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  1. SHANNON GROVE: Bad policy worsens woes

    Tuesday, Sep 30 2014 11:00 PM

    More than 80 percent of California is under extreme or exceptional drought conditions. Bakersfield has the worst drought conditions for an urban area in the state. And according to the farmers in my district, the water shortage during this drought has more to do with bad policy than lack of rain.

    After only three years of drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley have been forced to let tens of thousands of acres of citrus and almond trees die. The valley agriculture industry that produces more than half of this country's fruits, nuts and vegetables has fallowed 500,000 acres this year and is set to lose $1.5 billion in revenue, plus more than 17,000 jobs.

    I recently visited a dying almond orchard of third-generation Kern County...

  2. BRIK McDILL: It's hip to be square, studying ethics

    What can I say? I'm a square. I spent my high school, college, military, then graduate school years during the drug-soaked, getting-stoned, tie-dyed, free-love, Age-of-Aquarius, hippie '60s and very early '70s as a straight-and-narrow...

  3. MARI GOODMAN: Separate myth from fact

    The water issue is important to our residents, especially here in the San Joaquin Valley. The problem is, there are facts and fiction out there, and many just don't have all the information. As a candidate, I can respond and make you...

  4. KAREN SALLEE: Progress and memories, and never the twain shall meet

    The Thomas Roads Improvement Program (TRIP) will soon demolish my childhood home to make way for the Centennial Corridor. Gone will be a big chunk of the neighborhood where my earliest memories were made. I am heartbroken. I grew up off...

  5. WYATT ROSS: Adjust teacher tenure -- don't get rid of it

    As a parent, tenured teacher and coach at a Title I school that has experienced massive demographic changes over the past 30 years, I would like to address teacher tenure. Regarding teacher tenure, some supporters argue that it provides...

  6. DAN EMMETT: White House security has failed — bring in the military.

    The security breach at the White House last week unfortunately proved that the Secret Service is in over its head protecting the White House. Fence jumping by one person, while a concern, isn't a major issue in itself. That has been...

  7. JOHN PRYOR: Cybertheft prevention is not just Congress' job -- it's ours

    In a recent "Other Views" (Sept. 7), the Los Angeles Times asks, "What is Congress doing about cyberthreats?" This is a legitimate question -- yet it's the wrong question for you and me. Instead, we need to ask: What are you and I doing...

  8. DARRELL FEIL: Rising gas prices come at the wrong time for small business

    One always hears that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I firmly believe this to be true. Small businesses create jobs and provide valuable services to their community. As owner of Abate-a-Weed, I'm proud to be such a...

  9. LEONARD ZASOSKI: 'God gave me a second chance': Prostate cancer can be defeated

    It has been a year since I wrote my first article to The Californian. I talk about writing an article periodically throughout the year regarding various issues, but I never seem to get the time to put my thoughts on the computer screen --...

  10. JOEY TITUS: Local govt should have control

    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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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"... Daily Deal!

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