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  1. RUTH BLISS: Take bite into a healthy lifestyle during National Nutrition Month

    Wednesday, Mar 25 2015 09:00 PM

    Start this National Nutrition Month by taking a "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" with a few simple changes that will help support your well-being.

    Americans today consume more calories than they did 50 years ago. Packaged foods laden with sugar and fat contribute to the increased calories. Our poor food choices have led to a host of dietary-related health problems including the No. 1 killer -- heart disease. The American Heart Association has stated: "A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease."

    Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to reboot their eating habits by making informed food choices, consuming fewer calories and by getting regular exercise. One way to make...

  2. WILLIAM TODD BERRY: Women get less for disabilities

    A female police officer is exposed to hazardous chemicals and diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy, the woman gets a zero percent disability rating under California's workers' compensation system. However, the...

  3. PATSY OUELLETTE: Privatization talk just the latest episode in our societal divide

    Privatize the library? My vote is a resounding no. A free and public library is a central core of our country's greatness. The terrible irony here: One reason we don't have enough money for library services is because of the cost of the...

  4. JOHN PRYOR: How can we save Kern County?

    Two experts from widely divergent perspectives agreed recently on the root cause of a serious threat to Kern County and our quality of life. First was Dr. Victor Davis Hanson of Stanford University's Hoover Institution in the Winter 2015...

  5. DANNY MORRISON: Where have all heroes gone? They're right here in Kern

    As I write this, another Black History Month has ended. February allows us African-Americans to wax nostalgic about the brave souls that have come before us and celebrate those who continue to pave the way to progress. Until the meteoric...

  6. GREG BYNUM: Everyone in Kern has a stake in future of oil and gas production

    The day after formation of Kern Citizens for Energy was announced, a news writer wondered why anybody not invested in the oil or gas industry would want to become involved in the issue. As a longtime resident of Kern County and a business...

  7. WILLIAM BEZDEK: Gun violence is a health crisis

    The American College of Physicians, combined with the American Bar Association and eight other professional organizations, has issued a call for action to stem the national crisis in firearm deaths and injuries. In a white paper published...

  8. JAMES YORO: Why workers' compensation is no longer a 'grand bargain'

    One of the most important protections that employees have is a workers' compensation system that is supposed to provide them with minimum necessary benefits when they suffer an injury on the job. This system was predicated on a "grand...

  9. KONRAD MOORE: How privatizing libraries became an option

    The Kern County Board of Supervisors should be applauded for its decision to consider privatization of the libraries ("Library supporters concerned about privatization talk," March 8). The supervisors' extraordinarily difficult decision...

  10. BRIK McDILL: Slow down and connect: There are unsung heroes all around us

    Cal State Bakersfield's Kegley Institute of Ethics again proved that personal goodness and ethical excellence has not disappeared from the face of the earth but is very alive and well in Kern County. The spotlight was lit, and two lifetime...

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

    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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

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