Don’t measure soccer’s popularity by the World Cup

Mariana Guevara, Staff Writer
September 24, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Some analysts deemed soccer popular in the U.S. after the World Cup’s record-breaking viewer ratings this summer, but it is unlikely the attention for the sport will transcend beyond cultural interest because American soccer lacks appeal. Soccer is the “beautiful game.” It is the most important... Read more »

No simple cure for jihadism

Anne-Elisabeth Cavarec, Staff Writer
September 23, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Last month, 30,000 men, women and children from the Yazidi community took refuge without food or water in the Sinjar mountains to escape atrocities committed by jihadist fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Currently, 70,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees are crossing the Turkey border. According... Read more »

Stop the culture of violence

Andrew "Beau" Lino, Staff Writer
September 23, 2014
Filed under Opinion

A glass of good American whiskey, sipped clean, and conversation with my Grandpa. He’s a veteran of the Korean War and talks like a borderline socialist. He rarely goes more than 10 minutes without mentioning the failures of the far right. His views are biased and sometimes skewed. But he’s... Read more »

Editorial Sept. 22: A community with questions

Editorial Sept. 22: A community with questions

September 23, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Andy Lopez died at age 13. Six seconds, seven 9 mm bullets, fired from the gun of a 24-year veteran of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. The community’s anguish poured out in rallies and protests. A week after Lopez’s death, more than  1,000 people marched through Santa Rosa, beginning... Read more »

No time for the timeless flight

Nathan Quast, Opinon Editor
September 22, 2014
Filed under Opinion

It earned less than three minutes of the 24-hour sound bite cycles on the major networks. I had to look it up on the local station – a slower news day, I suppose – to watch the full journey from ignition to orbit. The occasion? NASA’s final space shuttle launch on July 8, 2011, an event that... Read more »

Moneyball part two

Brennan Cole, Staff Writer
September 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Sports

Unfortunately for the Oakland A’s, their most valuable player is no longer wearing green and gold.   On July 31, A’s general manager Billy Beane made one of the biggest blockbuster trades baseball has seen in the last decade. Swapping superstar for superstar is something that America’s... Read more »

The price of playing for free

The price of playing for free

Jarrett Rodriguez, Managing Editor
September 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion

There you are, playing the game you’ve sunk hours into, finally ready to make it the next stage of the game.   An ad pops up, prompting you to spend more money just to keep playing.   This is the scam of free-to-play games that flood the market on phones and consoles.   These... Read more »

Politics trumps humanity

Politics trumps humanity

JoshuOne Barnes, News Editor
September 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

President Barack Obama should alleviate the suffering of Latin American refugees seeking relief from drug cartel violence by making the immigration law changes that he had promised . The corrosive political environment in Congress has led to inaction by the nation’s lawmakers on a number of key issues,... Read more »

Binging together brings people together

Stephen Radley and Julie Lee, Co-Editors-in-Chief
September 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Click the red play button, and the blue dots circle around the black browser page. Only the glow of the laptop screen illuminates your eager face. You settle into an optimal slouching position. Ah…   Next thing you know, the sun is rising. You tell yourself, “Just one more episode.”   Before... Read more »

Editorial Sept. 8: Earthquake preparedness a must

September 8, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

As one walks around the Santa Rosa Junior College campus, one can’t help taking in its history. The brick-and-mortar architecture holds the level of dignity found more often at an Ivy League school than a community college. The same bricks giving SRJC’s buildings their charm make them vulnerable... Read more »

The steep price of education

Anne-Elisabeth Cavarec, Staff Writer
September 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Be ready to shell out $264.50 for the new edition of your business communication textbook required for class — and know that picking up a copy of “Nutrition for Health and Health Care” will set you back $200 in no time. It’s absurd. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that... Read more »

Oakland A’s: Is Chavez the key for the 2014 season? [Opinion]

Will Mathis, Staff Writer
May 15, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Sports

Oakland A’s pitcher Jesse Chavez is off to an unbelievable start this season as the former reliever-turned- starting-pitcher pitched like an ace with no signs of slowing down.   As of May 6, Chavez has the seventh-best ERA in baseball (1.89), the seventh-best walks, hits and innings pitched... Read more »