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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…

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I’m sure the city manager means well with his 2020 assessment, after-all, he can be forgiven for thinking Tehachapi is faring much better than most communities because of its high degree of public spirit and support. Unfortunately, his optimism is neither realistic nor practical.

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Thank you to the person who turned in the credit card that slipped out of my pocket at the ARCO gas station the morning of Thursday, Dec. 17. There aren’t words to express the relief that swept through me when the attendant answered “Yes!” to my timid, “Did anyone turn in a credit card this …

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We arrived, we saw, we survived 2020. If this were the Scouts, we would receive a badge, I guess one day we will all look back at living through this year and wear it like a badge of honor, much like our ancestors did during the Great Depression or the Spanish Flu pandemic. This was not the …

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Hi. My name is Tracy Kelly. Some of you may know me, many of you don’t yet. More than 3,000 of you voted for me in the recent election. Yes, the one with Trump and Biden!

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Tehachapi community, I thank you all for your contribution to Wreaths Across America Tehachapi. Our campaign was very successful, and without your contributions, we could not have reached out goal of $7,110 for the year 2020.

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In issue after issue of the Tehachapi News, we see opinion letters that question everything about President Trump and never give him credit for anything. The pure hate expressed by the writers is outlandish and borders on mental sickness.

My coffee group, which comprises equal parts Republicans and Democrats, has been discussing, debating and arguing about the presidential election. Some say it was a fraud, others say it was a turnout election or democracy in action.

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Today was the second time my dog has been attacked while walking on a leash. My dog spent two weeks, at a great cost, at the dog trainer. He passed with flying colors.

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I am writing in response to Gloria Thompson's letter to the editor titled, "Being required to wear a mask does not deprive us of our liberty." She wrote: “It is not costing us our freedom to wear a mask. You’re not out one penny…”

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Our three supermarkets, Albertsons, Save Mart and now Walmart, are really generous to our community in supporting good deed efforts. This is the 10th year we have experienced this support from Albertsons and Save Mart!

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The year 2020 has taken so much away from us — we’ve had to cancel or postpone parties, graduations, weddings, birthday celebrations and more. Yet, my heart remains hopeful that there is at least one constant in our community that we’ll never cancel: kindness.