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Leaders at Caltrans told me that 40 percent of the traffic on Highway 58 is truck trailer traffic. Personally, I think the truck traffic is more like 60 percent after recently driving back to Tehachapi from Bakersfield. If something isn't done in the near future to build a third (truck lane)…

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Our two hometown supermarkets, Albertsons and Save Mart, are really generous to our community in supporting good-deed efforts. This is the eighth year we have experienced this support from them.

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Fellow citizens of the state of California, don't you think that it's time to stand up for what's right and back your president in sprite of how you feel about him? You have to admit he is trying to do what's right for the people. I am not particularly fond of him, but being a vet, I will ba…

At the time of this writing, there were 66 people confirmed dead in the Camp and Woolsey fires, and still mounting. The Camp Fire alone, near what was Paradise, Calif., is the deadliest wildfire in state history. There are in excess of 630 people still missing, or presumed dead. More than 11…

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We gave Measure R our best shot and we’re incredibly proud of the vision we created. We’re proud of Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District. We’re proud of people in this community who used their voice to promote growth in their town.

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I couldn't believe Larry Barrett's article ("It's easy to see why Measure R failed," Nov. 14) less. A town/city like Tehachapi does not successfully bring a big cluster of recreation improvements and label them "Measure R" ... and then pass them.

It has been a long journey to get to this day. For me it started in 1987 when I first got involved with the Hospital District and the attempted building of a new $4.5 million hospital. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the last 30 years. By the late 1990s it looked like we would ne…

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The $43 million Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District bond issue failed for many reasons. It certainly was not because of any lack of appreciation for parks and recreational activities. However, it had everything to do with what many residents repeatedly questioned, criticized and …

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We have a president without shame, who is backed by a political party without a spine, and they are both amplified by a network without integrity. In the short term, there is only one thing we can do to change this situation: that is to vote for a Democrat.

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The other day, the manager at Burger King told me that out of five new employees who were recently hired, only one was still working. The reason the others quit was the work was too hard. Maybe flipping burgers is a dead-end job, but so what! They say "any job worth doing is worth doing well."

The Tehachapi Lions Club 6th Annual Apple Drop was held on Oct. 14 at the Apple Festival. The Apple Drop is a creative way to have an opportunity drawing. One thousand sponge ball apples were dropped from the man lift that was donated by BSE Rent onto the target that was surrounded by a chic…

It is important both in our personal and professional lives to really focus on what matters. Often we’re distracted with the imperfections around us, the bumps in the road, the details of the journey, and we forget about the moments, the defining moments that make us, that make our community.

Have we ever had an election this contentious, with so much negativity, animosity and misinformation on the part of some toward the city government and our recreation and park district? On Nov. 6, we will have a choice. Shall we move Tehachapi forward or backward?

You have a chance to make a difference in the direction Tehachapi will follow. If you are tired of the bickering and person assaults that now seems to be the norm with our City Council, Joan Pogon-Cord will be a voice of reason. Not only has she lived in Tehachapi over 40 years, but she taug…

I recently attended an event displaying plans for the new park facilities. The plan includes an addition of two bicycle PumpParks and upgrades to the existing one. There will be no additional dog parks added to the community. Living near and frequenting Meadowbrook Park with the bicycle pump…

Let me introduce you to Clint Davies, a longtime family friend who is running for Tehachapi's City Council. Since my family has known Davies we have found him to always be very sincere, dependable, dedicated and hardworking. He has a fresh perspective on things, which gives him the ability t…

If you live in any of the following areas — Golden Hills, city, county, Oak Knolls, Sand Canyon, Cummings Valley, Country Oaks, Fair View Ranches, Mountain Meadows, Alpine Forest, Keene, Hart Flat and Old West Ranch — you will be mandated to pay higher taxes if this $43 million bond Measure …

We are some of those seniors who own a home in Tehachapi. When we built our home more than 25 years ago we paid less than $2,000 yearly property tax. Our latest bill is $3,332 of which $666 is for special assessments such as the hospital, schools, water bonds, etc.

Shortly after we moved to Tehachapi, we were honored to have Pastor Friday Idawor come from Ikorudu, Nigeria, to visit. Friday and I have been friends since the '90s when I was a missions pastor taking aid to rural areas of Nigeria.

My property tax bill and sample California ballot for the Nov. 6 election arrived last week at about the same time, and both gave me severe sticker shock. My property tax is the highest ever because it is crammed with levies for 13 bond measures that were passed over the years.

The core challenge for this country regarding China's increasing economic power is not a tariff war. We will lose that fight for one simple reason: China knows what to do with its money. To compete with China's accelerating economy, the United States desperately needs to rebuild its infrastr…

The late Ed Grimes worked his entire life toward bettering our small town of Tehachapi. Because of his loving efforts, teenagers like myself were fortunate enough to grow up in a community that cared and wanted better for its members.

Have a Heart Humane Society would like to send Woofs and Wags and a huge thanks to the following sponsors for helping support another successful event, the 2018 Gone to the Dogs 5K Run and Pet Fest: Supervisor Zack Scrivner, Sangera Subaru, San Joaquin Veterinary Hospital, Cathey Karey Realt…

The Sept. 25 issue carried a column by Tehachapi City Manager Greg Garrett dealing with the history of SB I, the gas tax. Garrett somewhat fairly outlined how we got where we are with this egregious, and borderline "illegal" tax, but his cozy attitude does not match reality.

Beginning in 2006, various fees have been collected from each new home construction in Tehachapi. The previous fee on new homes was the building permit, which was about $2,000. But because of new growth and projected new growth, Tehachapi applied three or four improvement fees, for traffic, …

The time has come for the good people of Kern to vote yes on responsible cannabis regulation. The county ban is wasteful of our police resources, disrespectful to patients and veterans, and short-changes our budget. Veterans and patients need access. Kern County needs revenue. Law enforcemen…

I don't know about other Tehachapians, but I'm so tired of the circus that has been going on in Washington, D.C. I'm frustrated with the lack of oversight of our own Congress to even put a check on an executive branch that's been destructive, destructive to our own institutions, and even cru…

Stepping out into the day of sunny skies this morning, I was surprised by the chill air of autumn. It gave me pause to think about those in our community who are the lesser population, our homeless. Where are they spending these cold nights? Where will they shelter to survive the coming wint…

Daulton Oliver would like an honest and open discussion with people "of liberal leanings." I am not opposed to that, but when I read his last paragraph, "Please, someone who does not think our president and our country and flag deserves respect come for discussion," I'm out.