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Voters Need to Focus on Facts, Not Sensationalized Conventions

The Editors

September 6, 2012

For the next eight weeks, voters across the country will be bombarded by political messages from candidates on both sides of the aisle. Republicans and Democrats are running out of time to convince voters their vision for the country is the right one. While mudslinging and advertising-overload in...

Education Must be a Priority this November

The Editors

August 30, 2012

The California State University (CSU) system is in trouble. The constant budget problems, which have plagued the state economy have only hastened the CSUs freefall over the past decade. Today, decision-makers in the chancellor’s office and the state legislature are scrounging to find solutions...

Vehicle Mileage Traveled Tax Invades Individual Privacy

The Editors

August 23, 2012

If the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has its way, every car owner in California will have to pay 10 cents for every mile they travel. The MTC proposed the vehicle mileage traveled (VMT) tax for drivers in July 2012 using California roads and highways in order to replace California’s...

Residents Must Unite to Combat Local Poverty

Rhe Editors

August 16, 2012

Last Saturday, a partnership between the Rotary Club of Hayward, Target and Hayward salon Kitty Kelley Hair Design, provided 90 children from low-income families with a $100 Target gift card to buy clothes and school supplies, a $20 gift card for shoes to any store of their choice, courtesy of the Rotary,...

US Lawmakers Must Reexamine, Alter Gun Control Laws

The Editors

August 9, 2012

Another tragic incident shook America last week. Six people were killed and three others were wounded on Sunday at a Sikh Temple, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin when a lone gunman, now dubbed a domestic terrorist, entered the temple with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun. The gunman, who was shot by...

California Needs to Reform New Immigration Legislation

The Editors

August 2, 2012

Earlier this year, the California legislature introduced the California Agricultural Jobs and Industry Stabilization Act 2012 (CASA), which would allow illegal immigrants who have been working in the state since Dec. 31, 2008 to work and attain residency permits in California. Democrat Assemblyman...

Aurora Shooting a Catalyst for Proactive Mental Health Care

The Editors

July 27, 2012

Last Thursday night tragedy struck in Colorado when a gunman opened fire on moviegoers at a midnight screening of “The Dark Night Rises,” the latest Batman film. The country’s latest massacre left 12 dead and dozens wounded, making it one of the worst tragedies in American history. In the wake...

We Must Approve Gov. Brown’s Tax Proposal

The Editors

July 19, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative boils down to raising taxes across our state. He wants to raise sales taxes by one-quarter percent for four years, and he wants to increase personal income taxes by 3 percent for seven years on residents who make over $250,000 annually. Gov. Brown...

Bay Area Cities Should Legalize, Tax the Use of Fireworks

the Editors

July 5, 2012

Every year, millions of Americans celebrate the Fourth of July to commemorate pride in nationhood and brotherhood. In honor of the day when Americans claimed independence from the British, our country celebrates with BBQ, picnics evening fireworks, and the like – it has been that way for years. As...

LGBT Students Should Have a Graduation Ceremony

Terri Washington

June 14, 2012

Students are nearing the completion of their college careers, sealing their future with a diploma at the long-awaited graduation ceremony. In universities across the United States, such as here at CSU East Bay, graduations are celebrated by colleges as well as by ethnicity. More recently, a new form...

We Should Take Race Into Account this November

Alaric Foreman Jr.
Staff Writer

June 14, 2012

One obvious thing that comes with the territory of electing the first black president is the expectation that more fixtures representing an old way of thinking in America will change. While President Barack Obama’s first term in office has not presented the revolution most expected, though, it may...

Give Barry Bonds a Second Chance

Radhika Jit

June 7, 2012

The much maligned and controversial Barry Bonds made his first appearance of the 2012 San Francisco Giants season at AT&T Park last week and spoke with reporters for over 30 minutes on a variety of topics. The king of home runs was jovial, held direct eye contact and engaged reporters, a far cry...

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