Yes on Prop. 2 for state rainy day fund

Jacob Yungman, Contributing Writer
October 21, 2014
Filed under Columns, Opinions

When the 2008 recession ravaged the American economy, state budgets tanked, prompting dramatic cuts in vital public services such as education. The state budget was in such disarray at the outset of the recession that in 2009, tuition increased by 32 percent alone in a single year for students within... Read more »

Postseason predictions are almost never what we expect.

Oscar Terrones, Assistant Sports Editor
October 21, 2014
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Sports predictions can be brutal. Take the MLB postseason column I wrote a couple weeks ago (that I’m sure you read), for example. I got every prediction wrong. That’s what makes sports great and horrible at the same time, and why we’re better off embracing the unexpected rather than trying to... Read more »

The New Texas ID Law Hurts Voters

Mara Feliciano, Mara is a senior double majoring in political science and criminal justice.
October 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, Opinions

After Texas enacted highly restrictive voter ID laws for the upcoming general elections, civil rights groups, concerned voters and even the Obama administration assailed the crafters of this policy, describing it as deliberately constructing an obstacle course to prevent minorities and indigents from... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: There is a difference between killing animals for ‘sport’ and ending suffering

Daphna Nachminovitch, Contributing Writer
October 19, 2014
Filed under Opinions

Contributing writer Jonathan Murrietta twists his argument, as is typical of people who support the continued killing and butchery of smart, sensitive animals. There is a world of difference between tormenting and killing animals for “sport” or because we want to eat them, and providing a painless... Read more »

Bill Maher’s comments grossly misrepresent the nature of religion

Hunter Paul and Deric Mendes
October 16, 2014
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Ever since the Twin Towers fell, there has been a daft proclamation permeating from the media and pseudo-intellectuals like Sam Harris and pundits such as Bill Maher that the Muslim world doesn’t... Read more »

God is great, deer is good, and PETA is crazy

Jonathan Murrietta, Contributing Writer
October 15, 2014
Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel (Proverbs 12:10).” Animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) should take heed of this proverb from the Bible. A righteous man cares about his animal, but... Read more »

Vote yes on Prop 47

Hunter Paul, Opinions Editor
October 15, 2014
Filed under Columns, Opinions

For far too long, politicians have pinned their political success to “getting tough on crime” and adopting retribution as the primary, and often sole, response to crime. Capitalizing on our natural, tribal instinct to punish out-groups (those who don’t conform to our own identity as law-abiding... Read more »

Voting “Yes” on Prop 1 is Necessary to deal with Future Droughts in California

Jacob Yungman , Junior majoring in political science
October 13, 2014
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Voting; it's a contentious topic. College students are urged every two years by passionate political science professors to participate in the electoral process. Yet still, less than half of 18-25 year olds do not vote. While there are many explanations for this, one common complaint among citizens within... Read more »