Thanks community


It has been my privilege to have been editor and publisher of The Porterville Recorder for the past four years. 

Over the past several days many in the community have taken time to wish me well in my retirement which began Friday.

I want to especially thank the Porterville City Council and City Manager John Lollis for the nice plaque and send off they gave me last Tuesday night. It is difficult to hear nice things said about you, but it was certainly appreciated and I really enjoyed the comments by council members.

I want to thank all those who sent cards, called me, stopped by or left a voice mail or email congratulating me on my retirement.

Some have asked what the future is for The Recorder, the community’s only newspaper, and my response without hesitation is it will continue to exist. The Recorder has had editors and publishers come and go over its 109 years of existence and that will continue as well.

I have to give a big thank you to all of those I have worked with here at The Recorder — past and present. They are family.

I also want to thank all of our readers and advertisers over the years. Without you, we wouldn’t exist.

It has been a lot of fun and rewarding to have guided this newspaper and its efforts to keep the citizens of this community informed for more than 20 years.

As Bob Hope would say, “Thanks for the memories.”

Rick Elkins

Retired publisher


Charlottesville, Va.


I watched the upheavals at Charlottesville, Va., on TV on Saturday, Aug. 12. Both sides were inspired by wrong-thinking people. Communists on one side and Fascists on the other. It appears that too many Americans don’t know what a Communist is or what a Fascist is. I will make it as simple as possible. Both sides are Socialist.

Socialism is necessary in a modern dictatorship so that a private sector cannot cut off a military that is ruling its country by force. Communists start by rallying the underprivileged behind them, and convincing them that everyone else is their adversary. Fascists will rally everyone else behind them convincing them that the underprivileged are their adversaries.

Upheavals like in Charlottesville, Va., are inspired to tempt our lawmakers to pass bills centralizing more power in government. We already have civil rights laws, labor laws and environmental laws that are steps toward government control of our defense industries, and violate the 10th Amendment of our constitution. 

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the constitution or any civil rights lawyers who think they know the constitution, the 10th Amendment is the one that limits the federal dovernment to the powers specifically delegated to it. Americans need to wise up to subversive activities and hold our lawmakers accountable when they violate the constitution.

James Caldwell



PC leaving


When I read stories in The Recorder about the possibility of Porterville College leaving the Kern Community College District I get the feeling that I am not getting the complete story.

The principal reason given for leaving seems to be that KCCD voted to apportion bond money according to where the property is that generated it. If PC leaves, funding would still be based on the property in the nearby area that would be served by the stand-alone college district. 

I doubt that the property owners in the COS district are going to send extra dollars to PC.

It is not immediately apparent to me that this is much of a difference. Does anyone know of an unexpressed agenda that makes more sense?

Len Andrews


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