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I鈥檓 your great-, great-grandchild that you have never met. My parents and grandparents tell me about you and I wish we had spent some time together.

The power and critical importance of local journalism shows in Steven Mayer鈥檚 recent article covering the death of a much-loved former 鉴黄师app resident. Since Bernie Herman came to this town, he and his wife, Joan, shared kindness to so many whether participating in local commerce, the n…

Having read the "apology" from Jake Soberal and Irma Olguin Jr., I鈥檓 not impressed. I worked at Stria for 14 years prior to the company鈥檚 acquisition by Bitwise Industries, and over that time, we built a company to be proud of. That included making the necessary tough decisions when times we…

Critics could not wait a moment to attack President Trump after he gave a positive and uplifting speech to all the country as he accepted the nomination for the November election. They claimed that it was the "same old aggressive Trump" with the "same old mean message" even with the calls fo…

I got this! President Joe, in his feeble state, is doing his best to convince his party that "I got this." There is no need for me to state the many times President Biden has shown his lack of cogitative awareness.

Bernie Herman was very much a leader in our community. Some more highlights of that leadership include: Ppresident of the Rotary Club of 鉴黄师app 1994, Chair of the Greater 鉴黄师app Chamber of Commerce, member of the Facilitation Team of Greater 鉴黄师app Vision 2020, chair of the 鈥淒…

I agree with Kristie Coons鈥 opinion letter in The Californian ("Unite around the national anthem," July 18). I have often thought the national anthem at the beginning of baseball should be sung by the crowd 鈥 not just one individual.

I agree with Cathy Abernathy; words matter and have consequences. Words matter whether you mean them or not; they matter whether you鈥檙e being sarcastic or pushing peoples鈥 buttons. There are listeners who take your words at face value and respond.

I have a pet peeve. Recently there was a very unfortunate rendition of our national anthem by the guest artist at a baseball game. It wasn鈥檛 the first such performance and it won鈥檛 be the last!

Predictably, supporters are claiming divine intervention was involved in saving Trump from assassination. One pastor said: 鈥淚 see this as God鈥檚 protection.鈥 Marco Rubio of Florida exclaimed: 鈥淕od protected President Trump.鈥

I unequivocally condemn political violence. However, after nearly eight years of Donald Trump stoking division and threats against opponents, judges, lawyers, jurors and fellow politicians, it鈥檚 hard not to see his recent assassination attempt as a result of his own actions. Trump has foster…

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump is an absolute reprehensible act of political violence, no doubt. In Tuesday's Californian, several local political figures were asked to comment on the shooting.

I read Cathy Abernathy's opinion in Tuesday's Californian and I have a few questions. First, she criticized President Biden for calling Donald Trump "... every name in the book" and that we can "... judge a person who uses words to push hate, not issues."

Since the fireworks are over, I'd like to make a suggestion. When the city or county grants permits for the fireworks stands, they should also add a sizable fee to be donated to the SPCA. Anyone caught with, or using, illegal fireworks, be given a substantial fine, and a large donation to the SPCA.

Talk about entertaining television. The former president should hold a program akin to the Miss America pageant in selecting his new vice-president. Different sections for various talents to be on exhibition.

In a recent letter to the editor ("How can we be united like this?" July 7), the writer blames diverse groups for creating division in society by forming diverse chamber of commerce organizations to better serve the needs of Hispanic, Black, Asian and gay communities and businesses that they…

I would like to offer a different perspective on Joe Biden鈥檚 recent performance and current health concerns. There is a saying I grew up with, 鈥淯ntil the wheels fall off.鈥

I am amused at the faux outrage of liberals as when they see an upside-down American flag on display but say nothing when said flag is burned by their contemporaries. For them that is 鈥渇ree speech.鈥

I saw an article in the paper the other day, quoting something or other that the Pride Chamber of Commerce was doing. So, now we in 鉴黄师app have: Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Black Chamber of Commerce and Pride Chamber of Commerce. Did I m…

This is my annual letter to The Californian complaining about the fireworks. I did not see the drone flying over known areas of illegal fireworks. I guess they realized since they do not issue tickets, why catch the offenders.

It is always sad when you hear of an adult being killed by someone, but it is especially sad when it is a child. I am referring to the 13-year-old teenager who was shot the other day by the police in New York because he pointed a realistic gun at them.

Revolution Foods has been the first trial food program for the Meals-on-Wheels program in Kern County since May 2023. At Revolution鈥檚 site, now it says Kern County will transition all the Meals-on-Wheels to them. It is the only meals program so far in the state that has done so with Aging an…

The GOP is no longer a legitimate political party, and it's unclear to me, at age 40, if it has been at any point in my adult life. Certainly it's the case that the extremist fringe was ascendant from the time I was a young person, with the likes of the traitors Rush Limbaugh, Michael Weiner…

Rep. David Valadao in recent weeks has restarted his annual tradition of sending a letter to the governor to complain about the gas tax. Nobody likes high gas prices. But, I don鈥檛 know anyone, outside of politicians like David Valadao, who thinks gas prices will come down just by sending a letter.

I鈥檓 74 years old, which makes me officially old and crabby. I believe I have lived through the very best period in American history. I was raised by the Greatest Generation, benefited from an excellent and affordable public school and state university systems, and raised my children when hou…

I hear California has set aside $12 million for reparations for Blacks, or is it $12 billion, as Mike McGuire said. I owe no one a thing. I pay my debts. We were poor, but I made something of myself, I worked hard. Ben Carson was Black and poor. He made something of himself.

Payments for our car, home, school tuition and credit cards, to name a few, are voluntary debts. Those we contract by promising someone that we will honor the debt.

At the age of 14 in Arkansas I received my Social Security number, not by choice but by requirement. My mom and dad needed financial help because jobs were scarce. A company that manufactured steel support members needed AWS certified welders. I had been AWS D1.1 certified since 12 and welde…

All other considerations aside, as important as they are, for me personally, the most precious human moment of the presidential debate was when Jill gently helped Joe Biden stay steady as he stepped down from the stage 鈥 for I, too, in my advancing years, after serving the people of Kern Cou…

It just sickens my heart to see all the abandoned animals. The shelters and rescues are just packed with animals. They are having to put down animals because there are just too many.

As we close Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are grateful for the impact the AAPI community makes every day across the country and especially in California. The contributions our fellow Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders make in the STEM fields cannot be overlooked o…

Living with kidney failure is hard, but it may become even harder. The Supreme Court issued a ruling that may give private insurers the power to weaken coverage for dialysis in the traditionally covered first 30 months of dialysis. This could push patients off their insurance too quickly and…

In an age of expansive suburban neighborhoods and corporate shopping centers conveniently placed to serve those expansive suburban neighborhoods, one can feel rather detached from the city, or town, that can give everyday living more meaning and joy.

Rep. David Valadao has worked tirelessly to give us some relief at the gas pump. Valadao has called on Gavin 鉴黄师appom to suspend California's ridiculous gas tax. He is also pushing for more domestic energy production so we can drive to work for less.

I completely disagree with Thomas Stewart's editorial saying all students should receive gifted education programs. Gifted, special education, migrant and bilingual programs are funded by what's called categorical funding, which designates funding earmarked for these programs can't be used f…

I have to comment on Rich Lowry comparing the Anti-Israel government protesters to the White supremacists' riot in Charlottesville, Va. First, the so-called "Unite the Right" movement is not under attack by the most sophisticated Morden Army in the Middle East, they are not being constantly …

Oh my goodness, please don't tell me parents have to have the governor restrict smartphone use in our schools. An article in the June 19 edition of the paper gave him credit for coming up with that bright idea.