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  1. SAMANTHA HILL: Using these two health terms interchangeably harms us all

    Recently, news outlets have covered the important rise in behavioral health emergencies across the nation. However, these stories harm us when they use the terms behavioral health and mental health interchangeably. Behavioral health is a...

  2. BRIK McDILL: The anatomy of a crisis: What we can learn from Ferguson

    Mass angry demonstrations regularly occur when crises happen, and we decry them as beneath our more civilized selves. But given who and what we humans are, maybe we shouldn't be so surprised. Disappointed yes; surprised, no. We're built...

  3. DAVID COLLINS: Make a difference in your neighborhood

    Under a sunrise that was stretched so thin its color had faded, volunteers from the South Oswell Neighborhood Watch were surging through my neighborhood for a cleanup. Since brushing past the flank of 2009, the organization has provided...

  4. PATSY OUELLETTE: Is breast cancer preventable? We are the drivers of our culture

    "The deadline is January 2020. The goal is not to eradicate breast cancer by that date, but to have figured out by then how to put an end to the disease," said Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, an advocacy...

  5. SHANNON GROVE: Bad policy worsens woes

    More than 80 percent of California is under extreme or exceptional drought conditions. Bakersfield has the worst drought conditions for an urban area in the state. And according to the farmers in my district, the water shortage during this...

  6. BRIK McDILL: It's hip to be square, studying ethics

    What can I say? I'm a square. I spent my high school, college, military, then graduate school years during the drug-soaked, getting-stoned, tie-dyed, free-love, Age-of-Aquarius, hippie '60s and very early '70s as a straight-and-narrow...

  7. MARI GOODMAN: Separate myth from fact

    The water issue is important to our residents, especially here in the San Joaquin Valley. The problem is, there are facts and fiction out there, and many just don't have all the information. As a candidate, I can respond and make you...

  8. KAREN SALLEE: Progress and memories, and never the twain shall meet

    The Thomas Roads Improvement Program (TRIP) will soon demolish my childhood home to make way for the Centennial Corridor. Gone will be a big chunk of the neighborhood where my earliest memories were made. I am heartbroken. I grew up off...

  9. WYATT ROSS: Adjust teacher tenure -- don't get rid of it

    As a parent, tenured teacher and coach at a Title I school that has experienced massive demographic changes over the past 30 years, I would like to address teacher tenure. Regarding teacher tenure, some supporters argue that it provides...

  10. JOHN PRYOR: Cybertheft prevention is not just Congress' job -- it's ours

    In a recent "Other Views" (Sept. 7), the Los Angeles Times asks, "What is Congress doing about cyberthreats?" This is a legitimate question -- yet it's the wrong question for you and me. Instead, we need to ask: What are you and I doing...

  11. DARRELL FEIL: Rising gas prices come at the wrong time for small business

    One always hears that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I firmly believe this to be true. Small businesses create jobs and provide valuable services to their community. As owner of Abate-a-Weed, I'm proud to be such a...

  12. LEONARD ZASOSKI: 'God gave me a second chance': Prostate cancer can be defeated

    It has been a year since I wrote my first article to The Californian. I talk about writing an article periodically throughout the year regarding various issues, but I never seem to get the time to put my thoughts on the computer screen --...

  13. JOEY TITUS: Local govt should have control

    I believe our country is headed in the wrong direction, and I sincerely want to make a difference. I mean no disrespect to our Bakersfield City Council members -- or to city council members around the state and country -- but I believe...

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