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 By Pastor Jim Neal    Opinion    June 25, 2020 

Pastor's Corner: Build on the good stuff

“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.” --Admiral Richard E. Byrd Born in the later...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    June 25, 2020 

Couch's Corner: Cooling center open in Shafter

With the summer months starting to get into full swing and triple-digit temperatures heading to the Fourth District, our office is pleased to announce that cooling centers will be open again this summ...

 

Pastor's Corner: The Prince of Peace is in control

How true the Bible is when it said in the last days perilous times shall come.This is a time of uncertainty in many lives. People are battling stress and pressure as they try to support their families and businesses. The news is filled with fear and...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Couch's Corner: We want the same thing

Recent events have demonstrated that we are still a divided nation. It does not have to be this way in Kern County. In my years of political experience, I have seen and talked to folks from all over...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Pastor's Corner: Reopening our world after a few lessons

By the time you read this I’m hopeful that we will be on our way in the final stages of reopening our nation and world! Who would have ever thought the entire world would go through what we have been in recent months. I can’t help but wonder...

 

Pastors' Corner: Let light replace the darkness

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” --Martin Luther King, Jr. Like most of you, I have been watching, reading, and...

 

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I have heard it said that the only constant in the world is change. I have never found that to be any truer than this year. I know I had big plans and high expectations when the calendar flipped to...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Editor's Note: Remember those who sacrificed

On this Memorial Day, it seemed kind of surreal. In my lifetime, we have been involved in the Vietnam War, the wars in the Middle East and several events on our homefront, including government buildin...

 

Pastor's Corner - May 14, 2020

Wow, how quickly life can change! Not that many weeks ago we heard about “COVID-19” on the news, and now we’re a part of that news. Like you, I’ve been observing a variety of reactions throughout our local area, nation and the world. In some...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Opinion    May 14, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE | Toni DeRosa:

This is not about who is “afraid” or “not afraid” -- this is about what kind of human being you are. --First of all, I wear a mask in public, not for me, but for [begin ital]you[END ITAL]....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    May 14, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE | Jamie Stewart: To work or not to work

With this pandemic still in the headlines, and the Governor’s stay at home order still in place, people are getting antsy to get back outside, living their lives fully, without hinderances. Well, I...

 

Pastor's Corner: In other words ...

Have you ever been watching a news report on television and heard the anchor say, “In other news…”? The report might sound something like this, “Today the police arrested a suspect in the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Editor's Note: Take care of those who take care of you

The coronavirus pandemic has affected not only the city's different businesses, the schools, and city office buildings, but it is also touching other phases of everyday life. For the individuals who...

 

Couch's Corner - April 16, 2020

The united effort between the community and county officials to bend the curve and combat COVID-19 continues to make substantial progress. The Board of Supervisors, public health officials, and key...

 

Pastor's Corner - April 2, 2020

Wow, how quickly life can change! Not that many weeks ago we heard about “COVID-19” on the news, and now we’re a part of that news. Like you, I’ve been observing a variety of reactions throughout our local area, nation and the world. In some...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    April 2, 2020

Editor's Note - April 2, 2020

It seems like there is a very fine line sometimes between preparation and panic. We are in the middle of a pandemic right now that is a perfect example. Is it crazy to be prepared for maybe an...

 

Couch's Corner - March 26, 2020

By now, I’m certain that all of us have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and I’m also certain that you are keeping informed so I will not use our weekly Couch’s Corner to provide you any ...

 

Pastor's Corner - March 12, 2020

Time is passing us by so quickly, and there are times in which I wish it can slow down a little. 2020 means 2020 vision to be able to see what really matters this year. At Canyon Hills Wasco, we...

 

Pastor's Corner - March 5, 2020

“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” --Proverbs 24:10 “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” --Napoleon Hill Have you ever come...

 
 By David Couch    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Counch's Corner - March 5, 2020

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, I joined work crews from the Bakersfield Homeless Center and Caltrans as we kicked off a program that was initiated in the District 4 office and will serve the entire county...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Editor's Note | Jamie Stewart: Keeping the arts alive

Another Colours Festival and come and gone, and it was a great time for those who appreciate the arts. There was something for such a wide variety of interests, be it music, painting, dance or theater...

 

Pastor's Corner - Feb. 27, 2020

"If you always tell the truth you never have to change your story!!" --Mark Twain "To thine own self be true..." -- Shakespeare I suppose that being reared by a father who could accept just about any...

 

Pastor's Corner - Feb. 20, 2020

How many of you have bought a birthday or Christmas gift only to get it home to find out that “Batteries Not Included” was hidden in small print on the packaging. How frustrating is that? You have...

 

Pastor's Corner - Jan. 30, 2020

And at the end of 10 days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus, the steward took away their portion of...

 

Couch's Corner - Jan. 23, 2020

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 14, I have to admit, I have never been more proud. The room was packed by concerned citizens from all walks sharing their concerns and points of view on...

 

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