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  1. Is crosswalk at the crux of city traffic issues?

    Could one downtown Bakersfield crosswalk actually hold the answers to some of the city's ongoing traffic headaches, including the lack of a convenient, traveler-friendly transit hub? It might not be that simple, but hear us out: This...

  2. Quitting has become costly for taxpayers

    Maybe years of pay and benefits cuts have made it a lousy job. Or maybe the term limits voters passed decades ago are causing the now epidemic job-jumping. For whatever reason, an increasing number of state legislators are thumbing their...

  3. Don't be fooled by rain; drought isn't over yet

    Californians looked to the skies and found relief this week. A pair of winter storms began dropping rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains of a state that is struggling through a historic drought.   And for those who put stock in...

  4. Time to end clash of egos at city hall

    Like two sweaty boxers staring each other down, many a new Bakersfield City Council member has suspiciously eyed the city's staff -- especially the powerful city manager -- and challenged "tradition" when first elected. This has been...

  5. After debt vote, is the tea party on its way out?

    Last year, House Republicans committed themselves to an ill-advised political strategy: blackmail. They withheld their support for an extension of the nation's debt ceiling in hopes of forcing concessions from President Obama that would...

  6. CSUB parkway plan comes off as self-serving

    Cal State Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell's petition to rename the recently opened Westside Parkway as -- deep breath, now -- the "CSU Bakersfield Alumna Wendy Wayne Memorial Parkway" surely inspires a widespread gut reaction: Wow....

  7. No excuse for lack of online child-care data

    It's pretty sad that in a state home to Silicon Valley and tech giants like Apple and Google, our own state government can't seem to get its act in gear when it comes to technology. The most famous was the debacle that erupted when...

  8. Reduce traffic deaths: Go the education route

    On Sunday night, an 11-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in southwest Bakersfield. It's an unfathomable tragedy for the child's family and a startling reminder that we all play roles in preventing...

  9. Ban plastic bags? Let's be pragmatic

    Let's be honest: Whether it's paper or plastic, the use of a disposable bag to tote stuff home from the store is a bad habit. The debate over "plastic or paper" can go on forever; neither is much better than the other. Even biodegradable...

  10. Door opens to immigration reform talks

    House Republicans took a giant step forward last week when they unveiled their one-page "immigration principles." For immigration advocates, including Senate Democratic and Republican reformers, the principles fall far short of addressing...

  11. Air quality: Where do we go from here?

    Most people know about our recent bout with acute air pollution, one that's made this a record-setting winter for dirty air in the Central Valley. Likewise, many know that the blowing dust of late January carried with it the risk of valley...

  12. Playing dumb seems to be working for LA

    The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation has a multi-million dollar budget, is overseen by a bunch of high-paid bureaucrats and has an army of legal advisors. So excuse us for not believing the bureau's "Alfred E. Neuman" act. You remember...

  13. Obama warns he's willing to go it alone

    President Obama sent a clear message to the nation's notoriously do-nothing Congress Tuesday during his sixth State of the Union address: Be prepared to act on a litany of domestic issues -- or I will. Strong words from a president who just...

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