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  1. This Labor Day, celebrate construction industry

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Sunday, Aug 31 2014 11:00 PM

    As Kern County families celebrate the unofficial end of summer this Labor Day, I'd like to recognize the hardworking men and women of the merit shop construction industry. America's merit shop construction workers, the 86 percent of the industry that choose not to be affiliated with a labor union, build the hospitals we are born in, the hotels and stadiums that millions of Americans will visit to celebrate the holiday and just about everything in-between.

    In addition, the construction industry has provided fulfilling careers to Americans for generations and, perhaps more than ever, remains a source of excellent career opportunities and prosperity.

    Looking forward, the need for skilled construction workers is projected to grow at twice the...

  2. Carr shines for the Raiders

    I've been an Oakland Raiders football fan for many years. Unfortunately, for the last several years I've been a disappointed, disinterested fan. That's because I got spoiled by the winning football that Oakland played during those years...

  3. Give these people a hand up

    A letter printed in the Aug. 24 edition of The Californian ("Reestablish hard work in youth") suggested bringing back the Civilian Conservation Corps. Many years ago, my brother-in-law joined the CCC. In his opinion, that was the best...

  4. McCarthy shows he'll protect us taxpayers

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy has barely made it to House majority leader, but I already like the change I see in his position on the Export-Import Bank of the United States In one of his first interviews after being elected Leader, McCarthy...

  5. In drought, don't forget to pray

    In February, believers prayed for rain at Bakersfield High School's Harvey Auditorium. During the next week, 0.32 inches of rain fell on Bakersfield. They asked for God's mercy and repentance for California's citizens. Afterwards, some who...

  6. Dear Kevin: Make your case

    Californian CEO Richard Beene's comment relayed from our Congressman Kevin McCarthy about being trusted and feared is all well and good. However, I find myself wanting when looking for McCarthy et al making a case for our "national...

  7. Many thanks to heroes who helped our family

    I want to take this time to thank the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office, who came to my family's rescue in a great time of need. My 48-year-old, brain-injured and diabetic brother walked away from home in a...

  8. Loving obit for a family member

    I read Sable Keogh's obituary in the Aug. 22 paper. How absolutely wonderful that The Californian allowed an obituary for a beloved non-human family member. I've never seen this before, and I never realized one could do this, or that we...

  9. 'Flawed rationale' behind call for GET resignations

    In response to the Aug. 27 article "City-picked GET board members asked to resign": This is a flawed rationale. I have been a public transportation advocate for better than two decades and for the past 11 years have served on one of Los...

  10. Wishful thinking on gas tax?

    Recently, on the news, I heard a bureaucrat from Sacramento comment that the proposed increase in the gas tax is only for the big oil companies -- not the consumer -- and should not cause an increase in the price at the pumps. Does he...

  11. These hoaxes are nothing new

    I can tell Mark Powell exactly why "The Purge" in Oildale was chosen this Friday night ("Sheriff is taking fantasy hoax seriously, just in case," Aug. 28) Look at the calendar: There's a three-day weekend coming. This is an easy way to...

  12. 'Business as usual' is not an option

    This letter is addressed only to those that have children, grandchildren or other young people that they care about. If your concern is only for yourself, this letter is not for you. Regarding water use, our underground aquifers are now...

  13. Council member could have picked a Bakersfield eatery

    I found it rather ironic that a Bakersfield City Councilman representing Ward 1, the poorest in Bakersfield, would spend close to $600 of campaign funds (not including transportation costs) to reward his campaign volunteers to a dinner at a...

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