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I take great offense to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s categorizing our First Amendment right to freedom of religion as “non-essential.” The fact that any one person can dictate whether our religious rights are essential and when and how we can practice our right of freedom of religion is unconstitutio…

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The protesters are confused. No one is telling them to end their beliefs. Protesters have only a gripe: that they can't practice their beliefs as they are accustomed.

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We’re told we’re at war. Not surprising since we’ve been at war 93 percent of the time. That’s some 223 years of our 244-year existence. So, that is the question: Why are we always at war?

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My husband and I walk the Antelope Run almost every day (weather permitting). For years, we've passed a rickety bench. Recently it was vandalized and parts of it were thrown around the path.

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While COVID-19 has taken up plenty of time and resources from the city of Tehachapi, our team still has other goals and objectives that must be completed as is our duty to the taxpayers. There is still a community to help build, maintain and operate. Those tasks do not fall by the wayside du…

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Democrat Governor Newsom is going to release 8,000 prisoners because the virus is spreading in prisons. I thought masks worked? Is he requiring prisoners to wear masks? Liberal “logic” is just release the prisoners, infected or not, back into the community regardless of their crimes.

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I find it interesting that some people seem to be defiant about wearing a mask. If there is a sign on the door before you enter a store requesting you to wear a mask and there are signs right inside a door making the same request, why do you even enter if you don't intend to comply?

I grew up loving the Fourth of July! It is a special holiday because it fosters a sense of community. As a veteran, and a civil servant with over 27 years of government service, I wanted to celebrate this Fourth of July. I have learned through my government service and through reading the Bi…

Well the virus IS unmasking people who refuse to learn from history, or even about it. The Spanish flu was not maskless. Please educate yourself so you will understand the lessons to be learned from disputes over masks back then. Furthermore, there were lockdowns then, too. In fact, it was t…

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Baseless accusations and demands for proof when nobody truly knows what will happen next are beyond a waste of words on a page in a local newspaper's opinion section. So are a complete dearth of reasonable, sensible, solutions that can be measured and adjusted based on the numbers we see in …

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I can’t believe that our conservative friends are still quoting Lincoln as the Republican Party’s standard bearer, and was countered by the Democrats’ control of the southern states. That status clearly changed with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, when those former slave owning …

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I just happened to have driven by the old Dunkin' Donuts shop and saw that it is going to be a taco restaurant. I believe that there will now be seven Mexican restaurants in Tehachapi. Oh, and four Asian restaurants and two McDonald's.

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This is my 10th Independence Day in Tehachapi. Growing up in Ridgecrest, I love the familiar small town Americana we enjoy here that I remember from my youth. There was something different this year, I’m not sure the words freedom and liberty have ever meant so much as we navigate these some…

Well, I simply can’t believe what I’m seeing. People actually protesting and carrying picket signs about the right to NOT wear a mask. Then I read all about it in the letters to the editor using the Constitution to justify feeding fuel to the COVID-19 virus.

The message has been consistent from the beginning about how to prevent spreading COVID-19: wear a mask, maintain social distance, and wash your hands. Unfortunately, some radio pundits and politicians, without any expertise in epidemiology, muddied the water. They told people that wearing a…

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In April, I reminded our Tehachapi City Council that our county of Kern has the worst air quality in the United States, but I did present them with a solution, which now has its own song, "Electric freight trucks, go so long, go so long, go so long ... and make the air so clean, air so clean…

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It is very unfortunate that the Democrats have become left-wing liberals. Back in the day, they used to help the blue-collar workers. I was one of them, and voted for Jimmy Carter. Now, they have become left-wing liberals.

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The only roadwork going on lately in town are those new concrete islands erected at every railroad crossing. For crying out loud! Did we really need more concrete islands on our roads that we have to carefully tiptoe around? The islands we have in town now have plenty of black, scuffed-up ti…

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Our country is in a state of unrest. Of turmoil. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, after Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Since that day there have been endless protests calling for justice, not just for George F…

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While Tehachapi may be a conservative oasis for the older generation of Boomers, change does not shy away from even the most remote of communities. While everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions, let us make an effort to educate. It is beyond a generalization to say that the protests…

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Problem solving isn’t difficult if plain old common sense is used. For instance, if an airplane repeatedly crashes because the wings fall off, it does no good to fix the landing gear. That obvious truth also applies to the massive social unrest going on in our country now.

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Let me get straight to the point by narrowing out the fact that the Tehachapi community does very well in neglecting their community’s kids. If you haven't noticed, there are very important issues to take into account and combat in your “peaceful” town of Tehachapi.

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So, once again Mr. Gavin Newsom is violating the U.S. Constitution. He took an oath when he was sworn in as governor that he would defend and protect that Constitution, but apparently he is not aware that the U.S. Constitution orders each state to provide for a federal form of government for…

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Bringing real-world issues to Tehachapi is not disturbing the peace, it's addressing problems in our own communities, and that is what we as protesters do. Recognizing that our fellow Black community and people of color are our family, friends and neighbors is the first step to honoring thei…

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Now that we are having our lives change from total quarantine lockdown to little ventures out as some businesses open and some of us even go back to work, we at Have A Heart Humane Society have a few concerns. Our pets have been used to our being home and around for close to three and a half…

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The endless protests of our time. One has to wonder how they managed to march all the way down here. Which ones? Does it even matter? It seems like being discontented, and making sure everyone else knows how discontented you are, is all the rage these days, and that rage is slowly spreading …

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We're all in a real-time, three-act tragedy play. First, they give us the problem — the virus. Then, they create the reaction — monumental fear and panic that's promoted from the very start. Finally, comes the pre-planned solution — a fast-tracked, no guarantee vaccine that requires all of u…

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On behalf of Major Jason E. George VFW 12114, I would like to express a big, big thanks to the first responders, our hospital, doctors and nurses, police and fire departments, businesses and their employees for their continuous dedication and efforts to keep our town alive and well during th…

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What is Mr. Gavin Newsom waiting for? Is the leadership in our state waiting for a vaccine for COVID-19 before we are "taken off our leash?" Why am I supposed to believe anything that any supposed leader, right or left, says, without asking for valid answers?

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Congratulations Class of 2020. You made history. Probably not in the form you had hoped, but make no mistake, your class will never be forgotten. Your social sacrifices will forever be a measuring stick for future conversations. Simply put, you have changed the world.

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Imagine living in a society that elects leaders who do not want to put everyone in a bubble. Imagine business owners who know that in order to survive, they need to have healthy, living customers. Imagine what it would be like to have elected leaders who know that consumers can make the righ…

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Once upon a time, only robbers and muggers wore masks and now it's just about everyone. You have to see the monumental irony and sick humor in all this tyrannical madness, as we wear the masks whilst the BANK$TER$ rob our Social Security, pensions and savings, not to mention eliminating jobs…

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On behalf of the TUSD Board of Trustees, I would like you to know that our thoughts have constantly been with you during these past weeks. These are truly extraordinary and challenging times for our district, our community, our state, our country, and even our world. We know that on top of t…