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  1. GERALD HASLAM: We have the right to disagree, not to launch bigoted claims

    Tuesday, Mar 03 2015 10:00 PM

    Ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said recently, "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America," thus sliding into a muck of insupportable opinion that borders on the big lies of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. As semanticist S.I. Hayakawa long ago pointed out, there is an intoxication that comes with the use of highly abstract terms like "love," just as there is a willingness of the gullible to accept them uncritically. The language comes easy, but reality is more complex.

    As it turns out, I can no longer feel certain that Giuliani -- a man I have long admired -- loves America, given that plunge into self-serving dishonesty. Rudy himself didn't love it enough to serve in...

  2. KERRY McGILL: 'Jobs for jihadists' shows the impractical side to fighting ISIS

    A couple of years ago, I took a class in politics from Dr. James E. Harf. Dr. Harf was on the team from the United States that went to the USSR to assist them in their transition from a dictatorship to a democracy. The author of several...

  3. BRIK MCDILL: We're fighting a battle against hate that can't be entirely won

    "Against the blindness of human beings there unfortunately does not yet exist any remedy." -- Conclusion of letter from Albert Einstein to Albert Schweitzer, Sept. 25, 1938 The Community Voices column by Kerry McGill ("Why Obama shouldn...

  4. MILT YOUNGER: Bakersfield College influence is being felt around the world

    It was 1997 and a young man from Mali in West Africa had arrived at Bakersfield College to begin his political science studies. A friend convinced him that it would be less expensive to attend a community college in Bakersfield than in Los...

  5. DAN RICHARD: Correcting High Speed Rail misinformation from senator

    In his recent commentary in The Californian ("High-Speed Rail not only breaking promises, but busting family budgets," Feb. 7), State Sen. Andy Vidak regurgitates the same distortions about high-speed rail that he's been making for the...

  6. SONYA CHRISTIAN: BC's new four-year degree a great opportunity for students

    Mark your calendars now for May 18, 2018, when Memorial Stadium will see the first graduating class with a baccalaureate degree from Bakersfield College. This will be a historic moment for California, Kern County and Bakersfield College,...

  7. JOHN MCHUGH: Kern woman in Afghanistan again for another vital mission

    It's been said that some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference in this world. Bakersfield's Leah C. Shubin doesn't have that problem. As an aviator who flew Blackhawk helicopters during two previous...

  8. BRIK MCDILL: Obama administration remains out of touch against terrorism

    Wow! The thoughtlessness and insensitivity of it all. The audacity of this presidency has come full circle in presidential spokesman Josh Earnest's Feb. 10 hideous ranking of three problems: global warming inflicted globally;...

  9. DIANNE HARDISTY: Can valley's future leaders be the state's problem-solvers?

    Back in the day -- and that was in the 1990s -- California politicians had the power to divide the state into political districts that suited their personal ambitions and their party's goals. As a result, rural Kern County became somewhat...

  10. KERRY McGILL: Cooler heads: Banning firearms is not the cure to gun problems

    Panera has just announced a new policy against having guns in their restaurants, joining Target as the other recent addition to this list. Who, then, will not be bringing in a concealed weapon? Good guys, of course. I doubt if a bad guy...

  11. MARYLEE SHRIDER: Persuade the 'quivering daisies' to do their jobs

    To say pro-lifers feel betrayed by the House of Representatives' failure last month to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is an understatement. To lay blame at the feet of House leadership, however, is not entirely fair....

  12. Blood bank campaign all about grateful donation recipients

    Kathy Agapiou is a mother and grandmother. She's also a blood recipient who says she owes her life to many people who donated the blood she received after several open heart surgeries and a life-threatening battle with cancer. The Kern...

  13. JUDY KELLY: Don't blame Westminster for problem-causing dog owners

    I take extreme offense at the Feb. 10 article, "There are no winners at Westminster Dog Show" written by Lindsay Pollard-Post, senior writer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. As the owner of a dog that will appear at...

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