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I live in Stallion Springs. Several times a year, the Stallion Springs Community Service District has a cleanup day. I telephoned the office to see if a refrigerator could be picked up.

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I would like to extend a special thank you to our local Lions Club. For all of their help, words cannot express my gratitude and how much these efforts are appreciated. Thank you, once again.

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Recently, I read a letter to the editor from someone complaining about another writer extolling the virtues of President Trump. Well, every human being is endowed by the creator with virtues, even President Obama, a disaster who inhabited the White House from 2009-17.

I’ve written before about the great work being done by very smart and talented people on behalf of the city of Tehachapi. It's work that has an everyday positive impact for the community, our citizens and those who simply visit Tehachapi to experience for themselves the wonderful place we’ve…

In your recent article on the airport taxiway relocation ("Airport users comment on taxiway plans," Dec. 26), you stated that I had a concern about the new taxiway generating dust conditions. As written in my email to the airport manager, it is not the taxiway but the relocation of the aircr…

This letter is in response to Dennis Tope, who seems so concerned about being slowed down by trucks on Highway 58 coming up the hill from Bakersfield, traffic congestion at Four Corners on Highway 58 at US 395, and now the new stop sign on Tehachapi Boulevard.

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Years ago, scientists predicted that there was an "ozone hole" in our atmosphere that would cause ultraviolet radiation to plague the earth and lead to catastrophic disasters. That prediction never happened. Scientists again predicted that "global warming" would cause the oceans to rise 10 f…

So we are in a government shutdown for a short period — we hope — thanks to the so-called lawmakers of this great country. That means that some of the people who are hard-working citizens of this great country will be without a paycheck for a while. I wonder if that means that the lawmakers …

The Dec. 26 paper included yet another letter from one of our neighbors, extolling the virtues of Trump. It seems as if she gets all her info from Fox News, and claims that he's responsible for the booming economy, low unemployment and a stock market doing great. The stock market WAS doing w…

On the morning of Dec. 18, an older fellow in a pickup, obviously a working man, pulled into the parking lot of Carlos' Donuts on the corner of Golden Hills Boulevard and Highway 202, and got out of his truck. Right then, a young man in a small car whipped into the lot, jumped out screaming …

We would like to thank the many wonderful citizens of Tehachapi who over the years helped to make our new hospital possible. This wouldn’t have happened without the hard work, perseverance and determination of so many — board members, staff, contracted employees and members of our community …

Here we go again! Now we motorists have to stop dead at Mill Street and Tehachapi Boulevard, even when there's nobody crossing the road on their way to and from that new parking lot in town. I guess the City Council thinks if there's no stop sign we won't be courteous enough to stop for pede…

Well folks, I don't care if you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent. We all live in America and cherish our freedom. It should not be about party lines; it should be about results.

I believe around this time last year I spoke about an unprecedented feat accomplished by the employees of the city of Tehachapi. The year 2017 was the first time in our history that the city operated with zero lost-time incidents. Essentially, nobody was hurt on the job which required them t…

I wonder just how low can the Democrats go. They still haven't gotten over losing the election and haven't been able to get anything on the president that will stick, so with some help from some disgruntled friends, they are talking about impeachment procedures against President Trump and po…

People around town are talking about how fast the Walmart store is being built. Once Walmart overcame those environmental impact studies, a plethora of permits and other red tape, it looks as if the store will be finished soon. Right now, it's 20 percent complete and is expected to open in l…

The Tehachapi Mountain Search and Rescue all-volunteer unit members would like to send out a big thank you to the person or persons who generously donated, anonymously, to the unit on Nov. 10, and purchased the breakfasts at Henry's Cafe.

In regard to the president of the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, Lydia Chaney; the school advisor, Teresa Coatlalopeuh; and the council itself, I find myself deeply in gratitude for the opportunity that has been granted to me. I am pleased and honored to acknowledge the fact…

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)…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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?