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I am once again compelled to respond to reader Joe Nagy’s most recent letter to the editor, “Trump is a threat to our democracy’s foundations.” in the Sept. 25 edition. As before, our founders and framers both feared and unanimously rejected “the evils of democratical governments,” thus opti…

The next presidential election will not be a question of whether we want a Democrat or Republican to be in control of our country, or a question of do we want a liberal or conservative in the White House, or a question of socialism versus capitalism. It will be a question of whether the peop…

I have heard a lot of silly arguments, but nothing tops the assertion by a Tehachapi resident in The Bakersfield Californian that the Second Amendment is limited to muzzle loading muskets. Those muskets were actually the “assault rifles” of that day, and I think the intent of the Second Amen…

Regarding the Aug. 14 opinion by Greg Hahn, I respectfully disagree with him and have a completely opposite view. I think it was cowardice of the Tehachapi City Council on their decision to not put "In God We Trust" decals on police department vehicles.

On a recent trip to L.A., on the busy 405 freeway, I noticed there is no shoulder next to the concrete K-rail that separates northbound traffic from southbound traffic. They squeezed in another traffic lane by getting rid of the shoulder altogether.

Well folks, if you say "bomb" on an airplane, even in jest, you will be escorted off of the airplane and taken to security. Now, you just missed your flight. Why? Because you just threatened the safety of all the people on the flight.

Caltrans has given a construction company nearly $8 million to dismantle two bridges on busy Highway 58 over Cache Creek, just east of Sand Canyon. Two years ago, a structural appraisal was done on these bridges by Caltrans, and the bridges met a "better than present minimum criteria."

In response to Greg Hahn’s letter to the editor, congratulating the City Council for supporting the “separation between church and state,” while criticizing Mayor Susan Wiggins for not “separating her religion from her civic duty to impartially support the Constitution,” I might add that the…

Well folks, with middle class parents working to make ends meet, their funds are stretched thin. What with health care, and child care, and trying to find a home in a good district, raising children is becoming increasingly expensive. It's little wonder that married couples with children are…

Concern over a stubborn sinus infection brought me one night recently to the emergency room of our shiny new hospital. It was sort of a scary first for me, as I hadn’t been ill in nearly 60 years, since the usual kid stuff. I would like to report to my fellow Tehachapi residents about the ou…

I am confused! For quite a few years, as we drive around town, we have noticed two incomplete housing projects. A small one is located on the northwest corner of D and Mill streets. Another, and much larger one, is located on the northeast corner of Curry Street and Highline Road. Yet we rea…

In regard to the Walmart Supercenter, one of my predictions was a traffic problem. Fortunately, it isn't a problem — instead it's a nightmare. What the Tehachapi City Council has allowed, agreed upon and instituted in regard to the traffic pattern is an absolute travesty.

Many small communities are naive. They think a school shooting could never happen because we are better than the people in other communities. Tehachapi has a very high teen suicide rate. The symptoms that lead to suicide can also lead to school shootings.

I see that as recently as July 12, the management team of the new Walmart was still looking to fill 200 positions. With that many positions still open, it makes one wonder how many applications they received.

My comments are in response to an article, "What a concept — to teach young athletes to trust in God and country," written by your writer, Corey Costelloe, in his X's and Arrows column dated July 14.

It came to my attention that one of our school board members had taken the time to review and comment on a new proposed history textbook for our high school students. I would like to personally thank Joe Wallek for taking his job on the board seriously enough to do that. It clearly shows he …

Saturday commemorates the 50th anniversary of one of the most remarkable achievements in history — the Apollo 11 Moon landing. This mission not only marked the first time that Americans stepped foot on the Moon’s surface, but it was also the first time that any human accomplished this extrao…

A few weeks ago (July 10), the Tehachapi News printed an article about the mural on the old boxcar at the VFW on Tehachapi Boulevard. The reason I'm writing is to remind everyone the original mural was painted years ago by my daughter, Karen Wickersham.

Well folks, 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, had been texting while driving and set a bad example for his daughter. A 2015 report by AAA said that 58 percent of all teen accide…

A big thank you to the folks at the Tehachapi Unified School District and Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District that have opened the Jacobsen Middle School tennis courts for public use. My family has used the courts several times since their opening, and are thoroughly enjoying hav…

Man! Lately I kind of find it titillating to maneuver my truck around all those traffic cones, barricades and concrete islands while driving on Tucker Road and Tehachapi Boulevard. The only way to leave Albertsons now and drive north on Tucker is to go south on Tucker, then make a sharp left…

Our 4th of July celebration is always so enjoyable! We love the relaxation of sitting in our shady park, visiting with family and friends, the entertainment, eating and shopping. There's as much or as little to do as we choose. The fireworks celebration is spectacular!

There are no poor people among the Democrats running for president. They are all very affluent and successful because they live in the greatest, freest, most powerful, richest, most creative and most generous country ever created by man and because our country has a free market economy that …

Texas has Judge Roy Bean. Arizona has Wyatt Earp and the O.K. Corral. Not to be overshadowed, a new saga of the old west has come forth in California. In the small mountain town of Tehachapi, we have the "Three Minute Wiggins Queen" who is backed by the Ed Grimes legacy Tehachapi-Stone Cops.

While the recent death of a young man during a confrontation with a Tehachapi police officer was a tragedy, we must be careful not to rush to judgment on either side. Early reports indicate that the young man was involved in a pursuit, which ended near Meadowbrook Park, where the young man a…