In response to William Nelson’s Community Voices ("The founding fathers on a Republic vs. a democracy," June 12), he stated that this nation is a Republic, not a democracy. Indeed it is a Republic, governed, previously by the Rule of Law.

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On June 10, I heard a German accent coming from the man in line ahead of me at Kohnen’s Country Bakery. I eavesdropped and heard him say he was from Germany doing a road trip in the United States covering California and Nevada with a friend from France.

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Thank you to the couple in the white Cadillac. On June 7, myself and my partner where administering a promotion test to two teen girls who are students of ours at EMB Martial Arts. The test began two miles out from our school where we dropped them off and instructed them to run back to our s…

The Tehachapi City Council on June 3 approved a balanced five-year budget for the City of Tehachapi. During my tenure as city manager, the budget has always been balanced. That is a theme that has been ingrained in my staff as they prepare their departmental budgets and set their goals each year.

The U.S. government has told the Syrian government, and their Russian allies, to stop bombing the Idlib Province of Syria, which is the last part of Syria that is still under the control of the U.S., Israeli and Saudi-funded terrorist groups trying to overthrow the al-Assad regime.

“Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here, right here, at home: powering vast new industry, spurring incredible new technology, and providing the space security we need to protect the American people.” — President Donald Trump

On May 15, letter writer Joe Nagy turned a blind eye to the real truth about our great president ("Democrats' belief in climate change pushes votes for GOP"). People on the far left do not want to see the truth. They are so full of hate for our president and won't see all of the great things…

We motorists have a love affair with our motor vehicles, and why not? We need our wheels to get us just where we want to go. On the contrary, our bureaucrats in California have been trying to coax us out of our vehicles for decades. How come?

As a frequent driver on Curry Street, I have also been nearly T-boned at least three times by cars pulling out in front of me from E Street. Those cars assumed I had a stop. After studying the situation for some time, I believe I have figured out what the root of the problem is.

I have a question: With the size of Tehachapi, why aren't there more long-term care places and a daycare facility for our less fortunate citizens? I have friends who are interested in moving to Tehachapi, but with no daycare for their friend, they can't move here.

Last month I watched a news report about the death of a teenage girl who was texting while driving. The girl's father sobbed, as he admitted he too texted while driving and set a bad example for his daughter.

I read the story "Planning Commission OK's architectural guidelines for buildings in city limits" and it occurred to me that the city planners just do not have their plans for the city really in grasp.

A heartfelt thank you to the healthcare providers of our community who responded to our medical emergency on Saturday, April 20 with professional and compassionate concern — for the calming voice of the 911 operator, the Stallion Springs paramedics (arrived within a few minutes), Hall Ambula…

William Martin Horton of Tehachapi, Calif., peacefully passed away on the morning of May 8, 2019. A full obituary will be published in a future addition of Tehachapi News.

John Christopher’s May 8 letter on the “need” for rent control got me thinking about the left’s habit of using softening adjectives to help sell bad policy. Think: “sensible rent control;” “commonsense gun control;” and “comprehensive immigration reform.” All are intended to mask the deleter…

The Single Parent Fair held May 5 really showcased how wonderful our community is. Not only did our church family gather together to show love to the single parent home, but businesses and members of the community joined in. The Single Parent team and Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard church would…

Let's see... When I consider all of the radical changes the Democratic candidates for president want to make, it's obvious why I should vote Republican next year. The way I understand it, all of those Democratic candidates believe in climate change. How stupid!

It breaks my heart to see how ridiculously steep rent prices have become across our wonderful state of California. Even here in Tehachapi — which admittedly still isn't as bad as Los Angeles — prices are climbing.

Is beating a dead horse a crime? It should be. Even after the Mueller report found not enough evidence to charge President Trump with anything, Democrats like Maxine Waters, Jerry Nadler, Elijah Cummings, Adam Schiff,and Eric Swalwell keep pounding on that thoroughly dead impeachment/obstruc…

In regard to "We are at a very important point in time: Commercial businesses may build on vacant land," I would say yes we are. But not as the story points to. We are a very important point in time to figure out what is going to fill all the vacant commercial buildings after Walmart opens. …

All of us who often travel east on Highway 58 will be happy to know that the contractor building the Kramer Junction Bypass Project plans on finishing the 12.9-mile freeway this coming November. However, the absolute completion date where all traffic lanes are open for us motorists is schedu…

First, a huge thank you to all of the community members who participated in the Adventist Health Foundation's fundraising dinner a few weeks ago. Thanks to the generosity of this community, more than $600,000 was raised for our hospital. This money will be used for equipment that will furthe…

The corner of E and Curry streets has got to be one of the most dangerous corners in town when it comes to vehicles almost, or in this case, actually crashing into each other. The congestion is not as bad since the Tehachapi Hospital has relocated, however the just missing another car, or in…

Give Big Kern, “One Day to Celebrate the Giving Spirit of Kern County!” is observed on the first Tuesday in May — which falls on May 7 this year. But for early birds whose desire to give to local charities is already burning a hole in their pockets, Give Big Kern organizer Kern Community Fou…

Tehachapi Little League receives a BIG FAIL for their implementation of a policy to call games at a specified time. Thursday's game was called in the middle of the bottom of the fourth inning, depriving one team of their full at-bats. I think we can do a better job of teaching our children l…

There is a difference between moochers and panhandlers. Moochers are people you know that don't pay their fair share of something, and panhandlers accost you and beg you for money, food or even gas for that matter.

Up they go almost every day. If you miss filling up or topping off in the morning, expect the cost per gallon to go up by evening. The tax was supposed to be for repairing the roads and bridges. Well, if you are anywhere near as old as I am, you may remember this same song that the state con…

The Democrat circus clown car keeps spewing president candidates, but these clowns are not funny. They are a real threat to the future of our country. They owe everything to this country, but instead of thanking God for being Americans, they seem intent on destroying the country itself. Far …

When folks think of Adventist Health, it’s likely they think only of the hospital. I can’t blame them. Opening a state-of-the-art hospital in a rural community is a feat — especially during a time when rural hospitals across the nation are cutting services and, in many cases, shuttering altogether.

I was happy to see the recent letter to the editor from Nikki Mead Cummings, thanking the Benz family for more than three decades of contributions to our community. I have been involved in a variety of charitable projects over the years, and when I asked the Benz family for assistance, they …

There’s no denying the fact that we live in an amazing place, in a mountain valley that looms over deserts to our east and rich agriculture valleys to our west. Tehachapi was forged from its very beginnings to be unique, set apart from our neighbors, outside of the mold that has been cast ar…

In your March 6 issue, a letter ("Why is it necessary to have armed cops on campus?") by Dennis Tope suggested that police are parked outside the high school because of unruly students. I spoke with a sergeant of the Tehachapi Police Department, and she indicated that the police officer was …

As an organization that works alongside social workers to improve the lives of foster children, we at Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County recognize the immense dedication and invaluable service social workers provide to our communities. They witness harrowing, heartbreaking trag…

Well folks, last month I wrote about the young women newscasters with their long, high school hairdos, and wearing short, sleeveless summer dresses in the middle of winter. Now, it's time to address the men newscasters. I have been watching "The Bachelor" this past month, and all 25 of these…

Every eight minutes, American Red Cross volunteers meet a family devastated by a home fire or other disaster. When a family has lost nearly everything, they rely on generous Red Cross supporters for relief and hope.

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.

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.