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  1. DONNA CARPENTER: How will regional transportation change over the next 26 years?

    When it comes to transportation projects, the future in California isn't going to look like the past. Ever-widening highways and streets, one person-per-car traveling to and from work each day, empty buses, hardly a bicyclist or...

  2. HAROLD PEASE: Yes, Social Security can be saved, and with better benefits to boot

    With our national debt growing by $3 billion a day and Congress giving up offering any real solutions, we are a speeding train heading for a cliff. Most pretend the problem is not real or will just go away. Almost no one is ready for...

  3. SEAN KIERNAN: Senate's oil bill would benefit the greater good here in Calif.

    Kern County Supervisor David Couch's op-ed ("Bill could harm Californians, especially here in Kern County," March 17) is the latest among a series of media publications attempting to persuade the public that an oil-severance tax (Senate...

  4. GREG LASKOWSKI: There's no substitute for science

    I take issue with a letter writer's response to a Californian editorial, "Fear-mongering: Blaming fracking for quake" (March 23). The writer makes his case against fracking ("Kern should follow suit," March 25) and attributes this...

  5. JACK TURNBULL: History tells us that borrowing money is not our only option

    It is time to again emphasize that the President of the United States and the two political parties running our federal, state, and local governments, believe they are forced to borrow money if they are to fund their operations. Nothing is...

  6. JEFF HEINLE: When villagers fight, we fail to see who the monster really is

    Don't you just love Frankenstein? A scientist creates a horrible, grotesque monster that was hated by the villagers because he was different. Remember that old, black-and-white scene from the movie where the villagers have their pitch...

  7. PAMELA WILDERMUTH: Hobby Lobby, Obamacare set to square off in nation's high court

    Get your popcorn ready. Arguments in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sibelius are scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. What will happen? Are corporations people with religious rights? Can a for-profit company force...

  8. ROBERT HARGREAVES: Passenger rail service deserves more than just funding scraps

    This country got its railroads on the cheap. We gave them unused federal land and they used the real estate proceeds to build our railroads. Most early railroads in Europe went bankrupt, but our railroads thrived on real estate. Their real...

  9. DAVID COUCH: Bill could harm Californians, especially here in Kern County

    Once again, misguided legislation has resurfaced in Sacramento that could cost consumers more at the gas pump, grocery store or anywhere else they buy goods. This proposal, Senate Bill 1017, could triple oil taxes and harm our entire state...

  10. LEANNE KNUDSEN: These 'soldiers' deserve honor

    Memorials are important for many reasons. We don't want to forget special people, services or sacrifices. Some are celebrated privately, and some with great fanfare. Some heroes braved foreign wars and hellholes, and some served tirelessly...

  11. LIZ KEOGH: Customers deserve equitable energy rates

    Kudos to reporter John Cox for his article about the proposed restructuring of PG&E's electricity rates ("Changes to rate system could zap local energy customers," Feb. 23). Back in the summer of 2009, local PG&E customers made national...

  12. JACK BELLOWS: Time to hit the reset button on public employee compensation

    I read with great interest the two articles explaining the wonderful golden parachute presented to retiring Undersheriff RoseMary Wahl ("Undersheriff RoseMary Wahl to retire," March 7; "Retiring undersheriff might return on limited basis,"...

  13. RUSSELL JOHNSON: How do we cope with drought? First, find answers to local issues

    As residents of Kern County, the greater metropolitan Bakersfield area and the agriculture industry endure another dry year, questions from urban water users regarding the source and dependability of their water supply is first and...

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