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To me it has become apparent that the vision of the high-speed rail is being driven by money minions. They seem only able to see the eventual dollars they can pocket by the process, not what's best for the greater good. The "vision" needs to be one that is self-sustaining for two, three or m…

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I watched the Adam Sandler move "Click" with my family recently and the concept was so fascinating and applicable to our times today. In "Click," Sandler gets a "Universal" (magic) Remote Control that he can use to "mute" his sister-in-law, fast-forward boring things, pause his life, etc... …

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The sixth grade students and science teachers at Jacobsen Middle School would like to thank the Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society for their generous donation of earth science supplies. Thank you, Ron Myrick and Bob Papac, for coming to our school and bringing us the wonderful rock kit…

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Every senator who protects the filibuster is guilty of protecting a Jim Crow relic that was used to block civil rights legislation for decades. There’s simply no way to get around its sinister legacy.

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Hello Tehachapi. I've been all over California over the decades. From the top to the bottom and side to side, looking to see if a good community exists. I've seen terrible cities, like Bakersfield and plenty, plenty of others. Places of little to no planning. Not a thought or care seemingly.…

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Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend, I was on my way to Home Depot driving east on Red Apple Avenue, just about through the big signal-light intersection with Highway 202 and about to begin that drunken maze of curbs and lane changes that start at that intersection and continue, with Walm…

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Caltrans has recently had roadside trash picked up along Highway 202 from the four-way stop to Tucker Road. This was a big project, as the amount of litter was considerable, particularly in the area of Old Town. I was embarrassed to think that visitors to our area were seeing the pride of Te…

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Cat and kitten season has begun and there is no shortage of beautiful cats and kittens to adopt! The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on the cat population in several ways — first of all, the usual number of spay and neuter clinics were cut way back due to prolonged closures, rise in the …

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The Sand Canyon Volunteer Council sponsored a roadside cleanup of approximately four miles of Sand Canyon Road on Sunday, May 23. There was a great turnout of volunteer community members with 20 people showing up on a Sunday morning to each clean a half a mile of road. This spring the roadsi…

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With another Memorial Day here, we should remember that, in the entire history of the United States of America, only 7 percent of all Americans have served and defended this great country as a part of our military forces. The other 93 percent enjoy the freedoms and liberties provided by the …

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Someone hit an elk by Cub Lake. Please post a note. Bear Valley Springs is a quiet community. Speedy drivers must slow down. It could be a child or person next time. Also, it was a hit-and-run. This heartless person needs to be more cautious.

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To all those born between 1946 to 1964, we already know how lucky we were… when we were all growing up in the '50s and '60s, our elders used to say, “I wish I were your age,” and all because of the higher quality of life and opportunities that those before us never had.

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The cute little resale shop that benefits Have A Heart Humane Society has finally almost returned to its original days and hours! The COVID situation took its toll on everyone and shut us down completely for several months, then limited our open days, and now we feel safe enough to be open W…

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It was good news last week when the Paycheck Fairness Act passed in the House of Representatives. The bill gives women the ability to successfully challenge pay discrimination, and it gives employers the incentive to comply with the law. Women are almost half the labor force and make up the …

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The past six years as the local coordinator for Wreaths Across America has introduced me to the most amazing people in the Tehachapi area. The veterans groups, the local businesses, children who have dropped a handful of change into my donation bottle to all of the citizens who have donated …

On Wednesday, April 7, I was honored by a parade of patriotic Americans to celebrate my 90th birthday and Korean military service. I wish I could personally thank each member of the Patriot Guard Riders and their magnificent machines, the 5150 Dieselz Truck Club and the many community member…

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It's very simple. Fully open all the schools so that those people who are not afraid to LIVE LIFE can go, and those who are scared to live can do whatever else they want to do, like people have always done forever!

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In response to Linda Coverdale's letter in the March 24 issue ("McCarthy voted against his own district with 'no' on stimulus bill"), maybe she should have checked out all the non-related spending that bill included. Rep. Kevin McCarthy was totally right in voting NO! There are many who need…

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So, here I am at 4:30 a.m., wondering how is it that America, Land of the Free, has all of a sudden become a nation, no longer under God, but under a small group of evil elitists to whom we have turned over our lives? We have allowed them to force us to wear masks, take our children out of s…

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Steven Meyer wrote a great article ("Pandemic's ripple effect of mental health issues could last years," March 17) about the horrible damages of the lockdown recently. One thing he forgot was the starvation and death brought upon the poorest children and adults (they matter, too) of the worl…

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We are so fortunate to live in a special close-knit community. A place where people say "hi," wave and smile at each other. We watch out for one another and care about our neighbors. Seems that most everybody is polite, civil and respectful.

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I have lived in Tehachapi for 35 years, and I ask myself why so many people don’t wear masks EVERY time. I have to double mask to go to the grocery store.

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In 2020, the Republicans, under Trump, passed a $2 trillion aid package for people affected by the pandemic. It was much needed and appreciated by all those in need and every Democrat voted for it in support, even though it helped Trump. Democrats felt it was more important to help the peopl…

As you witnessed on here, it doesn’t take much to get some in the community all riled up, and of course under COVIDism that’s exactly what our masters like, the more the better, as if we weren’t all divided enough already by the so-called "elections" that like so much else is rigged anyway.

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The city of Tehachapi has been blessed to be able to assist in the continued economic vitality of our region. It has been a busy month or so as we have made several decisions to help support our friends and neighbors.

This is in response to West Covina man’s letter to Tehachapi News. During a pandemic you chose to go on vacation? Worse yet, you chose to come to our community, then proceeded to insult our stores, residents and county. Questions for West Covina man: Why are you going on vacation during a pa…

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Frankly, I think it's disgusting that someone would come ALL THE WAY to Tehachapi from West Covina in such a "dangerous time." The kind of man who would leave his home and drive hours away, then judges and writes letters to people who live hours away? Stay in West Covina in your own home if …

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Why are a lot of people in Tehachapi not wearing masks in public? I was there for four days to visit the Tehachapi Loop. Walmart and Walgreens are not enforcing wearing protection. Walgreens' managers are told they can't tell customers to mask up. They don't have any signage on their door. W…

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We hope you have ventured into our little resale shop, Rescued Treasures, recently. Our treasurer, Gina Christopher, and helpers, used some closed days to completely rearrange the layout and make the space seem much roomier and much easier for donors to bring in their donations!

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For almost a year now, things have been really unusual for our community. Many people have been home more and at work less — I think maybe our pets have been thrilled to have us home. But when they do accidentally get out and go roaming, there really aren’t the same authorities out there to …

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We, the family of Randy Greene, would like to thank Stefanie Parks and Heather Kelley for their gallant efforts doing CPR on our brother, Randy, while waiting for the fire department to respond to the scene. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and you are truly angels sent from Heaven for h…

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On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, I attended my first Tehachapi Unified School District board meeting as a trustee. I was sworn in along with Tyler Napier. We both agreed to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, along with upholding the Constitution of California. These documents…

Thank you to all our neighbors in Tehachapi Valley who put up Christmas lights. They have been wonderful to look at up close and across the valley on hillsides and across ravines. They provided a sign of hope and joy for a lot of us. Again thank you for your time and effort, it was much appr…

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Republicans and Democrats have been working tirelessly together the past month to pass legislation to keep the economy afloat. Finally last week they reached an agreement. It was far from perfect, giving Americans only $600 stimulus checks apiece as opposed to $1,200 per American in last spr…

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On Wednesday, Dec. 23, I packed and loaded my car with Christmas gifts and headed out for my trip to Thousand Oaks to spend Christmas with my two sons and their families. I had a prescription to pick up and, as they close for a period of time for lunch, I decided, while waiting, to get a qui…