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Our View – New education bill gives mayor control

September 19, 2006

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It seems that our beloved governor has done it again. During a ceremony at the Central Library of Los Angeles, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new bill that gives Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greater control over the Los Angeles Unified school district's affairs and how the city's 730,000 students will be taught. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the bill also gives Villaraigosa direct control o...

Our View – Corporate responsibility not dead, is alive

September 18, 2006

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When one thinks of a corporation, the words "altruistic" and "generous" usually don't spring to mind. But Google is showing that corporate responsibility isn't just something that people learn about in business school, but something companies can still aspire to while meeting the capitalist mantra of "make as much money as possible."According to an article in the Sept. 14 issue of the New York Times, the founders of the popular s...

Our View – HP controversy escalates to new level

September 17, 2006

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The Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), is one of the largest and wealthiest corporations in the world. Perhaps you all aren't fully aware of all its products you probably use every single day of your life. HP creates everything from printers and laptops to digital cameras. It is by far the company of the 21st century. But of course, with major success comes major controversy. The latest involves chairwoman and former CEO Patri...

Our View – Violence contradicts Irwin’s message

September 13, 2006

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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...

Letter to the Editor – Students need university preparation, need to speak

Frederick Griefer

September 12, 2006

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In the Sept. 11 issue of the Daily Forty-Niner, Krystle Ralston's column "Professors need to be more understanding", I just have one problem with Ms. Ralston's well-written article on the idea that college professors need to be more understanding of students' needs - she is completely wrong. She puts forth the idea that teachers are "pushing and shoving" students to be more vocal in class, like they are in a mosh pit and un...

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

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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...