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Stick Time 101. Flashback. A couple of guys I knew in high school went on to join a major urban city police department. From them I heard about something now called P.O.S.T. training. An officer had to test and qualify for use of firearms, and periodically must requalify to remain employed.

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After reading “Prosecute the lawlessness,” I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. I have no proof one way or the other as to whether the writer saw an alleged crime in progress, so I decided to look at it from a practical standpoint.

In one of his latest stunning tweets, U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy states that he is refusing to seat two Democrats on the Intelligence Committee, citing his desire to return it to "one of genuine honesty and credibility that retains the trust of the American people." Can he have said t…

Why is nobody reporting that, as former Republican Congressman David Jolly tweeted, about 25 percent of our entire national debt was run up by Donald Trump? Why ain’t they discussing that the GOP happily passed debt ceiling increases without a peep during the entire Reagan 18 times Bush, Bus…

With all due deference and appreciation to members of our older generations — of which I am one — the time has come for the reins of federal governance to be transferred to the next generation(s) — on both sides of the political aisle. The physical, mental and emotional rationale for doing s…

Reverence for life affords us a fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm, or to hinder life is evil. So I would say life is a better choice than death.

I was recently shopping at a local shoe store when I saw a young man with a very large sack stuffing it indiscriminately with boxes of shoes. After filling the sack full with about 30 boxes, he ran out the front door. I was watching this with disbelief because none of the store’s staff seeme…

The homeless epidemic in America is a direct result of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act that was passed by a Republican controlled Congress and signed into law by Bill Clinton. Since then, trillions of dollars had been taken away from mothers, children and the homeless.

Walgreens and CVS can now start selling the abortion pill in their stores, thanks to the FDA’s recent decision to drop restrictions preventing retail pharmacies from offering the deadly pill. Though a prescription will be required to obtain the drug, this reckless act will make abortions eve…

As one who has an endless interest in local history, I was very pleased to read the article in Wednesday's paper, “Unparalleled Life, Kern County unveils Jedediah Strong Smith Memorial at Panorama Park.” Congratulations to the Jedediah Smith Society and the Kern County Board of Supervisors f…

In the popular Broadway play "Damn Yankees," a spirited older Yankee fan approximately the same age of Kevin McCarthy made a pact with the devil. The deal made with the devil was he would forgo his integrity, pledging to do the work of the devil in exchange for a return to his youth (tempora…

It appears President Biden has determined the proper process for storing classified documents. I wish that he told us sooner. It would have saved Donald Trump and the FBI a lot of trouble and anguish if only he had known to store his in a locked garage with a Corvette in it. I would have gla…

Rabbi Jonathan Klein’s call for “a culture of universal worth” in honor of Dr. King’s dream is a great reminder to us all. ("Community Voices: Is Dr. King’s message yours as well?’, Jan. 15.) His questions demand answers: Like do we believe “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere?.”

One of my minor annoyances or pet peeves is the mispronunciation and misuse of Sierra Nevada, the primary mountain range in California. Television news anchors and weather reporters will at some point say, "the Sierras." In standard Spanish, the word "sierra" is plural for mountain range. Ne…

Kevin McCarthy as a leader is an embarrassment to Bakersfield and his own political party. The suggestion by a few previous opinion letters that he be addressed as the "honorable" Speaker of the House makes me want to regurgitate. A power-hungry politician and liar who has proven over the ye…

Last week it was suggested in these pages that the Biden administration had no accomplishments worthy of print. I was able to recall a few:

One man, Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, has been given the extraordinary power through the Interim Operating Procedures for the Smelt Biological Opinion to either end the current pumping restrictions in the Delta, or extend them. The decision will b…

My initial knee-jerk reaction to the political cartoon that appeared in the Opinion section on Dec. 23 was outrage! The cartoon showed Joseph with Mary who was riding on a donkey with the words “BABY JESUS” written on her belly next to a sign that read “SOUTHERN BORDER” with Joseph saying, “…

Some of the recent submissions regarding My Kevin were overwhelmingly hilarious. One person stated “Concessions were solely for assurance that proper processes would be restored. No more. No less. McCarthy correctly concurred. Now, on to the substantive philosophical issues for “the People” …

I have been following the Tiney Homes project on East Roberts Lane, since I live in the Mobiletown park just a block away. It seems that this was decided on before it was public knowledge. Nothing I have seen or read is saying that this is going to be a sleeping place, not a residential facility.

"Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." It is an old saying, but oh so true. Kevin McCarthy wanted to be speaker of the house and now he is. I'm not sure if this calls for congratulations or condolences. He has become the leader of the most fractured, splintered, divided Repub…

I ran into Congressman Kevin McCarthy at a local big-box home improvement store a few months ago. We had a brief chat. During our conversation, he said that he receives a lot of negative and critical e-mails, letters and phone messages from people in his district, the 20th District. I told h…

The votes ultimately cast to elect Kevin McCarthy House Speaker were not premised on political philosophy. They were solely focused on restoration of historical precedence for internal House processes — to shift from Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented personal power to the essential historical and…

We all deeply appreciate and applaud the unceasing Sisyphean work Dr. Anna Laven and all the other angels are doing with respect to our problem of homelessness. In her Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, Community Voices column, she represents me as having used outdated data from a report she could not fi…

Regarding Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House speaker, Matt Gaetz noted last month, “Every single Republican in Congress knows that Kevin does not actually believe anything. He has no ideology.”

Congratulations to Congressman Kevin McCarthy on his achievement to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives. Not since Earl Warren, who was governor of California and Supreme Court chief justice, has a Bakersfieldian achieved such a high status.

The Speaker of the House is second in the line of succession to a vacant presidency. Assuming a scenario arose that triggered succession, does Kevin McCarthy possess the qualities, attributes or principles to be president?

Every New Year it seems everyone wants to prognosticate, predict or foretell the events of the upcoming year. I am no different. Here are my hopes, wishes and predictions for 2023:

January is not a good month for Republicans. This time the date was the 3rd as the nation was treated to the sad spectacle of a man who traded leadership for lap dog devotion to a Grifter Con Artist Ex-President and vision for back-slapping, glad-handing ambition.

If Kevin McCarthy is shown the door, isn't that an insult to Bakersfield? And if they are going to insult Bakersfield, aren't they insulting the United States of America?

Dear Bakersfield, A majority of you loathe we liberals down south, but this week your congressional representative is the horse’s arse. The biggest loser since 1923. It’s not his fault. It’s your fault for choosing him and aligning with a corrupt party devoid of principle or platform. We Dem…

Local Democrats, still licking their wounds after their most recent shellacking in the election, have been trickling out of their shells to howl at Rep. Kevin McCarthy and his troubles reaching the House speaker post.

After years of drought in California, I was dubious when I first read the study published by the California Department of Water Resources that said catastrophic flooding in California is becoming much more likely as our planet heats up due to buildup of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Never thought I'd see the time when criminals wouldn't get prosecuted and locked up for an extended period of time for crimes committed. Having worked in law enforcement, it always surprised inmates when I interviewed them before sentencing that they were going to do a lengthy period of time…

Kudos to Lois Henry’s water reporting. We are very fortunate to have someone following the mind-numbing and incredibly complicated subject of California water. People who speak in generalities about water supplies as black or white are either ignorant or being disingenuous.

During the vote for House speaker, I only wish they would have stopped saying Mac was from Bakersfield. We do not need any more negative publicity, which Mac seems to bring.20230105-bc-llpearse

In analyzing the disconnect between the homeless delivery system and those it seeks to serve, one aspect to keep in mind is the importance of attitude.

It is now OK for pedestrians to cross a street or highway outside an intersection so long as they are not in the “immediate danger” of getting hit by a car, truck or bus.

In Friday’s edition of The Californian, there appeared a short news article about the apprehension and arrest of two suspects for the burglary of cars, catalytic converters, and operating a “chop shop” here in Bakersfield. Of special interest is that the article informed us that this was the…

Regarding the airline reservation and baggage mess. I followed the development of Southwest Airlines from their startup years ago. Flew them many times out of Burbank, Phoenix, El Paso, Houston Hobby, Portland, Detroit, LAS, SLC, San Diego, Oakland and LAX. Once wrote them a letter, another …