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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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:...

  5. 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...

  6. HAROLD PEASE: Yes, Social Security can be saved, and with better benefits to boot

    With our national debt growing by $3 billion a day and Congress giving up offering any real solutions, we are a speeding train heading for a cliff. Most pretend the problem is not real or will just go away. Almost no one is ready for...

  7. SEAN KIERNAN: Senate's oil bill would benefit the greater good here in Calif.

    Kern County Supervisor David Couch's op-ed ("Bill could harm Californians, especially here in Kern County," March 17) is the latest among a series of media publications attempting to persuade the public that an oil-severance tax (Senate...

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    ROBERT PRICE: Imperfection of 'Cesar Chavez' would've suited the man himself

    The list of landmarks named for labor leader Cesar Chavez is a long one. In California alone at least 22 schools, six libraries, seven streets and 10 parks are named for the man. That's three times as many civic tributes in this state as...

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    SOUND OFF: About that black cat pictured at the crime scene

    Reader: Terrible shooting death, page three ("Man dies in shooting with sheriff's deputies in Oildale," March 28), and a photo of a black cat crossing the path. Hmm. That aside -- by the way, Casey Christie photos are a wonderful asset to...

  10. GREG LASKOWSKI: There's no substitute for science

    I take issue with a letter writer's response to a Californian editorial, "Fear-mongering: Blaming fracking for quake" (March 23). The writer makes his case against fracking ("Kern should follow suit," March 25) and attributes this...

  11. AMY BENNETT: We need Congress to fix the Freedom of Information Act

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a critical law for making sure the public has a fighting chance to get copies of records the government might not want it to see. For more than 40 years, people have used the FOIA to uncover...

  12. JACK TURNBULL: History tells us that borrowing money is not our only option

    It is time to again emphasize that the President of the United States and the two political parties running our federal, state, and local governments, believe they are forced to borrow money if they are to fund their operations. Nothing is...

  13. JEFF HEINLE: When villagers fight, we fail to see who the monster really is

    Don't you just love Frankenstein? A scientist creates a horrible, grotesque monster that was hated by the villagers because he was different. Remember that old, black-and-white scene from the movie where the villagers have their pitch...

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