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  1. JOE FONTAINE: The Wilderness Act — 50 years later

    On Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that created the National Wilderness System. The bill defined what wilderness is and why it is important to the American people. Wilderness is recognized as an area of public...

  2. DON NELSON: Export-Import Bank opponents threaten jobs here in the valley

    As the U.S. economy continues its slow but steady recovery -- with manufacturing and exports playing a key role -- the debate in Congress over the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is coming to a head. Absent congressional...

  3. JASON CATER: Bicycle agenda? No, this is just about improving quality of life

    Elections are right around the corner, and candidates are beginning to campaign, raise funding and walk neighborhoods in hopes of securing their positions this fall. Recently, one Bakersfield City Council candidate accused a sitting...

  4. MANUEL FUDERANAN: US weighs response — this time against radical Islamic militants

    The sole nemesis of the United States and the free world once was communism. Those were the Cold War years, when the former Soviet Union tried to expand its sphere of global influence. The U.S. was looked up to as the "bigger brother" by...

  5. AL SANDRINI: School boards do what's best for students

    The Aug. 7 headline screamed, "It takes committed hearts, minds to oversee schools." I could hardly wait to read Brik's McDill's cogent comments as his thoughtful prose often challenges, always educates and regularly requires a quick visit...

  6. RAMONA COSTELLO: School boards should seek more family engagement opportunities

    I applaud educators at the high school level who are always looking for answers to achievement shortcomings within their student populations. It is their institutions that will be delivering students to California's colleges and...

  7. RAYMOND PEDERSEN: Reaching false conclusions from Ferguson

    I must disagree with the Sunday Forum article relating to the Ferguson, Missouri, situation and then continuing on to "big vs. small" government then to "police not shooting to only maim" ("Ferguson is the latest episode of 'us vs. them,'"...

  8. WILLIAM BEZDEK: Ferguson is the latest episode of 'us vs. them'

    Between my freshman and sophomore years at UCLA, I received a grant whose purpose was to provide me with an introduction to community medicine in the greater Los Angeles area. One of the assignments was to interview the director of public...

  9. NILE KINNEY: Do we have courage to stand up to ISIS?

    By declaring and executing a philosophy of wanton murder, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has handed the world something rare: the chance to globally unite in a moral response. ISIS must go. ISIS has ensured that nothing be...

  10. LOUIE VEGA: Reunification is the best result for many Kern County families

    James Agee, a prize-winning novelist, journalist and poet once observed: "In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him, too, once...

  11. DANNY MORRISON: Black community, 'boys in blue' have work to do in order to heal

    It's 2014 and we're more than 45 years removed from the civil rights movement. I was just a twinkle in my father's eye at that time, but I have historical data that chronicle the fragile relationship between police and the black community....

  12. PATSY OUELLETTE: Health care debate isn't about politics -- it's about morality

    At what point does morality trump politics? Sure, everyone knows we have blue states and red states. The parties have been fighting with each other since the days of the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans. Heck, Jefferson and...

  13. GENE TACKETT: Reflections of a proud Okie son

    I can remember waking up in the back seat of my parent's '35 Chevy and opening the Mason jar with a screw-off canning top so I could eat my breakfast oatmeal. Both my parents were in the field picking grapes that would be laid in the sun...

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