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  1. KERRY McGILL: It's never too early to start arguing in favor of fireworks

    It may seem silly to bring up fireworks in April, but there was an article in The Californian not long ago about the possibility of additional firework bans in the county. Lois Henry has written for years about her desire to see all...

  2. B.J. MITCHELL: Free public libraries are essential to a truly functioning democracy

    I have just finished reading James Burger's article, "Documents show library privatization talks in 2014," just when I thought I couldn't be shocked any more than I had already been. Our Supervisors made the decision to pander to the rich...

  3. GENE TACKETT: Here's to strong memories of the real McFarland USA

    I walked across the raised area in front of the McFarland High School gym in June 1961 to receive my High School diploma, the same gym in the movie "McFarland USA." I recently watched the movie for the second time. What pride in the fact...

  4. RICHARD GEARHART: How do high oil prices increase Kern dropout rate? Here's how

    High oil prices are a boon for Kern County. They spur significant capital investment to tap into profits. These rigs, wells, and machines are not the only investments altered by high oil prices. Human capital, investment in oneself, is...

  5. JEREMY ADAMS: My greatest fear: Are teachers as important as we thought?

    I have always had a potent and unspoken fear I chalked up to insecurity and a penchant for fatalistic thinking: What if, despite my best intentions and efforts as a teacher, I have little to no impact on the lives of my students? A spate...

  6. DIANA GREENLEE: Misunderstood Common Core is a step in the right direction

    It seems like every day I read or hear indictments of Common Core, and so far I see very few getting it right. Critics and pundits alike have voiced their apprehensions about these "new" standards. After four years of combing through the...

  7. AL SANDRINI: Remembering highs and lows through presidential libraries

    During Sunshine Week, a reprinted editorial from the Kansas City Sun advocated that funding for presidential libraries needed to be more transparent. The Sun reported that funding for presidential libraries came from millions raised by...

  8. RUTH BLISS: Take bite into a healthy lifestyle during National Nutrition Month

    Start this National Nutrition Month by taking a "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" with a few simple changes that will help support your well-being. Americans today consume more calories than they did 50 years ago. Packaged foods laden with...

  9. WILLIAM TODD BERRY: Women get less for disabilities

    A female police officer is exposed to hazardous chemicals and diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy, the woman gets a zero percent disability rating under California's workers' compensation system. However, the...

  10. PATSY OUELLETTE: Privatization talk just the latest episode in our societal divide

    Privatize the library? My vote is a resounding no. A free and public library is a central core of our country's greatness. The terrible irony here: One reason we don't have enough money for library services is because of the cost of the...

  11. JOHN PRYOR: How can we save Kern County?

    Two experts from widely divergent perspectives agreed recently on the root cause of a serious threat to Kern County and our quality of life. First was Dr. Victor Davis Hanson of Stanford University's Hoover Institution in the Winter 2015...

  12. DANNY MORRISON: Where have all heroes gone? They're right here in Kern

    As I write this, another Black History Month has ended. February allows us African-Americans to wax nostalgic about the brave souls that have come before us and celebrate those who continue to pave the way to progress. Until the meteoric...

  13. GREG BYNUM: Everyone in Kern has a stake in future of oil and gas production

    The day after formation of Kern Citizens for Energy was announced, a news writer wondered why anybody not invested in the oil or gas industry would want to become involved in the issue. As a longtime resident of Kern County and a business...