I agree with what Greg Garrett had to say in his memo. I have lived in Tehachapi for more than 16 years. When these shut-offs started, I didn't believe this area had ever had a wildland fire started by a downed power line in this time. Garrett took it even further, that is to say during all …

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I understand and appreciate the fact that undergrounding power lines is prohibitively expensive. However, one solution that is not mentioned anywhere is insulated lines. My brother,who lives in Washington state, tells me many of the power lines there use insulated cable.

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I have been reading and listening to some people commenting on the recent public safety power shut-offs. Almost all of them are negative, which happens to be kind of sad. Not many have seen the positives of the shut-offs.

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The city of Tehachapi received electrical power in 1915 when the municipal lighting system went into place. That was sooner than many neighbors due to our proximity to the Monolith Cement Plant, which was making the cement for the nearby Los Angeles Aqueduct project. As a result, we received…

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I don't know how this suing the utility companies got started, but it should cease. This all started with last year's wildfires. This caused PG&E to go into bankruptcy. This got started with our governor and the Democratic party. There is nothing they would like better than to do a gover…

Democrats hyperventilate about enemies like Russia possibly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, but they have found no evidence of interference after spending more than $30 million on three years of partisan investigating. Meanwhile, they are trying every dirty trick in the book t…

On behalf of Honor Flight Kern County and local area veterans, a big thank you to the Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors. Through your continued support and donations, you have sent 11 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial along with others.

Along with some members of the city staff and City Council, I attended the League of California Cities Conference last week. It's always an informative time of learning best practices, community engagement tips and networking with fellow city leaders in our state.

Mill Street bridge over Highway 58 has two potholes in the concrete surface of the north-bound lane. While it is a danger to thinning tires as the concrete is sharp-edged unlike pot holes in asphalt, it could suggest that structurally the bridge is in someway internally stressed. As it has b…

Have a Heart Humane Society would like to send out woofs and wags to everyone who made this year's Gone to the Dogs 5k Fun Run/Walk and Pet Festival a huge success. Thank you to our amazing sponsors who support us. Our Top Dog Sponsors are Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner, Sangara Subaru…

I am once again compelled to respond to reader Joe Nagy’s most recent letter to the editor, “Trump is a threat to our democracy’s foundations.” in the Sept. 25 edition. As before, our founders and framers both feared and unanimously rejected “the evils of democratical governments,” thus opti…

The next presidential election will not be a question of whether we want a Democrat or Republican to be in control of our country, or a question of do we want a liberal or conservative in the White House, or a question of socialism versus capitalism. It will be a question of whether the peop…

I have heard a lot of silly arguments, but nothing tops the assertion by a Tehachapi resident in The Bakersfield Californian that the Second Amendment is limited to muzzle loading muskets. Those muskets were actually the “assault rifles” of that day, and I think the intent of the Second Amen…

Regarding the Aug. 14 opinion by Greg Hahn, I respectfully disagree with him and have a completely opposite view. I think it was cowardice of the Tehachapi City Council on their decision to not put "In God We Trust" decals on police department vehicles.

On a recent trip to L.A., on the busy 405 freeway, I noticed there is no shoulder next to the concrete K-rail that separates northbound traffic from southbound traffic. They squeezed in another traffic lane by getting rid of the shoulder altogether.

Well folks, if you say "bomb" on an airplane, even in jest, you will be escorted off of the airplane and taken to security. Now, you just missed your flight. Why? Because you just threatened the safety of all the people on the flight.

Caltrans has given a construction company nearly $8 million to dismantle two bridges on busy Highway 58 over Cache Creek, just east of Sand Canyon. Two years ago, a structural appraisal was done on these bridges by Caltrans, and the bridges met a "better than present minimum criteria."

In response to Greg Hahn’s letter to the editor, congratulating the City Council for supporting the “separation between church and state,” while criticizing Mayor Susan Wiggins for not “separating her religion from her civic duty to impartially support the Constitution,” I might add that the…

Well folks, with middle class parents working to make ends meet, their funds are stretched thin. What with health care, and child care, and trying to find a home in a good district, raising children is becoming increasingly expensive. It's little wonder that married couples with children are…

Concern over a stubborn sinus infection brought me one night recently to the emergency room of our shiny new hospital. It was sort of a scary first for me, as I hadn’t been ill in nearly 60 years, since the usual kid stuff. I would like to report to my fellow Tehachapi residents about the ou…

I am confused! For quite a few years, as we drive around town, we have noticed two incomplete housing projects. A small one is located on the northwest corner of D and Mill streets. Another, and much larger one, is located on the northeast corner of Curry Street and Highline Road. Yet we rea…

In regard to the Walmart Supercenter, one of my predictions was a traffic problem. Fortunately, it isn't a problem — instead it's a nightmare. What the Tehachapi City Council has allowed, agreed upon and instituted in regard to the traffic pattern is an absolute travesty.

Many small communities are naive. They think a school shooting could never happen because we are better than the people in other communities. Tehachapi has a very high teen suicide rate. The symptoms that lead to suicide can also lead to school shootings.

I see that as recently as July 12, the management team of the new Walmart was still looking to fill 200 positions. With that many positions still open, it makes one wonder how many applications they received.

My comments are in response to an article, "What a concept — to teach young athletes to trust in God and country," written by your writer, Corey Costelloe, in his X's and Arrows column dated July 14.

It came to my attention that one of our school board members had taken the time to review and comment on a new proposed history textbook for our high school students. I would like to personally thank Joe Wallek for taking his job on the board seriously enough to do that. It clearly shows he …