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    SOUND OFF: This cat got out of the bag and the howls began

    By John Arthur
    Saturday, Jan 18 2014 08:00 PM

    Nothing gets readers worked up like a change in the comics, and we heard from a few of you this week: READER: Once again The Bakersfield Californian has decided to remove the long time comic favorite "Garfield" and put in its place an unknown generic comic. Just like they did with "B.C." and the "Wizard of ID".

    I wonder if The Californian would be willing to allow the subscribers of this paper the option to vote on bringing back the above mentioned comics. I believe these comics have more then earned their right to be read by the great subscribers of The Bakersfield Californian.

    William Weigel, Bakersfield READER: So a new comic strip adds an edge. Well "Wumo" certainly doesn't come near the edge our old friend "Garfield" and his...

  2. SOUND OFF: We're back, and we have some catching up to do

    This column has not appeared for several weeks, so we have some catching up to do: *** READER: (In regard to our Dec. 31 list of state, national and global quotes of the year:) I am sorry this is so late but I feel it is important to...

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    SOUND OFF: We approach the holiday with plenty of good cheer

    READER: Dear Mr. Ewing, I want to compliment you on your article in The Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 14, page 49, covering the Division 1 Girls Tennis Section Finals. It is a masterpiece of reporting, writing and journalism,...

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    SOUND OFF: If he were a teacher our grade would be C-

    READER: It's good that The Californian challenged the accuracy of the United Farm Worker's spokesperson regarding (the recent) protest at Rep. Kevin McCarthy's office. But as a former journalism instructor, I am appalled at the news...

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    SOUND OFF: Headline makes the situation worse, reader argues

    READER: Shame on the Californian for today's headline ["He sides with Democrats." Oct. 31, about Rep. David Valadao]. While you can make any argument that this is just "news," that's exactly the problem, and you're instigating it. That...

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    SOUND OFF: In her view, prep football coverage went south

    READER: I am very upset over the high school sports section because South High School is not receiving as much attention as they should. South High's football team is undefeated and they were given a small article in the newspaper on...

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    SOUND OFF: Anniversay coverage can have many approaches

    READER: Does September 11 have no meaning for you? What made you decide to completely omit it from the front page on Wednesday, Sept. 11? At least we got a "Kern's Past" on page 8. Good decision.... I guess the deaths of 3,000 Americans...

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    SOUND OFF: It's not just the opinion, it's your choice of topics

    READER: In the "Our View" column on Sept. 4 ("While some gauge winds, a decision awaits"), The Californian makes a valid point about Rep. Devin Nunes' comments of asking President Obama to consult with Congress and then criticizing the...

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    SOUND OFF: Why some letters to the editor are allowed to offend

    READER: What led to the decision to include Gary Cameron's letter to the editor, "Most bigoted president ever crushing 'dream' "? I would hope that politically biased extremism from the right fringe is not considered the norm. Such...

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    SOUND OFF: That was an implosion? Readers don't think so

    READERS, on Facebook, commented about coverage of the PG&E plant knockdown at Coffee and Rosedale: From everything I saw, it did NOT look like an IMPLOSION. I always thought an implosion was supposed to fall in on itself with all the...

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    SOUND OFF: Isabella partisans irked; the royal baby is panned

    READER: To all of you writing about the water levels up at Lake Isabella. You are doing a huge disservice to our community and the business owners trying to stay afloat in a terrible economy. We sit here on our decks watching our beloved...

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    JOHN ARTHUR: Lots of news and lots of complaints this week

    READER: Since when is a four hit baseball game front page news and the death of 19 American heroes on page 17? Is your staff on vacation? Who is running your show? Where are your values? You guys better rush home from your vacay and get...

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    SOUND OFF: You may have to send stories the old-fashioned way

    Catching up on an item from last week: Reader Susan Gill said it would be helpful if electronic editions of the newspaper had built-in links to other stories and she is right. I told her I hadn't figured out how to do this but guidance is...