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  1. AL SANDRINI: School boards do what's best for students

    Tuesday, Aug 26 2014 11:01 PM

    The Aug. 7 headline screamed, "It takes committed hearts, minds to oversee schools." I could hardly wait to read Brik's McDill's cogent comments as his thoughtful prose often challenges, always educates and regularly requires a quick visit to the dictionary for understanding.

    He opened with poignant comments from at least two teachers who had responded to an earlier column bemoaning the fact that teachers are held accountable when they have no control "for what happens in a child's home" or were "frustrated that experienced teachers were underrepresented on school boards."

    Dr. McDill went on to suggest part of the problem was that over-eager school board candidates used school board membership as a stepping stone to some higher office...

  2. RAMONA COSTELLO: School boards should seek more family engagement opportunities

    I applaud educators at the high school level who are always looking for answers to achievement shortcomings within their student populations. It is their institutions that will be delivering students to California's colleges and...

  3. RAYMOND PEDERSEN: Reaching false conclusions from Ferguson

    I must disagree with the Sunday Forum article relating to the Ferguson, Missouri, situation and then continuing on to "big vs. small" government then to "police not shooting to only maim" ("Ferguson is the latest episode of 'us vs. them,'"...

  4. WILLIAM BEZDEK: Ferguson is the latest episode of 'us vs. them'

    Between my freshman and sophomore years at UCLA, I received a grant whose purpose was to provide me with an introduction to community medicine in the greater Los Angeles area. One of the assignments was to interview the director of public...

  5. NILE KINNEY: Do we have courage to stand up to ISIS?

    By declaring and executing a philosophy of wanton murder, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has handed the world something rare: the chance to globally unite in a moral response. ISIS must go. ISIS has ensured that nothing be...

  6. LOUIE VEGA: Reunification is the best result for many Kern County families

    James Agee, a prize-winning novelist, journalist and poet once observed: "In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him, too, once...

  7. DANNY MORRISON: Black community, 'boys in blue' have work to do in order to heal

    It's 2014 and we're more than 45 years removed from the civil rights movement. I was just a twinkle in my father's eye at that time, but I have historical data that chronicle the fragile relationship between police and the black community....

  8. PATSY OUELLETTE: Health care debate isn't about politics -- it's about morality

    At what point does morality trump politics? Sure, everyone knows we have blue states and red states. The parties have been fighting with each other since the days of the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans. Heck, Jefferson and...

  9. GENE TACKETT: Reflections of a proud Okie son

    I can remember waking up in the back seat of my parent's '35 Chevy and opening the Mason jar with a screw-off canning top so I could eat my breakfast oatmeal. Both my parents were in the field picking grapes that would be laid in the sun...

  10. BRIK McDILL: Stereotypes: They're misleading, but they also can be dangerous

    It's more stereotype than truth that comedians are really depressives trying to make themselves happy, or trying to appear happy, or trying to mask depression-anger by appearing funny, or running from their depression, or trying to beat it...

  11. SCOTT ERWIN: Life after suicide for 'survivors'

    I'm a survivor of suicide. Just to be clear, I have never attempted to take my life. A few years in my teens could be construed as such by loving observers and insightful psychologists, but I have never given that thought any place in my...

  12. ANDREW PANDOL: Water, common sense both in short supply

    Our family has been farming in California since the 1940s. We farm about 3,500 acres in Delano and Arvin, mainly grapes. We currently have approximately 900 people working both in the field and in other capacities. These are people who...

  13. CHRISTINE LIZARDI FRAZIER: Every day counts: We must shore up student attendance

    Monday marks the first day of the 2014-15 academic year for the vast majority of Kern County's 178,000-plus schoolchildren. The first week of school conjures up images of backpacks stuffed with brand-new school supplies, bulletin boards...

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