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Lake Merritt: A Diamond in the Rough Streets of Oakland

Cheyann Elmore
April 21, 2011
Filed under Features, Opinion

Oakland is the only city in the United States with a man-made lake in a downtown metropolitan area. “Lake Merritt is an icon for Oakland,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. “Located in the heart of the city—near Chinatown, downtown and Grand Avenue/Lakeshore Shopping Districts—it conveys beauty,...

Being Sober In The City

Fauzia Arian / Chicago Tribune
April 14, 2011
Filed under Opinion

I've been happily sober for 10,668 days, which is to say...my entire life. For me, it's a personal choice informed by religion, and also one that surprises many people I meet. Why? Perhaps because I'm a naturally boisterous night owl — some insist, cheesily, that I'm "high on life" — or m...

Alcohol Use Too Socially Acceptable

Tina Phillips
April 14, 2011
Filed under Opinion

Why is drinking so socially acceptable? Alcohol is treated as if it is not a drug and has no negative consequences. Almost every social situation seems to involve alcohol. How many parties are thrown without alcohol being served? How many people go out after work or on a weekend and do not drink?...

California Can Legalize Marijuana By Owning It

Jon Michael
April 8, 2011
Filed under Opinion

I know how California can legalize marijuana—we could have state owned marijuana dispensaries stocked by local growers. Though Prop 19 fell short by 4% of the vote, marijuana has moved from a joke to a serious issue. A survey of voters who voted against Prop 19 found that “31% said they believe...

Fukushima Confirms Danger of Nuclear Power

Will Thompson
March 17, 2011
Filed under Opinion

The twin catastrophes wrought by Mother Nature on the nation of Japan last week—known as the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami—devastated the lives of millions of people in one of the world’s most developed nations. The earthquake that struck off the northeast coast of the island nation registe...

Humans Can Fly to the Moon, but Can’t Make Amends

Richard Duboc
March 17, 2011
Filed under Opinion

The Bible predicts that the last days will be met with “earthquakes in various places.” CNN has confirmed this to be true, just look where Anderson Cooper has reported from in the last few years. We all know from John Cusack’s surprisingly decent movie that the Mayan calendar inauspiciously e...

Nuclear Power Is Not Evil, It’s A Viable Alternative

Mark Laluan
March 17, 2011
Filed under Opinion

Nuclear power has always held the potential to alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels for our energy needs. Such potential has been routinely ignored, derided or at worst, stymied by an almost dogmatic belief held by certain interests that nuclear power is a destructive evil. These groups hold ...

Is Obama A Socialist? I Think Not.

Tina Phillips
March 11, 2011
Filed under Opinion

Some say our president is a socialist. However, President Obama is no socialist. Believe me; I would know, since I am one. No matter how much some may believe he is a socialist, his actions prove otherwise. Take his recent budget proposal, for instance. He made suggestions to cut non-defense spending, mo...

A Fine Line to Walk: The Libyan Conflict

Will Thompson
March 10, 2011
Filed under Layout, Opinion

Libya, on the heels of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, finds itself gripped in civil war, pitting the long-suffering Libyan people against pitiless dictator Muammar Qaddafi. International press coverage from the North African nation has brought us images of Qaddafi loyalists opening fire on ...

Prosecution of ‘Irvine 11’ Misguided

Will Thompson
March 3, 2011
Filed under Opinion

Last February, UC Irvine (UCI) invited Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, to speak on the subject of US-Israeli relations. Students from the campus’ Muslim Student Union (MSU) protested the ambassador’s presence, heckling and disrupting his speech with cries of “Mich...

How Did We Get Here?

Lee Duboc Former Mayor/City Council Member, Menlo Park, Calif.
March 3, 2011
Filed under Opinion

A Taxpayer’s Response to Public-Sector Unions During the 2010 campaign season, union contributions to candidates were just as heavy as corporate contributions as four of the top ten, and half of the top 20 political action committees (PACs), were arms of unions. The three major government-sector unions s...

The Dramatization of Men’s Basketball Leaves Women’s Basketball Playing Catch Up

Cheyann Elmore
March 3, 2011
Filed under Opinion

Women’s basketball has been around for quite some time and there are many great players. So, why hasn’t it reached the status of men’s basketball? The United States Sports Academy found that there is a higher competitive balance in men’s basketball than in women’s. The academy also suggested...

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