• By GREG GARRETT

If you haven’t had the chance to experience the Tehachapi Community Theatre at the historic BeeKay Theatre downtown, I would encourage you to make it a priority in the coming year. I took the opportunity to accompany family to "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" during its final weekend and ne…

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  • BY ROBERT SLUSHER
  • Updated

A lot of folks will think I am out of my mind or just plain crazy and I have been known to be at times, but it seems to me that a lot of people have lost sight of what Christmas is all about. All I can see and hear these days is, "Where can I get the best deal?" or, "What are you going to bu…

  • By GREG GARRETT

As I meet with members of our Tourism Commission and I listen to the stories of the wonderful volunteers that staff our visitors center throughout the week, one of the most common lines uttered by visitors is “we love visiting Tehachapi, we’re thinking about moving here.”

  • By AMANDA MACINTIRE

As an observer in human behaviors, I feel prompted to speak up due to a trend I have seen in teenagers but now I see it in almost everyone. It is based on the advice of the wisest adults in my life growing up and has kept me safe my entire life.

  • By A.J. MARSHALL

According to Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office, in 10 years, the people with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 per year will effectively pay $3.98 billion more in taxes.

  • By BRIG. GEN. CARL E. SCHAEFER

As Team Edwards pushes through the end of 2017 and leans forward into 2018, I am energized and excited for the challenges that lie ahead. I almost feel like a kid at Christmastime as we prepare for new programs and continue to deliver combat capabilities across the globe. In the coming year,…

  • BY LAURIE RUDE-BETTS

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

  • BY WILLIAM NELSON

I read an opinion piece on Martin Luther and the Catholic Church written for your paper ("Charity is the pinnacle of Christian life, and other thoughts on the Reformation," Nov. 15) by Lt. Luke Haskell, formerly of CCI Tehachapi, admonishing Luther, and was compelled to make some comments on…

  • By TERRY QUINN

I am skeptical of the proposition that the Tehachapi area’s old, small and obsolete wind turbines can be repurposed to other properties to any economic benefit. ("Smaller wind turbines could be reused, reader explains," Nov. 15)

  • By Barbara Dieges

The Rev. Ken Burton wrote an interesting article about the Reformation ("Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation," Nov. 8). I read it carefully several times because I didn’t understand certain points. If there are four different sola (alone) statements, then how is salvation achieved?

  • BY KAY BLESSING-MEARS, USN, RET.

I want to send a heartfelt thank you to Home Depot and their foundation for the help they give disabled veterans. What a fantastic job they did for me! Meet the best team in the world: Tracy, the project manager, Kim, store manager, Kim L., Kayla, Abby, Monica, Pam, Angelmarie, Jesus and Ste…

  • BY LANELLE THOMPSON

Living in the mountains is ideal; Tehachapi mountains are a choice location. We, along with friends and neighbors, enjoy the graceful beauty of the many forms of wildlife. We watch with curious pleasure the deer, the skunks, the raccoons, the squirrels, and the array of birds. We tremble at …

  • BY KATHLEEN KLINE

I would like to wish Mirsa and her staff at King of Siam (located on Tucker Road) a happy fifth anniversary. You have not only made this a tastier town to eat in, but you always welcome others into your business like they are family! It is a treat to still be able to eat with you at the King…

  • By TONY CHESSICK

Re-using some of the older, smaller wind turbines in great numbers up on the ridges by moving them to other locations elsewhere is the best answer. Installing them behind-the-meter singly on many other properties at some distance is possible and beneficial. Such turbines can be very attracti…

  • By GREG GARRETT

Those who have lived here long enough and hopefully those who are new to the area understand that Tehachapi is comprised of great people. Our wonderful citizens are now in turn attracting others to join them in this community. That was the case with Susan and Lonnie Minor, who recently opene…

  • BY WILLY ROGERS

I realize that I did not take the politically correct position in this matter. Still, I thought if I confessed to my community at large my transgression, I might receive some vindication or at least peace by stating publicly that I am aware of my limitations (paraphrased from "Dirty Harry").

  • By TINA ALEXANDER

I have heard complaints about the gaps in our school system, about not having modern amenities and services for our children. Our kids are playing football on a field that was built by volunteers in 1958 and has had little upgrade since. Our high school band wears uniforms that are 20-plus y…

  • BY A.J. MARSHALL

Blaming mass shootings on mental illness is a dodge. Regarding guns, the United States is on its own planet. The gun deaths in America are 10 times that of other industrial countries. Places like Japan and South Korea have next to zero gun-related deaths each year. The United States has arou…

  • BY JOHN WARING

While riding in the Tehachapi GranFondo, I cramped up at 36 miles and the Tehachapi Mountain Rescue Team of two placed my bike in the back of their vehicle and drove me home. I was not prepared this year due to lack of training and maybe age, at 80.

  • By GREG GARRETT

I’d like to thank The Coffee Mill, one of our great local businesses, for hosting myself and Mayor Ed Grimes at our first Coffee with the Mayor and City Manager. We had several great conversations with residents and we left with more ideas on ways to continue to support the citizens of our c…

  • BY KATE HUTCHINSON

The decision of our City Council to prohibit cannabis sales in town is foolish and shortsighted. It won't stop anyone from using it, but it will stop us from receiving the tax revenue. I guess it makes the religious folks feel better, though. I love my little town, but good grief, it needs t…

  • By DENNIS TOPE

No gun laws or a bunch more gun control laws would have prevented the carnage that took place in Las Vegas. There are just too many firearms out there, folks. Have you ever tried putting toothpaste back in the tube? It's impossible! Likewise, there are just too many guns out there already, a…

  • By NAOMIE WEST

Have A Heart Humane Society would like to send a huge thank you to all the wonderful sponsors, vendors and runners that supported our 2017 Annual Fun Run and Pet Festival. We had a great turnout with wonderful food, super fun games for kids and dogs, and the heartfelt support of the community!

  • By PAM JOHNSON

The administration, staff and students of Cummings Valley School wish to offer their deep appreciation to the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association for its recent generous donation of incredible art supplies for our school.

  • BY MARIAH TERRY

Considering recent events on Sept. 22, 2017, when there was a fatal car accident at the intersection of Oak Creek Road and Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road, I would like to address the safety concerns and possible solutions to the ongoing problem for commuters who drive that dark and winding ba…

  • BY A.J. MARSHALL

Every legitimate climate scientist and physicist on our planet now acknowledges global warming. They tell us the evidence is irrefutable, that the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history; the the earth's rising temperatures are fueling longer and hott…