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  1. JEAN FULLER: Historic moment for Kern is also a proud moment for me

    Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 11:01 PM

    Bakersfield's own Kevin McCarthy is the first Californian to be elected majority leader in the United States House of Representatives. I was there when he was elected for a full term on Nov. 13, 2014. How proud I was for Kern County and the 23rd Congressional District. It means a lot to know that a public servant of his caliber is in a unique position to represent our values.

    At a reception I attended for congressional members in his Capitol office, the respect shown him by other members of Congress was impressive -- as were their asks for advice and assistance. His role in shaping national public policy is now immense. Among his significant responsibilities as majority leader are setting the short- and long-term legislative agenda for...

  2. KELLY BEARDEN: Shopping small: Treasures can be found in Kern's businesses

    Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a nationwide event that began only five years ago but already is receiving billions of dollars in support. With help from American Express, Small Business Saturday began in 2010 to...

  3. MING CHEN: A bipartisan, human rights issue that Congress needs to address

    When this month's elections gave the Republican Party control of Congress, both President Obama and incoming congressional leaders pledged themselves to try and find ways to work together despite their political differences. But an...

  4. KERRY McGILL: Don't bring down the 1 percent; instead, build up the bottom 99

    Let's tax the rich. Wait. What? Why? Oh, that's right, because they are making too much money or because they have too much wealth. They are the top 1 percent and they can afford it. That's a good reason. Better yet, what do they need all...

  5. JOHN PRYOR: Cybersecurity needs action, but there is a bigger threat

    Everything The Washington Post recommends ("Cyberthreats: Act now and shut the door," Nov. 17) for government, business, and individuals do to protect individual personal and confidential data is correct. However, their recommendation...

  6. JEFF HEINLE: When we needed to speak up, so many of us remained silent

    Recently my son came to my wife and me to initiate a discussion on a topic he clearly considered serious. Was he on drugs? Were we about to be grandparents? I looked at my wife with the sort of telepathic stare that only intimate married...

  7. KELLY KULZER-REYES: Pass ABLE Act and help families whose children have disabilities

    There is nothing a mother wants more for her children than for them to reach their potential. Right now, it is difficult for me to prepare a strong foundation for my daughter's future. My 2-year-old daughter, Amelia, has Down syndrome,...

  8. PAUL EISMAN: Facts about our refinery's future in Bakersfield

    The Nov. 9 article "Alon backs off plan to reopen refinery" certainly came as a surprise to many people, not the least of whom were myself and my colleagues in Bakersfield. Frankly, we are disappointed that facts from our recent quarterly...

  9. DENA MURPHY: Open enrollment is almost here: Here's what you need to know

    One year ago, we journeyed into new territory as California implemented the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or health care reform. The journey has been interesting and challenging -- but at the same time rewarding -- as we...

  10. ETHAN McENROE: Kern will need veterinarians to take care of its future herds

    Growing up in Bakersfield as the son of a food-animal veterinarian, I had no delusions about the hard work the job required. Accompanying my father to work and listening to him read bedtime stories by famous veterinary author James Herriot...

  11. BRIK McDILL: Take a lesson from our children: Let's learn how not to be greedy

    Halloween night provided a wonderful lesson in the generosity of children. My son and daughter-in-law escorted their Cinderella daughter in her neighborhood rounds of trick-or-treating. So that kids were not shorted for candy at their now...

  12. PAM SCHALLOCK: Common sense takes back seat to political correctness again

    While we must find a way to live with life's little ironies, this is driving me crazy. Join me in considering these two recent articles from The Californian ("Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat," Oct.1, and "Judge upholds...

  13. SANDRA FIGUEROA: Preventative measures should be taken to avoid pesticide exposure

    Did you kill your wife and kids?Can you imagine feeling guilty for your wife's death? Feeling guilty for all of your kids' health conditions? As you sit in the hospital waiting room, you begin to realize your very own job is the one to...

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