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Watch where you put your butts

Many smokers call it an attack on their ever-dwindling freedoms, but if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs Senate Bill 4, public health and the environment will be much better off. The bill would ban smoking at state beaches and parks throughout California – an unprecedented feat for pushers of a smoke-free environment. Violators would have to pay a $100 citation if caught. While we typically frown... 

Take heed of earthquake cautions

Take heed of earthquake cautions
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas Earthquakes have been shaking the Western Hemisphere quite frequently in the past few months. From Haiti to Chile and most recently Mexico, uneasiness about the tectonic plates shifting raises the ever present question of preparedness for when a quake’s epicenter is near your home. Although building codes are strictly enforced by the government in the United... 

Punish pedophile priests

CNN reported this week that a former Catholic Bishop in Norway recently confessed to sexually abusing an altar boy 20 years ago. The fact that he could not keep his secret after 20 years is a reminder of how serious a crime sexual abuse is and how it should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately leaders of the Catholic Church do not understand this. John Jay College of Criminal Justice reported that more... 

Making college loans affordable

Although most political talk in recent weeks has centered around the health care debate, Obama’s other piece of legislation may also have some helpful results, especially for college students. The new bill will eliminate middlemen in the student loan system, putting the responsibility of providing low interest loans on the government. The positives of this shift include an increase in Pell grants,... 

Cannabis could grow funds for state

Cannabis could grow funds for state
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas Legalizing marijuana. Some say it’s a bad idea, Many say it’s a great idea. But now that the issue has been transformed into an official proposal to be placed on California ballot in November, people on both sides are likely to make their voices heard loud and clear in the months ahead until the big day. After receiving more than 693,000 valid signatures,... 

Putting principle before profit

Nearly two weeks ago, Google Inc. successfully shut down its search engine in China after declaring in January it would not comply with Chinese censorship. China recently tightened its grip on the world of online information by forcing Google, the leader in providing information, to choose between giving in to Chinese censorship and leaving the world’s largest group of Internet users to the rivals. Google... 

Dorm life needs some attention

The University of La Verne is a private school, and by default charges an arm and a leg, and another arm at that, for tuition, room and board. This is understandable, for the most part. ULV provides intimate class sizes and great accessibility to teachers and faculty. This accounts for the high academic tuition, but not the room and board. Living at ULV costs more than $3,000 a semester, with food.... 

What health care reform means

Since President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, most Americans have been patiently awaiting the first big step his administration would take in shaping America into the hopeful new country that was promised to us in his campaign speeches. Now, more than a year later, Obama has finally delivered his first major win: the health care bill. With the passing of the health care reform bill on Sunday,... 

Census is crucial for America

Last week every household in the United States recieved their large white Census envelope to complete and return to the government in order to calculate how many people are living within our borders. And while the task of indicating how many individuals live in your house, as well as their ages, is seemingly innocent, it has garnered some unwarranted criticism from big government foes. However, this... 
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FDA regulations smell fishy

FDA regulations smell fishy
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas Less than two weeks ago a suit was filed in California Superior Court charging several makers of fish oil pills with marketing products containing PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) levels beyond the safe limits for human consumption, and illegally failing to reveal the level to consumers. PCBs in high enough doses are known to cause cancer and reproductive toxicity.... 
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