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  1. DENA MURPHY: Open enrollment is almost here: Here's what you need to know

    One year ago, we journeyed into new territory as California implemented the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or health care reform. The journey has been interesting and challenging -- but at the same time rewarding -- as we...

  2. ETHAN McENROE: Kern will need veterinarians to take care of its future herds

    Growing up in Bakersfield as the son of a food-animal veterinarian, I had no delusions about the hard work the job required. Accompanying my father to work and listening to him read bedtime stories by famous veterinary author James Herriot...

  3. BRIK McDILL: Take a lesson from our children: Let's learn how not to be greedy

    Halloween night provided a wonderful lesson in the generosity of children. My son and daughter-in-law escorted their Cinderella daughter in her neighborhood rounds of trick-or-treating. So that kids were not shorted for candy at their now...

  4. JAMES BURNS: Letters home from Uncle Carroll

    Carroll Hosbrook, a farm boy from Ohio, found himself in a small French village on Nov. 11, 1918. Bells in a bombed-out church were still intact, ringing out the good news of the Armistice having been signed -- on the 11th hour of the 11th...

  5. MIKE STAJURA: Job fairs not enough for vets

    As the military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the United States will add an additional 80,000 veterans from the Army alone to the civilian workforce. This is on top of the normal annual rate of separations from military service. On...

  6. SANDRA FIGUEROA: Preventative measures should be taken to avoid pesticide exposure

    Did you kill your wife and kids?Can you imagine feeling guilty for your wife's death? Feeling guilty for all of your kids' health conditions? As you sit in the hospital waiting room, you begin to realize your very own job is the one to...

  7. CAROLYN BELLI: Criticism about the preserve's restoration project unfounded

    It was distressing to read the blog in "Bakersfield Observed" of The Californian on Oct. 31 entitled "Preserve." Misconceptions and misinformation are inexcusable and irresponsible and can do a lot of thoughtless and needless damage. There...

  8. ANDRAE GONZALES: Here's what can be done to help prepare future workforce

    I grew up in Kern County and am proud to call Bakersfield my home. Over the years, I have watched our local economy grow -- with new jobs, companies and innovation emerging in our own backyards. As the current president of the Bakersfield...

  9. KERRY McGILL: How far should we go to save some of California's creatures?

    Many years ago I took a class at Cal State Bakersfield on Futurism, which is the study of what might happen in the near future based upon current happenings in geo-politics and in environmental science. The class was taught by the late Dr....

  10. MARKOS KOUNALAKIS: After midterms, presidential race is on

    Ballot propositions and congressional races are sucking up all the political oxygen in the run-up to Tuesday's elections. They should. Informing ourselves and getting out the vote is critical for the healthy functioning of our democracy....

  11. DOUG McISAAC: Setting Courtyard record straight

    I would like to thank Jack Balfanz for his recent article ("Cash 'coma'? Why city housing costs are worth another look," Oct. 16). While I wish to correct the record and explain why the city is acting responsibly, I appreciate Mr. Balfanz...

  12. RAY GONZALES: What's wrong with Dems, Latinos in Kern County?

    What's wrong with the Democrats in Kern County? What's wrong with the Latinos in the county as well? We might expand that and ask: What's wrong with these two groups in the southern San Joaquin Valley? In any other part of the state, if...

  13. MANUEL FUDERANAN: Time has ruined the once-solemn, prayerful Halloween observance

    This time of the year always evokes some memories of the bygone years. I used to tag along with my parents and my siblings to visit and pray over the graves of my father's ancestors in his island hometown on All Souls' Day (Nov. 2). The...

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