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L.A.’s plastic bag ban plan bad for environment and economy

Simon Barta, Assistant Opinions Editor

July 23, 2008

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The plastic bags we all stock up on when we go shopping seem to have a funny way of ending up everywhere but in recycling bins.They float in our rivers and ocean, blow in the breeze by our driveways and end up in the mouths of hungry animals that fatally mistake them for food. According to a report done by the city of Los Angeles, an estimated 2 billion plastic bags are used in the city each year and only about 5 percent...

Coyotes, cats, children could benefit from grownup campus decision making

Duke Rescola, Opinions Editor

July 15, 2008

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Before Cal State Long Beach gets totally immersed in a highly charged legal and public relations quagmire over handling small campus critters, informed, responsible and humane options should be weighed.Conflict resolution can almost always alleviate volatile situations when cool heads take the lead. Most of us are taught that in elementary school. The recent alleged sightings of a coyote, or coyotes, is certainly cause for...

New GI Bill would provide veterans college full ride

New GI Bill would provide veterans college full ride

July 15, 2008

Recently, Congress passed a bill that would increase the amount of money soldiers receive for education after they leave the military.Proposed by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), the Post-...

Nuke power may offer cure for global greenhouse woes

Simon Barta, Assistant Opinions Editor

July 9, 2008

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Last week, NASA scientist and leading global warming expert James Hansen told the U.S. Congress that the globe is now officially past the "dangerous level" for greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and a "drastic" change in man-made carbon dioxide emissions needs to be made.  Hansen, commonly known as the "climate prophet" for his accurate prediction of a warmer globe 20 years ago, told Congress that if we do not ...

Guerrilla gardeners ‘Gung Ho’ for urban greenbelts

Guerrilla gardeners ‘Gung Ho’ for urban greenbelts

July 9, 2008

The economy is struggling, gas and food prices are up, the water supply in California is down, many people are trying to go "green" and we are at war. It's hard to find a solution that may help ease our problems on ...

U.S. legal system continues letting ‘rape culture’ thrive at women’s expenses

Duke Rescola, Opinions Editor

July 9, 2008

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Western civilization often tends to provide an ambiguous definition about what constitutes culture. One of the most common descriptions is that culture is the tolerable means by which a society lives together.  This type of upbeat classification typically incorporates religious practice, language, laws, norms and even morality, to name a few, as requisites for recognizing a culture as an accepted way of life.  ...

Menacing oil costs could filter jobs back to U.S.

Menacing oil costs could filter jobs back to U.S.

July 3, 2008

With widespread angst about our increasingly sketchy economic stability (tied to devaluation of the dollar, increasing unemployment and other economic indicators), it's often difficult to maintain opt...

Students facing budget cuts and growing debt, risk losing out on education.

Students facing budget cuts and growing debt, risk losing out on education.

June 18, 2008

Remember when students only worried about starving? Now, some of us are forced to cut out more than just food. We have to work more and/or jump head first into a big fat vat of boiling debt. Each year pr...