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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.

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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…

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…