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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    By RICHARD BEENE, Californian president and CEO
    Monday, Oct 20 2014 08:31 AM

    POLITICS: Is anyone else sick of the political attack ads that have flooded the airways? You'd think there would be weightier issues than how many times Pedro Rios voted while serving on the Delano City Council or if Andy Vidak had suddenly "sold out" to the Sacramento politicians. But polling shows attack ads work, so get ready for another couple of weeks of the incessant negativity.

    SEVEN OAKS: Hats off to the Seven Oaks homeowner who took things into his own hands after someone's dog kept leaving unwanted presents behind on his lawn. The homeowner put a small sign in the yard reading: "Is it really that difficult to pick up your dog's poop? Be a good neighbor!!" Ah, first-world problems behind the gates.

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    HERB BENHAM: Urban adventure a heavy burden for uninitiated

    Recently I bought a pair of walking shoes and borrowed a backpack from a friend. We had a trip planned and rather than break both in on foreign soil, it made sense to test-drive them in order to diminish the chance of foot and back...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Society's rules can stop us from being true selves

    Oh, the joy of a bookworm working in a library: I am surrounded every day by more books than I could read in my lifetime. I also stumble upon books that I wouldn't otherwise choose for myself, like a book I've been reading called "Real...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    CANCER:October is breast cancer awareness month, and a brief look at the statistics are humbling. For example, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, an...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Coming Out Day may make road a little smoother

    Today is National Coming Out Day, the day each year that your son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, cousin, friend, neighbor or co-worker may feel enough confidence in your understanding and acceptance to say to you: I am...

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    HERB BENHAM: Last meal? Just be sure to eat dessert first

    On a recent bike ride, we talked about what our last meal might be. The conversation began with my friend Bob asking whether I thought it was bad form to eat two doughnuts at Houchin Blood Bank after giving blood. I didn't think so, but...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    VIA ARTE: Make sure you remember that Via Arte is set for this weekend over at The Marketplace in the Southwest. This is always an amazing experience as chalk artists line up to show off their talents in the parking lot. The event is free,...

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    HERB BENHAM: Steve Garvey a hit with Bakersfield

    Steve Garvey speaks like he used to hit -- expertly. I heard the former Dodger first baseman at the Second Annual Heart Never Forgets benefit for the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County at Wes and Tracey Bradford's home. I...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actors find the Spotlight

    Professional photographer Melissa Brazeal has embarked on a new venture called the Acting Out Theatre Company, which is geared toward instruction for young people and performances of traditional as well as more hard-hitting plays. Her...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED A blog about life, media, politics & people

    DEATH: The law firm representing the family of Nancy Joyce Garrett, the 72-year-old woman killed in an early morning crash with a Kern County sheriff's deputy, is waiting for a Highway Patrol investigation before deciding whether to file...

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    HERB BENHAM: Crafty Christians work way into my heart

    Elinor Grant invited me for lunch recently at Mill Creek Christian Church downtown in the Crafty Christian Room. I liked the sound of the Crafty Christian Room, especially because I have gained an appreciation for crafty Christians over...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    SCAMS: There are few things more annoying than being the victim of telephone scams involving fake pitches from the Internal Revenue Service, state tax collectors and "friends" stranded in Europe. Gary Schneider wrote that he, too, was...

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    HERB BENHAM: He's the whole package - mailman and friend

    A good mailman is like a crackerjack barber: You hope you die or leave town before they do. Alex Dang is a good mailman, except that, in retiring after 47 years with the Postal Service, he's breaking hearts along the avenues, courts and...

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