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  1. Not just residential water usage

    I'm all for water conservation. I'm very conscientious about my water usage. And we all know there are those who could care less about wasting water. But, I don't think "residential" water usage should be the only area scrutinized. I've...

  2. Our 'Duh' moment: Time to make some changes

    In discussions of the current drought and water conservation, no one seems to be addressing what happens next year if this winter is as dry as the last. While it has been customary for this area to have five to six dry years followed by...

  3. Water penalty is just crazy

    I understand there is a water shortage, and we all need to conserve, but a $500 fine is crazy. What if the wind blows when my sprinklers are running and they water the sidewalk? Another $500 for the government to waste. What if the water...

  4. No exemptions from water fine

    Hopefully this gets read by those who are in charge of watering lawns that belong to our city and county governments, all schools, park districts and anyone who uses water for lawns and vegetation: Reduce your watering times and reduce the...

  5. Sentences don't seem equal

    Let me see if I have this right. You can drop a baby, causing fatal injuries, and get a 12-year, four-month sentence. You can beat someone with a baseball bat and are found to have drugs in your home and get a 12-year sentence. That all...

  6. We are measured by how we treat others in need

    Is America truly going to turn its back on desperate children? Many Americans seem very willing to. Sen. John McCain advocates returning the children en masse -- as if it's simply a matter of chartering airliners -- and, in wholesale...

  7. Obama was the right choice

    I've noticed in The Californian's money section lately that jobs are surging. The economy is getting better than it's ever been. Wall Street is better than it's ever been. Looks like Mitt Romney was dead wrong when he said that Obama was...

  8. The 'Trojan Horse' of our times?

    The illegal immigration of children from Central America by way of Mexico represents a dangerous disease potential for the United States population. Border Patrol agents say the flow of immigrants has been so overwhelming that authorities...

  9. AD won't be missed

    A major accomplishment within Cal State Bakersfield has been the departure of athletic director Jeff Konya ("Konya leaving CSUB for Oakland," July 8). When he came to CSUB, he totally turned the department upside down. Resignations, early...

  10. Standing against higher taxes

    There has been talk of special interests placing an oil tax on the ballot in 2016. The Legislature has repeatedly introduced bills proposing an oil tax, but they never made it to the governor's desk. Even Jerry Brown shot down the idea of...

  11. We all can be redeemed

    At Covenant Coffee, we have a tendency to see the best in people. Even if they've had a tough go of things. Even if they've made mistakes. I should know. Not only am I the company's Chief Encouragement Officer, I'm the Chief Sinner with a...

  12. Not a fun Fourth of July

    I live across from what used to be a river. Now, with the drought, there's no water in front of me; it's a desert. On the Fourth of July about midnight, when most people were sleeping, an M80 went off -- then another. Then fireworks...

  13. Don't sacrifice freedom because of inconvenience

    We celebrated my mother-in-law's 97th birthday on July 4. I am 55 this month; my wife is 56; my sister-in-law is 66. Collectively, we have 274 years of Fourth of Julys under our belts. We all have our fingers, toes and eyes. We've never...

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