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  1. DAISY PENALOZA: Obama's deal with Cuba could prove to be a terrible hypocrisy

    President Obama's notorious handshake with Raul Castro of Cuba on Dec. 10, 2013, at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa, was an ominous portent. Observers to the events unfolding were reminded that one cannot...

  2. JOE MATHEWS: What should the next senator be?

    California's political class, predictably, is having the wrong conversation again. We're talking about who should replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate. But we should be talking about what should replace Boxer. Boxer had strengths --...

  3. KERRY MCGILL: Why Obama shouldn't say sorry for skipping out on Paris march

    A lot has been written about the huge turnout in Paris after the shootings at the office of Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish supermarket in France. Leaders from all over Europe and some from the Middle East showed up to lead the march. The...

  4. MARTIN SCHRAM: Muslims must save faith from terrorism

    Today, we must try to look beyond the horrific reality the world witnessed a week ago when Islamic terrorists killed 17 persons in Paris. While never forgetting those tragedies, we must also focus on a series of far more massive massacres....

  5. CAMILA CHAVEZ: Schoolwide support needed to make PBIS approach succeed

    It's exciting that some Bakersfield schools are taking steps to create safe and supportive classrooms for all students. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a fresh approach to discipline that helps students understand the...

  6. BOB SMITH: Streets of Bakersfield should be safe for all who use them

    As the city councilman for northwest Bakersfield, the No. 1 concern I hear from my constituents is that "People drive too damn fast!" I agree. While growing up in the 1960s, I could play football in the street with my siblings, neighbors...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Put it to rest: Just say yes to Keystone XL

    At this point, Keystone XL has more value as a political issue than as a pipeline. That's why President Barack Obama should just approve it already and put this absurdly politicized issue to rest. True, the president has said he will veto...

  8. TRUDY RUBIN: Stand up for free speech

    Wednesday's shocking terror attack on the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo should finally awaken Western publics to the threat posed by radical Islamists to free speech worldwide. That threat may seem obvious when 10 journalists...

  9. ALI MAMOURI: Believe it: Islam preaches tolerance of critics

    From the fatwa on author Salman Rushdie to the attack on the offices of French weekly Charlie Hebdo, the phenomenon of anti-blasphemy actions remains prominent in the Muslim world. At first glance, the problem appears to be quite simple....

  10. RAMESH PONNURU: Republicans won't be able to count on evangelicals in 2016

    Some evangelical Christian conservatives are trying to get their brethren to unite behind one Republican primary candidate in the 2016 presidential race. They're likely to fail -- and they'll probably be better off if they do....

  11. WILLIAM PESEK: Plunge in oil should motivate China, India leaders to reform

    For China and India, 2015 should be a pivotal year. Both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have for months been making grand pronouncements about structural change, while moving only timidly to fulfill...

  12. COMMUNITY VOICES: Behaving, speaking as prevailing culture won't lessen your worth

    When I was a young man, I never turned to my father for advice about how to dress. This may sound odd, but growing up with a man who knew how to dress well showed me how to clothe myself for various situations. As a result, whether going...

  13. JASON SAMENOW & ANGELA FRITZ: 5 myths about weather forecasting

    As we fearlessly -- or fearfully -- march toward winter's peak, people inevitably turn to weather forecasts to try to anticipate when roads will be treacherous, whether offices and schools may be closed, and how much they'll have to shovel...

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