when the officer stopped and came up to them, "Well there goes our instruments to be taken as evidence" ("A reason to smile: BPD's response to lou…

Watching the news this weekend and hearing our president blame the West Coast forest fires on “forest management,” I cannot help but bring to mind the fact that most of these forests are actually federal lands. What that means is that our president is blaming his own employees for the lack o…

I anxiously awaited the start of last week's NFL kickoff game in Kansas City, through all of the social justice movement activities, just to have the Chiefs crowd start their war chant and tomahawk motions at kickoff. This chant and chop were created by the FSU "Marching Chiefs" band in 1984…

I see that the Democratic presidential candidate requires a teleprompter to respond to reporters' prescreened questions. And he does not read his prepared answers very well. As his handlers usher him from the room, the reporters whose questions have been selected and prescreened cannot ask f…

I wonder what future historians will say about President Donald John Trump. In my opinion, I predict they will be totally dumbfounded that this incompetent blustery loudmouth rode circles around our supposedly rigid and solid "checks and balances" that were brilliantly installed in our Const…

I commend Kern County CAO Ryan Alsop in his demand that Gov. Newsom simplify and further refine the vague, inaccurate moving target he is using to evaluate California counties' COVID-19 status ("Kern County CAO demands change after state inflates local COVID-19 rate," Sept. 10).

Recently, President Trump ignored reports that Russia had paid bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. He called the tens of thousands of American soldiers who had died in war “suckers” and “losers.” What type of a man does this? Those men and women gave their lives so that I could write t…

When I was a Republican (now an Independent), I believed the party was led by honest, ethical, caring leaders, especially in the White House who served the nation with intelligence and competency. That is, until now.

America has suffered so much from so called "peaceful protests." It can best be described as America in desperate need of the words of our Savior when he stated that Peace I give unto you, not as the World gives you as I only the Lord can give you.

I say stop counting COVID-19, and let’s get on with restarting the economy! With a 2019 head count of 384,145 people in our county and more on the way since people from LA are moving here, please stop the count and let us get on with our lives.

Since his inauguration in 2017 the president has been embroiled in one controversy after another. And he has shown a consistent ability to flip the narrative when these controversies arise. But I think he has reached a new low. For two weeks now the country has been trying to digest his repo…

For all of the Black Lives Matter protesters, I have two questions. Do Black businesses matter? Does the absence of fathers (regardless of race) in the lives of their children matter?

Blacks, browns and whites have an infinite range of gifts and talents within them. The racial groups don't cover the same strengths, but there's plenty of room for choice of the best available talent for most job requirements. It doesn't matter what color. Compete on merit, not skin color. I…