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  • Wednesday, Apr 09 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Columnist: Dust Bowl, music and memories

    Woody Guthrie, the renowned Dust Bowl troubadour, was so inspired by John Ford's classic 1940 film, "The Grapes of Wrath," he immediately found a copy of the book upon which it was based, took it home and devoured it, front to back. When he was finished, he read it again.

  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    The Human Scene: Thoughts on the limits of opinion

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    There is an amazing variety of opinion in our society. That's a good thing. Some of those opinions are wise, well-thought out, and some of them are really loony. That's okay. We have a right to our opinions, wise or foolish. It's the American way. You may think I have the dumbest opinions the world has ever seen. But you do not have the legal right to insist that I change my opinions.

  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: The pitfalls of staying with Windows XP


    Last month, I wrote about the upcoming April 8 date which marks the "end-of-life" support date for Windows XP. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any computer running Windows XP.

  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    Public Safety Talk: Burglaries decline, but still important to be careful

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    The Tehachapi Police Department has recently reported the positive decline in burglary. In 2012, burglaries in the city of Tehachapi were reported as 210, and in 2013, this number decreased to 183 burglaries, a decline of 13 percent. Whereas this information is great news, the fact still exists that there is more that can be done to decrease this number.

  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    Now & Then: If it's springtime it must be snowing

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    As we go to press mid-day Monday, we have a blue sky but we're told that we may get snow at the pass level and the very welcome recent storm did bring snow to our higher elevations.

  • Wednesday, Mar 19 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Protecting your online identity


    We have all heard the stories about identity theft and how it has caused those affected by it to be set back, financially, for years. While we all take steps to protect ourselves against identity theft, while many are not even aware of their online identity. Your online identity, left unprotected, can be very damaging. It can cause you to lose or not get offered a job, lose your public confidence, lose business and have damaging gossip spread about you.

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Corrections: one of the toughest beats in America

    Throughout my law enforcement career, I have had countless people from all walks of life thank my partners and I for the job we do, for being cops, and for protecting their families. I have always tried to keep things in perspective and to remember that I am a public servant and that my badge represents the public's trust in me to do the right thing. Firefighters are thanked on a regular basis for their heroism, and the risks they take to protect lives and property throughout their careers as well. There are many facets to public service and for the most part, public servants serve with honor and integrity

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Public Safety Talk: How to protect yourself from counterfeiters

    Detecting phony bills

    There have been recent occurrences of counterfeit money being used at local Tehachapi Businesses. The solution? Educate ourselves on how to detect a counterfeit bill and what to do if you receive one. Businesses and individuals are not reimbursed for counterfeits, so when they unknowingly accept one, they are forced to absorb the loss of that numeric amount, not to mention the overall negative affect it has on our nation's economy.

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Cyber Bullying: approaches parents can take to prevent it


    Part 2 of 2

    There are three different approaches that a parent can take when trying to prevent cyber bullying

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Dye Natatorium: one of Tehachapi's treasures

    Greetings Tehachapi, our New Year is well under way! Make any New Year's Resolutions? Exercise and diet are always chart toppers, they made mine in 2010. I needed to exercise my foot after a reconstructive surgery, to regain my strength and mobility. An article in the Tehachapi News announced the reopening of the Dye Natatorium, after completion of a major renovation. Perfect! I showed the article to my husband, and we went the next night.

  • Wednesday, Mar 05 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Cyber Bullying: what it is and how to protect yourself


    We live in a world where the Internet is all around us. Because everything nowadays is faster, more portable and accessible almost anywhere we go, many always have access to the Internet and, ultimately, the anonymity it provides. But what happens when those who wish to do wrong to others take advantage of the anonymity that the Internet provides in order to harass, belittle and literally "attack" others? This had lead to a behavior called "cyber bullying?"

  • Wednesday, Feb 26 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Cutting the (TV) cord


    In this day and age, the smaller, more portable, faster, convenient and "smarter" something is, the more attractive it is. It appears that the terminology of modern-day technology has evolved quicker than we can begin to understand it. There are ways we can improve on the smart technology our TV has, resulting in "cutting the cord." The term "cutting the cord" stems from those who have TVs that are so "smart," that the cable or satellite provider is no longer needed. With TVs providing Internet access and other devices available that offer streaming and apps, the Cable company or satellite provider may not be justified for its price.

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