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    SOUND OFF: Bravo for republishing that Charlie Hebdo cover

    By Robert Price
    Friday, Jan 23 2015 05:22 PM

    Reader: Sound Off continues to brighten Saturday mornings. Thank you. It is so refreshing to read fact-based, well-written responses to misinformed, irate readers. It most likely does nothing to influence their thinking, but it is satisfying.

    Our "growing cultural crankiness" is a minefield that has to be traversed on tip-toe in our day-to-day human relations and I, for one, am growing weary of the wariness. Sound Off gives me a vicarious moment of satisfaction and relief.

    I was a little surprised, though, that there was nothing about your publication of Charlie Hebdo's cover cartoon, on its first issue after the horrific murders, of the Prophet Muhammad Wednesday (Jan. 14). Thought for sure there would be words of praise for your...

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    SOUND OFF: Do welfare recipients vote to preserve benefits?

    Reader: My father-in-law said it best. Welfare, food stamps and Section 8 housing are intentionally created programs promoted by Democrats who want to make people dependent on government for future votes. Working should never be an...

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    SOUND OFF: Good news to report: Our top 10 uplifting stories

    Reader: Why not a summary of the 10 most upbeat local stories in 2014? (After all, The Californian published several year-end stories in that vein, including capsulations of local prominent deaths as well as most noteworthy government,...

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    SOUND OFF: Criticism of county animal shelter was unfair

    Reader: I was concerned over an article in The Californian ("Is county shelter really worth an extra $2 million?" by Lois Henry, Dec. 21) that criticized funding of the county shelter efforts for improving previous deplorable conditions...

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    SOUND OFF: Annual first-baby story always a sign of the times

    Reader: Why do I suspect that the names of the first 50 or so newborns ("Welcome 2015's first local baby," Jan. 2) reads like the Mexico City phone book? -- Gary Johns, from online story commenting Reader: Annually, I find that the first...

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    SOUND OFF: Stick to just being a newspaper, not a TV station

    For the first time ever, TBC Media live-streamed wall-to-wall coverage of the Dec. 4 Bakersfield Christmas Parade. Louis Amestoy made like Ryan Seacrest and, with Olivia Garcia valiantly attempting to soften his unrefined edges, called the...

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    SOUND OFF: What's being done to inspire responsible fatherhood?

    Price: My spam filter catches most of the junk that spews forth from the bowels of the World Wide Web, but occasionally something of dubious merit squeezes into my inbox. That Nigerian government official is still trying find an American...

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    SOUND OFF: Bad news often turns out to be a good thing

    John Harte, a photographer and community college journalism instructor who worked at The Californian for three decades, has been poring through his old film negatives for the past several weeks. As might be expected, he has come across...

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    ROBERT PRICE: For 200, Pie Run justifies feast to follow

    My first indication that I was not the only person insane enough to ruin the peaceful calm of a pre-dawn Thanksgiving morning was the sight I beheld as I crested the hill at Mount Vernon Avenue and Panorama Drive. There, below, like a...

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    SOUND OFF: Is Alon moving ahead with refinery plans, or not?

    Reader: The Nov. 9 article "Alon backs off plan to reopen refinery" certainly came as a surprise to many people, not the least of whom were myself and my colleagues in Bakersfield. Frankly, we are disappointed that facts from our recent...


    SOUND OFF: It's Obama's fault we looked at Latino voting trends

    Reader: The ancient Greek storyteller Aesop is said to have coined the phrase "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." Our friend Aesop is probably thrashing around in his proverbial grave seeing how deeply we're mired in the "Divide." This...

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    SOUND OFF: How stylish of us to support anti-oil tree huggers

    Reader: An article appeared in Thursday's Californian stating that an environmental group calling themselves Earthjustice out of San Francisco successfully shut down crude oil shipments to Sacramento ("Sacramento crude oil transfers halted...

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    SOUND OFF: Try to criticize Democrats and Republicans equally

    Reader: With some trepidation I'm writing you. My observation has been if a writer is complimentary of The Californian then the writer is enlightened. If critical, a mouth breather. This is regarding your reply to Judd Stacy in today's (...

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