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  1. DENA MURPHY: Open enrollment is about to close -- are you covered?

    October of 2013 was the first time Californians were provided the opportunity to sign up for health insurance under the Federal Affordable Care Act. Previously for many families and individuals in Kern County living at or below the federal...

  2. ERNIE ZARRA: Eventually we're going to leave a dumbed-down generation behind

    There is much misinformation about Common Core. Teachers' unions are removing support of CC. The Democratic Party in Washington State voted its opposition to CC. Chicago schools refuse to assess all students under CC this year. California...

  3. GENE VOILAND: How Common Core will affect California's economic success

    California is on its way to becoming the world's seventh-largest economy. Driving this growth is our world-leading high technology businesses alongside our longtime entertainment, agriculture and energy sectors. Sustaining California's...

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    RICHARD COLLINS: Facebook-free February: Lent lite for lapsed luddites

    Today I went offline. Well, not entirely offline. A few days ago I announced on Facebook that I was joining "Facebook Free February." It's a real thing. Just ask anyone on Facebook. It's Lent Lite for Lapsed Luddites. It coincides roughly...

  5. BRIK MCDILL: We all have to dig deeper in our pockets during this fiscal crisis

    As the county faces another fiscal emergency with possible stunning budget deficits, a number of strategies have been reviewed. Among the worst, while having a certain fair-is-fair appeal, is the oft-used across the board...

  6. BRIK MCDILL: As gap between rich and poor grows, what's our next move?

    Dr. Sasha Abramsky, via the Kegley Institute of Ethics, presented an overflow crowd gathered in Cal State Bakersfield's Multipurpose Room information about a second America trapped inescapably in the kind of poverty that should give us all...

  7. DAISY PENALOZA: Obama's deal with Cuba could prove to be a terrible hypocrisy

    President Obama's notorious handshake with Raul Castro of Cuba on Dec. 10, 2013, at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa, was an ominous portent. Observers to the events unfolding were reminded that one cannot...

  8. CAMILA CHAVEZ: Schoolwide support needed to make PBIS approach succeed

    It's exciting that some Bakersfield schools are taking steps to create safe and supportive classrooms for all students. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a fresh approach to discipline that helps students understand the...

  9. BOB SMITH: Streets of Bakersfield should be safe for all who use them

    As the city councilman for northwest Bakersfield, the No. 1 concern I hear from my constituents is that "People drive too damn fast!" I agree. While growing up in the 1960s, I could play football in the street with my siblings, neighbors...

  10. COMMUNITY VOICES: Behaving, speaking as prevailing culture won't lessen your worth

    When I was a young man, I never turned to my father for advice about how to dress. This may sound odd, but growing up with a man who knew how to dress well showed me how to clothe myself for various situations. As a result, whether going...

  11. SHYANNE SCHULL: What does progress look like for Kern County Animal Services?

    On Dec. 21, Lois Henry's article questioned the fact that Kern County Animal Services is operating under the same budget as it previously did when the city of Bakersfield and county of Kern shared the facility on Mt. Vernon Avenue and...

  12. WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU: Nonprofits give thanks to faithful volunteers and donors

    THANKS FOR BELIEVING IN US We are so grateful to all of you who have faithfully supported our mission at Goodwill Industries of South Central California. Thanks to your support, we are able to put hundreds of people to work right here in...

  13. YOU GAVE US THE STRENGTH: Nonprofits say thanks to the community

    COMMUNITY BELIEVES IN HELPING We are thankful for living in a community that cares. That care is demonstrated every time someone invests their love and compassion in a person whose spirit is broken. On behalf of the Bakersfield Homeless...

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