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One of the requirements for a healthy society is a functioning justice system. For a justice system to function, the people in the society must believe it is fair and impartial. This does not mean the justice system must be perfect; it can and has made some occasional honest mistakes. It sim…

For about nine years, a sizable majority of Americans have wondered why so many tens of millions of their fellow Americans are in the thrall of Donald Trump 鈥 yes, Donald Trump, the billionaire New York playboy and former cartoonish reality TV host, who sportscaster Bob Costas recently refer…

As California鈥檚 budget process heats up, we鈥檒l begin hearing more and more about the good, the bad and the ugly regarding the size and reach of government. Some want it small, others as big as needed to deliver what鈥檚 needed to fulfill the aspirational terms of our constitution鈥檚 preamble. Y…

In 2023, at least 40,167 people died from gun violence. Injuries from guns totaled 36,357. More than 120 people a day are killed by guns in the United States. Every nine minutes at least one gun is stolen from a vehicle. A reported 6,192 children and teenagers were shot in 2023 with more tha…

A dear friend of mine is retiring from the Kern High School District after 24 years of dedicated service as a bilingual teacher and champion of education. Her departure highlights ongoing issues with Generation Alpha鈥檚 classroom behavior and teachers' declining patience, despite efforts to a…

I saw a VW bus the other day 鈥 two-toned with cream top 鈥 and noticed it had a San Luis Obispo dealers license plate. Could it be the same one?

While for many years I was solidly pro-Israel, my perspective started to change a few years ago when I heard a commentator mention events preceding the latest (at the time) Hamas rocket attack. U.S. media gave the impression that Hamas spontaneously began firing rockets into Israel that day,…

None can deny the compassion and support of the good citizens of Kern County toward our military veterans. Attesting to this are the generous involvement, donations and support for numerous veteran memorials. These include the Kern Veterans Memorial, the Kern County World War II Veterans Mem…

Yes, this Gaza thing鈥檚 a mess. Let鈥檚 break it down. Who triggered the whole mess? Hamas leadership and its militia, not Palestinian civilians. Who declared that he would 鈥渨ipe the other from the face of the earth?鈥 Both Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Bibi. Let鈥檚 admit that Bibi made a threa…

While reading the recent opinion piece by Robert Kretzmer in The Californian, I began to question my sanity. Is Mr. Kretzmer seeing the same protests that the rest of the world sees? Or is he merely gaslighting to excuse the inexcusable?

Oh, dear! No last-minute invites this night. What am I going to eat? It seems I鈥檝e lost my love for cooking. What drive-thru have I not tried lately? Wait! I think there is that half chicken salad sandwich from night before last. Or was it three nights before last?

Do you remember how you felt Wednesday morning, Nov. 8, 2016? For some Democrats and many others, there appeared to be a great deal of uncertainty, as to what four years of the Trump presidency would mean to their lives, and to the nation as a whole.

Kern County is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, and the seventh largest oil-producing county in the nation. Thanks to a little help from nature and a whole lot of hard work, Kern County quite literally feeds and fuels the nation, and much of the world.

Many years ago I gave a lecture at Pepperdine on various values and their corresponding ethical systems. After reviewing the list, I lingered on one system because of its many self-destructive traps: the Hedonic. Hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure without regard to how that might affect one…

Our country was established to protect God-given, pre-U.S. government freedoms and rights for people escaping European nations ruled by authoritarians where they were serfs, or very poor and would never have any possibilities of a life of freedom and the chance to have a better way of life. …

Once upon a time, a group of investigative journalists dedicated themselves to uncovering truths that served the common good of the people. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, an intrepid group of reporters emerged, shining a beacon on the shadows of corruption within businesses, governme…

I was talking on the phone the other day to a friend and apologizing for not being able to answer her earlier call to me. I said, 鈥淪orry, I was at the doctor鈥檚 office.鈥 鈥淥h,鈥 she said, 鈥淚s everything OK?鈥

Abortion is neither decent nor respectful. It seems as if Gov. Gavin 鉴黄师appom is not content with ending the lives of pre-born babies in his own state but has once again crossed state lines to encourage and support abortion in other states, recently Arizona and Alabama.

This year鈥檚 Kegley Institute of Ethics鈥 Annual Memorial Lecture featured Rebecca Nagle, a Cherokee Nation journalist specializing in media representation of Indigenous Americans. Her topic was a needed reminder of how America鈥檚 indigenous peoples were and continue to be treated in less than …

Every time we step outside, whether for a leisurely stroll or a hurried dash, we are pedestrians. Yet, despite being the most basic form of mobility, pedestrian safety often takes a back seat in discussions about transportation infrastructure. It's time to reframe our priorities and put pede…

As a librarian, I am no stranger to The Angry Customer. Anyone who has worked in any customer service position knows that formidable enemy very well. I have endured yelling, the threat of physical violence, and all manner of rudeness 鈥 more often than not from middle class folks, not the sup…

In my years of experience serving across various public and private boards, a persistent and troubling pattern has emerged: the prioritization of process over goals. This approach, regrettably, leads to inefficiencies and misallocated resources, distancing us from our original objectives. Hi…

I agree with the headline of a recent 鉴黄师app Californian editorial, 鈥淒on鈥檛 stick local taxpayers with special election costs鈥 (April 14). However, the paper鈥檚 own conclusion is at odds with that view.

Imagine a world where every individual, regardless of their abilities, is empowered to contribute meaningfully to their community, a world where the barriers that separate us are dismantled, and in their place, bridges of understanding and support are built. This is the world that Bakersfiel…

Another election season is upon us, and while I hope your preferred candidates made it through the primaries, did you know that there is another important way you can vote? It鈥檚 a vote that has the power to impact your everyday life now and in the future. In fact, this vote takes place three…

Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875 to 1965) was a philosopher, theologian, musician, the preeminent designer of organs for the massive cathedrals built in Europe in the early 1900s and a physician with a worldwide reputation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his lifetime contributions.

We love our kids, right? And isn鈥檛 one of our jobs to protect them? Would we expose them to things they鈥檙e not ready for? Would we put them on a Harley as their next bike up from training wheels? And do we not teach them to swim only when they鈥檙e ready? Is it not our job to get our kids read…

I am a registered Democrat. My parents and grandparents were registered Democrats. In fact, my dad was a "yellow dog Democrat." That means that he would vote for a yellow dog before he would vote for a Republican.

Thank you city of 鉴黄师app for your park ranger program. City rangers began patrolling city parks on Jan. 18, 2023. Every city park is patrolled at least once daily. In addition, park rangers close restrooms in parks each night 鈥 providing 鈥渆yes鈥 in each park to identify potential problems.