Letters to the Editor

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  1. Misguided article fans flames

    I would like to respond to Danny Morrison's Aug. 21 Community Voices article, "Black community, 'boys in blue' have work to do in order to heal." Danny is an eloquent writer, although terribly misguided and uninformed. I say uninformed...

  2. How much progress has been made in 50 years?

    Have we forgotten that the police were the chief enforcers of segregation at the height of the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago? They weren't very nice about it. Arrests, beatings, even murder were the order of the day. Could anyone...

  3. Families caught in conflict

    In reading Steve Levin's article in the Aug. 24 edition of The Californian ("Israelis ask Bakersfield 'just imagine'"), I couldn't help but reflect not only on Israeli families, but also Palestinian families, both of which are caught in...

  4. Great transit options here in Kern

    Kern Transit would like to echo the sentiments expressed in The Californian's Aug. 22 editorial "It's time to show public transit a little more love," and we'd like to share some of the ways that Kern County is working to improve our public...

  5. Reestablish hard work in youth

    We have a lot of unhappy youth in America. Call it racial problems. Call it what you want. But it goes along with "They have nothing to do." As a former teacher, I suspect some really can't read very well and therefore can't enjoy sitting...

  6. Give local heroes the respect they deserve

    I was at the airport Thursday morning for the latest sendoff for Honor Flight Kern County. The veterans who go on these trips are in their 80s or 90s and have served their country in World War II and Korea. I was appalled to see TSA agents...

  7. Putting pressure on Sacramento

    There seems to be a serious lack of good, old common sense abounding in our Sacramento political atmosphere. We are now living through the worst drought that I can remember. We need water, but there doesn't appear to be any in the...

  8. Take pride, keep parkway clean

    For years, Bakersfield people have complained about the litter problem created by those traveling through our city on Highway 99 and tossing everything out their car windows. We can't blame out-of-towners for the appearance of the Westside...

  9. Freedom of drought

    In "Freedom of Choice," the band Devo sings: "Freedom of choice! Is what you've got. Freedom from choice! Is what you want." In their typically enigmatic way, the group had their finger on something important: the paradox of choice, which...

  10. The stranger in the White House

    I was a teenager standing at a streetcar stop in an eastern city when a man ran out of a store yelling, "The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor!" My stomach began to hurt. At home, my family listened to President Franklin Roosevelt's speech...

  11. Respect is about attitude, behavior -- not skin color

    In reading the Community Voices article by Danny Morrison ("Black community, 'boys in blue' have work to do in order to heal") and the USA Today story "Holder's stop in Ferguson is deeply personal" from Aug. 21, the concern for what is...

  12. Ferguson loots and riots before hearing the facts

    Reports of the white cop shooting the unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, has been the flavor of the day for over a week, yet the actual truth on what happened has yet to be reported. Instead, articles like the Aug. 21 Community...

  13. Why didn't county fire report illegal explosions?

    Could someone run it by me again as to why the Kern County Fire Department failed to report the horrific, law-breaking incident involving illegal fireworks and explosions on the Fourth of July that was only brought to light after columnist...

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