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  1. MANUEL FUDERANAN: US weighs response — this time against radical Islamic militants

    Thursday, Aug 28 2014 11:01 PM

    The sole nemesis of the United States and the free world once was communism. Those were the Cold War years, when the former Soviet Union tried to expand its sphere of global influence. The U.S. was looked up to as the "bigger brother" by most nations, especially those threatened by the advances of communism. Western thought packaged communism as an all-evil, godless ideology -- regardless of the purity of the political precepts of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and even Mao-Tse-tung of China.

    I still remember those years. At a tender age, long before the advent of the Internet, I absorbed and monitored world developments from the defunct "Philippine Free Press," the leading English weekly magazine in the pre-martial law era in my native...

  2. 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....

  3. 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...

  4. AL SANDRINI: School boards do what's best for students

    The Aug. 7 headline screamed, "It takes committed hearts, minds to oversee schools." I could hardly wait to read Brik's McDill's cogent comments as his thoughtful prose often challenges, always educates and regularly requires a quick visit...

  5. RAYMOND PEDERSEN: Reaching false conclusions from Ferguson

    I must disagree with the Sunday Forum article relating to the Ferguson, Missouri, situation and then continuing on to "big vs. small" government then to "police not shooting to only maim" ("Ferguson is the latest episode of 'us vs. them,'"...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. WILLIAM BEZDEK: Ferguson is the latest episode of 'us vs. them'

    Between my freshman and sophomore years at UCLA, I received a grant whose purpose was to provide me with an introduction to community medicine in the greater Los Angeles area. One of the assignments was to interview the director of public...

  9. NILE KINNEY: Do we have courage to stand up to ISIS?

    By declaring and executing a philosophy of wanton murder, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has handed the world something rare: the chance to globally unite in a moral response. ISIS must go. ISIS has ensured that nothing be...

  10. LOUIE VEGA: Reunification is the best result for many Kern County families

    James Agee, a prize-winning novelist, journalist and poet once observed: "In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him, too, once...

  11. DANNY MORRISON: Black community, 'boys in blue' have work to do in order to heal

    It's 2014 and we're more than 45 years removed from the civil rights movement. I was just a twinkle in my father's eye at that time, but I have historical data that chronicle the fragile relationship between police and the black community....

  12. PATSY OUELLETTE: Health care debate isn't about politics -- it's about morality

    At what point does morality trump politics? Sure, everyone knows we have blue states and red states. The parties have been fighting with each other since the days of the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans. Heck, Jefferson and...

  13. GENE TACKETT: Reflections of a proud Okie son

    I can remember waking up in the back seat of my parent's '35 Chevy and opening the Mason jar with a screw-off canning top so I could eat my breakfast oatmeal. Both my parents were in the field picking grapes that would be laid in the sun...

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