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  1. DIANNE HOOVER: Enjoy city parks, but do so responsibly

    Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 11:03 PM

    Now that spring has arrived, more people are out in the parks enjoying time with family and friends. The city of Bakersfield has a variety of playgrounds, picnic areas, sports facilities and paths for public enjoyment. You can reserve areas for family reunions, corporate outings, birthday parties or special occasions.

    Springtime is the perfect time to visit any of the 59 city parks available during park hours, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Staff takes great pride in providing clean and safe parks on a daily basis, and park crews are scheduled seven days a week for this very purpose.

    Unfortunately, often when crews arrive in the morning to clean, mow, check sprinklers and perform other daily maintenance, they are faced with extensive...

  2. GLENN SPENCER: We've turned the corner, but be wary of labor's refinery racket

    Having survived the Great Recession, California is at last seeing some improvements in its economy and finances. Yet a controversial law that went into effect on Jan. 1 could hamper the state's efforts to get back on track. The law in...

  3. JAMES F. BURNS: Lost limbs need not mean lost lives

    Kris and Kayla's getting caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing jolted me back into writing on terrorism -- twenty articles' worth after retirement. If you like a story on courage and overcoming disabilities, this is it. Who are Kris...

  4. THOMAS CLOBES: With bullying, where is the line separating forgiveness, revenge?

    There has been an increasing level of talk in recent years about bullying in schools. My own children have mentioned times when they have perceived being bullied -- something that, when I was a kid, may have just been called "picking on"...

  5. CURT JOHANSEN: Reviving the valley's downtowns

    Many cities and towns in the San Joaquin Valley once had thriving downtowns with activity, connectedness and economic vibrancy. But as development pushed outward over farmland, these downtowns suffered from underinvestment and...

  6. CRAIG GARRETT: As we kick the can, our global bragging rights begin to fade

    Jack Turnbull's Community Voices article ("History tells us that borrowing money is not our only option," March 26) was good in that it touched on one reason we are an upside-down nation. However, it is overspending that is the root of our...

  7. MANUEL FUDERANAN: We don't need a proclamation to enjoy the benefits of walking

    April 2 was National Walking Day. I would not have noticed if not for an email from the city of Bakersfield's Human Resources Director enjoining all city employees to pledge to walk for at least 150 minutes per week (30 minutes per work...

  8. MARYLEE SHRIDER: Once bastions of free speech, campuses now stifle students

    We conservatives have long been reviled by the left for what they believe is our deplorable lack of tolerance for, well, just about everything. Our apparent aversion to freedom of speech, in particular, consistently falls near the top of...

  9. LEONARD ZASOSKI: If defeating cancer is our goal, then we can all work together

    Why support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life? Cancer has touched virtually everyone -- family, friends, coworkers and more. Cancer has no age restriction, nor does it consider race or religion. Cancer in some families goes from...

  10. CHRISTOPHER MEYERS and JENNIFER BLACK: Preparing for the decisions we hope we'll never have to make

    Health care decision-making can be difficult under the best of circumstances. The language, the medical environment, the white coats and stethoscopes can all be very confusing to even the most sophisticated of patients. Add to this that...

  11. JOHN TARJAN: From higher ed to high demand, we must provide opportunities

    Dean Florez ("Hacking into a sausage factory," April 3) raises a legitimate point about the potential for overregulation of "code academies." If these institutions can cost-effectively prepare students for high-paying jobs, the state...

  12. DEAN FLOREZ: Hacking into a sausage factory

    Over the past year, code academies have proliferated the higher education and vocational landscape, posing big questions on the value of a formal four-year computer science degree and answering consumer demand with a savvy proposition:...

  13. 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...

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