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  1. It's time to dust off this word

    It seems to me that we as a society need to pick up, dust off and energize a word that has fallen into the ash heap of our modern vocabulary and apply it more often to deal with the increasing number of political and social issues that we...

  2. Some kids are different, but not less important

    What age do we live in where the Kern High School District can say a disabled student doesn't feel anything because of the level of her functioning ability ("KHSD must commit to protecting disabled kids," Aug. 10)? I was told that when I...

  3. School boards provide oversight

    Regarding Brik McDill's column on Aug. 7 ("It takes committed hearts, minds to oversee schools"), I can only say: "Noooo." The membership of a school board is meant to be a committee of community members to serve as oversight. The purpose...

  4. Councilman has improved city

    The Aug. 9 Bakersfield City Council article caught my eye ("A dozen candidates, 2 with criminal pasts"). Candidate Richard Schwartz described Ward 4 incumbent Councilman Bob Smith as a "single interest" councilman who "needs to do more...

  5. Arrests are a good first step

    Thank goodness for people like Lois Henry, Mike Hart and all others who are against illegal fireworks and not afraid of speaking up. Unfortunately, there are others apparently for the illegal fireworks, such as the two entries found on...

  6. How to ban fireworks in Kern

    I appreciate columnist Lois Henry's articles on illegal fireworks as well as the many letters The Californian has printed on this issue. It seems that the majority (law-abiding citizens) are suffering at the hands of the minority (those...

  7. Homicide ruling seems political

    Is there any doubt in anyone's mind that the determination by the medical examiner that James Brady was the victim of a homicide? This is from a gunshot wound from over 30 years ago. This sounds like a political statement. Do you think that...

  8. Death penalty is better option for Calif. killers

    In response to the Aug. 7 Another View column concerning the death penalty ("Capital punishment in California: It's expensive, and it's not justice"), the writer is correct about one thing: No system is perfect. However, I would wager for...

  9. Who will ride the train?

    Train vs. water: where to spend the billions? Billions of dollars are proposed on the controversial California high-speed train. How about we spend those billions on solving our water problem? If California is another dust bowl, who will be...

  10. Exhibit leadership of the past

    It has been almost 40 years since a state or federal water storage project was finished in our state, and the population at the time was about 21 million. Since then, the population has climbed to more than 38 million, but we are still...

  11. Don't bargain away worker safety

    Imagine this scenario: You are building a school and considering who should build it. You would want to know the safety records of the companies you are looking at, right? You wouldn't want to award the job to a company with a history of...

  12. Another way to look at highway improvements

    Nice write-up in the Aug. 2 edition of The Californian about work being done at Highway 178 and Morning Drive ("Extensive project taking shape at Morning Drive/178 intersection"). I wonder if anyone else noticed the dollar numbers cited in...

  13. Immigration article lacked logic

    Vis-à-vis Mark Martinez's latest article ("Costs of American ignorance, and blowback, in real time", Aug. 6), he opens with the point that Americans have no idea why other countries "hate us." I take it that the teens arriving at the Texas...

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