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If a ruler, chancellor, king, leader, sovereign, monarch, potentate, head of state or president doesn’t have concern about and take action to secure his or her own country’s border, why would you expect that person to have any concern about defending the border of another country?

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I was sorry to hear of the passing of longtime high school vocational agriculture instructor Ken Whitney recently. He was a fixture in the agriculture education community and his actions and personality had a lasting effect on many young and developing ag teachers in Kern County.

Many and great are the blessings we receive from God. One of the chief of these is the wisdom that God is willing to share with us. What monumental changes have we enjoyed by applying that wisdom. We no longer have to live in tents and caves because by wisdom we have learned how to keep on i…

The reportage concerning the MLK march Monday had a paragraph that was disingenuous, at best, and a blatant lie at worst! For the writer to connect Martin Luther King Jr. to President Biden is a joke and an insult!

Does Kevin McCarthy really think the American public is as stupid as he is treating them? Does he think we don’t see his reversal of Jan. 6? What is he hiding? His arguments sound like a bunch of words picked out of a shredder. As the top Republican, how involved and in the know was he with …

Why former Bakersfield City Councilman Mark Salvaggio felt it necessary rehash a 40-year-old political date in his recent Community Voices piece (Jan. 14) is beyond me. His oddly timed piece (how is this important or relevant?) is both maudlin and inaccurate.

In his letter Jan. 13, Jim Wood complains about Hillary Clinton expressing her opinion that "Trump knows he's an illegitimate president." He suggests we google the phrase and estimates that she has repeated it hundreds of times over the last five years. I did google it, but I couldn’t find a…

Since courts and some district attorneys around the land are content on rejecting and not prosecuting some serious crimes, it seems they now have more time to prosecute politicians and other leaders who blatantly lie to the public.

I just read Robert Price's article on Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Bakersfield ("The day Martin Luther King Jr. walked down Chester Avenue," Jan. 15). I was a child when Dr. King was in Bakersfield and I don't remember the visit. I do remember, however, racism in my home.

As a lifelong Republican, it absolutely baffles, and disgusts me, to see the current selective memories and lies of our Republican leaders. Fearing the corruption of a Hillary Clinton presidency, I voted for the proverbial “lesser of two evils,” namely Donald Trump. I can now easily see that…

So My Kevin says he will not cooperate with the Jan. 6 committee. He claims that they are not bipartisan because two of his picks were rejected. Those two picks have also been asked to testify. On Jan. 7, my Kevin stood in front of America and told us that Trump was responsible for the actio…

I look out my door each morning full expecting to see a scene right out of "The Walking Dead!" According to your readers, the world is coming to an end. Same old lines. DJT ONLY cared about America.He didn’t take a salary (yet spent over $80 million at his resorts), visited every day with th…

On May 20, 2021, when asked if he would be willing to participate in an investigation of the events of Jan. 6, Kevin McCarthy said, "Sure." He has already told us that he spoke with Trump during the insurrection, while being interviewed that day on CBS. McCarthy made a speech on the House fl…

I teach at CCI Tehachapi, and I don’t think Mr. Anand fully included the educational services provided within the prisons ("Community Voices: 'Let freedom ring' fulfilling Dr. King's dream," Jan. 11). We CDCR educators work tirelessly to provide opportunities for inmates who don’t have a hig…

Regarding "Get over it" by Ralph McKnight, published Jan. 10: I am a Republican. I know my president — the one who took no salary, gave his time freely, visited every day with the press, expressed his personal views (First Amendment) on Twitter every day, and was 100 percent proactive Americ…

Thank you Neal Janzen! ("Letter to the editor: Composting household consumables a bad idea," Jan. 10.) You're right! This plan has zero chance of being successful.

A follow-up to letter writer Ralph McKnight Jr. and his opinion piece "Get over it" about Republicans saying something was fishy about the last election. You might want to Google the following: "Trump knows he's an illegitimate President" and see how many time the quote is attributed to Hill…

The recent Community Voices piece by John Pryor ("Root cause of the current calamites escapes most," Jan. 7) highlights the hyperbolic and conspiratorial thinking that, unfortunately, permeates today’s political discourse. Such rhetoric is, in Pryor’s parlance, risky.

In my opinion, 2021 was a very "Bad News Year" with COVID-19 accelerating instead of abating, the Trump orchestrated attack on our capitol and the Constitution plus the loss of so many celebrities from various cultures.

I am 85 years of age, totally vaccinated and very sorry that so many are antivax. It seems the majority of COVID-related hospitalizations are not vaccinated. This past week I was admitted to the hospital, not COVID related.

To my Republican friends. I know you are disappointed by the results of the last presidential election, but it’s time to take a clear, hard, look at history and realize you have nothing to complain about.

It is amazing to me that no one has yet to comment on the really bad idea of composting household consumables. The powers that be just assume everyone will throw their food scraps, meat trimmings, peelings etc. in the convenient “green can” to be properly disposed of at the site on Mt. Vernon.

So, it's up to President Biden to "unify" the country after Trump tried to subvert and destroy it? Come on free press, there are not two sides to the insurrection attempt. The storming of the Capitol was immoral, illegal, un-American and traitorous! Sometimes politics is political. Deal with it.

The time has come for all conservative voters to take a good hard look at what has transpired since 2016. I have been a Republican since 1979. I am very comfortable saying that Joe Biden won the election of 2020; a more accurate statement would be President Donald Trump lost the election of 2020.

I'd like to respond to the uninformed writer who categorizes everyone who chose not to vaccinate as people "...who wrapped themselves in the Stars and Stripes and conservative media (believing the vaccine) violates their freedom." As one who has made the well-thought-out decision not to vacc…

I subscribe to The Californian to be apprised of local news events and the "what's happening" around town. I also look forward to reading the Opinion section, and especially Letters to the Editor. The Dec. 31 offerings were especially entertaining as I was struck with an epiphany after I rea…

All drug users and abusers seek the same outcome — pleasurable sensations without high addiction potential and sickness. The reason drugs don't provide this is that current offerings flourish in an anticompetitive marketplace. Legalization would force drugs to compete and achieve what consum…

A World War II vet returning home from Europe was asked the difference between Americans and the French. "Well, he said, an American sees a fellow drive by in a luxury car and dreams of the day when he can have one. The Frenchman sees a fellow drive by in a luxury car and dreams of the day w…

In perusing the paper on Dec. 27, I read Brik McDill’s article, “A religion is born.” He has written some very well-researched and thought-provoking articles in the past and is obviously a well-trained, experienced gentleman. So I began reading with anticipation. By the time I was finished, …

Donald Trump is far too flawed for deification. Most of us who voted for him did not like his personal foibles. We voted for him because of his love for this country and his promise to remedy its ills.

One question: Why does Donald Trump want to block documents pertaining to the Jan. 6 attack on our capital? Only one answer I can think of.

Should the United States return to the gold standard? There was a time when the gold standard made sense. However, with so large an economy and with so much paper money in circulation today, I doubt there is enough gold in existence to do this in any meaningful way.

Many Democrats in and out of Congress, joined by a handful of Republicans, are fighting hard to show Americans that the Jan. 6 insurrection was a grave threat to our democracy and that a similar uprising should never be allowed to occur again.

The new COVID variant is obviously much more contagious than the previous strain. Even fully vaccinated people are becoming infected, although their symptoms, in most cases, are slight or nonexistent, usually requiring minimal treatment or isolation.

I think the talk shows I’ve listened to this morning got it wrong in identifying former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s legacy. As time runs out and nations continue addressing climate change with feeble steps, Reid’s true legacy is his successful NIMBY effort to kill the permanent nucle…

This is a note of appreciation to all the employees of the USPS, UPS and FedEx who delivered packages that were ordered online, I just received a package that wasn’t to be delivered until Tuesday. Thank all of you again and it’s my hope that you and your family have a Merry Christmas. You ha…

Kudos to Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer regarding her open letter to misbehaving Gavin (Nuisance) Newsom for criticizing Kern’s murder rate. It should be noted that Kern County is known to be a dump for victims of homicides in L.A. County.

In a country plagued with racial injustice, every effort to unite the American people should be taken. Though a progressive mindset seems daunting to stubborn and comfortable individuals, the opportunity to promote equality in life-changing situations still poses an obstacle.

My first reaction to the news that Archbishop Desmond Tutu had died was one of sadness. But then I realized we should celebrate his life rather than mourn his death. He was a beacon of hope in a world that often seemed hopeless. When others turned to violence in the struggle against oppressi…

Regarding the recent Community Voices article “A religion is born”: It takes some hubris to equate Donald Trump supporters — both Independents and Republicans — to embracing a new religion. Although I can now see that they are looking for hope to save us from the morass that we now must endu…

I just wanted to follow up on my Community Voices article, “Wanted: One safe church” (Dec. 7). Thank you to everyone who wrote me an email inviting me to church and to everyone who said such kind words in agreement with the need to wear a mask. Blessings to you all! Merry Christmas!

The long journey of Christmas from reluctant celebration in the fourth century A.D. to the current cosmopolitan, kaleidoscopic, cultural extravaganza merits a brief historical look back. The early puritans confined celebrations of Jesus of Nazareth to Easter. Even the precise date of birth w…