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  1. DAVID LOSA: Is it time for introspection in our district?

    Tuesday, Sep 16 2014 11:01 PM

    So much has been said and written about the performance of Congressman Kevin McCarthy that I feel a lot of us are tempted to say, "Same old stuff." Now I think is the time for introspection to try to determine what has happened, how it happened, and why. Everyone is probably going to agree with me that there are always two sides to the story. To find out what those two sides involves seeing the issue or issues objectively.

    What makes our country, in spite of its flaws, the greatest on earth politically, economically, and militarily is our democratic system of governance; and the key to its successes is competition: The drive to be the best, to offer the best in anything and everything that anyone can offer. It inspires everyone to think,...

  2. SIMONE YOUNG: McCarthy should push for vote on Chinese human rights bill

    Sixteen years ago, I came to California with big dreams. I had been a journalist at China's Central Television, and I planned to return after getting my master's in communication management at the University of Southern California. I...

  3. HARRY LOVE: In Kern, fixing climate change isn't a plan strictly for the birds

    Can you imagine Kern County without the sandhill crane? An alarming new report by National Audubon Society scientists reveals that the sandhill crane and hundreds of other birds are threatened by global warming. Many could go extinct...

  4. BOB SMITH: Doing what's best for your ward -- and the city overall

    I have raised my family in and contributed to the city of Bakersfield for more than 30 years as a business owner of an engineering and planning firm, board member of Bakersfield Christian High School and by founding Bike Bakersfield. For...

  5. MARC HAIUNGS: Stop underpaying county law enforcement

    I for one am amazed that the Kern County Board of Supervisors have approved over half a million dollars for the new chief financial officer of Kern Medical Center ("Supervisors OK high-dollar hospital CFO contract," Sept. 10). I know this...

  6. RICHARD SCHWARTZ: We need a better business climate, not more bike lanes

    I'm running for Bakersfield City Council in Ward 4, which I've called home for the last 16 years, because I see opportunities missed by the city. Opportunities such as job growth, becoming more business and customer friendly, and returning...

  7. VIOLA PITCHER: Memorial ride honors veterans

    Eight years ago, Bill Pitcher had an idea to gather the motorcycle community together to show support for veterans. He felt that, five years after the tragedies of 9/11, America was once again becoming complacent regarding the sacrifice...

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    KRISTIE COONS & EMERSON CASE: Putting us on the map, one book at a time

    When the 2014 One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern program kicks off this week, Bakersfield and Kern County will be joining with dozens of other communities across America to promote increased literacy rates and to celebrate the written...

  9. MIKE RUSSO: Hot-button topics converge in community read

    Kern County's low literacy rates are well-documented and a source of continued hand-wringing. That is not to say the problem is being ignored. Indeed, parents, schools and community organizations are actively engaged in a variety of...

  10. MILT YOUNGER: It's time to get serious about distracted driving accidents

    A recent study out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, seems to be giving opponents of California's cell phone and texting-while-driving bans reason to cheer. But as an attorney who has represented clients who suffered enormously as a...

  11. KATHLEEN ASHLAND: Anti-GET demeanor undermines bus system and penalizes riders

    At our Golden Empire Transit Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 19, I presented my personal letter that was submitted to Mike Maggard and the Kern County Board of Supervisors announcing my retirement from my job, sale of my home and my...

  12. BRIK McDILL: Sentence doesn't fit the crime after judge's courthouse affair

    We wonder why respect for the law is so low. Not that the embarrassing boundary crossing on the part of a local judiciary member is anything new or even surprising ("Kern County judge censured for sexual relationship with clerk," Sept. 3)....

  13. JOE FONTAINE: The Wilderness Act — 50 years later

    On Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that created the National Wilderness System. The bill defined what wilderness is and why it is important to the American people. Wilderness is recognized as an area of public...

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