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Death penalty wastes resources

On the ballot for next week’s election is Proposition 34, to repeal the death penalty. Perspectives both for and against the death penalty are controversial and can’t help but involve people’s personal moral and religious views. Though one of the best arguments for repealing the death penalty in California is financial. Voting yes on 34 would mean that no offender in California would be able... 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I realize that the last thing people want to hear any more about is the parking situation. I do not have an answer to the problem, but I have some minor suggestions that might make things a little easier. As a former student, current employee and local resident, I offer a unique point of view. I absolutely love living in a college town. I love everything about it. I accept that parking... 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, As a 51-year activist in the civil rights movement, I am becoming frustrated at seeing people in this country repeat the same mistakes of the past. In the 1960s I regularly heard “It’s against the Bible” when I was confronted for the “sin” of attempting to gain equal rights for African-Americans. Leaders of several churches would quote the Bible to me, explaining that not... 

Commentary: Hip-hop is no longer an art form

<i>Commentary</i>: Hip-hop is no longer an art form
Christian Orozco, Sports Editor The 1970s gave us many things to be proud of. Things like beanbag chairs and Farrah Fawcett. A couple things people from the 1970s are not too proud of were their bell-bottoms and their love for disco music. In 2012 we have an equivalent to bell bottoms and disco, and that is mainstream hip-hop and snapbacks. The hip hop industry has taken a turn for the worst and the... 

Vote ‘yes’ on 30: Fund public schools

The educational system has been under financial assault from the state year after year. Proposition 30 would provide a brief shield to our public education system from K-12 to community colleges, while indirectly allowing the University of California and California State University systems to have a brief sigh of relief from what could be another cut of $250 million to their budget. Prop. 30 would... 

Commentary: Shame on our candidates

<i>Commentary</i>: Shame on our candidates
Illustration by Jacob Bogdanoff Alex Forbess, Editorial Director I was selfish; forgive me for being so blind last week. Sometimes politics puts me in a bad mood. Last week’s column was used as a way to vent about the endless, repetitive acts I have seen from President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Even though it still irritates that it is sometimes difficult to pay attention to... 

Put issues above appearance

As the presidential election is almost upon us, the people of the United States have been subjected to the petty slap attacks between our two major candidates over the course of the debates. Audiences have watched as the candidates have bounced insults and ideas off each other and reacted on-the-spot to criticism. But the question has to be asked: What about the reactions of the undecided voters who... 

Proposition 32 would hurt unions

Proposition 32 would hurt unions
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff Supporters of Proposition 32 claim that the measure will reform local and state elections that are heavily dominated by special-interest money. But Proposition 32 is just another one-sided measure worded carefully by the wealthy trying to maintain their power. The measure, if enacted, calls for several provisions: prohibiting corporations and labor unions from contributing... 

Commentary: Debate proves to be a school yard brawl

<i>Commentary</i>: Debate proves to be a school yard brawl
Alex Forbess, Editorial Director So here is the storyline of the presidential debates the United States have seen so far. First, it was anarchy with Republican nominee Mitt Romney throwing more misinterpreted facts, yet President Barack Obama was too zoned out to counter-attack, which led some political junkies to his work. Then there was the Vice-Presidential Debate on Oct. 11, where it was a “release... 
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