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The corner of E and Curry streets has got to be one of the most dangerous corners in town when it comes to vehicles almost, or in this case, actually crashing into each other. The congestion is not as bad since the Tehachapi Hospital has relocated, however the just missing another car, or in…

Give Big Kern, “One Day to Celebrate the Giving Spirit of Kern County!” is observed on the first Tuesday in May — which falls on May 7 this year. But for early birds whose desire to give to local charities is already burning a hole in their pockets, Give Big Kern organizer Kern Community Fou…

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Tehachapi Little League receives a BIG FAIL for their implementation of a policy to call games at a specified time. Thursday's game was called in the middle of the bottom of the fourth inning, depriving one team of their full at-bats. I think we can do a better job of teaching our children l…

There is a difference between moochers and panhandlers. Moochers are people you know that don't pay their fair share of something, and panhandlers accost you and beg you for money, food or even gas for that matter.

Up they go almost every day. If you miss filling up or topping off in the morning, expect the cost per gallon to go up by evening. The tax was supposed to be for repairing the roads and bridges. Well, if you are anywhere near as old as I am, you may remember this same song that the state con…

The Democrat circus clown car keeps spewing president candidates, but these clowns are not funny. They are a real threat to the future of our country. They owe everything to this country, but instead of thanking God for being Americans, they seem intent on destroying the country itself. Far …

When folks think of Adventist Health, it’s likely they think only of the hospital. I can’t blame them. Opening a state-of-the-art hospital in a rural community is a feat — especially during a time when rural hospitals across the nation are cutting services and, in many cases, shuttering altogether.

I was happy to see the recent letter to the editor from Nikki Mead Cummings, thanking the Benz family for more than three decades of contributions to our community. I have been involved in a variety of charitable projects over the years, and when I asked the Benz family for assistance, they …

There’s no denying the fact that we live in an amazing place, in a mountain valley that looms over deserts to our east and rich agriculture valleys to our west. Tehachapi was forged from its very beginnings to be unique, set apart from our neighbors, outside of the mold that has been cast ar…

In your March 6 issue, a letter ("Why is it necessary to have armed cops on campus?") by Dennis Tope suggested that police are parked outside the high school because of unruly students. I spoke with a sergeant of the Tehachapi Police Department, and she indicated that the police officer was …

As an organization that works alongside social workers to improve the lives of foster children, we at Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County recognize the immense dedication and invaluable service social workers provide to our communities. They witness harrowing, heartbreaking trag…

Well folks, last month I wrote about the young women newscasters with their long, high school hairdos, and wearing short, sleeveless summer dresses in the middle of winter. Now, it's time to address the men newscasters. I have been watching "The Bachelor" this past month, and all 25 of these…

Every eight minutes, American Red Cross volunteers meet a family devastated by a home fire or other disaster. When a family has lost nearly everything, they rely on generous Red Cross supporters for relief and hope.

I'll bet a dollar to a doughnut that most vandalism at our parks is caused by teenagers who have nothing better to do then get their jollies off destroying public property. I saw my fair share of vandalism/graffiti as an assistant high school principal.

I received through the mail today a letter/survey asking me how I was going to vote in the next election. In the first place, it's no ones business how I vote in any election. It's my Constitutional right as an American to vote however I want.

While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are poisoning the minds of millions of young people by extolling the glories of socialism and communism, I think everyone should ponder this quotation from years ago by Memphis Pastor Dr. Adrian Rogers (1931-2005): “You cannot legislate the p…

Tehachapi is such a kind and generous community, and the Salvation Army is extremely grateful. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, we had several events including the Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas food baskets, Angel Tree children’s toy drive, kettle drive and coat drive.

All of the dancers from J&M Dance Company would like to thank Hungry Howie’s Pizza for their support letting our team fundraise with them! It’s amazing to live in a small community where there is so much local business support! Thank you Howie’s!

Really? A development on 138 acres that has more than 1,000 dwelling units? The town population is approximately 8,000 persons. This many assorted units will house more than 1,500 people. Are you going to widen Tehachapi Boulevard to four lanes and put into place more four-way stops? How are…

I have listened to everyone talking about building a wall along our southern border, both pro and con. Nancy Pelosi says no to the wall and let illegal immigrants come on in. I wonder if she is willing to take down the high wall she has around her property and let some of those people sleep …

The Dance Craze kicked off 2019 with a generous donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Bakersfield. Each year, TDC organizes a fundraising Christmas recital to showcase the skills of their dancers as well as support a local charity. The recitals are always free to attend, but a donation is…

Maybe it's bad timing on my part, but every time I drive by Tehachapi High there's a cop car parked in front of the campus. The police chief told me that they have a contract with the school district to provide protection, but this police protection doesn't come cheap these days.

I read with interest the article “City taking steps to boost local economy” (Feb. 27). The growth in the city brings with it the need for a lot of things. I didn’t see mentioned the need for more roads, schools, police and fire protection. Have you driven on Highway 58 or around town lately?

In the Feb. 13 Letters to the Editor ("Drugs force grandparents to become parents, again"), Jean Riesen makes the case for building a wall to stop the drug problem. Let’s take a minute to unpack this complex problem that has no simple solutions.

I had heard multiple comments over the last few months that it doesn’t snow in Tehachapi “like it used to” or like “when I was a kid.” I know my former classmate Jon Hammond even wrote about that sentiment recently as well. Thanks Jon, it seems like it hasn’t stopped snowing since.

Recently, City Manager Greg Garrett gave a presentation themed Moments that Mattered. When our Mayor, Ed Grimes, passed away, it was a moment that severely impacted us. Ed’s life and contribution to Tehachapi was extraordinary.

In response to a letter ("Socialism produced a thriving middle class," Feb. 13) on socialism ... words mean things. Calling all sorts of different things "socialism" does not make them so. Socialism is simply "government control of the means of production." In other words: a government entit…

So folks, watching the weather, or the news nowadays, is like looking at the Miss America pageant. These young lady newscasters look like they just graduated from high school, and they're still wearing the same hairdo from their yearbook. O.M.G.! You're not teenagers anymore!

My wife suffers from celiac disease. The long and confusing road to the final diagnosis was extremely difficult and almost killed her. She had a month's long period where she had severe diarrhea and vomiting frequently with no conclusions from local doctors except the "flu." This intensified…

Why not offer a college degree in pothole engineering? I'm kidding, of course, but plenty of potholes are out there and they need to be patched properly. If county workers would first remove broken-up asphalt from the hole, dig out the hole to at least four to six inches deep, then fill up t…

The city of Tehachapi has joined several other stakeholders throughout Kern County in assisting the Kern Economic Development Corp. with a new talent, innovation and entrepreneurship endeavor. The end goals are to create a support structure for upstart businesses in Kern County and help them…

Settlers built community buildings for their survival. Public schools were established in Boston in 1635. Fire departments, police departments and military are institutions of socialism. The question is at what level does this country want a thriving, successful middle class? On July 21, 193…

Well folks, I was just reading about the new wave of people coming up from South America to crash our borders. It reminded me of the story I read in the newspaper a couple of years back. It was about the old man on the hill that built a big, beautiful birdhouse and a big bird feeder in his b…

I realized my doubts about polls were correct as the 2016 presidential race unfolded. All the networks and talk news shows quoted specific polls with one candidate almost assured of winning. Some individuals speculated that an upset might happen, but pretty much tongue-in-cheek.

Of course Tehachapi is a safe city, but Chief Kent Kroeger of the police department and Mayor Susan Wiggins shouldn't ingratiate themselves, and take credit for making Tehachapi safe. I read years ago in the Los Angeles Times that Tehachapi was the safest place in all of California, and not …

The Republicans have delayed the House Intelligence Committee by not providing any members to sit on the committee, thus proving they are covering any investigation into the Trump administration wrongdoings, during the campaign as well as actions taken since he has been president.

I read on Facebook that everyone should tell President Trump and McConnell to grow up. I agree, but they are not the only ones that need to grow up and quit being babies. I think that the whole Congress and all of the so-called "lawmakers" in Washington, D.C., need to grow up and start worki…