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Imagine living in a society that elects leaders who do not want to put everyone in a bubble. Imagine business owners who know that in order to survive, they need to have healthy, living customers. Imagine what it would be like to have elected leaders who know that consumers can make the righ…

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Once upon a time, only robbers and muggers wore masks and now it's just about everyone. You have to see the monumental irony and sick humor in all this tyrannical madness, as we wear the masks whilst the BANK$TER$ rob our Social Security, pensions and savings, not to mention eliminating jobs…

On behalf of the TUSD Board of Trustees, I would like you to know that our thoughts have constantly been with you during these past weeks. These are truly extraordinary and challenging times for our district, our community, our state, our country, and even our world. We know that on top of t…

Let's hope that because of this coronavirus problem, the politicians decide to NOT set up another government agency to protect us like they did when 9/11 happened and then ushered in Homeland Security.

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We are trying to understand Tehachapi's pandemic response. At some stores, customers line up, social distance and wear masks (employees too!); but at other places of commerce, such as the May 7 Farmer's Market, people do not social distance, and vendors do not wear masks, wash hands or wipe …

On April 30, the very presence of the Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Hospital and their staff changed the course of my life forever by saving my husband’s life. That’s right. If this hospital did not exist in this location, I would be planning my husband’s funeral rather than our dinner t…

Several times a week, Tehachapi News will receive a message from one of our readers asking the same question: How many people in Tehachapi have been tested positive for the coronavirus?

Ask any good doctor and they will tell you that your mental health is just as important as it is physically, and so, as your own common sense should tell you that being locked down or socially distanced for weeks, let alone months at a time, is bound to be very bad for you no matter who orders it.

It’s time to publicly admit that none of us were prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic at all levels (global, nation, state, county, city, community, family, individual). So let’s just stop wasting energy, time and communications at all levels by blaming, scapegoating and politicizing this terr…

California has about $1.5 trillion in debt and unfunded retirement fund obligations, our roads are falling apart, we are struggling with the coronavirus epidemic, we have veterans who need additional health care, our schools need to be upgraded, and farmers in the Central Valley could use mo…

Well folks, does anybody know what day it is anymore? It seems like the weekend is every day, with no place to go, and nothing to look forward to. If you are lucky enough to have a job to go to, you know what day it is. For the rest of us, it's just another day in Corona Ville.

I would like to thank all the members of the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters, plus one who is not a member yet, who have spent many hours sewing masks for those in need. Masks have been sent to Houchin Community Blood Bank in Bakersfield, our hospital in Tehachapi, the California Correctional In…

Have a Heart Humane Society would like to thank Bank of the Sierra for a very generous grant of $3,000 funded to us on April 19, 2019. The monies we received help to fund our continuing spay and neuter efforts right here in Tehachapi. As more and more people find out about the low-cost spay …

Well folks, the year 2020 will forever go down in history as the year the world shut down. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, everything has changed in our lives. Our work, our play, and learning has all changed for now.

I am so disgusted with the person who dumped two more cats in the bushes south of Kmart. This has been going on for more than five years, and I don't know how you can dump a beautiful animal out like a piece of trash.

If you came by Rescued Treasures toward the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine, you probably noticed that our little resale shop had a few days where we closed, thinking we could do reduced hours and a staggered schedule. Then came mandated lockdown, so we are doing the right thing.

Easter Sunday, P-Dubs Grille and Bar, in Stallion Springs, reached out to the community with love and caring. They offered a free Easter dinner to the local residents. The entire owner’s family was involved with a plan for entering and exiting the restaurant safely. They offered warm and wel…

Small stores selling clothing, furniture and housewares are closed. But the aisles with these items are not roped off ,and the cash registers not set to reject sales at Walmart? If this were done at Walmart, wouldn't it encourage more "shelter in place?"

Well folks, as I sit here by my window at my computer, I wonder, just how long can we all put up with this new lifestyle we are given? I must say, my house is looking pretty neat and tidy. I even set my dining room table up for Easter dinner that I will not be having for family. Why, because…

What if the world came together during the month of April and turned on their Christmas lights at night in solidarity? We would be saying that everyone supports and are heartfelt for those who have passed away, those currently infected by the virus and all those who have put themselves in ha…

Well folks, as we approach the third week of our isolation, and being housebound, are we starting to panic? I have ventured out a couple of times to buy groceries, only to find many of the shelves empty. No toilet paper, no bread, and no meat at all in the meat case at Walmart. What is going…

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order outlining safety procedures and practices for the state of California. A part of that order was the inclusion of 16 sectors of industry that are deemed essential to the nation's infrastructure. Airports and flight schools are among those sectors.

Yes, Leonard Pitts, there still is a place called 'us'; it's in Bear Valley Springs, California, in a network of volunteer caregivers using a platform called Next Door to do grocery shopping for elderly shut-ins (a growing number now) without compensation expected; and that's saying somethin…

On the subject of pandemics, whether you grew up in the era of 1950s panic in the streets, 1965's the Satan bug; 1971's the andromeda strain or 1995's outbreak, you’ll know that Hollywood did one hell of a job in fictionally pre-programming us for what we are experiencing right now.

For the past five years, Kern Community Foundation has been steadfastly committed to strengthening Kern County’s nonprofit sector. We know that despite the critical role they play in making our community a better place, too many nonprofits lack the necessary reserves and resources to weather…

At Adventist Health, our highest priority is the care and safety of our patients and staff. We have highly trained infection prevention practitioners who closely follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the public health department. We closely monitor patie…

It's pretty hard to get people thinking clearly at the best of times. But in these dark panic in the streets times, it's all but impossible, especially when the masses are fighting over toilet paper and suspecting everyone around them who even coughs or sneezes as being a deadly virus carrier.

Maybe it has been a long time since you have adopted or rescued a new pet. In the time you had your prior dog, you have probably forgotten how scared he was and how long he took to settle into your home. You have also probably forgotten how panicky you felt, especially that first night — thi…

The first duty of the president is to protect the people of this country. This duty is vitally important when dealing with threats like the coronavirus because of its potential to become a pandemic. It is impossible to protect us if we don’t know who is entering our country and where they ha…