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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Support the troops – when will the slogan become a reality? Recently I saw a three-tour Afghanistan veteran with a sign that said “Veteran – help me find a job.” I watched while hundreds of cars, many with “Support the Troops” bumper stickers and American flag decals on their cars went by. Not one person stopped. My girlfriend and I talked to him – he says this... 

Stop promoting rape apologists

The Army promoted Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr. as director of program analysis and evaluation for an Army deputy chief of staff while he had been previously suspended and rebuked for mishandling sexual assault accusations against a colonel. The Washington Post broke the story last week after the Army released Harrison’s investigative report six months after The Post requested it. According to... 

Military hair law is racially biased

Last week the Army published an update to Army Regulation 670-1, rules regulating how women can wear their hair when they are in uniform. While the rule change might simply been seen as a way for women soldiers to look even more professional, it clearly targets a specific group of women – non-white women. Unauthorized hairstyles include twists and dreadlocks, both styles that are often worn by non-white... 

Veterans Day celebrated in classroom

Veterans Day celebrated in classroom
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff November 11 marked the day that we, as Americans, honor the ones that have served our country in the U.S. military. On Veterans Day, military service members were able to spend the day with their family and friends. They ate, they laughed, they had a good time, and they celebrated. Here at La Verne we celebrated our decorated heroes by having classes. Students who... 

Campus supports women in combat

Alison Rodriguez Staff Writer The Pentagon says women have been barred from roughly 237,000 military positions over our country’s history. Now the tables have turned and they have begun to look to qualified women to fill these roles. Based on 15 separate interviews, students at La Verne feel this is long overdue. The general vibe ebbing from the student populace is that everyone should have an equal... 
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Targeted killings miss the mark

In the past four years, 326 reported U.S. drone strikes have occurred within Pakistan with an estimated 1,707 to 3,025 deaths – more than 400 of them reported to be civilian bystanders. All of this within a country that the United States is not at war with. Under President Barack Obama’s administration, the use of unmanned, combat air vehicles, or drones, armed with missiles and surveillance... 

Helping our soldiers at home

It is important to learn from mistakes. When a light socket electrocutes you, it would be smart to not touch the socket again. In terms of helping soldiers to adapt to life after war, the United States has latched onto an electrical circuit and is frying. Look back to the Vietnam War. Soldiers came back with mental illnesses that had not even been diagnosed before and were left to fend for themselves... 

Let’s not hound our heros

As Americans we are told to love our country, to honor her and fight for her. Many say that it is a privilege to fight and that as Americans we should be willing to serve our country yet that right is being taken away from many young men and women everyday because of their sexuality. The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that prohibits homosexuals in the military from revealing their sexuality is currently... 

Concert commemorates military

Concert commemorates military
The sun was shining down on a beautiful La Verne day as the youth of the Bonita Unified School District sang praises for the men and women of the armed forces. Saturday afternoon the City of La Verne, the Bonita Unified School District,the Chamber of Commerce and the VFW Post 12034 partnered together to host the First La Verne Armed Forces Day Concert at the Glenn Davis Stadium. “This was a great... 

Allow gays to serve openly

Since 1993 the U.S. military has discharged more than 13,000 men and women from serving our country because they were gay. Able-bodied people who voluntarily wanted to make the ultimate sacrifice and protect our freedoms were sent home because of who they are. Under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy enacted by President Clinton, our military has turned away people that are valuable, not only... 
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