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  1. WADE EAGLETON: History suggests a humane approach to our border crisis

    Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 11:01 PM

    Many conservatives, including Christian conservatives, proudly identify with former President George W. Bush, believing in his style of governing and politics. Bush coined the phase "compassionate conservatism" and made it the center of his social agenda. The approach was contained in legislation Bush signed into law in 2008. The legislation focused on the southern border and is the driving force dictating the handling of children migrating illegally into the U.S.

    Federal mandates require removing children from Border Patrol detentions centers (jails) and relocating them into secure residential settings to await their hearings. The basic idea being that children are not themselves a threat to U.S. society and should not, or need not, be...

  2. STEVE NELSEN: Dear Senator: Get to know us in the valley

    Perhaps State Sen. Kevin de Leon's initial disparaging comments about the San Joaquin Valley might be disregarded as an accident. We've certainly all said things we wished we hadn't. If that were the case here, we would have chuckled with...

  3. DIANNE HOOVER: Spray parks will be missed, but you still can enjoy the summer

    July has been National Recreation and Parks Month, where being out side is the in thing to do. It's a month full of picnics, barbecues, baseball and swimming. It's a month of family vacations, taking naps under trees, movies in the park...

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    KATIE PRICE: Too many high school students opt out of challenging courses

    The July 27 article "Remedial ed costly for students at community colleges" focused on a study that shows families are paying lots of money for their kids to take remedial courses at Bakersfield College. Students are testing below college...

  5. MANUEL FUDERANAN: When our city manager is left hanging, others feel the effects

    When raw passion takes over -- and personalized politics and a biased agendum are mixed in -- prudence and decorum are thrown to the wind, and objectivity is blindsided. That's what seemed to happen in the contentious meeting of the...

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    RAMESH PONNURU: Republicans should capitalize in wake of Obamacare rulings

    Obamacare, the program, has been operating in violation of Obamacare, the law. That’s what the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Tuesday morning: The Affordable Care Act authorizes federal authorities to offer tax credits to defray...

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    LEON KOLANKIEWICZ: Many share blame in creating America’s immigration storm

    The crisis that has erupted at our southern border is a direct and all-too-predictable result of the Obama administration’s feckless immigration policies. But there is a deeper cause as well, one for which Republicans and religious...

  8. KEN HILL: Revisionist history weakens our First Amendment protections

    Once again, the readers of The Californian are treated to a mind-numbing dose of Christian revisionist history (“Ignoring our roots puts liberty in danger,” July 17). We’ll get to the root of the matter in a moment, but first, a little...

  9. AL SANDRINI: ‘New money’ is funding schools already should have been given

    I can hear ‘em now — my good friends questioning how we education folks keep spending “their” money (taxes) and keep asking for more! (“What didja do with all the Lottery money?”)   For the first time in several years, public education is...

  10. CYNTHIA POLLARD & MARK HERBERT: Immigration reform will bolster small businesses and economy

    There are 28 million small businesses in this country, with 3.4 million hanging their shingle right here in the Golden State. These entrepreneurs run the gamut in terms of industry, political identification and geographical location, but...

  11. STEVEN CRONQUIST: If government wants to help, it should try a hands-off approach

    The average American business earns less than a 5 percent net profit; many businesses are below 3 percent. Net profit is gross income, less all expenses including taxes. Profits, of course, will vary from business to business and industry...

  12. DON CLARK: Ignoring our roots puts liberty in danger

    Three propositions have been repeatedly advocated in this paper's opinion section that would turn America into a "cut-flower country" -- a nation severed from its true roots. First, it is argued, all of America's laws should be kept...

  13. ORCHEL KRIER: Reduced energy production will put community services at risk

    A recent opinion piece in this paper discussed misleading public health concerns if the state moves forward with safe oil extraction methods ("When it comes to public health, we can't ignore our environment," July 7). However, public... Daily Deal!

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