Daily 49er

Our View – Violence contradicts Irwin’s message

September 13, 2006

Filed under Editorials

The now-infamous death of animal extraordinaire Steve Irwin had a shocking effect on many people. Whether you were dismayed by his death because of his seemingly unfailing expertise, or the irony of the death of a man who spends life in danger dying from a usually benign stingray, most people were shocked. But sadly, many people are expressing their grief over this unfortunate event in violent, unacceptable ways that Irwin wo...

Our View – New oil fields detrimental to environment

September 11, 2006

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Americans are finally getting their environmental act together. We're buying greener cars, recycling more and generally being more conservative in our consumption of limited resources, in large part because of the expensiveness of these products. Gas prices are, as always, soaring higher than ever and because of that, a lot of people are looking into wasting less and using alternative fuels to replace these expendabl...

Our View – Racial segregation used to boost ratings

September 11, 2006

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Ah, "Survivor." What have you done? We all know the concept of the show was ingenious when it first blessed us with its presence back in 1993.Take a bunch of average Americans. A desert island. Challenges. Teams. A winner. A million bucks. Romance, backstabbing and drama ensue. What more could a TV audience wish for?Plenty, it seems. These days, with everything from "Wife Swap" to "Flavor of Love," reality TV has become t...

Our View – Ground Zero under construction

September 9, 2006

Filed under Editorials

The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were heart-wrenching and extremely emotional for all Americans. Like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, most Americans can tell you precisely where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news that a plane struck one of the Twin Towers or that the towers collapsed. Now, on the fifth anniversary of that tragic day, it seems time to reevaluat...

Our View – Couric’s anchoring beneficial for women

September 6, 2006

Filed under Editorials

Last night Katie Couric appeared on "CBS Evening News," breaking barriers and setting a new standard in journalism as the first female anchor to host the nightly news without a male co-anchor. This has made gains for professional women everywhere and proves women can present the news in a composed, respectable and professional manner. Couric's actions Tuesday evening brought a new standard to a career once heavily dominated...

Our View – Vow to restrict gas emissions important

September 4, 2006

Filed under Editorials

It should come as no surprise that global warming is becoming a serious issue. After the unusually sweltering summer and, of course, the exposure of irrefutable scientific evidence corroborating the threat of global warming, there is little doubt in minds of most Americans that this problem is nothing to be sneezed at. As recently as last Wednesday, our state legislature and governor decided to take action against this cris...

Our View – Bush tries to close gap with minorities

August 30, 2006

Filed under Editorials, Opinions

While the Republican Party may seem disinterested in minorities and their needs, the president has recently tried to close the gaping chasm that exists between the right and African Americans by speaking to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in an attempt to generate more discussion between Republicans and their constituents, soften the harsh, corporate-minded image many people have of the...

Our View – Government slogans demeaning, silly

August 30, 2006

Filed under Editorials

Driving down the 405 Freeway has never been a pleasant experience. Moving a mile an hour in rush-hour traffic under the blazing California sun is excruciating enough, but this drive has recently become slightly more unpleasant as the state strains to conserve energy and uses the overhead traffic advisory signs to promote obnoxious and patronizing statements stressing the importance of energy conservation. Ridiculous slogans l...