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  1. GEORGE RUNNER: Should green car drivers feel guilty?

    If you own a hybrid or electric vehicle, you probably feel pretty good about yourself. After all, you've made a socially responsible decision to help the environment, reduce your carbon footprint and improve air quality. But you might...

  2. JEREMY ADAMS: My greatest fear: Are teachers as important as we thought?

    I have always had a potent and unspoken fear I chalked up to insecurity and a penchant for fatalistic thinking: What if, despite my best intentions and efforts as a teacher, I have little to no impact on the lives of my students? A spate...

  3. DIANA GREENLEE: Misunderstood Common Core is a step in the right direction

    It seems like every day I read or hear indictments of Common Core, and so far I see very few getting it right. Critics and pundits alike have voiced their apprehensions about these "new" standards. After four years of combing through the...

  4. SCOTT LEMIEUX: Are conservatives going to rally behind Cruz's bid for presidency?

    Ted Cruz, the Republican Texas senator and unofficial leader of the tea party faction, surprised exactly no one when he announced Monday that he would seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination. He may be a first-term lawmaker and he...

  5. AL SANDRINI: Remembering highs and lows through presidential libraries

    During Sunshine Week, a reprinted editorial from the Kansas City Sun advocated that funding for presidential libraries needed to be more transparent. The Sun reported that funding for presidential libraries came from millions raised by...

  6. RUTH BLISS: Take bite into a healthy lifestyle during National Nutrition Month

    Start this National Nutrition Month by taking a "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" with a few simple changes that will help support your well-being. Americans today consume more calories than they did 50 years ago. Packaged foods laden with...

  7. WILLIAM TODD BERRY: Women get less for disabilities

    A female police officer is exposed to hazardous chemicals and diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy, the woman gets a zero percent disability rating under California's workers' compensation system. However, the...

  8. PATSY OUELLETTE: Privatization talk just the latest episode in our societal divide

    Privatize the library? My vote is a resounding no. A free and public library is a central core of our country's greatness. The terrible irony here: One reason we don't have enough money for library services is because of the cost of the...

  9. ALYSSA ROSENBERG: The fraternity, the nude pictures and the limits of the satire defense

    March has not exactly been a sterling month for the American fraternity system. First, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma got itself booted from campus after video surfaced of members chanting that they'd rather...

  10. JOHN PRYOR: How can we save Kern County?

    Two experts from widely divergent perspectives agreed recently on the root cause of a serious threat to Kern County and our quality of life. First was Dr. Victor Davis Hanson of Stanford University's Hoover Institution in the Winter 2015...

  11. ANDRES MARTINEZ: Will surging dollar put brakes on America's recovery?

    Sometimes my parenting slackens and Sebastian gets accustomed to staying up late, taking too much screen time, and passing on his veggies. Pulling him back to normalcy from this anarchy is never easy. All of which is to say I don't envy...

  12. DANNY MORRISON: Where have all heroes gone? They're right here in Kern

    As I write this, another Black History Month has ended. February allows us African-Americans to wax nostalgic about the brave souls that have come before us and celebrate those who continue to pave the way to progress. Until the meteoric...

  13. 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...


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