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System fails in Seattle shootings

System fails in Seattle shootings
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas There is a lot to consider when looking over a list of potential pardons for convicted felons. There is their mental health, because you don’t necessarily want to send an unstable person with a criminal history back into society, if their behavior isn’t clearly under control. There is also the question of whether the person’s release will somehow benefit... 

How ULV should use its windfall

How ULV should use its windfall
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas Now that holiday season is upon us, we though it would be a good time to make some requests of administrators. Yes we know the economy is still bad. We also know the University and the Budget Task Force are looking at how best to spend an unexpected $2 million currently in the budget. Here are our suggestions. (Completing them all would probably take more than... 

TMZ shouldn't tee-up news

With all the controversy surrounding the Tiger Woods case, we are in a sense left to rely on one source: TMZ. Sure, it catches us up on the latest celebrity gossip, but should upstanding network, cable and print news sources rely on it as their main, if not only, source for Tiger stories and other celebrity news? That is what they seem to be doing. Fox News Network is actually citing TMZ and not... 

Give us a break

It seems like no big deal to add on a week for the semester in fall – and spring, which is what the administration has done effective this September. But it is a big deal to us. Students have lost two weeks in summer to potentially earn that much more toward tuition. And hard-working faculty have lost precious research, vacation and family time. OK we accept that for whatever reason, the University... 

Let's all do our part to fight hunger

The United States received some pretty sobering news Monday: There are more hungry people in this country now then at any other time since the government has tracked the statistic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report indicates that nearly 50 million people had difficulty getting enough food to eat in the last year. More devastating still, the total number includes almost one in four children... 

Acknowledge the peaceful majority

The recent Fort Hood shooting raises the question we as a country face every time an attack, of any magnitude, takes place domestically, what was the motive of the attacker? Instant analysis spews out of every cable news network about the alleged shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, and almost always his religious beliefs were and still are inextricably linked to his motives. Some commentators spoke out about... 

Let's paws and think about cats

Let's paws and think about cats
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas There is an ethical point to be considered – the morality of inflicting pain on cats. We know the practice of onychectomy – declawing cats – is cruel. However, veterinarians don’t feel the practice should be banned, on the contrary, many veterinarians have backed a pending state law that gives the state the authority to prevent cities and counties... 

Unit increase marks improvement

Unit increase marks improvement
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas The Faculty Assembly’s recent decision to allow undergraduate students to take a maximum of 18 units effective this spring semester is a great advancement for the University of La Verne. It is a sign of progression for the University to now offer its undergraduate students 18 units a semester without going through the appeal process. The tedious paperwork,... 

Being healthy has its benefits

Since the public option seems more and more likely to be included in a healthcare reform bill, an important part that might be overshadoweded is preventative health. Much like the British system where doctors are given incentives for reducing the obesity rates and smoking habits among their patients, the newly crafted public option should take these measures to establish a sense of self accountability. Giving... 
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Franken amendment is a no-brainer

There are few things in life that are complete no-brainers. The amendment to the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill proposed by newly elected Minnesota Sen. Al Franken essentially ensures people employed by defense contractors with the Department of Defense can sue corporations without being forced into private, internal arbitration. Franken was inspired to write this amendment following the Jamie... 
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