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Commentary: No human should be treated as ‘illegal’

<i>Commentary</i>: No human should be treated as ‘illegal’
Karla Rendon, Editorial Director My uncle was a whiny 8-year-old and my mother was a nervous 10-year-old when they crossed the border from Mexico to the United States alone, without any other family, in hopes of a better life. With the help of fake birth certificates and “coyotes,” or human smugglers, they were able to safely pass border patrol as they waited in a crowded house for several days... 

Not voting is not cool

Not voting is not cool
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo Election season is over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop caring about elections. This year’s midterm election turnout was the lowest it has ever been in 72 years, with only 36.4 percent of eligible voters voting. The last time a voter turnout was that low was in 1942, when Hitler was still in power and the United States was in the midst... 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I disagree that voter ID laws are discriminatory (“Voter ID law is discrimination,” Oct. 31) You cite figures of only two cases of voter fraud . I would like to see your sources on that. I can name two right off the top of my head: Wendy Rosen from Maryland and Al Franken from Minnesota. While running for office in her home state of Maryland, Ms. Rosen not only voted for herself but... 

Prop. would reduce prison crowding

With voting season underway, it is important to get involved and vote on the issues that will improve and benefit our public. Proposition 47 will change the lowest-level, nonviolent crimes — such as drug possession for personal use and petty theft under $950 — from felonies to misdemeanors. With these changes, the state could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually, and the savings would... 

Supermajority affects property tax

Supermajority affects property tax
Assistant Professor of Public Administration Soomi Lee demonstrates a graph during her faculty lecture in the President’s Dining Room Monday. Lee’s research focuses on the effect of the supermajority vote requirement for tax increases in California. She earned her doctorate in economics and political science from Claremont Graduate University in 2011. Lee teaches quantitative research methods,... 

Voter ID law is discrimination

Voter ID law is discrimination
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadaillo The Supreme Court has upheld a Texas law to enforce a photo identification mandate beginning with the Nov. 4 election. The Texas law is the strictest such law in the nation, permitting only certain types of photo ID, such as gun licenses, passports, military ID and driver’s licenses at the polls. This law is apparently designed to prevent voters... 

Gelm examines voters’ tendencies

Gelm examines voters’ tendencies
Professor of Political Science Richard Gelm talks to an audience of students and faculty about the differences between political conservatives and liberals, took questions and talked about his next book during his Monday lecture, “Making American Politics Work: Coping with Fear and Anger, AKA: A Political Self-Help Guide.” Gelm’s talk was part of the La Verne Academy’s weekly faculty lecture... 

Holden delivers state of the state address

Holden delivers state of the state address
Assembly member Chris Holden delivered a state of the state address for the La Verne City Council meeting on Tuesday. Holden shared information on the California drought, the massage therapy act signed by Governor Jerry Brown and kitchen grease theft. Holden and La Verne city council members praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s massage therapy act because it would penalize sex offenders. / photo by Michael... 

Water protection is critical

With groundwater sources across the state sinking by more than a foot a year and reports of wells going dry, the Groundwater Protection Act was finally approved, which is good news. Its effective date, however, is not immediate enough to help address our drought, and is somewhat dependent on various municipal legislative bodies. The legislative package requires water basin managers throughout the state... 

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... 
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