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  1. JOEY TITUS: Local govt should have control

    Monday, Sep 22 2014 11:01 PM

    I believe our country is headed in the wrong direction, and I sincerely want to make a difference. I mean no disrespect to our Bakersfield City Council members -- or to city council members around the state and country -- but I believe this seat is taken very lightly. A city council member is the one who interacts with the community on a daily basis, so we are the first voice for the people of Bakersfield, California and the U.S.

    What I hear from people is a recurring theme of an extremely intrusive federal and state government. The state of California and Washington, D.C., make laws that trickle down and just flow into our communities -- and no one says a word. It's sad to say, but it's almost like the city council is the last line of...

  2. LISA GREEN: Domestic violence goes deeper than pro sports

    Much has been said and written about Ray Rice's indefinite ban from the National Football League for punching his then-girlfriend, now-wife, Janay. Who at the NFL knew what -- and when did they know -- it is a subject of much debate. The...

  3. RIC LLEWELLYN: For every immigration success story, there's a dark side, too

    It is not surprising that undocumented immigrant children can succeed in the U.S. But shall we extend legal status to all because some may contribute particularly well to American society? This seems to be Jose Gaspar's proposal in his...

  4. JORGE BARRIENTOS: First-hand tragedies show need to stop drunken driving in Kern

    Hundreds of Kern County residents will come together on Saturday at The Park at Riverwalk in Bakersfield with a message we seem to be repeating all too often this year: Stop drinking and driving. Bakersfield's first "Walk/Run Like MADD"...

  5. DAVID LOSA: Is it time for introspection in our district?

    So much has been said and written about the performance of Congressman Kevin McCarthy that I feel a lot of us are tempted to say, "Same old stuff." Now I think is the time for introspection to try to determine what has happened, how it...

  6. SIMONE YOUNG: McCarthy should push for vote on Chinese human rights bill

    Sixteen years ago, I came to California with big dreams. I had been a journalist at China's Central Television, and I planned to return after getting my master's in communication management at the University of Southern California. I...

  7. HARRY LOVE: In Kern, fixing climate change isn't a plan strictly for the birds

    Can you imagine Kern County without the sandhill crane? An alarming new report by National Audubon Society scientists reveals that the sandhill crane and hundreds of other birds are threatened by global warming. Many could go extinct...

  8. 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...

  9. BOB SMITH: Doing what's best for your ward -- and the city overall

    I have raised my family in and contributed to the city of Bakersfield for more than 30 years as a business owner of an engineering and planning firm, board member of Bakersfield Christian High School and by founding Bike Bakersfield. For...

  10. MARC HAIUNGS: Stop underpaying county law enforcement

    I for one am amazed that the Kern County Board of Supervisors have approved over half a million dollars for the new chief financial officer of Kern Medical Center ("Supervisors OK high-dollar hospital CFO contract," Sept. 10). I know this...

  11. RICHARD SCHWARTZ: We need a better business climate, not more bike lanes

    I'm running for Bakersfield City Council in Ward 4, which I've called home for the last 16 years, because I see opportunities missed by the city. Opportunities such as job growth, becoming more business and customer friendly, and returning...

  12. 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...

  13. VIOLA PITCHER: Memorial ride honors veterans

    Eight years ago, Bill Pitcher had an idea to gather the motorcycle community together to show support for veterans. He felt that, five years after the tragedies of 9/11, America was once again becoming complacent regarding the sacrifice...

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