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  1. KERRY MCGILL: Our tradition of individual rights has moved 'outta here'

    Thursday, Dec 18 2014 11:00 PM

    Leave me alone! Well, not me, exactly. But others who differ from others, such as homosexuals, atheists, creationists, evangelists, extremists and the like. It seems as though many people have a chip on their shoulder about someone with whom they strongly disagree. America used to be a "live and let live" society -- where whatever I believed or didn't believe only mattered to me and no one else.

    Things certainly have changed! True conservatives traditionally believed in individual rights. Whatever you believed or did that didn't harm anyone else was nobody's business but your own. True libertarians, those who want to limit government to only the barest of duties, are totally against legislating morality. But the Tea Party supporters,...

  2. LINDA EVISTON: A DUI task force may make our lives safer at all times of year

    Recently my husband and I were at a retirement luncheon out of town. It was a delightful event with ample wine available for all. The host asked my husband and me, "Which one of you is driving?" before offering more libations. I quickly...

  3. LINDSAY ONO: Recent summit at BC discussed ag's strengths and challenges

    When Congressman Kevin McCarthy made his opening remarks at the first-ever Kern Agriculture Summit on October 14, he spoke about how amazing it was that agriculture -- arguably the top industry in the valley -- had never come together to...

  4. LAUREN SMOOT: How are we going to pay for Kern's newest jail addition?

    On Dec. 2, the Kern County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to continue with the design/build process for an 822-bed addition to Lerdo Jail ("Supervisors OK new jail contract"). The financial foundation for this decision is...

  5. LETICIA PEREZ: District attorney turns a few heads by breaking the mold

    The Community Corrections Partnership is a legislatively established body that oversees implementation of the Public Safety Realignment Act, AB 109, which became effective in October 2011. The act brought major changes to our criminal...

  6. DEAN FLOREZ: The Governor versus The Board

    What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Governor Jerry Brown -- a longtime proponent of low-priced college -- and UC President Janet Napolitano -- politically adept agency manager and public college advocate --...

  7. STEVE JOHNSON: Yes, it is a big deal: Harvick is more than 'just a race car driver'

    For over a decade I served as the assistant principal of North High School. In my second year, I invited Kevin Harvick to return to the campus to be recognized for his amazing rise to stardom. My goal was to let Kevin know we were proud of...

  8. SUZANNE GORDON: VA system has been unfairly maligned

    One of the biggest -- and most misunderstood -- stories of 2014 was about the nation's largest health care system, the Veterans Health Administration. Revelations that managers at the VA were concealing long wait times led to the...

  9. STEVE BASS: City has a huge problem about water conservation -- its own

    On August 5 of this year, The Californian reported that Bakersfield is "the driest of the dry" in comparison to other cities in our state. It now appears that Bakersfield residents will be asked or required to change their landscape...

  10. DANNY MORRISON: The difference between blue violence and black violence

    The tragic shooting of Michael Brown and the brutal asphyxiation of Eric Garner have brought out the pundits and panelists with their analyses. Some believe that 18-year-old Brown and 43-year-old Garner were troubled and misunderstood...

  11. WADE EAGLETON: We must admit realities and have solutions about water

    The Thanksgiving holiday provided the opportunity to stretch our legs and fire the imagination by a stay in our wonderful local mountains. The weather overly cooperated with no hint of rain and daytime temps hovered in the mid- 70's at...

  12. WILLIAM BEZDEK: Riots: Have we learned nothing?

    During my lifetime I have been witness to four race riots: Watts (1965), Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination (1968), Rodney King (1992), and now Ferguson/Michael Brown (2014). These all have a common core arising from the explosion of...

  13. LOUIS MEDINA: Contentious Prop. 47 to be discussed at Dec. 9 meeting

    Proposition 47, also referred to as the "Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative," was voted into law by close to 60 percent of Californians who cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 elections. The measure converts into misdemeanors many...

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