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  • Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: The fight against spam

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    The term "junk" mail has taken shape over recent years. In the past, we always received junk mail in the form of advertisements in the mail. Once telephones were introduced, companies began starting "telemarketing" companies to begin cold-calling people in hopes of selling them their product. Once fax and texting became popular, this only escalated the issue.

  • Wednesday, Apr 09 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Tech tools for your finances

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    April 15th is just days away. While many may be filing taxes themselves, others often pay someone to file their taxes for them, and still there are others who are making the most of modern technology to get their taxes done quickly, efficiently and professionally.

  • Wednesday, Apr 09 2014 06:00 AM

    Now & Then: Counting 'Tehachapi' is no easy task

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    I had a nice chat with David James, community development director for the City of Tehachapi, last week about the challenges of demographics for the area and farming.

  • Wednesday, Apr 09 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Bear Valley Springs vs beetles

    This is a rebuttal to the letter to the editor from David Giannandrea published March 26 in the Tehachapi News.

  • Wednesday, Apr 09 2014 06:00 AM

    A Memo From the City Manager: Improvements aimed at improving quality of life

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    One of the best things about being the City Manager of this great city is that I have seen the improvements we've made over time and I can be proud that we've delivered projects that I believe, have increased the quality of life for the residents of Tehachapi. What's more, our team is working every day to develop future improvements that I know we will all be proud of as we continue our community's forward progress.

  • Wednesday, Apr 09 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Columnist: Dust Bowl, music and memories

    Woody Guthrie, the renowned Dust Bowl troubadour, was so inspired by John Ford's classic 1940 film, "The Grapes of Wrath," he immediately found a copy of the book upon which it was based, took it home and devoured it, front to back. When he was finished, he read it again.

  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    The Human Scene: Thoughts on the limits of opinion

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    There is an amazing variety of opinion in our society. That's a good thing. Some of those opinions are wise, well-thought out, and some of them are really loony. That's okay. We have a right to our opinions, wise or foolish. It's the American way. You may think I have the dumbest opinions the world has ever seen. But you do not have the legal right to insist that I change my opinions.

  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: The pitfalls of staying with Windows XP

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    Last month, I wrote about the upcoming April 8 date which marks the "end-of-life" support date for Windows XP. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any computer running Windows XP.

  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    Public Safety Talk: Burglaries decline, but still important to be careful

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    The Tehachapi Police Department has recently reported the positive decline in burglary. In 2012, burglaries in the city of Tehachapi were reported as 210, and in 2013, this number decreased to 183 burglaries, a decline of 13 percent. Whereas this information is great news, the fact still exists that there is more that can be done to decrease this number.

  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    Now & Then: If it's springtime it must be snowing

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    As we go to press mid-day Monday, we have a blue sky but we're told that we may get snow at the pass level and the very welcome recent storm did bring snow to our higher elevations.

  • Wednesday, Mar 19 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Protecting your online identity

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    We have all heard the stories about identity theft and how it has caused those affected by it to be set back, financially, for years. While we all take steps to protect ourselves against identity theft, while many are not even aware of their online identity. Your online identity, left unprotected, can be very damaging. It can cause you to lose or not get offered a job, lose your public confidence, lose business and have damaging gossip spread about you.

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Corrections: one of the toughest beats in America

    Throughout my law enforcement career, I have had countless people from all walks of life thank my partners and I for the job we do, for being cops, and for protecting their families. I have always tried to keep things in perspective and to remember that I am a public servant and that my badge represents the public's trust in me to do the right thing. Firefighters are thanked on a regular basis for their heroism, and the risks they take to protect lives and property throughout their careers as well. There are many facets to public service and for the most part, public servants serve with honor and integrity

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