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    SOUND OFF: Why all the focus on dangers of oil tanker trains?

    Reader: Reporters for The Californian have written three front page articles (including "Oil train activity raises safety fears," on May 18) warning us that state agencies fear impeding doom bringing more crude oil into the state through...

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    SOUND OFF: When did 'Man Bites Dog' turn into 'Man bites dog'?

    This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian's news coverage. Executive Editor Robert Price answers your questions here each Saturday. Reader: The front...

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    SOUND OFF: Why does soccer trump an immigration crisis?

    Reader: You have finally done it. Please tell me why Mexico losing a soccer game ("2014 World Cup: An ouster most foul") is front page news and Obama ... spending another $2 billion to fix a border problem (received less play in the...

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    SOUND OFF: Why can't we get more analysis of the news?

    Reader: I would appreciate more commentary or analysis on significant stories both national and local. For example, the recent reduced-charges verdict in the manslaughter case involving a motorcyclist struck down by a speeding motorist...

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    SOUND OFF: Quit relying on those extreme liberal institutions

    Reader: On May 31, you printed an article that I had written on May 14 in the Sound Off section. I had intended those comments to be published in the Letters section, which is where they were submitted. However, you elected to print it...

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    SOUND OFF: Why is McCarthy featured in ads for our webcast?

    Reader: Does Congressman Kevin McCarthy, or his campaign, pay for the "First Look with Scott Cox" advertisements in The Californian? — Elizabeth Schanzenbach Price: As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, the answer is no, but your question...

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    SOUND OFF: Health page shouldn't support unhealthy habits

    Reader: The Californian's daily page labeled "Health" should be changed to "Studies to Support Unhealthy Habits." Once in a while there is a report on a study that might encourage a healthier lifestyle, but most of the time there is...

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    SOUND OFF: How dare a state agency tattle on a private citizen

    Reader: Since when does a state agency CALL THE NEWSPAPER and give private information about a person's taxes to the paper? ("State: GOP firm owes more than $46,000," May 29) And I do not want to hear that it was to correct an error....

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    ROBERT PRICE: A bad day becomes remarkably unifying

    And now comes the blowback. From social media: How dare that Bakersfield family with the now-famous cat attempt to exploit a dog bite? From online story commenting: What gall to try to monetize 10 fresh stitches in a child's leg. And now...

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    SOUND OFF: When journalists are asked to reject their instincts

    Reader: Regarding the Sunday Forum article by Fresno State journalism professor Marc Edge ("In climate debate, fairness trumps objectivity," May 18), responding to Lois Henry's recent column ("Let's at least keep climate change debate...

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    SOUND OFF: Will taxpayers be raising this Mother's Day baby?

    Reader: What's wrong with this picture? When I opened up the paper today (May 12), the very first story is about the first a baby born on Mother's Day to Emily Castro, age 20. For the life of me I cannot understand why The Bakersfield...

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    SOUND OFF: Search for killers differs from search for deception

    Reader: In the May 5 Bakersfield Californian, buried at the bottom of page 18, in the Nation section, were two brief articles that, in my opinion, should have received a little more visible coverage. They certainly received more coverage...

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    ROBERT PRICE: Congressman? Nah, Valadao says he's an ordinary farmer

    My sample ballot arrived in the mail early last week. There were a lot of blank spots where candidates' names should have been because several incumbents are running unopposed. One is Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield. He will...

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