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  1. BRIK MCDILL: As gap between rich and poor grows, what's our next move?

    Monday, Jan 19 2015 11:00 PM

    Dr. Sasha Abramsky, via the Kegley Institute of Ethics, presented an overflow crowd gathered in Cal State Bakersfield's Multipurpose Room information about a second America trapped inescapably in the kind of poverty that should give us all serious pause. The divide between rich and poor now is worse than it was at the turn of the 20th century. The age of the robber barons blending and merging with the Gilded Age, it seems, has returned, and the top 400 families in America own more wealth than the next 150 million families combined.

    Abramsky, in response to one questioner, noted he fears that America is heading back into a feudalist society unless some crisis occurs to shake things up enough to restructure the way our economy...

  2. DAISY PENALOZA: Obama's deal with Cuba could prove to be a terrible hypocrisy

    President Obama's notorious handshake with Raul Castro of Cuba on Dec. 10, 2013, at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa, was an ominous portent. Observers to the events unfolding were reminded that one cannot...

  3. CAMILA CHAVEZ: Schoolwide support needed to make PBIS approach succeed

    It's exciting that some Bakersfield schools are taking steps to create safe and supportive classrooms for all students. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a fresh approach to discipline that helps students understand the...

  4. BOB SMITH: Streets of Bakersfield should be safe for all who use them

    As the city councilman for northwest Bakersfield, the No. 1 concern I hear from my constituents is that "People drive too damn fast!" I agree. While growing up in the 1960s, I could play football in the street with my siblings, neighbors...

  5. COMMUNITY VOICES: Behaving, speaking as prevailing culture won't lessen your worth

    When I was a young man, I never turned to my father for advice about how to dress. This may sound odd, but growing up with a man who knew how to dress well showed me how to clothe myself for various situations. As a result, whether going...

  6. SHYANNE SCHULL: What does progress look like for Kern County Animal Services?

    On Dec. 21, Lois Henry's article questioned the fact that Kern County Animal Services is operating under the same budget as it previously did when the city of Bakersfield and county of Kern shared the facility on Mt. Vernon Avenue and...

  7. WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU: Nonprofits give thanks to faithful volunteers and donors

    THANKS FOR BELIEVING IN US We are so grateful to all of you who have faithfully supported our mission at Goodwill Industries of South Central California. Thanks to your support, we are able to put hundreds of people to work right here in...

  8. YOU GAVE US THE STRENGTH: Nonprofits say thanks to the community

    COMMUNITY BELIEVES IN HELPING We are thankful for living in a community that cares. That care is demonstrated every time someone invests their love and compassion in a person whose spirit is broken. On behalf of the Bakersfield Homeless...

  9. DANNY MORRISON: Black lives matter? Not according to us

    Over the last few weeks, I've watched a groundswell of people demand justice for unarmed black males who have been brutalized by police officers. Congregations of passionate protesters gathering in every major city shouting...

  10. CHERYL SCOTT: Meeting the workforce needs falls on all of our shoulders

    As new employers come to Kern County and as existing businesses are looking toward growth, it is more important than ever to identify effective ways to meet local employer needs. That means more than simply providing bodies to fill jobs;...

  11. DAVID VALADAO: 113th Congress had its share of strife as well as successes

    As Christmas and the New Year approaches, my first term as representative for California's 21st Congressional District comes to an end. I can't begin to express my gratitude for the support of my constituents over the past two years. Your...

  12. TOM ALEXANDER: Peace is the only remedy for war -- or for one's personal anguish

    The gun's firing pin strikes the cartridge, igniting the explosive charge in the firing cap and instantly propelling the bullet toward his head at an unimaginable speed. I see the bullet tear into his head, shattering bone and tissue and...

  13. BRIK McDILL: No common sense and no middle ground paved the path to mistrial

    Seems like the experts again got in the way of common sense. Two experts muddied the Bryan Oliver trial -- one by making "snapping" too extreme of a clinical phenomenon (dissociation), the other claiming snapping without a mile-wide,...

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