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  1. DANIEL BURNETT: All the world's a stage, but the Bard's best arenas are schools

    Tuesday, Apr 22 2014 11:01 PM

    Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Sorry, Juliet. He's hard to find on many college campuses. Today is accepted as William Shakespeare's birthday, and on the Bard's 450th, American higher education gives him about as much love as the Capulets gave the Montagues.

    Many top American universities don't require students to study Shakespeare. Think that's bad? Many don't even require a Shakespeare course of their English majors. Universities around the country such as Yale, NYU, Penn State, Ohio State and the University of Texas have no such requirement.

    That's right -- arguably the greatest figure in English literature, who forever transformed theater, influenced great thinkers and shaped the English language by inventing or...

  2. JEFF GUTIERREZ: Tired of hearing about pension issues? Well, you shouldn't be

    Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government is an organization making known the public-funding issues the general public doesn't know much about. A priority issue that KCSG is focused on addressing is unsustainable public-employee pensions....

  3. DANNY MORRISON: Yes, these kids are different

    Underprivileged minority children are different. Yes. I said it. It seems with all the endless public dialectics I've been privy to recently, no one wants to articulate something so taboo. Allow me to actually say it. I've attended...

  4. DIANNE HOOVER: Enjoy city parks, but do so responsibly

    Now that spring has arrived, more people are out in the parks enjoying time with family and friends. The city of Bakersfield has a variety of playgrounds, picnic areas, sports facilities and paths for public enjoyment. You can reserve...

  5. ALPHA ANDERS: Smarter growth would mean improved health here in Kern

    Kern County leaders are poised to adopt a roadmap for how our region will grow between now and 2040, and, as a physician, I know this is all about public health. Our region is really at a crossroads. Do we want new growth to revitalize our...

  6. THOMAS CLOBES: With bullying, where is the line separating forgiveness, revenge?

    There has been an increasing level of talk in recent years about bullying in schools. My own children have mentioned times when they have perceived being bullied -- something that, when I was a kid, may have just been called "picking on"...

  7. CRAIG GARRETT: As we kick the can, our global bragging rights begin to fade

    Jack Turnbull's Community Voices article ("History tells us that borrowing money is not our only option," March 26) was good in that it touched on one reason we are an upside-down nation. However, it is overspending that is the root of our...

  8. MANUEL FUDERANAN: We don't need a proclamation to enjoy the benefits of walking

    April 2 was National Walking Day. I would not have noticed if not for an email from the city of Bakersfield's Human Resources Director enjoining all city employees to pledge to walk for at least 150 minutes per week (30 minutes per work...

  9. MARYLEE SHRIDER: Once bastions of free speech, campuses now stifle students

    We conservatives have long been reviled by the left for what they believe is our deplorable lack of tolerance for, well, just about everything. Our apparent aversion to freedom of speech, in particular, consistently falls near the top of...

  10. LEONARD ZASOSKI: If defeating cancer is our goal, then we can all work together

    Why support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life? Cancer has touched virtually everyone -- family, friends, coworkers and more. Cancer has no age restriction, nor does it consider race or religion. Cancer in some families goes from...

  11. CHRISTOPHER MEYERS and JENNIFER BLACK: Preparing for the decisions we hope we'll never have to make

    Health care decision-making can be difficult under the best of circumstances. The language, the medical environment, the white coats and stethoscopes can all be very confusing to even the most sophisticated of patients. Add to this that...

  12. JOHN TARJAN: From higher ed to high demand, we must provide opportunities

    Dean Florez ("Hacking into a sausage factory," April 3) raises a legitimate point about the potential for overregulation of "code academies." If these institutions can cost-effectively prepare students for high-paying jobs, the state...

  13. DEAN FLOREZ: Hacking into a sausage factory

    Over the past year, code academies have proliferated the higher education and vocational landscape, posing big questions on the value of a formal four-year computer science degree and answering consumer demand with a savvy proposition:... Daily Deal!

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