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  1. SCOTT LEMIEUX: Are conservatives going to rally behind Cruz's bid for presidency?

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Mar 28 2015 07:30 PM

    Ted Cruz, the Republican Texas senator and unofficial leader of the tea party faction, surprised exactly no one when he announced Monday that he would seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination. He may be a first-term lawmaker and he may have been born in the Canadian city of Calgary -- an unusual birthplace for a wannabe American president, even if his eligibility is not seriously in question -- but his ambitions have long been clear.

    The way in which he made the announcement, however, was unorthodox, and hints at the role Cruz is likely to play in the Republican primaries.

    Normally, campaigns for presidential nominations follow a familiar ritual. Candidates say that they're forming an exploratory committee and then delay an...

  2. AL SANDRINI: Remembering highs and lows through presidential libraries

    During Sunshine Week, a reprinted editorial from the Kansas City Sun advocated that funding for presidential libraries needed to be more transparent. The Sun reported that funding for presidential libraries came from millions raised by...

  3. RUTH BLISS: Take bite into a healthy lifestyle during National Nutrition Month

    Start this National Nutrition Month by taking a "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" with a few simple changes that will help support your well-being. Americans today consume more calories than they did 50 years ago. Packaged foods laden with...

  4. WILLIAM TODD BERRY: Women get less for disabilities

    A female police officer is exposed to hazardous chemicals and diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy, the woman gets a zero percent disability rating under California's workers' compensation system. However, the...

  5. PATSY OUELLETTE: Privatization talk just the latest episode in our societal divide

    Privatize the library? My vote is a resounding no. A free and public library is a central core of our country's greatness. The terrible irony here: One reason we don't have enough money for library services is because of the cost of the...

  6. ALYSSA ROSENBERG: The fraternity, the nude pictures and the limits of the satire defense

    March has not exactly been a sterling month for the American fraternity system. First, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma got itself booted from campus after video surfaced of members chanting that they'd rather...

  7. JOHN PRYOR: How can we save Kern County?

    Two experts from widely divergent perspectives agreed recently on the root cause of a serious threat to Kern County and our quality of life. First was Dr. Victor Davis Hanson of Stanford University's Hoover Institution in the Winter 2015...

  8. ANDRES MARTINEZ: Will surging dollar put brakes on America's recovery?

    Sometimes my parenting slackens and Sebastian gets accustomed to staying up late, taking too much screen time, and passing on his veggies. Pulling him back to normalcy from this anarchy is never easy. All of which is to say I don't envy...

  9. DANNY MORRISON: Where have all heroes gone? They're right here in Kern

    As I write this, another Black History Month has ended. February allows us African-Americans to wax nostalgic about the brave souls that have come before us and celebrate those who continue to pave the way to progress. Until the meteoric...

  10. GREG BYNUM: Everyone in Kern has a stake in future of oil and gas production

    The day after formation of Kern Citizens for Energy was announced, a news writer wondered why anybody not invested in the oil or gas industry would want to become involved in the issue. As a longtime resident of Kern County and a business...

  11. KERRY McGILL: The 'Give-Me Generation': How did our kids become so entitled?

    I became an assistant soccer coach when my first son was 6. There were a couple of kids on the team who were better than the others, but as anyone who has been to a soccer game played by 6-year-olds knows, it was difficult to tell who had...

  12. JAMES BURNS: A toast to the 'invisible Irish'

    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the invisible Irish: the Scotch-Irish. These are Scots who moved to Ireland four centuries ago, their offspring later immigrating to this country during the Colonial period. Once on these shores, the...

  13. ANNE STECKEL: Without fuels standard, biodiesel industry faces uncertain future

    The large-scale production of domestic biodiesel should be something President Barack Obama strongly supports, due to his commitment to slowing the pace of climate change and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. After all, the...

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