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As I see this control of guns, would it not be better to control the operator of the gun rather than the gun? The current analogy is to ticket the car for running the red light or speeding when the real problem is the operator of the car. I think some people are looking for the easy way to s…

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines fanatic as unreasonably enthusiastic; overly zealous, a person whose extreme zeal goes beyond what is reasonable. Considering that the official national motto “In God We Trust” is displayed not only above the dais of the City Council chamber and is on e…

When President Trump suggested that two United States representatives should be denied access to visit Israel, our country officially lost the title of being the “United” States. Our democracy assumes that our citizens may disagree and will vote representatives in to advocate for their posit…

May I remind the Aug. 8 letter writer who stated Republicans deny emergency services in Puerto Rico ("Letter to the Editor: An incognito trip") that corrupt government officials there have stolen millions of dollars of the relief money. Also, thousands of cases of donated bottled water were …

Trade wars will be "...easy to win." Really now, Mr. President? How's that going for you? Not well for the retirees, 401k contributors, heck, anybody that has any money in the market. Trump fans might not understand the yield curve. I won't try to explain it. Let's just say that it's a reces…

Jaswant Singh Khalra, the Martin Luther King of Sikhs, was martyred for exposing the secret abduction, murder and cremation of thousands of Sikhs by Punjabi police. Bakersfield’s Sikh community requested that Stonecreek Park in its neighborhood be re-named in his honor. More recently, they p…

If any of what we have been told of the life of Mr. Epstein is half true, there are many people that not only should be brought to justice, but should also be ashamed of their own actions, or lack of actions. If I was aware of a gentleman keeping company with an underage girl, I do believe I…

Juan Rodriguez wrote his opinion titled “It’s time to take action” on Aug. 12. He never states what this action should be nor expresses any constructive action to improve our unfortunate mass shootings and the border crisis. He just spouts drivel about President Trump and Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

A terrorist organization is a cohesive group which encourages its members to use physical and verbal violence to obtain an economic or political goal. The NRA has promoted fear in all politicians by using its economic power to either defeat or advance their careers. The NRA has prevented all…

I am writing in response to a recent letter regarding the Kern County Fire Department’s compensation ("Letter to the Editor: Fire personnel compensation," Aug. 11). First of all, they sited total compensation from Transparent California which includes the cost of benefits and grossly oversta…

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a good man, has made a conscious decision -- one that he may come to regret -- to tie his political future, and maybe his eventual legacy, to President Trump, by serving as an echo-chamber for Trump's opinions. Kern County citizens, both Democrats and Republicans, are in…

David Keranen's ("COMMUNITY VOICES: A timeline of mass shootings since 2009," Aug. 8) recent piece is a lengthy listing of tragic events that have occurred in the United States over the past nine years. Of course, this pales to the horrendous events that have occurred worldwide during the sa…

In Sunday's paper, several informative articles and opinion pieces concerning the economic contributions to California and the future of the oil industry in Kern County and California in general appeared. These articles could be overly optimistic on the longevity of oil and gas operations in…

The missing word is "illegal." This word seems to disappear whenever liberals discuss the illegal immigration issue or immigration reform, but it's the key piece. We who are the product of ancestors who migrated to this country legally understand that and have very little respect for those w…

If we changed one simple thing we could stop this senseless killing. When the shooting starts, we are running the wrong direction. We turn away, hoping to get away and get shot in the back. The shooter is going to find a group of people before he starts shooting.

Given the decades-long crisis in domestic terrorism (also known as mass shootings) in the USA, and given the refusal of the U.S. Congress to provide leadership in seeking solutions to the gun problems, why have not the hundreds and hundreds of colleges and universities in the USA stepped int…

I hope every reader of the Californian took the time to read Cynthia Zimmer’s Community Voice piece about proposed California Senate Bill 310 ("COMMUNITY VOICES: Proposed law allowing convicted felons to be on criminal juries advances in state Legislature," Aug. 6). This bill, passed by the …

Negotiations are currently taking place between the firefighters union and the county of Kern. The representative for the Kern County Firefighters Union, in a recent Bakersfield Californian article, states that they are losing firefighters to other places due to low compensation. They are co…

When politicians amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in the aftermath of Sept. 11 to “make us safe,” they promised that this massive new power would never be used to spy on American citizens. That was a blatant lie because U.S. intelligence agencies almost immediately be…

Mass shootings within 12 hours in El Paso and Dayton. We are now at more than one mass shooting per day in the United States. Leaders across the country are interviewed and asked for their explanations on why gun violence is accelerating. Of course the explanations are set forth in political…

Responding to Rich Lowry’s commentary ("'Moscow Mitch' is a ridiculous smear," July 31), with POTUS long on calling Democrats and Republicans he doesn’t like all sorts of offensive, juvenile and insulting nicknames, Democrats have been largely silent on such sophomoric behavior.

Yes, Bakersfield, as well as many American cities, has a homeless problem. Cogitative issues, drugs, affordable housing, etc., along with offshoring living wage jobs contribute to the problem.

Why is Kevin McCarthy blaming video games for the racist, bigoted violence that has become epidemic in our country? For the last three and a half years all we have heard from the president is that Latinos are all rapists, murderers and drug dealers while “some, I assume, are good people.” I …

I applaud Robert Price’s recent criticism of Rep. Kevin McCarthy lying to the public about the causes of gun violence (“McCarthy’s tired talking points on gun violence,” Aug. 7). McCarthy is well aware of the fact that violent video games are played throughout most other nations without the …

There are so many people texting, using cell phones or running red lights that are creating problems for other drivers. Since more policemen are going to be hired, they should put some of them in plain clothes, on motorcycles, with camera helmets. They can drive up and catch people in the ac…

My family has lived in Kern County since the 1850s, so I know how important our forests and other public lands have been to our region’s development, including providing lumber for building homes, clean water for farms and communities and recreational opportunities.

Now that the Bakersfield Police Department found no allegations of criminal behavior with corroborative evidence against Monsignor Craig Harrison, how does the Catholic Church, the congregation from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and a true Catholic/Christian respond?

What a tragedy we had this weekend. One wonders if we have an answer. Some say gun control is the only answer, some say America has too many guns. This leads us to who has the right to bear arms — we the people or the evil people in this country? How do we separate these sources? Take away o…

It's disappointing to see our Congressman Kevin McCarthy defend President Trump. It's clear he has never experienced racism, living in a white privilege country. He apparently does not understand attitudes toward people that are not like him. It's like the parking grills in parking lots that…

I watched in disbelief as President Donald Trump and his supporters laughed when someone at the Texas rally yelled “Shoot them!” I couldn’t believe it. Instead of expressing concern or caution, the president actually laughed, and said, “Only in the Panhandle can you get away with that!”

Thank you so much for James F. Burns ("American meritocracy, Aug. 3) and Bob Franken's ("Human highs and lows, Aug. 3) opinion pieces. Hopefully, people will read every word of both articles. Our current president is tearing this country apart and we really need to get decency and respect ba…

On Aug. 3, a front page article in The Bakersfield Californian was “Commercial real estate emerges as front line in homelessness issue,” and within the article, the comment was made “customers have grown less sensitive to the sight of someone sleeping on a sidewalk or asking passersby for sp…

After reading the article that Bakersfield ranks as the sixth most stressed in United States ("Chill out, Bakersfield: City ranks as sixth most stressed out in the country," Aug. 1), I used our president's logic blaming Baltimore's problems on its Democratic elected leaders. Our stress, frus…

On Friday, I was at the Barnes & Noble on California Avenue and I saw four copies of "Mein Kampf." I cannot remember going into a book store and seeing a copy of "Mein Kampf." I am assuming Bakersfield Barnes & Noble carries books in its market region that are sellers. I called every…

In response to the recent guest editorial (“COMMUNITY VOICES: Newsom needs to take care of us better,” July 27), concerning the “surface expression” in Chevron’s Cymric Oil Field operations, the writer neglects multiple facts. When you’re in the business of producing oil for the benefit of a…

I watched the Democratic debates on TV, and I have to say as a longtime Democrat, I do not feel motivated to go vote for any of them. The two progressives Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders do not have the votes to beat Donald Trump, in the key mid Western states. Joe Biden is just too old …

President Trump considers Rep. Elijah Cummings’ 7th Congressional district to be a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess, the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States." However, in comparison, Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s 23rd district has more poverty, more unemployment, a lo…

It has been 20-plus years since I ran for office. My reason for doing so was that the business group I was in at the time felt we had to get political. The issue, we felt, was a lack of job skills training at the high school level. The office I ran for was a spot on the Kern High School Dist…

In reference to the vandalism of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, people seem to forget God ("St. Francis of Assisi vandalized days after BPD says Monsignor Craig Harrison committed 'no criminal behavior,'" July 31). When Moses climbed the mountain and stood in front of the burning bus…

Hands down, one of the best ever columns ("California needs nurses more than ever," July 30). Here we have the heart of not only Bakersfield, but California itself. She covers all bases, without prejudices. She has risen above politics and brought her heart back to her roots, not taking the …

A recent letter writer said, "I will hearken back to President Obama’s mammoth lie: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'" ("Letter to the Editor: From politicians to marketers," July 28). It is interesting that the writer would use that as a talking point since there are many…

After reading Valerie's column, I have a few thoughts ("VALERIE SCHULTZ: Christians lack consistency in Christ's call to help others," July 26). God created nations. Nations have borders and the right to defend those borders. Where, in the Bible, does the angel of Jehovah, any prophet, Jesus…