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  1. Saint Serra? The question is complicated

    Tuesday, Jan 20 2015 11:00 PM

    Father Junipero Serra's role in California's development has long occupied an important place in the state's collective consciousness.

    Starting in the fourth grade, California students are introduced to the famed Franciscan missionary, who built missions up and down the state. Many youngsters construct models of those missions for class projects as part of the state history curriculum, and the artifacts of the era remain some of the state's most important tourism and educational attractions.

    As vital as Serra might be to the California story, however, bestowing sainthood on the man -- which Pope Francis is expected to do during his first visit to California this fall -- may be a mission too far. For many of the state's Native...

  2. Our View: Time to close the gap

    Americans in many pockets of the United States, especially this one, harbor deep distrust of President Obama and, in particular, his perceived economic priorities. But he wasn’t sounding any false alarms in Tuesday’s State of the Union...

  3. OUR VIEW: Time for Taft to address Bryan Oliver fallout

    Bryan Oliver brought a gun to school. He aimed it at another student. He fired. A fellow student was wounded before the young shooter could be wrestled to the ground by a teacher. Those are the facts. However, clear as the facts may be,...

  4. Do HSR's foes have a better alternative? No

    California's controversial high-speed rail project has officially broken ground, and contracts have been awarded. But we're still no closer to solving the state's pervasive and growing transportation issues. Critics have long enjoyed...

  5. Scalise affair was good opportunity missed

    It's been a challenging week for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield. Rep. Steve Scalise, the man who took McCarthy's job as majority whip, we learned recently, inexplicably once spoke to a group founded by the neo-Nazi...

  6. Lerdo decision had to be made

    Kern County Supervisors are right to be uneasy about spending the money to upgrade the Lerdo jail, but it's clear the work needs to be done. Under the fog of potential lawsuits from inmates with disabilities or special needs, supervisors...

  7. A day of welcome rain and notoriety

    Like rain, good news can come in buckets, and we saw plenty of that on Monday with uplifting moments and a good hire. For the Bakersfield and Kern County motor sports community, a tight-knit bunch already, the rise of Kevin Harvick, already...

  8. Assessor race: Voters, just take your pick

    Back in June, we endorsed Jon Lifquist for Kern County Assessor-Recorder. Now we're scratching our heads. We still like Lifquist's experience in the assessor's office and the continuity that his promotion would provide Kern County...

  9. Peterson best Secretary of State option

    Few people probably give much thought to the position of California Secretary of State. Perhaps more people ought to: If they wish to vote or do business in California, the character and abilities of this elected official are vitally...

  10. Re-elect Vidak, Fuller to state Senate seats

    Democratic and Republican legislators should heed 14th District Sen. Andy Vidak's words. The Hanford Republican recently told The Fresno Bee that despite being a member of a minority party, he can get things done in Sacramento because "I...

  11. Vote Valadao, McCarthy for congressional seats

    One big difference between the two candidates running for the 21st Congressional District seat is that the incumbent has a lifelong involvement in the district and his challenger just recently returned and is pursuing a political...

  12. Weir the best choice in city's Ward 3 election

    Ward 3 Councilman Ken Weir will never win a Mr. Personality contest. He can be gruff, aloof and sour. He has been accused of ignoring voters' concerns over the desires of developers. Shortly after his election in 2006, he was the target of...

  13. Re-elect Rudy Salas, Shannon Grove to Assembly

    Incumbent 32nd District Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, is a much stronger contender in this year's rematch with Republican challenger Pedro Rios of Delano. In 2012, Salas, a Bakersfield City Councilman and former member of state Sen...

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