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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. DOYLE McMANUS: Minority government of pragmatic Republicans

    Last week's drama in the House of Representatives, when Speaker John A. Boehner needed Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to rescue him from his own rebellious party, looked like a messy disaster for Republicans. But it could have been worse....

  6. MIKE CRONIN: How America invented St. Patrick's Day

    When I was growing up in Britain in the 1970s, St. Patrick's Day didn't exist. The conflict in Northern Ireland was at its bloodiest, and it was not a time when British cities would open their civic spaces for a celebration of things Irish...

  7. WILLIAM BEZDEK: Gun violence is a health crisis

    The American College of Physicians, combined with the American Bar Association and eight other professional organizations, has issued a call for action to stem the national crisis in firearm deaths and injuries. In a white paper published...

  8. JAMES YORO: Why workers' compensation is no longer a 'grand bargain'

    One of the most important protections that employees have is a workers' compensation system that is supposed to provide them with minimum necessary benefits when they suffer an injury on the job. This system was predicated on a "grand...

  9. KONRAD MOORE: How privatizing libraries became an option

    The Kern County Board of Supervisors should be applauded for its decision to consider privatization of the libraries ("Library supporters concerned about privatization talk," March 8). The supervisors' extraordinarily difficult decision...

  10. CHRISTINE FLOWERS: We have the duty to save lives

    I found out that my brother had committed suicide from my mother. It was hard, particularly when I saw how devastated and small she looked sitting on the living room couch as if the life had been siphoned from her in one inhuman pull. But...

  11. JOSH ROGIN & ELI LAKE: A mockery of transparency

    As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton repeatedly criticized other governments for not living up to high standards of openness and transparency with their citizens, while shielding her own e-mails from the U.S. archives. During her tenure...

  12. BRIK McDILL: Slow down and connect: There are unsung heroes all around us

    Cal State Bakersfield's Kegley Institute of Ethics again proved that personal goodness and ethical excellence has not disappeared from the face of the earth but is very alive and well in Kern County. The spotlight was lit, and two lifetime...

  13. JAY AMBROSE: Is Obama's legacy one of less freedom and more danger?

    As the last two years of his tenure move toward their conclusion, President Barack Obama's increasingly probable legacy -- on top of the much-discussed debt he will leave to punish future generations -- could be a nuclear-armed Iran and a...

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