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  1. SANDY MITTELSTEADT: Attending college is not a career goal

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Oct 24 2014 11:01 PM

    For almost seven decades, the number of high school students graduates attending college has risen. That trend is now reversing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of high school students attending college was an all time high in 2009: 70.2 percent of high school graduates went to college. By 2012, the percentage was 66.2 percent of all high school graduates attending college, and last year in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated the number at 65.9 percent. Fewer students electing to attend college concerns me, but the problem doesn't stop there. Fewer students succeeding in college concerns me further.

    Although I rejoice that high school graduates go to college, the news is dismal. Half of these...

  2. MILT YOUNGER & WAYNE McCLEAN: Fight greed: Vote yes on 46

    Opponents of Proposition 46, who include powerful physician lobbyists and the insurance industry, would like you to believe that the initiative on the November ballot is some evil scheme devised by greedy trial lawyers. After all, who...

  3. DAVID KERANEN: Homophobia is learned, homosexuality is not

    "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "South Pacific." Some of the lyrics are as follows: "You've got to be taught/To hate and fear/You've got to be taught/From year to year ... You...

  4. BRIK McDILL: Columnist's Ferguson diatribe neglects to tell the whole truth

    It's a triple-wow for Leonard Pitts and his Oct. 13 column ("Citizens have a right to protest, even in Ferguson"). The picture he draws is one of entirely peaceful demonstrators calmly asserting their right to peaceably assemble and...

  5. TIM STORMONT: Court has stolen 'marriage' from the people

    The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear appeals surrounding the issue of the definition of marriage is an act of sheer cowardice on the part of the high court. In refusing to take action, the court has opened the door for the lower courts...

  6. KERRY McGILL: Anti-science ignorance has US headed in the wrong direction

    A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reported an increase in the number of children not being vaccinated. As of September, 950 kindergartens in the LA area had a vaccination rate of less than 92%. At that level, experts say the school...

  7. AUDREY CHAVEZ: Gays and lesbians are gifts; show them the love that God commands

    Positive assessments of gays, same-sex relationships, a recent statement from the Vatican that gays have "gifts to offer," and the Christian community acknowledging same-sex couples can give "precious support" to one another make me...

  8. LOUIS MEDINA: The story of two grants has a happy ending for local youth

    This is the story of two grants: one small, one large. I know, probably not the most animated and thrilling-sounding of protagonists. But it's a story that will illustrate the heroic impact of grant making on the lives of 150 low-income,...

  9. JACK BALFANZ: Cash 'coma'? Why city housing costs are worth another look

    An article in The Californian ("Courtyard project next low-income housing development downtown," Aug. 27) announced the ground breaking of the Mill Creek project, a 62-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors. The reported cost of the...

  10. CAROLE CASTEEN: You can't always trust the critics: 'Mormons' movie is very inspiring

    I went to Edwards Cinemas on Saturday and viewed "Meet the Mormons." And, yes, I am a Mormon, so I can't honestly write without bias. But I believe Barbara Vandenburgh's review of this movie didn't give the it the credit it deserved ("...

  11. MICHAEL TURNIPSEED: Proposition 47 worth supporting

    No one is a fan of crime, and no one favors illicit drug use. Citizens can likewise agree that it is critically important to identify ways to improve community safety while simultaneously conserving precious taxpayers' dollars. Proposition...

  12. MANUEL FUDERANAN: Going to war with ISIS certainly 'not as easy as eating bananas'

    "It is not as easy as eating bananas," our village wag used to quip when confronted with seemingly complex situations. I would like to surmise that Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces,...

  13. FERNANDO JARA: When the root cause is a history of racism

    One sign of intellectualism is the ability, and willingness, to suspend judgement when confronted by the argument of another until we have carefully weighed that confronting position's evidence. On this point, I think that Brik McDill and...

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