I find it ironic that on the day newspapers across the country delivered editorials condemning the president’s attacks against the press the lead story in the Nation & World section of TBC was about how Trump unilaterally revoked the ex-CIA chief’s security clearance. I feel Trump took t…

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Sorry to see our Bakersfield paper go off the anti-Trump cliff with the other 300-plus lemming national papers this Thursday. If 10 of your friends call you a jerk, maybe you're a jerk. Likewise, if tens of millions of people call out the media, print and broadcast, for putting out fake news…

Kudos to the editorial staff in Thursday's paper ("Our View: Media here for the people," Aug. 16). It takes courage to take such positions, given that the area you serve is strongly conservative. But there comes a time when good people everywhere must speak up against against tyranny, dishon…

In a recent piece ("Trump should learn from LeBron and fight hunger," Aug. 9), the author, who claims some loose association with the UN World Food Program, extols NBA star LeBron James for his I Promise school to assist hungry children while excoriating President Donald Trump. While James’ …

The eternal mess that is the DMV comes as a surprise to no one. The very best way to deal with the DMV is to avoid them face-to-face entirely. Online is the way to go. But if you have something trickier and need to go to the office, go online and make an appointment. You go straight to the f…

How dare the president of our country spend so much time tweeting about topics unrelated to our country’s welfare? How dare we allow the president of our country to spend any time tweeting about topics unrelated to our country’s welfare? Previous presidents were harshly criticized. They did …

Government failure: those two words are in my mind as I drive past the trash under the bridge above Garces Circle. Those words apply to the unbelievable filth and trash at F Street and Golden State Avenue. The old mill at Hart Park should have been torn down long ago. Where is the pride in o…

A column in Thursday's Bakersfield California ("Community Voices: Are high-speed rails economically feasible") left myself unsure if the writer was for or against them. On a second reading it was obvious the writer was pro high-speed rail not only for California but for the nation.

I just want to express my appreciation to whomever chopped the goatheads and tumbleweeds in the 3500 block of Bernard Street. There were enough goatheads and tumbleweeds to seed Kern County. I walk my dog every day and he much resents goatheads. Thank you, thank you!

I wasn't aware recycling was optional. I thought it was essential to save our planet. Every year residents receive instructions in the mail plastic No. 1 through No. 7 is acceptable, despite the fact No. 3 through No. 7 cannot be processed. Then our recycling experts opine it is unlikely res…

In response to a recent letter ("Letter of support," July 23), I am proud to send a letter of support for President Trump, but I know it will fall on deaf liberal ears. Sadly the liberals and media only recognize his gaffs and none of his accomplishments, such as the economy booming, stock m…

After enjoying the NFL for decades, I’m done with the “No Fun League.” This halftime problem was just the final straw. The team owners are wealthy, mostly successful men of industry, and some just inherited their team.

In answer to Robert Price's question about what is wonderful about Bakersfield ("We've got to be willing to sing our own praises," Aug. 8), in my opinion it’s the people, hands down, no question.

I find it deplorable that an outgoing district attorney would abuse her office and the justice system to persecute the sole dissenting vote on a marijuana law.

Rich Lowry is usually a stickler for the facts in his well-considered conservative column, but in his Aug. 2 column ("The battle over socialism is joined"), he missed on one. In describing so-called Medicare-for-all he states, “…Medicare-for-all would eliminate insurance premiums and provide…

The author of a recent letter (“Bad advice,” Aug. 5) said this of my July 30 Community Voices article, "A not-so booming economy": “To suggest, as he does, that increased corporate dividends increases the national debt is laughable.” That would indeed be a laughable comment, but my article d…

I was born in Bakersfield in the early 1940s. I've seen a lot of changes in our city over the years, but one thing that has shown very little change is political attitudes. The city and county remain very conservative.

The articles about The River Theater ("Oildale and Gone with the Wind," July 25 and "Old Theaters," July 30) brought back sweet memories. My friends and I spent many Saturdays there. Our parents would drop us off at 10 a.m. and pick us up at 5 p.m. 

A recent letter to the editor has a very good argument regarding the competitiveness of flying from Bakersfield vs LAX ("Need for cost-effective flights," Aug. 6). We need additional alternatives and more competitive airfares, no doubt. However, I was a little startled by the comparison of f…

In her recent Community Voices piece ("Just walk away from the Democratic Party," Aug. 3) Brenda Sutton reveals that she switched from a Democrat to a Republican in 2008. That is acceptable in a democracy. But what should not be acceptable is the labeling and negative words used to describe …

Addressing the letter recently published ("Wake Up America," Aug. 6), I realize that civil discourse/discussion is mostly a thing of the past. However, being opposed to inhumane treatment of people and families at the border, opposition to an irrational travel ban, gestapo-like tactics of IC…

I wanted to thank all the people in my east side community for helping safely bring back my two dogs Cooper and Koko separately after losing them two weeks ago. May this serve as a reminder to micro-chip your dog (which was how they were traced back to me) and update their ID tags as soon as…

The 2018-19 professional football season has begun as witnessed by the recent Hall of Shame Game. And once again, the NFL and the NFLFA are arguing how to honor or dishonor our flag during the playing of our national anthem.

After reading the article, “How not to recycle,” in Saturday’s Bakersfield Californian, I was really disheartened to learn that after all these years of religiously carting my two blue recycling barrels out to the curb every other Thursday morning, that I was actually costing Bakersfield mon…

A few months ago we were told that we would be charged extra if we continued to keep our extra tan trash bin. To avoid this charge, we requested an extra blue recycle bin to replace it.

Bakersfield needs to provide more cost-effective flights for consumers, if it wishes to compete with the Los Angeles area airports. Here are four examples why my wife and I won't fly out of Meadows Field anytime soon.

A recent letter ("Looking out for America," Aug. 2) referred to President Trump’s “relentless work ethic” as one of his best qualities. Personally, I think it might be his hair, but I digress.

A news report yesterday stated that the Treasury Department is considering changing the tax rules on capital gains to lessen the burden on taxpayers. As usual, with this administration and its worship of the almighty dollar above all else, this is an attempt to further benefit the richest am…

I just can't let it go, as Brenda Sutton suggests ("Community Voices: Just walk away from the Democratic Party," Aug. 3). As an 80-year-old grandmother who was a Republican for over 50 years and could not believe where the party was going, I left the party about 10 years ago. After having ei…

A couple facts about agriculture, tariffs and subsidies Robert Price seemed to overlook in his recent column ("A tale of two cities and one congressman," July 29): First, food products make up only 9 percent of total American exports and, second, farmers have been getting subsidized for crop…

Andy Wahrenbrock's column ("Community Voices: A not-so booming economy," July 30) states that the American economy is not so strong as it appears after the Trump tax cuts. Yet the numbers show that more Americans are working now than ever before. He complains that the labor participation rat…

I was saddened to learn Gloria McLean passed away Sunday. Gloria was a delightful lady who served as Sen. Walter W. Stiern's longtime chief of staff, a first for a female to hold that position for a state senator.

Oh no! Herb Benham ("Meet my new best friend, Sasquatch," July 28) is putting marijuana on his knee to “relieve pain.” Doesn’t he know that it is just a gateway drug? Addiction to Vicodin or Oxycontin is right down the road for him. Poor Herb!

Clients of Freise Hope House in Bakersfield are among an especially cared for local population in need of special supports while transitioning from challenge riddled lives, to roads with brighter futures. Those fortunate enough to receive Crestwood's services at this particular location alwa…

I read with interest CSUB Professor Mark Martinez's recent Community Voices article ("Trump-Putin, Making America Great Again?" July 30), particularly about President Trump being buffaloed by Vladimir Putin and Trump's failures with our European allies. That, with the Russian Collusion charg…

I take some issues with the "dog whistling" Mark Quinn was passing along as a "sermon" ("Community Voices: An absence of hope in society," July 28).

The recent article about the smoke from the fires impacting our air quality ("Is smoke from wildfires affecting Bakersfield?," July 27) indicates that the Valley Air Resources Board only registers the small particulates, not the smoke and its effect on our air. Wouldn't the drifting of the s…

A few years ago recycling was touted as the way to go in reducing Kern County landfill deposits. According to The Californian ("Bakersfield prepares to change recycling program in response to market downturn," July 30), recycling is now a problem. China is no longer accepting the world’s was…

Thank you for Stephen Mayer’s front page article (“Hometown hero,” July 29) about a local man who helped save a life because he saw a need and was able to do so, even without recognition. “Sergio seemed to have a natural empathy for others, an impulse to help when crisis arose,” Mayer writes…

The frequency of days in which I feel like I am stuck with Alice walking through the looking glass keep piling up. The Community Voices piece ("Have we not advanced since 1693?" July 27) makes me want to say really? That is all you got? Anyone have a spoon I could stick in my eye? Given that…

To all the bleeding hearts in Bakersfield, it's hard for me to believe there are this many ignorant people in this town to think that as a democracy we can just open up our borders and let anyone come into this country.

A few weeks ago, I read a letter to the editor from a Korean War veteran, who said that he was proud to have served, wore his uniform proudly and stood for the Pledge of Allegiance as a child and the national anthem now. He then stated that in spite of this, he supported the football players…