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  1. DAREN BAKST: Parents, not bureaucrats, should pick what kids eat

    Saturday, Sep 13 2014 11:01 PM

    The primary focus of the federal school meal programs should be meeting students' needs. But for that to happen, there must be recognition that parents -- not the first lady or Congress -- know what's best for their children.

    Unfortunately, the school meal standards that started to go into effect two years ago under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 ignore parents in favor of a federal government that thinks it knows everything.

    Those who dare to speak against these standards have quickly felt the wrath of Michelle Obama and her minions in the administration.

    It's not just policy-makers who have felt the ire of the first lady. The School Nutrition Association, representing more than 55,000 school nutrition experts, sent a...

  2. JOHN MOIR: Living the water-rationing life

    As another disappointing rainy season drew to a close this spring, I began a new household chore. I walked across the parched and withered remnants of our front lawn and used a hefty screwdriver to lift the concrete cover off our water...

  3. ROBERT GEORGE: Fight against totalitarianism continues

    As we mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, alarming gains by the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, along with continued threats from al-Qaida and others, make it clear that the danger of terrorist mass murder...

  4. MICHAEL SMERCONISH: Party affiliation, from one generation to the next

    Our eldest son begins college next week. Before packing his bags, he first signed two legal documents, each signifying a right of passage: the Selective Service registration status form and Pennsylvania voter registration application. The...

  5. RICHARD COLLINS: Sign of the times

    One of the works of art on the Cal State Bakersfield campus has been defaced! But don't worry. As they say about Oklahoma, it's OK. For the past 10 months, CSUB has been celebrating "The Grapes of Wrath" with concerts, lectures, theatre...

  6. DENISE NEWTON: What's with the blue trucks? We're busy making Kern safer

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews have been busy in Bakersfield. You may have seen our blue trucks or our men and women in hard hats. You may be wondering what we're doing in your neighborhood. PG&E's local division leadership teams are...

  7. YASMINE BAHRANI: When are we going to take back Islam?

    This summer, many Muslims marched in the streets of London,Paris and other cities to condemn the deaths of Gazans at the hands of Israel. Of course it makes sense to protest the bombing of schools and residential buildings. I marched in...

  8. MARTIN SCHRAM: The 'Redskins' problem

    Official Washington, most notably Congress, is still away on its extended pre-Labor Day vacation, a fact that hasn't altered the zero-sum rate at which your problems are being solved. But the Real Washington, which has nothing to do with...

  9. JOHN REAVES & LEN HERING: Major fossil fuel companies are seeing the need for climate action

    Major fossil fuel companies have spent much energy to determine whether the fuels they sell actually cause climate change. The bottom line? They do and, perhaps surprisingly, many of them own up to it and are calling for federal action....

  10. JAY AMBROSE: A call to vote, and other signs of possible healing in Ferguson

    We've had plenty of rhetorical villains since the fatal police shooting of a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, grandstanders stirring up fear in vengeful tones, and we've ha violence and looting, mostly by nonresidents taking advantage of...

  11. KERRY McGILL: Solutions to disenfranchisement run much deeper than Ferguson

    In his Bakersfield Observed blog last week, Californian CEO Richard Beene quoted things not to do if you don't want to get shot. Well, for those living the good life in a nice, safe neighborhood where the police don't cruise by every five...

  12. STEVE LEVIN: Israelis ask Bakersfield 'just imagine'

    In the past two weeks the group of 10 tourists had already visited New York City, Niagara Falls, Yosemite, San Francisco and L.A. For half of them, it was their first visit to the U.S. Tuesday night at the home of a Bakersfield rabbi and...

  13. JAMES TRAUB: Would money have saved Foley?

    The bloodthirsty jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) have murdered James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. They also have threatened the life of Steven Sotloff, another American freelancer, who was...

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