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A day of Thanksgiving

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

In 1789, The United States Senate, and the House of Representatives, being only 13 years old, urged the first president of the United States, George Washington, to declare Nov. 26 a national day of remembrance. Both Houses agreed that the new nation should have a day set aside to remember how they were born and […]

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I’ll just pull the mic over

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

Many years ago, before the advent of cellphones and GPS, I went on a nighttime ride-along with a reserve deputy. We were patrolling a remote area about five miles from a small farming town in the county’s western part. Our mission was to put a stop to an ongoing spate of illegal dumping. Approximately 30 […]

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Always check it out

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

I was a young patrol deputy working the night shift in a very high-end area with new construction. I was cruising around when I spotted the glint of a reflection from a car bumper parked in one of the garages of a home under construction. I turned around and lit the area up with my […]

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Sitting in embarrassment

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

One time when I attended our quarterly all-commanders’ meeting for the highway patrol and our commissioner was in attendance. He was always a friendly man, but he was not in a good mood on this occasion. I usually put my cellphone on vibrate for meetings, but I didn’t want to take any chances on that […]

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Are people really that gullible?

By Kern Valley Sun / December 2, 2020

I have a television. It is no great surprise that I don’t spend much time watching it, as I arrive at the office at approximately 5 a.m. and leave by 7 p.m. I am looking forward to Monday, Dec. 7, when the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is over. After this date, any applications need […]

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It’s only 2%, but it explains a lot…

By Kern Valley Sun / November 25, 2020

Apparently, the surprises of 2020 are not over. Recently, it was revealed that scientists had found new DNA evidence about humans. It seems that we were not alone when Homo sapiens appeared on earth. Approximately 40,000 years ago, male Homo sapiens strayed from the hut a bit. On the other side of town, in the […]

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First responders set bad example

By Kern Valley Sun / November 25, 2020

TO THE EDITOR: Last weekend after we had some rain, an elderly neighbor of mine had a bad fall. She slipped getting out of a car, resulting in facial lacerations and an obvious broken arm. My next-door neighbor saw the fall and called 911 for help. The fire department, the fire rescue truck and multiple […]

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Policy exchange program

By Kern Valley Sun / November 25, 2020

I’m a bit in shock. Today is one month until Christmas. Also, about a dozen days until the close of the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). This has been a particularly interesting time, as one prescription plan has been sold, and people who do not act will be transferred to a plan over double in […]

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The ice cream truck that wasn’t

By Kern Valley Sun / November 24, 2020

One sunny Saturday afternoon, I worked for the Highway Patrol in a small neighborhood when I received a call for a possible DUI ice cream truck. I searched the area and noticed an ice cream truck driving slowly and weaving from side to side. He had the music on as he went through the streets. […]

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The single bullet theory

By Kern Valley Sun / November 24, 2020

Some may remember the theories and conspiracies that involved a “Single Bullet Theory” in President Kennedy’s assassination. I am not promoting one or the other, but I do have a story to share with such in mind. While a rangemaster for my assigned police agency, I had access and permission to use the firing range […]

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