Capitalism invites competition, innovation and efficiency. Government, on the other hand, is not a proponent of any of these capitalistic concepts. Government, especially socialistic government, often gets in the way of capitalism by creating free market obstacles.

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We’ve all heard of the beetle kill, fueled by climate change, that has wiped out huge swaths of conifers across the Sierra Nevada, imbuing our local national treasures with a slightly sinister feeling.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has expressed his desire to order the newly named CalGEM Division of the Department of Conservation to ratchet back oil and gas project approvals and thus achieve California’s goals for reducing its carbon footprint. Besides resulting in a tremendous cost to the state’s tax…

I was pleased to read about the Bakersfield Police Department and California Highway Patrol busting street racers around town ("BPD arrests one in street racing enforcement operation," Jan. 19). Now I hope the same effort will go into arresting all the mail theft criminals here. It's an epid…

Regarding the viewpoints article by Robert Price on the fake news posted by Shannon Grove about the state's sex-ed curriculum, one would hope a state senator would confirm information before disseminating it ("How do you like your sex, kids? And other fake news," Jan. 15).

What a turnout on Tuesday at the special Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting! Finally, we had our time to voice our concerns as pioneering, hard working people and communities that depend on oil. The meeting was long, and we truly appreciate the Board of Supervisors invaluable time in o…

Thanks to Robert Price for setting the record straight regarding Shannon Grove’s completely incomprehensible lack of knowledge regarding topics she should be current with ("How do you like your sex, kids? And other fake news," Jan. 15). It was very illuminating.

At the hands of state Sen. Shannon Grove, a seasoned state politician, we have another example of an impulsive use of social media resulting in a “fake news” post ("How do you like your sex, kids? And other fake news," Jan. 15). Her apology for not fact checking the information before postin…

The holiday season is over, which means it's back to school for students at Bakersfield College. Those working for a better life are inundated with the stress of new assignments and hectic schedules. Another underlying pressure added to many students’ plates is the struggle of not having eno…

A recent letter to the editor thanking our president is an example of how it's possible to be intelligent without being very smart ("Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Mr. President," Dec. 29). The incompetence and dishonesty of Donald Trump is exhibited on a daily/hourly basis to the point of…

Heres a suggestion for developing the eyesore that is East Hills Mall for any possible developer: we need another large grocer, possibly a WinCo Foods, maybe a large theatre such as an Edwards Cinema, a few small shops within a park-like setting and an In-n-Out on the east end and an Olive G…

I think Valerie Schultz has a splendid idea about renewing our “commitment to kindness and compassion” and the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” ("It's time to hear us roar," Jan. 11). What a great way to counter the hateful rhetoric we are bombarded with end…

I read with dismay Robert Price’s piece, (“These movie seats are reserved — until they're not,” Jan. 8), detailing an incident in which Studio Movie Grill, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, failed to reserve designated seats for disabled patrons and their companions.

The title of Leonard Pitts’ column on Dec. 7 caught my attention: “Today’s the day I say goodbye to Stephen King.” He’s discovered he is biased. That’s right: he rarely reads women authors. He has vowed to designate 2020 as the Year of Reading Women. What a manly thing to realize and own up to.

On Dec. 26, on the bottom of the front page there was an article about two families who have contributed to an upcoming science and math building with will be built on CSUB's campus ("Retired educator gives financial gift to CSUB's Energy and Engineering Innovation Building"). I believe this…

Do your eyes light up when your child comes home from school each day? Does he see how much you miss him while he's away? And when it's time for bed, do you tuck him in with a kiss and a hug? But most of all, do you hope your child will escape the world's bruises and if asked to compromise h…

In regards to Angelo Haddad's letter on Dec. 29, you hit all the nails on the head ("Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Mr. President"). I enjoyed it very much and agree with everything you said.

To those who are attacking, both physically and verbally, our Jewish citizenry, do you know anything about Judaism? Do you know any Jewish people? Has a Jew ever wronged you? Exactly what evils do you believe Jews are perpetrating? Have you witnessed such actions, or do you rely on hearsay? 

In his Jan. 1 column, Robert Price urged us to become “low-propaganda” voters and not let ourselves be overly influenced by partisan news media and candidates’ self-serving, manipulative statements ("My New Year's resolution: Be a low propaganda voter"). Where then should we get non-partisan…

Andy Wahrenbrock’s recent Community Voices piece (“COMMUNITY VOICES: Fed's policies over time,” Dec. 28) contained numerous misleading, ill-informed and unsubstantiated statements in an effort to support his doomsday scenario whereby gold, food and ammunition become the only assets worth holding.

Michael Gerson outdid himself in Friday’s Californian ("Evangelicals need to follow Christianity's morals, not Trump's," Dec. 26).

Within the past decade, there has been an upsurge in the tolerance movement. “You should accept all people regardless of their beliefs.” Why then does this ideology seem to immediately dissipate when faced with digressive beliefs?

Kudos to Robert Price for another spot-on analysis of our president ("ROBERT PRICE: Why wind energy is a multi-faceted disaster, according to Trump," Dec. 25). Trump continues to be the "best ever" at several things: lying, buffoonery and general anti-scientific beliefs. It’s a shame that ou…

I’d like to offer a different take on Valerie Schultz’s column (“Thanks for role models, Mr. President,” Dec. 21). The premise she used to lionize several women (former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yonanovich, former senior director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council Fiona Hill,…

What a great article about Pastor Milt Cole and how he overcame his stuttering ("HERB BENHAM: For Milt Cole, it's onward and probably upward," Dec. 21). I wish I had known about Cole because I would have dropped in to hear one of his sermons at RiverLakes Community Church.

Regarding Duane Henning's Community Voices piece ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Progressive thinking needed for our offensive strategy," Dec. 22), rather than spend the billions of dollars to extend high-speed rail to Anaheim now, the southern terminus should tie in to Metrolink (with express trains sy…

Most of us have been watching Kevin McCarthy, mainly on Fox News, as he tries to defend Trump. It's now gotten to the point that Kevin finds it easier to make up stories and lie, just like his mentor, Donald Trump. He is so wrapped up in his support for Trump that now he will say or do anyth…

What happened to “service with a smile?” I have taken note over the past few months that customer satisfaction is no longer observed by many employees. The culture of providing superior customer service has not completely faded with companies such as Chick-fil-A and Les Schwab Tires holding …

With the House passing articles of impeachment and with the volatility of politics today, politics has turned into a "winner/loser" game. I don't like it. Of the three presidents impeached (Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump) and the one president who resigned (Richard Nixon), a l…

Throughout the impeachment process, Republicans have complained about the partisan nature of the action and its lack of procedural propriety. Republican leaders — namely, Representative Kevin McCarthy and Senator Mitch McConnell— have been the most vociferous in their disapproval. It is hard…

In spite of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's tacit warnings to her fellow Democrats, the hothead left got its way and impeached the president. The next day, local Rep. T.J. Cox dutifully recited his party talking points, which should be illuminating. In spite of his claims that he would be a strong an…

As I’ve done in all the previous presidential elections, I plan to vote in 2020. Sadly, I voted for Trump in the 2016 election, and shortly thereafter began wishing I could take my vote back. Now, Trump has been impeached. I feel he deserves this.

In these divisive times, and it being the Christmas season, I urge that we use selective words that bring forth the power of blessings. Words and thought can cause different chemical reactions in the brain, initiating and creating a range of emotions such as fear, frustration and anger, comp…

During his impeachment speech to the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy opened with “Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States.” Although this statement is true, McCarthy indicated that he fundamentally misunderstands the role of Congress in his following remarks.

Homelessness continues to be a hot button issue with much of the publicity focused on de-humanizing the homeless and “not in my neighborhood” attitudes in Bakersfield. I commend The Bakersfield Californian for its fairness in presenting alternatives.

As a medical professional and community member, I am appalled by the recent news that the Bureau of Land Management’s Bakersfield Office has finalized its ill-conceived plan to open 1.2 million acres across central California to new fracking leases.

I have read with interest the comments about Bakersfield Country Club. My husband, Dr. Melvin Cochran, was not a charter member but bought our membership from a signing member. We built the third houses in this area in 1952 on Pinehurst Drive. Although my husband is no longer with us, I am s…

When I read about the Kern County Board of Supervisors plan to challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom's leadership in curtailing fossil fuel consumption to fight climate change, I wanted them to hear the words of Greta Thunberg ("County supervisors plan to counter governor's actions against California'…

I salute Zack Scrivner and the Kern County Board of Supervisors for their push back on behalf of the oil industry in Kern County (“Environmental justice activists want seat at table in Kern, state's oil debate,” Dec. 12). An unsolicited and complementary suggestion, take matters a step furth…

My wife and I had lunch at Crest Bar and Grill on Dec. 4. When I asked for the check, our waitress informed us that a good samaritan, who wished to remain anonymous, had paid our tab. What a wonderful surprise!