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  1. SCOTT ERWIN: Life after suicide for 'survivors'

    I'm a survivor of suicide. Just to be clear, I have never attempted to take my life. A few years in my teens could be construed as such by loving observers and insightful psychologists, but I have never given that thought any place in my...

  2. ANDREW PANDOL: Water, common sense both in short supply

    Our family has been farming in California since the 1940s. We farm about 3,500 acres in Delano and Arvin, mainly grapes. We currently have approximately 900 people working both in the field and in other capacities. These are people who...

  3. CHRISTINE LIZARDI FRAZIER: Every day counts: We must shore up student attendance

    Monday marks the first day of the 2014-15 academic year for the vast majority of Kern County's 178,000-plus schoolchildren. The first week of school conjures up images of backpacks stuffed with brand-new school supplies, bulletin boards...

  4. JEREMY ADAMS: John Keating is dead, but his lessons still echo in my ears

    I am 38 years old, and until Monday I never knew what it felt like to experience a throbbing and palpable sadness over the death of a celebrity. Superlatives abound on a global scale for a man who embodied a dramatic genius that is perhaps...

  5. THOMAS ANTON: Assembly bill is unnecessary, harmful

    Assembly Bill 1897 is a bad piece of legislation that will have an adverse impact on employees, employers and the state of California itself by imposing new regulations where protection already exists. Enough! Hiring and managing people...

  6. DEAN FLOREZ: Lawmakers squabble over storage

    On Tuesday, the California Legislature predictably gave itself another 48 hours to reach a water bond compromise, extending the time period needed to place revised language on November's ballot. To be clear, there is already an $11...

  7. JOHN PRYOR: Annexing local urban pockets: When it's 'the right thing to do'

    The Californian's recent story about current Bakersfield City Council candidates included an excellent map of Bakersfield's wards ("A dozen candidates, 2 with criminal pasts," Aug. 9). The map also clearly illustrated the multitude of...

  8. PATSY OUELLETTE: Exercise and healthy food: The simple ways to build immunity

    Oh no, another list! With Bakersfield being No. 1 on so many lists of "worst," the latest being that we are the driest city in California, probably the top of that "worst" list would be our poor air quality, putting us at risk for asthma...

  9. BILLY MOSES: Capital punishment in California: It's expensive, and it's not justice

    One of the first things I should admit is that I am a green-living liberal living in a red county, and I understand and accept that. What I can't accept is a community that is backing a system that isn't only financially detrimental to...

  10. MARK MARTINEZ: Costs of American ignorance,€š and blowback, in real time

    As we fight for "freedom" in the far corners of the world, it's clear most Americans have no idea why other countries "hate us." Similarly, most Americans have no clue why we're dealing with child refugees from Central America today. Let's...

  11. MARY HELEN BARRO: Improve education from the start

    With a deep sense of sadness and frustration, I read about the high cost of remedial education at community colleges ("Remedial ed costly for students at community colleges," July 27). The article painfully reminds us that 84 percent of...

  12. PRIYA KHULLAR: Breastfeeding: the all-natural, healthy choice for Kern infants

    Since 1991, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has coordinated World Breastfeeding Week. This year, over 175 countries worldwide will be celebrating the first week of August as World Breastfeeding Week. The 2014 theme for Aug. 1-7...

  13. CHIP HOLLOWAY: Knowing what's at stake, let's fight the good fight together

    Why would a Ridgecrest City Council member spend six hours in travel and meeting time just to testify for six minutes before the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources? After all, last I checked, we have no oil production within the...

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