Letters to the Editor (Published August 1, 2018)

Re: No Senior Discounts, Pub. 07/25/18

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter recently written by Mr. Gene Giacomelli from Inyokern. Thank you for shopping at our thrift store. Senior discounts were discontinued well over 5 years ago. Overall, our prices are quite reasonable. We currently offer daily specials of half off of certain merchandise. Every Friday we have a “Tradio Special” from 1:00 p.m. until closing at 2:45 p.m.

Just as a reminder, we are currently closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. If you are looking for something particular please feel free to call us first at (760) 379-5959.

Cindi Rupert
President, KVHD Auxiliary


Distressed Animals

Dear Kern Valley Sun,

Just a few days ago, a lady who lives near a creek noticed a beautiful doe in distress. She was down and couldn’t get back up. She had twin fawns nearby. This kind lady realized this doe was suffering from dehydration. She immediately brought a bucket of water to the doe which the doe drank to the last drop. This lady had neighbors who saw the situation, and they too brought water. She, the doe, was eventually able to get up and drink again.

Please, KV Sun, remind folks to leave water out for these distressed deer. Also, remind your readers to make sure their animals have shade and plenty of water! I hope you can find space on your front page, next issue, to make people aware that these wild critters are having a desperate time finding water.

Thanks so much,

Dottie Hove
Wofford Heights


Keep the Fireworks

Dear Editor,

The idea that we have witnessed our last fireworks show in the Kern River Valley is UNACCEPTABLE. That the cost of the Fourth of July fireworks getting more expensive every year is not a reason for cancelling the show, it is a call to action.

If local businesses make a commitment to participate in the financing of the fireworks show we can keep it going. It seems so many things we have done as a community in the past are going by the wayside, I would really rather this not be one of them. Golden State Surplus pledges $200 for the fireworks show for next year and each and every year after that.

The down payment for the show next year is $10,000. The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce has $4,000. We need to step up to the plate now so we can have our fireworks next year.

In a now-famous letter to his wife, Abagail, John Adams wrote, “I am apt to believe that Independence Day will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Let’s not let the ol’ boy down.


Joe Ciriello
Golden State Surplus


Re: Cut Expansion in Half,
Pub. 07/25/18

Au contraire, as they say, Mark Nelson of Wofford Heights, the hospital district definitely “gets it.” In the interest of not being offensive or argumentative, I simply want to point out some more facts.

The informational meetings the District is having with the community is not to discuss “a laundry list of desires,” but to understand the needs and concerns of the community. We have heard what the concerns are and have revisited the plan to see what else could be trimmed, as evidenced by the article titled “KVHD slashes $10 M from remodel price” on page A2 of the very same Volume 59, number 4, which has your second letter to the editor. We have downsized the plan, again, so as to achieve a safe, seismically compliant and OSHPD (Office of Statewide Planning and Development) worthy facility that we believe will satisfy the community’s needs. There are no frills, “desires” or fanfare in this iteration. It simply contains the bare minimum to satisfy the looming State of California imposed mandate.

If chosen, the parcel tax will cost less than 23 cents per day or $82 per year. If the G.O. Bonds option is selected by the board of directors, it figures to be $98 per $100,000 of assessed property value, whether or not the lot is improved. Examples for G.O. Bond: if your property is assessed at $50,000 the tax would be $46 per year, if the assessed value is $200,000 the tax is $196 per year.

Since you continue to be a voice in the newspaper without hearing the plan, I would ask that you attend one meeting to say that you have heard the plan. At that point, I can appreciate your opinion.

Support or don’t support, I cannot control your conscience.

Mark Gordon

Lake Isabella


Re: Trump Record, Pub. 07/25/18

In response to Jason Houston:

After reading your opinion in The Sun, I would like to point out that there was not one bit of truth coming from you.

1. Unemployment Rate is lowest in decades.
2. Immigration – were you aware that there is not a nation on earth that doesn’t have laws regarding immigration? The parents of the “thousands of happy children” knew what was going to happen when they attempted to enter the U.S. illegally. If it was me, I certainly would not have allowed my children to be separated from the family. They all knew the laws, and it was their decision to allow their kids to stay. It is as if all the illegal aliens are trying to strong arm the U.S. into allowing illegal entry.
3. “Multi-millionaires.” They received tax breaks? Would you even know? “Lucky working class” paying more and higher taxes? Just where do you dream this up? Never mind, I know, you must have heard it from another working class.

Most of the folks receiving government assistance are the same ones that are protesting for free education, free housing, free healthcare. Again, have you ever given for your country, fought for your country?

Your comment on the “happy people in the Middle East.” Are you referring to the ones responsible for the terror attacks? I suggest you pack your things and move there. Please, take the prostitutes with you. One last thing, please feel free to donate to all the Puerto Ricans, everywhere.

Barbara Shepard
Wofford Heights


Sales Tax

I was shocked to read in Wednesday’s Bakersfield Californian (Voters to decide on sales tax boost, lifting marijuana dispensary ban) that the 1 percent sales tax for unincorporated areas of Kern County will NOT go 100 percent to the Sheriff Department for public safety.

Why on earth would these funds go into the County General Fund? We are aware that there seems to be no accountability once funds disappear into General Funds, whether county or state. I believe a special account should be set up for receipt and disbursement of these funds.

Why does Parks & Recreation need any of this “public safety” tax (Statewide Proposition 68 was just passed in June)?

Why should any of this “public safety” tax go to county libraries? I am aware that our libraries need financial help; however, they are working on getting their own bond issue on the November ballot.

Makes me wonder if the 1 percent sales tax for incorporated City of Bakersfield will also be treated this way, with only a portion of the funds going toward the intended purpose.

Karene R. Williams
Lake Isabella, CA


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