• By BONNIE KNIGHT

Corey Costelloe’s essay ("Rodeo demands respect for its heritage, grit,” May 9) romanticizing the rodeo simply dismisses the pain and injuries to the animals. Costelloe’s labeling of the rodeo as a “heritage” should not merit any respect when the word “heritage” is used to justify barbaric p…

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  • By DAULTON OLIVER

Sorry folks, but this is sappy Daulton again with a celebration message. May 10 was a special day for me. It was 25 years ago, at 6 p.m., that I met my beautiful (wife to be) Barbara, at the old Bakers Square restaurant (now gone) in Bakersfield.

  • By A.J. MARSHALL

In 1967, on his 23rd mission over Hanoi, John McCain's Seahawk bomber was shot down. When he bailed out, his right leg and right arm were broken. He spent two and half years of his five and a half years as a prisoner in solitary confinement with only two small holes in a metal ceiling to giv…

  • By ELAINE LIVESEY-FASSEL
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This citizen is very aware of the colorful and important role all the men and women played in the settling of the West. I am also aware that the entertainment that is the rodeo attempts to ignite and continue the perceived traditions of that 20 years span of time, but as we learn more about …

  • By JAKE ANZULIS

I understand the the issue of California seceding from the USA is being considered by the dissatisfied residents of the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas and the governing body in Sacramento and may be on one of our ballots soon.

  • By PAUL SCHMITZ

I can’t help but wonder as to what happened with Walmart cutting ground the first week of April. Last thing that I read was they were going to start putting in street lights, driveways and sidewalks.

  • By ERIC MILLS
  • Updated

I agree with Corey Costelloe's claim that "Rodeo demands respect for its heritage, grit" (X's and Arrows, May 6). But for the title, not so much. His best knee-slapper: "Without the skill sets of rodeo, the West is never won." Say what?!

  • By JENNIFER O'CONNOR
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Columnist Corey Costelloe ("Rodeo demands respect for its heritage, grit,” May 9) resorts to sarcasm and barbs to defend the rodeo, but hurting animals for “fun” is something everyone with a conscience should condemn.

  • By DENNIS TOPE

Keep your eyes peeled for ticks. These nasty little critters are out and about this spring and can "Really Tick You Off." They carry diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease that can lead to an excruciating death. They are like tiny spiders but much worse. They can destroy…

  • By MICHAEL PUFFER

Brandon Martin's campaign slogan, "do the time, do the crime," shows he is not ready to be a judge. A judge may be called upon to decide innocence or guilt. A judge is required to exercise discretion, while performing their duties.

  • By DENNIS TOPE

In 1940, The Arroyo Seco Parkway or Pasadena Freeway was the first freeway built in California. State planers in California knew we needed freeways and freeways were being built at breakneck speed back in the '50s and '60s. Freeways were given the names back then and not number like they are…

  • By PHYLLIS HASTINGS

Regarding the proposed parks bond, Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District Manager Michelle Vance needs to stop and think about adding yet another tax burden to our citizens. The city got their money starting in 2006 when they assessed a Parks and Recreation fee of approximately $5,0…

  • By SCOTT TAYLOR

In a recent letter to the editor, Tom Dieges took exception to Tehachapi’s purported strong economic outlook versus the number of empty structures. Dieges does bring up a good point. There is a challenge in attracting new business to an area of 48,000 people, spread over 275 miles.

  • BY CARA JACKSON cjackson@tehachapinews.com

A new police chief was sworn in to lead the Bear Valley Police Department after a more than two-year search for a permanent chief.

  • By A.J. MARSHALL

There was a test proposed by Winston Churchill during World War II regarding the willingness of the people of Britain or of any country to react positively to a crisis and their willingness to undertake great public sacrifice. Churchill proposed a two-prong test. He said that people can face…

  • By JEAN LANTZ

The Lantz family wishes to thank all for the wonderful cards and letters we have received! Each one is a comfort and much appreciated. Thanks to Jon Hammond for his sensitive and wonderful tribute to the late Dae Carsen Lantz Jr.

  • By TOM DIEGES

We are constantly reading that the local economic outlook is strong in and around the City of Tehachapi. I wonder if those comments are derived from people who have actually driven around town or have just been blind to the number of empty buildings or struggling businesses.

  • By W.C. NELSON

I read an opinion piece on U.S. immigration policy, written for the paper by the Rev. Nancy Bacon ("Current immigration policy leaves local immigrant families frightened and terrorized," March 7), and was compelled to make some comments on what I read.

  • By LARRY WESTIN

Initial media reports about the tragic shooting in Florida referred to “missed warning signs.” I learned in the days following the massacre that Nikolas Cruz had threatened students, verbally cursed teachers, damaged school buildings, threw school furniture, had fist fights with other studen…

  • By DENNIS TOPE

In the Tehachapi News dated April 4, there was a story with the headline "Grand jury issues positive report on CCI operations." Well whoop-de-do! I'd rather the grand jury found that the prison got a bad report, and was found to be tough on criminals, so the cons would have no desire to retu…

  • By GREG GARRETT

I’m very proud of the way Tehachapi continues to shine among our peers in Kern County. Recently, Tehachapi was showcased as part of the Kern Economic Summit in Bakersfield as both our healthy real estate market and business climate were topics of discussion.

  • By DAN SHOBE

I don’t think any of the proposed legislation regulating guns goes far enough. Get rid of firearms altogether, for everyone, law enforcement, military, bodyguards, et al. No guns whatsoever. I also think we ought to outlaw the sale and possession of bombs too. And any kind of knife. Oh, and …

  • By WILBUR WELLS

Our American justice system is symbolized by the statue of Lady Justice who holds a balance scale (equal justice) and wears a blindfold (the same justice for all). We have borders and immigration laws to make immigration into our country an orderly process. Those laws have worked for more th…

  • By ROBERT SLUSHER

With all the talk about assault weapons, I wonder how many people know that civilian possession of a weapon capable of full auto fire has been illegal without a special license since 1938.

  • By JAMES FOX

Trump was elected using a swamp as a metaphor that he promised to drain. This is among many, many other promises that are unfulfilled. The swamp, as such, turned into a cesspool and contains waste from the Trump golden commode (aka, toilet of dysfunctional government) based upon the ego of t…

  • By TONY KOTCH

Parrots are bright colored creatures that attract lots of attention. They can mimic the human voice. They can utter words and even sentences. They probably don't know what they're saying and just mechanically blurt out. In a way parrots are not telling the truth. They blurt things out like "…