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  1. EDITORIAL: Medicare proposal would just shift elderly's burden

    Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who has been characterized as an "honest, deeply serious thinker," has a plan for your golden-years health care, and you may not like it very much. He's going to slough it off on individuals and the...

  2. EDITORIAL: Some lawmakers making budget problems worse

    Knock it off already. We know you want to be seen as actually doing something, but if it puts a bigger hole in the state budget, unless voters have already OK'd it, now is not the time. You'd think it wouldn't be necessary to point this out...

  3. EDITORIAL: 1 percent hike isn't too much to ask of wealthy

    Cuts will have to comprise a major portion of any budget-balancing plan for California, no question. But an all-cuts budget would slice far too deeply into far too many areas. Republicans seem to have successfully blocked a June ballot...

  4. EDITORIAL: Communitywide cleanups have a very real effect

    Bakersfield attacks its ever-present litter challenge Saturday, when scores of teams fan out across the city for the 10th annual Great American Cleanup. Organizers expect 7,000 or more volunteers to participate in the event, which will send...

  5. EDITORIAL: Job-needy valley awaits word on new rail funding

    If California high-speed rail is the boondoggle that detractors say it is, it sure has a lot of people fooled. Officials behind the state's bullet train endeavor say the project could create 100,000 jobs -- some 24,000 of them in the San...

  6. EDITORIAL: Profit motive shouldn't enter red-light debate

    You've heard about small towns with reputations as speed traps -- burgs that supplement the municipal coffers by suddenly and drastically reducing the speed limit on the state route through town. The stereotypical trap has a cop...

  7. EDITORIAL: Budget deal in Sacramento just got a lot harder

    Everyone's a loser in the budget negotiations between Gov. Jerry Brown and state Republican legislators. Brown has lost some luster because he portrayed himself as the gubernatorial candidate with the best chance of delivering bipartisan...

  8. EDITORIAL: SJ Valley must increase rate of transfer students

    If the southern San Joaquin Valley is going to keep moving toward the development of an educated workforce with the skills to help the region compete, we'll have to address something. We'll have to figure out how to keep students, and...

  9. EDITORIAL: Perfect marriage of land and need: solar

    Eastern Kern County has long been the place for energy entrepreneurs to put their plans into action. Wind and solar projects are in abundance in the Tehachapis and points east, to the great benefit of state and regional economies. As bad as...

  10. EDITORIAL: Third Thursday move an idea worth checking out

    If you've ever cut short a visit to one of Bakersfield's Downtown Street Faires, or avoided them completely because summertime festivals are not especially festive when they're staged on asphalt surfaces, consider this good news. The...

  11. EDITORIAL: Ag turnaround? No, but water will still be nice

    San Joaquin Valley residents ought to be greeting the news that California's long-running drought has officially ended with the same sort of enthusiasm as last year's announcement that the recession is over: with equal measures of relief...

  12. EDITORIAL: Lying about war medals shouldn't be free speech

    Do you have the constitutional right to declare yourself a decorated military hero even if you flunked out of boot camp? Surprise! You do. At least according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, which this week upheld an earlier ruling that the...

  13. EDITORIAL: Glory, pitfalls for colleges moving up to big time

    Give this to Jeff Konya: The man moves fast. The new Cal State Bakersfield athletic director, the ink on his own contract barely dry, has already selected a new men's basketball coach to replace the recently dismissed Keith Brown. The...

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