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  1. WILLIAM BEZDEK: Think you're paying too much in taxes? Well, consider this

    Wednesday, Apr 29 2015 09:00 PM

    Two weeks ago, on Tax Day, I asked my companion which country she thought taxed its citizens the most. She immediately stated the United States.

    Now, with the political season starting, I can see how she came to this understanding. Every day we hear how our tax system is broken, how we have to lower taxes in order to create jobs and get the economy moving, how we need to reduce corporate taxes in order to make our businesses more competitive on the world stage.

    Along with this propaganda comes the idea that we do not have a revenue problem but a spending problem. We hear of politicians signing pledges not to raise taxes and how some politicians want to starve the government to the point of making it so weak that it could be drowned in...

  2. BRIK MCDILL: Reverse racism can show up even in most brilliant columnists

    Two cautionary tales, both sad, both true. A true story within a true story. Both with important lessons we should learn, but only if our moment is teachable, which is not always the case. The facts of the first: A white cop repeatedly...

  3. B.J. MITCHELL: System helps libraries improve service -- and reduce costs

    The article "Survey skips privatization issue" (April 18) asks the question "are officials asking the right questions?" The answer to that is "no." The real question is "how can we improve service while at the same time reducing costs?" A...

  4. COMMUNITY VOICES: Here's our STEM achiever

    I don't know if Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education currently has a poster girl, but I am recommending 23-year-old Hannah McCallum for the job. I recently met McCallum at the Los Angeles County Air Show, which was...

  5. COMMUNITY VOICES: Armenian genocide is a lesson we must all remember today

    April 24 is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Turkey. I'm not Armenian. My daughter-in-law is -- so I have more than ample data of that perspective from her family. I've also visited Turkey where these atrocities occurred....

  6. CSUB Foundation isn't 'sitting' on any scholarship money

    The issue The Californian attempted to outline regarding allegedly unpaid scholarships ("CSUB Foundation owes students $1M," April 17) may not be fully understood by the public, so I would like to explain how our university stewards the...

  7. Stop the elephant rides

    Most of us have heard the term "Elephants Never Forget." Like me, you might have wondered if there is any scientific evidence to support this. Well, there is. See http://mentalfloss.com/article/52381/it-true-elephants-never-forget which...

  8. PATSY OUELLETTE: With cancer, stop living in fear and start living with strength

    The "Big C" has been on our minds lately. There was Angelina Jolie's second bout of surgery, and then there was the Ken Burns' special on PBS documenting cancer's long history. In six hours of viewing, fear is the biggest response, as...

  9. RICHARD YOUNG: Until news media put away their agenda, they'll remain incredible

    The "news" has become incredible. Not "incredible" as a slang synonym for awesome. Incredible as in "not worthy of belief." The most recent big example was the appalling collection of falsehoods published in The Rolling Stone's article...

  10. DANNY MORRISON: It's a tough job, but that doesn't get police officers off the hook

    Dear Police Officers,I have supported you. I have always sympathized with you and defended you publicly and privately. The constant barrage of conspiracy theorists in my circle clamoring about how American society is hurdling toward a...

  11. ALEJANDRO GONZAGA: A letter to my daughter as she graduates from high school

    The Californian has this picture of me that I sent them with my first Community Voice piece. It's me in full goatee looking fine and smiling real big. Well, as big as I am known to smile. It was cropped from a pic of me and a student at...

  12. DAVID MCBRIDE: NASA Armstrong a big part of president's plan

    Five years ago, President Obama offered a vision to the American people for NASA and the space program's plans for improving life here on Earth while also enabling our journey to Mars and beyond. The Armstrong Flight Research Center and...

  13. RICHARD COLLINS: Smart fencing: Sport refines confidence, balance, endurance

    Last week a new fencing studio opened in downtown Bakersfield. I like that it is located on the second floor of the Women's Club of Bakersfield on 18th Street downtown, and not just because it is such a beautiful space. As a scholar of...