One of the things I cherish most about the holiday season is the pervasive sense of goodwill that floods the hearts of those in our community. Our town is gracious and generous year-round, but during the holidays we are really inspired to show our love for our friends and neighbors.

My husband and I made our last trip to Kmart today. It was so sad to see it in that condition, but as usual we got quite a bit of merchandise for a really reasonable price.

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To grow or not to grow? This metaphor on the Shakespearian phrase of a soliloquy, made by the protagonist Hamlet, can be interpreted in the same way as intended in the play. The main point of Hamlet’s words, deciding if either living or dying is best, is to some the equivalent of holding on …

For crying out loud! We're about to have another ridiculous traffic signal installed at the corner of Red Apple and Westwood Boulevard. Even the guys installing these signals told me it's stupid to put more traffic signals in town, since they already installed three traffic lights in town ju…

I want to thank the city of Tehachapi for planting trees on the west side of Curry Street a few years back. We are just now leaving the season where all the leaves change colors and every year the trees become absolutely breathtaking with the bright red and orange leaves. They’re so beautifu…

Our three supermarkets, Albertsons, Save Mart and now Walmart, are really generous to our community in supporting good-deed efforts. This is the ninth year we have experienced this support from Albertsons and Save Mart!

As part of the Inspire Charter School State Impact Day, our local charter, Heartland Charter, hosted an event to provide service opportunities for people in our community. The students had the opportunity to write letters to those in the service, paint kindness rocks to hide around town, and…

This letter explains my family's first experience with youth football in Tehachapi. We were pleasantly surprised at the organization and professionalism from the voluntary staff this season. Those who think that football is too dangerous or somehow not good for kids should know that the rewa…

About a year ago, I attended a presentation by two Southern California Edison engineers on a project to install covered conductors. The SCE website has a story on this project: https://energized.edison.com/stories/insulated-wires-help-reduce-wildfire-risk.

On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, my husband and I attended the ceremony at Cub Lake honoring veterans, past and present. A family with two young girls, the Barton family, made and presented star Christmas ornaments to the vets in attendance with a heart shaped note attached that read "Thank you hero!"

Have a Heart Humane Society would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the Bear Valley Springs Tail Wagers Club for their recent donation drive. They collected food and cash donations for our little fur babies.

The world is filled with scientists who have been telling us for 36 years that our world is suffering from global warming. Now those scientists are warning us that their current measurements of the rise in temperatures indicate we may have only eight to 10 years to do something about it.

EGADS! My property taxes jumped up $600 this year. When I complained and wanted my house reassessed, the county tax assessor told me that my house was properly appraised at the current market value and no change will be made to my property tax statement.

I agree with what Greg Garrett had to say in his memo. I have lived in Tehachapi for more than 16 years. When these shut-offs started, I didn't believe this area had ever had a wildland fire started by a downed power line in this time. Garrett took it even further, that is to say during all …

I understand and appreciate the fact that undergrounding power lines is prohibitively expensive. However, one solution that is not mentioned anywhere is insulated lines. My brother,who lives in Washington state, tells me many of the power lines there use insulated cable.

I have been reading and listening to some people commenting on the recent public safety power shut-offs. Almost all of them are negative, which happens to be kind of sad. Not many have seen the positives of the shut-offs.

The city of Tehachapi received electrical power in 1915 when the municipal lighting system went into place. That was sooner than many neighbors due to our proximity to the Monolith Cement Plant, which was making the cement for the nearby Los Angeles Aqueduct project. As a result, we received…

I don't know how this suing the utility companies got started, but it should cease. This all started with last year's wildfires. This caused PG&E to go into bankruptcy. This got started with our governor and the Democratic party. There is nothing they would like better than to do a gover…

Democrats hyperventilate about enemies like Russia possibly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, but they have found no evidence of interference after spending more than $30 million on three years of partisan investigating. Meanwhile, they are trying every dirty trick in the book t…

On behalf of Honor Flight Kern County and local area veterans, a big thank you to the Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors. Through your continued support and donations, you have sent 11 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial along with others.

Along with some members of the city staff and City Council, I attended the League of California Cities Conference last week. It's always an informative time of learning best practices, community engagement tips and networking with fellow city leaders in our state.

Mill Street bridge over Highway 58 has two potholes in the concrete surface of the north-bound lane. While it is a danger to thinning tires as the concrete is sharp-edged unlike pot holes in asphalt, it could suggest that structurally the bridge is in someway internally stressed. As it has b…

Have a Heart Humane Society would like to send out woofs and wags to everyone who made this year's Gone to the Dogs 5k Fun Run/Walk and Pet Festival a huge success. Thank you to our amazing sponsors who support us. Our Top Dog Sponsors are Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner, Sangara Subaru…

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.