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  1. GINGER MOORHOUSE: Same community dedication, less paper

    I know my friends are just trying to be encouraging when they tell me how much they love sitting down each morning with the newspaper and a cup of coffee. But that sentiment sometimes makes me cringe. Let me explain. Would they still...

  2. CATHLEEN COLBERT: Safe and sane? Fourth of July celebrations are anything but

    "Where's the dog's potty patch?" I asked my mother. "In the sunroom," she replied. "Would you look for Buddy's Thundershirt? I'll get out some kennels for the cats." "I'm concerned about the pine needles on the roof." "I'm praying no...

  3. MARK MERRITT: Bill undermines home delivery and harms patients, employers

    One of the challenges facing small businesses, unions and health care consumers is the constant struggle to control costs and provide high-quality health benefits. A recent op-ed published in The Californian ("Assembly bill promotes...

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    LISA KIMBLE: You know what 'sucks,' Eric? Ignorance

    This week, veteran actor Eric Roberts was in Bakersfield to film scenes for his latest project, "Revelations." His interview with a local television news station -- in which he was critical of Bakersfield -- has gone viral. Our community's...

  5. CRAIG GARRETT: Spiritualism changes with the wind, but the Bible stays true

    Stafford Betty's recent article ("Questions of heaven or hell can be answered in the spirit world," June 21) was a kinder and gentler definition of hell, as well as other words that have taken on new-and-improved meanings in our judgmental...

  6. SARAH SHARPE: Valley air needs cleaning up, and oil companies must help

    During the school year, I drive my two sons, ages 6 and 3, to school in downtown Fresno. As a Central Valley mom, I have to include one more step in my morning routine -- checking the air quality flag. For those who don't know, right under...

  7. GAIL DAVIDSON: When it comes to public health, we can't ignore our environment

    "Never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself." -- Florence Nightingale. Nearly 200 years ago, Florence Nightingale...

  8. STEVE LEVIN: Bakersfield: Be the light, not the dark

    I was on my way back to the office from a story one recent Sunday afternoon, stopped at a light in the middle lane of southbound Chester Avenue at 19th Street, my window down, minding my own business and thinking of nothing (as I'm...

  9. KARL GAWELL: Geothermal a good value for California

    Before you get all steamed about geothermal power, let's talk ("This legislation should get you steamed," June 25). To begin, it's important to recognize that the U.S. does not have a free market in electricity, but instead it has highly...

  10. WILLIAM BEZDEK: From Goldwater conservatism to present-day progressivism

    One of the pleasures of senior age is the recapitulation of past history. The upcoming political season and recent studies demonstrating the progressive polarization occurring in American society has caused me to think about my own...

  11. MANUEL FUDERANAN: Misplaced priorities are what need reform

    It makes sense that the Bakersfield City Council in its recent meeting tabled indefinitely the resolution on proposed immigration reforms. For one, this is a federal issue that should be discussed appropriately in a national forum. The...

  12. TONY BORROMEO: Hospital authority could work, but merger won't be the cure

    Can Kern Medical Center's fiscal bleeding be cured by its conversion into a hospital authority and merger with Kern Health Systems? My answer is a conditional "yes" to the hospital authority and a resounding "no" to the merger. I believe...

  13. TIM STORMONT: A balanced truth: God's grace and judgment go hand in hand

    On June 17, The Californian published an article from Washington D.C. high school principal Pete Cahall entitled, "Proud to say it: I'm a principal, I'm a Christian, and I'm gay." In it, he describes his struggles with the condemnation of...

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