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  1. Streets of Bakersfield haven't been very safe

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Sep 13 2014 11:01 PM

    Reckless speeding. Red-light running. Impaired and distracted driving. These are just a few issues that have been cause for concern on local roadways. They have been for quite some time.

    In 2014, deadly wrecks and horrendous collisions have felt tragically common, with 22 fatal accidents occurring on Bakersfield streets alone, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

    Changes need to be made, both personal and governmental. Whether it is lowering speed limits on some crowded stretches or promoting additional enforcement and education, the status quo is not our best option.

    Take just this week, for example: * On Tuesday morning, a 79-year-old man died in a four-car collision on Ashe Road at Panama Lane. Witnesses told police that...

  2. Speak out: It's time to put an end to abuse

    By now, many of us have seen the video: Now-unemployed professional football player Ray Rice punches his fiance in the face in an Atlantic City casino elevator. He knocks her unconscious, then drags her slumped, rag-doll body out of the...

  3. A positive for preservation

    If you've never heard of the Mills Act before, well, it's better late than never. The four-decades-old state program allows eligible owners of historic buildings to receive a reduction in property taxes in order to make it more fiscally...

  4. Car dealer goes the extra mile for vets

    Kern County is known for being a generous place, and the proof was clear this past week when a local car dealership unveiled a huge gift to veterans. Three-Way Chevrolet and its employees donated approximately $21,000 to the Honor Flight...

  5. Bucket challenge could be the tip of the iceberg

    If you haven't yet heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, you probably should be commended for somehow living without TV or the Internet for the past several weeks. It's a relatively simple and widely reported activity that involves either...

  6. It's time to show public transit a little more love

    The recent tiff between the Golden Empire Transit District and its drivers came to an end Tuesday after a five-week-long labor strike that parked GET's public bus system for the first time in more than three decades. Now, GET's fleet is...

  7. SISC's final move was its only good one

    Self-Insured Schools of California, the insurance company that represents the Kern High School District, has finally decided to drop its appeal of a $1.5 million award given to the family of an autistic girl who was allegedly sexually...

  8. Can McCarthy beat Ted Cruz at his game?

    In June, when Bakersfield congressman Kevin McCarthy was elected by his peers to replace outgoing Eric Cantor as majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, we challenged McCarthy to show some leadership befitting his status a...

  9. City staff trips over memorial bricks, tiles

    Bakersfield City Councilmen Russell Johnson and Terry Maxwell were correct to sound the alarm, warning Bakersfield residents that the city planned to remove engraved memorial bricks and tiles from Centennial Plaza. And City Manager Alan...

  10. End the court fight and get responsible, LA

    Kern County's attorneys are to be congratulated for their latest victory in their years-long defense of Measure E, the voter-approved ban on hauling Southern California sludge to Kern County and smearing it on local farmland. On a...

  11. Why it's time to grow up and ban fireworks

    Let's say it with a bang: It's time to snuff out personal-use fireworks in Bakersfield. The longstanding tradition has finally worn out its welcome. The annual cavalcade of dangerous, ear-splitting incendiary devices that reappeared again...

  12. Politics must not indefinitely stall reform

    Bakersfield City Councilman Ken Weir may have been right. Maybe the city council had no business butting into the contentious U.S. immigration debate. Then again, more likely, the reason the council voted last week to "indefinitely"...

  13. Nurture the artistic intent of First Fridays

    Sooner or later, children must grow up and act like adults. Such is the case with downtown Bakersfield's First Friday celebrations. They are no longer in their infancy. They have grown in popularity and attendance. It is time for them to...

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