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The Discovery Channel Shames The Dead For Profit

Ashley Matuszak

January 8, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The Discovery Channel, who is known for bringing interesting, scientific information to the forefront of entertainment media, has reached an all time low. The channel that brought us “Shark Week” was trying to reel us in to gawk at the loss of human life. The United Kingdom’s Discovery Channel s...

The Prop. 8 Hearing and the Future of Gay Marriage

William Thompson

December 9, 2010


Filed under Opinion

The California Marriage Protection Act, better known as Proposition 8, was passed in 2008, but it appears the two-year legal battle that ensued since then may be nearing an end--or, more likely, an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals began hearing arguments for and ...

WikiLeaks: Transparency and Government Accountability

Will Thompson

December 2, 2010


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The Obama administration’s condemnation of WikiLeaks’ release of classified State Department cables is understandable, given that the 250,000 or so documents released portray both our enemies and most of our allies in an unflattering light. What the WikiLeaks documents have done—besides cause the U.S. government a great deal of embarrassment and force them into diplomatic...

This Week’s Debate: Should Some Private Money Be Used For Public Universities?

December 2, 2010


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Con: Universities Need To Return To The Public by Tina Phillips Did you know the CSU System was once known as the “people’s university?” In California since 1960, the Master Plan for Higher Education promised every California student an initially free and later affordable education at a CSU...

Steve Li’s Case Highlights Greater Problems Within Immigration Reform

Will Thompson

November 18, 2010


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Steve Li, a 20-year-old former City College of San Francisco nursing student, is currently washing dishes in an Arizona detention facility for a dollar a day as he awaits deportation to his native Peru. The story of how Li got there highlights California’s—as well as the nation’s—inability to find an appropriate method of handling the status of 2 million U.S....

Tax The Rich

Tina Phillips

November 18, 2010


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Most people whine about having to pay taxes. Many believe that the government is stealing their hard earned money. In addition, many vote for candidates who support lowering taxes. However, did anyone stop and think about the consequences of such a stance and policy? Do people realize what taxes do?...

Taxes Won’t Get Us Closer To Fixing The Budget

Mark Laluan

November 18, 2010


Filed under Opinion

An early episode of the cartoon series “South Park” has the protagonists, who are doing research for a classroom report on different types of business practices, run into a group of “Underpants Gnomes,” who claim to possess a clever business strategy. The gnomes, who in the episode steal underpants from unwary children dur...

What we can learn from the death of Oscar Grant and the trial of Johannes Mehserle

November 12, 2010


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The trial, verdict and recent sentencing of Johannes Mehserle for the New Years’ Day 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant were bound to disappoint some. The shooting of the unarmed Grant by the former BART policeofficer was a tragedy that evoked bitter memories of police brutality, inflamed emotions regarding...

In the Wake of the Williams’ Firing, Only the Public Stands to Lose

Will Thompson

November 12, 2010


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When Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst, was fired by the organization for his comments on FOX News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” neither he nor the media could have expected the outcry from both sides. The spectacle that evolved from the entire affair has threatened both NPR’s federal funding and the oppo...

Voting is Useless without a True Democracy

Tina Phillips

November 12, 2010


Filed under Opinion

How many times do we hear that the election system is broken? The system was set up by two mainstream and capitalist parties, the Democrats and Republicans, as a way to keep voters from voting for who they truly want to see in office— and that is just one way they maintain a monopoly when it comes...

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell a relic best relegated to the history books

Will Thompson

October 28, 2010


Filed under Opinion

Among American institutions, the military has a long, storied tradition equaling that of the church, Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House. The armed services (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps) have a unique culture and code of rules and behavior that is instilled in each of its memb...

Hayward’s New Ban on Styrofoam: Good or Bad?

Kenneth Robinson

October 28, 2010


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The Hayward City Council voted unanimously in favor of passing an ordinance to eliminate polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam, from restaurants on October 19, The ban came as city officials were under pressure from local environmental groups while the California Restaurant Association and Chamber...

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