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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!

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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…

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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…

Why do our local merchants not hire 70-plus seniors? I have been retired for about five years. Last year I decided I would like to look for part-time work. I know that using a job hunting site is a waste of time. They send dozens of jobs not related to your search request and out of the area.

On Jan. 7 around 8:15 a.m. while driving on Highway 202, a small dog ran out in front of me and there was no possible way to stop. I ended up hitting the little dog. I immediately pulled over as well as the car behind me (I believe her name was Carol). I was really shaken up and had to ask t…

I’m sure you share the pride I feel to live and work in Kern County. Our home is a special place! As we all begin the New Year, 2019, I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Here are some of the highlights that the Kern County Board of Supervisors will tackle in th…

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.

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.

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.

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.