Editorial March 9

Editorial March 9

March 10, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Most Californians are aware of the drought. Most people don’t like their local water agency telling them how to use water on their property. Yet most people in Santa Rosa probably weren’t aware in August of 2014 that the city implemented mandatory water restrictions. Maybe you have noticed that... Read more »

A proper guide to classroom etiquette 101

Domanique Crawford, Opinion Editor
March 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Class begins, I look around. Yes! His seat is empty! I sigh in relief and almost jump out of my own seat when I hear everyone else in the classroom do the same. The entire class seems content with the uninhabited chair, realizing with satisfaction that a certain someone isn't here. Some of us chuckle... Read more »

Elephant wars: Dissenting ranks threaten to dismantle the GOP in the 2016 presidential election

Elephant wars: Dissenting ranks threaten to dismantle the GOP in the 2016 presidential election

Luke Heslip, Assistant Opinion Editor
March 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

The 2016 Republican National Convention is still more than a year away, but the primary campaign is already in motion with a myriad of camps vying for the coveted presidential nomination. Players across the spectrum of the fragmented party seek to define the GOP and reclaim the White House. Student... Read more »

Advertising is a necessary evil

Alex T. Randolph, Copy Editor
March 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

It stands to reason that at some point in your life you have turned on a TV. It's even more likely you've gone online and watched a video somewhere, probably on YouTube. And if you have done either one of these things then it is more than likely that you have grown to hate commercials. Certainly there's... Read more »

To swear or not to swear

Deanna Hettinger, Staff Writer
March 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Not long ago, feeling betrayed, in a moment of sheer frustration and much to my surprise, “You’re a f------g bitch!” erupted suddenly out of my mouth. Afterward, feeling like I had truly conquered something, I realized I had fallen prey to the temptation of thinking my actions were justified. Actually,... Read more »

REALITY TV: A GENRE OF UNREALITY, COULD IT BE MORE TRUTHFUL?

REALITY TV:  A GENRE OF UNREALITY, COULD IT BE MORE TRUTHFUL?

DeAnna Hettinger, Staff Writer
March 5, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The genre of television programming known as “reality TV” is a misnomer, portraying itself as a straightforward recounting of occurring events while making stars out of untalented people and creating offensive shows intended to humiliate or exploit participants. According to Wikipedia, however,... Read more »

Confederate flag: One nation under racism

Catherine Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Without a doubt we take the American flag very seriously. There’s a reason why there are  rules to guide the display and care of the flag. It’s not because it is a piece of cloth, but rather the values and beliefs it represents. ... Read more »

Make or break life changing moments

Make or break life changing moments

Haley Elizabeth Bollinger, A&E Editor
February 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

I woke up midafternoon at Azure Acres, an old hunting lodge turned into a rehabilitation center, hidden in the serene nature of Sebastopol. It was March of 2008.  I was 19. “OH f--k,” I cursed.  I sat numb all morning in a single room looking out into the forest... Read more »

Sinister leanings: The plight and glory of the southpaw

Sinister leanings: The plight and glory of the southpaw

Luke Heslip, Staff Writer
February 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Persecuted for centuries and widely suppressed until this day, the left-handed have displayed remarkable fortitude and brilliance throughout our history. Counting the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Alexander the Great among our... Read more »

Editorial Feb. 23

Editorial Feb. 23

February 24, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Last semester the Oak Leaf class interviewed Santa Rosa Junior College president Dr. Frank Chong about his life and issues of the day. It was an open-ended interview in which Dr. Chong took time to tell us about his experience as an Asian American in a position of power. He also spoke about... Read more »

Texting and driving: Consequences that kill

DeAnna Hettinger, Staff Writer
February 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion

I have no patience for texting and driving. Period. I am not immune to the temptation, but I immediately tell myself, “NO,” and do so out loud. Always ask yourself before you get behind the wheel and begin texting, “What is so damn important that I am willing to... Read more »

Syriza’s victory signals new future for Greece

Syriza’s victory signals new future for Greece

Luke Heslip, Staff Writer
February 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The political landscape of the eurozone shifted on Jan. 25 when the anti-austerity party Syriza seized the majority position in the Greek Parliament. The reform-oriented Leftist party rose on a wave of populist resentment over Greece’s harsh bailout terms exerted by its... Read more »