Inga Barks

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  1. INGA BARKS: Car impound restrictions would endanger us all

    My brother was in a car accident at Real Road and California Avenue back in the late '80s. He was coming off the freeway and heading straight down Real and the car that hit him was turning left onto California, ignoring right-of-way laws...

  2. INGA BARKS: Do we really need this whopping school bond?

    This week I received a survey in the mail from the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District asking my opinion of the schools. Having three children who went from K-8 in the district, I DO have an opinion. In fact, since my husband and I...

  3. INGA BARKS: Unenamored with the primary line-up? Then I'm your gal

    I'm not sure of the count of county supervisor candidates, but I think the list vying to replace Jon McQuiston alone brings the figure to 50. OK, maybe not that many. But there are a goodly amount fighting for your vote right now. As...

  4. INGA BARKS: Schools could learn discipline lessons from back in 'the day'

    A recent opinion piece in The Californian calls for the Kern High School District to explain the current expulsion rate in local schools. I don't know that the district has an answer that will suffice, but in the meantime, I have a few...

  5. INGA BARKS: Kiddie condoms program lacks oversight, undermines parents

    BY INGA BARKS Contributing columnist I got free mail-order condoms, and all I had to do get them was lie. I would say, "Kids, don't try this at home," but that's exactly what a new government-funded program is encouraging youngsters in...

  6. INGA BARKS: The Arthur E. Wallace Federal Courthouse has the best ring to it

    When the Bakersfield City Council voted to name a Highway 58 interchange after Rosa Parks, I argued against it. Not because of any lack of respect for Rosa Parks. She was an undisputed mother of an era of the civil rights movement in a...

  7. INGA BARKS: Long-gun ban only threatens our free speech rights

    I don't mean to brag, but my boys are awesome with a shotgun. When the twins were old enough, we took an NRA-sponsored women and children shotgun class out at Five Dogs Shooting Range. Now, if you ask any of the men who taught that class...

  8. INGA BARKS: Rubio earns my respect and prayers in new role

    I recently asked a friend why he got out of politics. He said, "because politics makes nice people mean." Boy, he's not kidding! In the 20 years that I've paid attention, I've seen friendships destroyed, loyalties violated and careers hurt...

  9. INGA BARKS: Our statement of loyalty should only be made in English

    Usually when I disagree with Californian Opinion Editor Robert Price, I chalk his "wrongness" up to the trauma he experienced during the two soccer seasons that the poor man coached my twin boys. This must be the case on the subject of...

  10. INGA BARKS: State pay raises reek of hypocrisy

    Let me guess, this Thanksgiving at dinner tables everywhere, the conversation went a little like this: Grandma apologized for the smaller turkey and fewer apples in the pie because "in this economy" things are tight and prices are higher....

  11. INGA BARKS: Some new laws read like a nightmare, not dream

    First, a very sincere and heartfelt disclaimer:I acknowledge that many laws are written by well-meaning lawmakers, inspired by a tale of woe. Many bills that hope to become California laws begin with personal experience in which someone...

  12. INGA BARKS: Air board members don't walk the walk

    It all started when I caught sight of a billboard asking me to make a difference. I'd heard and seen the commercials by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District about cleaning our air. I'd also heard warnings that the valley...

  13. INGA BARKS: High-speed rail 'great idea!' -- for some

    I've been wracking my brain, trying to understand why no matter what anyone says about California high-speed rail, supporters come back with a stepford wife-like response about how great it is. How they trust in a government project, by the...

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