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  1. SUSAN REEP: Wendy's Words Libraries turn 2: Local generosity made it happen

    I'm writing this with a heart full of gratitude tinged with sadness. Sadness because I wouldn't be writing it if Wendy Wayne hadn't been taken from us two years ago by non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. But gratitude both to Wendy and the people of...

  2. BRIK McDILL: The good, the bad and the ugly of Ferguson

    Ferguson, Mo., is a microcosm of the worldwide community of man. The theater of occurrences displayed the night of Nov. 24 was a study of human nature with all the good, the bad, and the ugly. First, the good. The vast majority of...

  3. CLIVE CROOK: Grand jury delivers mockery of justice

    The shameful mockery of judicial process that has transpired in Ferguson, Mo., is widely viewed as a matter of racial politics. Of course, in one sense, that's right: Race underlies enormous and well-documented inequities in the U.S....

  4. JOANNA BROOKS: Today, you're part of a long American tradition

    Do you have complicated feelings about Thanksgiving? Maybe your ancestors were among this continent's indigenous peoples, and you have good reason to be rankled by thoughts of newly arrived English colonists feasting on Wamapanoag-procured...

  5. JEAN FULLER: Historic moment for Kern is also a proud moment for me

    Bakersfield's own Kevin McCarthy is the first Californian to be elected majority leader in the United States House of Representatives. I was there when he was elected for a full term on Nov. 13, 2014. How proud I was for Kern County and...

  6. KELLY BEARDEN: Shopping small: Treasures can be found in Kern's businesses

    Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a nationwide event that began only five years ago but already is receiving billions of dollars in support. With help from American Express, Small Business Saturday began in 2010 to...

  7. MING CHEN: A bipartisan, human rights issue that Congress needs to address

    When this month's elections gave the Republican Party control of Congress, both President Obama and incoming congressional leaders pledged themselves to try and find ways to work together despite their political differences. But an...

  8. KERRY McGILL: Don't bring down the 1 percent; instead, build up the bottom 99

    Let's tax the rich. Wait. What? Why? Oh, that's right, because they are making too much money or because they have too much wealth. They are the top 1 percent and they can afford it. That's a good reason. Better yet, what do they need all...

  9. JOHN PRYOR: Cybersecurity needs action, but there is a bigger threat

    Everything The Washington Post recommends ("Cyberthreats: Act now and shut the door," Nov. 17) for government, business, and individuals do to protect individual personal and confidential data is correct. However, their recommendation...

  10. JEFF HEINLE: When we needed to speak up, so many of us remained silent

    Recently my son came to my wife and me to initiate a discussion on a topic he clearly considered serious. Was he on drugs? Were we about to be grandparents? I looked at my wife with the sort of telepathic stare that only intimate married...

  11. KELLY KULZER-REYES: Pass ABLE Act and help families whose children have disabilities

    There is nothing a mother wants more for her children than for them to reach their potential. Right now, it is difficult for me to prepare a strong foundation for my daughter's future. My 2-year-old daughter, Amelia, has Down syndrome,...

  12. PAUL EISMAN: Facts about our refinery's future in Bakersfield

    The Nov. 9 article "Alon backs off plan to reopen refinery" certainly came as a surprise to many people, not the least of whom were myself and my colleagues in Bakersfield. Frankly, we are disappointed that facts from our recent quarterly...

  13. DENA MURPHY: Open enrollment is almost here: Here's what you need to know

    One year ago, we journeyed into new territory as California implemented the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or health care reform. The journey has been interesting and challenging -- but at the same time rewarding -- as we...

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