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  1. Obama: Is he president or king?

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Nov 22 2014 11:01 PM

    Was Obama's Thursday night speech a fix for immigration or a guarantee that the system will continue to be broken if he has his way? Obama did not mention amnesty; but in reality, this speech was all about leading up to amnesty in the near future.

    For some, this will be a time of joy. It's certainly not a time of joy for legal immigrants who followed the law and waited their turn -- working hard and hoping to use the law to obtain citizenship. Obama's proposed executive order is no fix; it was a mandate of continued division between what is legal and what is not.

    Illegal immigrants will certainly take jobs away from legal immigrants and American citizens. Obama mentioned humanity for those who broke the law. How about legal immigrants...

  2. No action vs. executive action

    The political war intensifies between non-action on immigration reform, the GOP course, and executive action. Even before Obama uttered a single word addressing the nation, House Speaker John Boehner went public and tried to undercut the...

  3. McCarthy, Republicans missed big opportunity

    I had hoped that one of the top Republican leaders, our very own House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, would have helped sponsor the inevitable, overdue immigration reform program. The Republicans blew an opportunity to show voters that...

  4. Don't buy tickets to Cosby show

    Bakersfield residents should opt out of purchasing tickets for Bill Cosby's stand-up act scheduled for Feb. 12. Let's follow the lead of the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona, which just cancelled his act. People in the hospitality...

  5. Weren't police just doing their job?

    Why is it that when a person tries to evade the police -- and then gets shot -- the police are accused of being over-aggressive ("Sister of man killed by police speaks out," Nov. 19)? We are being told by his family what a fine young man...

  6. McFarland runners give champion-like effort

    Congratulations to the McFarland High School boys cross country team for an excellent season. That they didn't make it to state speaks more about the broken system than it does about their athleticism, character, hard work and determination...

  7. Not playing 'nice' with court location

    Not long ago I wrote a letter to the editor that the bankruptcy court was trying to avoid coming to Bakersfield one day a month. The newspaper contacted the court and wrote in response that the court had no intention of deleting appearances...

  8. A proud Californian/American

    I agree with a recent letter writer who wrote "What about 'American' vote?" (Nov. 6). For more than 20 years, when I have had to fill out forms with ethnicity on them, I list "Californian" under "Other," as that is what I am (third...

  9. Coach touched many lives

    I would like to share some thoughts about Armando Vazquez ("Obituary Notices," Nov. 15): Upon hearing that he had recently passed, I began to look back and remember how he touched me and those around me. First and foremost, he was a...

  10. Winter rye: Just dew it

    I have planted winter rye every year for 20 years. Once the grass is started, I turn the water off and the dew on the grass supplies all the water it needs. Tim Eliades Bakersfield

  11. Avoid rush to judgment in officer-involved shooting

    The recent tragic death of James De La Rosa, aka Ramiro James Villegas, has once again brought out the cop haters and accusers ("Sister of man killed by police speaks out," Nov. 19). I don't believe that anyone is disputing his sister's...

  12. Truth about voter 'stupidity'

    I don't understand the current furor over the comments made by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber about the "stupidity" of U.S. voters ("Health-care law's opponents react angrily to 'stupidity' video," Nov. 13). He was just telling the truth....

  13. Forego winter rye and ensure water for crops

    We just received our latest water bill. Last year, when we had planted a winter rye lawn, we used 55 CCF of water. This year, we did not plant a winter rye lawn, and we used only 23 CCF of water in the same time period. We hope that in the...

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