Editorial Jan. 26

Editorial Jan. 26

January 26, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Santa Rosa Junior College students responded to evangelical Christian radicals Jan. 15 with a small counter-protest, echoing an international debate about the interaction between free speech and religious extremism. Evangelical Christian radicals from the group ‘Cry to God’ arrived on the SRJC... Read more »

To be or not to be Charlie: A question of freedom of speech

To be or not to be Charlie: A question of freedom of speech

Anne-Elisabeth Cavarec, Staff Writer
January 26, 2015
Filed under Opinion

A corridor of blood leads to the newsroom of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. There, on Jan. 7, 2015, in the heart of Paris, the deafening noise of Kalashnikovs blasts preceded the silence of the deaths. The victims were Charb, Cabu, Honoré, Wolinski and Tignous. They were killed for being... Read more »

Snapchat stories promote politics

Catherine Ramrez, Staff Writer
January 26, 2015
Filed under Opinion

“Je suis Charlie! Je suis Charlie!” These are the chants you hear as you watch a 10-second video of young French adults marching in the Place de la République in France through a Snapchat story. Snapchat, an app used to share photos and videos in 10 seconds or less, created a “Je Suis Charlie”... Read more »

Prudence in the wake of terrorism attacks in Paris

Luke Heslip, Staff Writer
January 26, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The massacre of 17 Parisians between Jan. 7 - 9 dealt a harrowing wound to the world psyche. Events of this nature bring in their wake a period of acute rawness and mobilization that have powerful effects on their pertaining regions. The instinct in these horrific situations is reactionary, as governments... Read more »

No shame in starting small

Domanique Crawford, Opinion Editor
January 26, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Forced to a dinner party with your parents, you have to suffer as their friends drone on about their children’s academic accomplishments. Brad is at Stanford to become a surgeon and Jessica at Julliard will be the world’s greatest ballerina. Amongst the polite inquiries, someone finally asks what... Read more »

Editorial Dec. 8: Make a stand against the ‘police vs. minorities’ fear cycle

December 8, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

You’re walking down the sidewalk of in an unfamiliar neighborhood when you see a man approaching you. You turn to avoid him, but he also alters his course, clearly intending to meet up with you. As he gets closer, panic rises in your mind. You’ve heard stories about people like him, what “they”... Read more »

Cats in the cradle and the silver spoon

Cats in the cradle and the silver spoon

Alex T. Randolph, Copy Editor
December 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion

“I’m sorry,” said the female voice on the phone. “He’s not going to get better from this. We give him about six months.” I thanked her for the call and hung up. I sat there for several minutes in silence until Mom and her wife came and hugged me as hard as they could. I didn’t cry. It’s... Read more »

Strong in the force, Abrams is – doubt him, you should not!

Strong in the force, Abrams is – doubt him, you should not!

Jarrett Roderiguez, Managing Editor
December 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Thanksgiving this year brought us more than we ever could ask for. No, I don’t mean spending time with our families and saying thanks for all we have. We were given our first official look at J. J.  Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens.” Many, myself included, were looking... Read more »

Defense budget plans to play offense

Andrew "Beau" Lino, Staff Writer
December 8, 2014
Filed under Opinion

New president same as the old president? At least in regards to war, or in this administration’s choice of rhetoric, “Overseas Contingency Operations” (OCO). It used to be “War on Terror,” unfortunately the concept is the same. Maybe in the future we will be calling it Global Peace Initiative.... Read more »

Editorial Nov. 17: Stop Black Friday for eating into Thanksgiving

Editorial Nov. 17: Stop Black Friday for eating into Thanksgiving

November 17, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Sale! Sale! The year’s best deals, the lowest prices, the biggest crowds — all encroaching on a holiday near you! Since its earliest usage by police officers dealing with traffic jams in 1960s Philadelphia, the name “Black Friday” has carried a negative connotation. Boon of deal-hunting shoppers... Read more »

The N-word, the forbidden word

Robert Marshall, Sports Editor
November 17, 2014
Filed under Opinion

I hear this word more and more as time goes on — a word I was taught to never use, or I would have been grounded for the rest of my life. In a Nov. 10 incident in Rohnert Park, at a bowling alley, 20 black students were called "n-----r" by white men. People are shocked and appalled by this. Am I?... Read more »

Embracing the atypical: How understanding my neurology allowed me to expand my horizons

Nathan Quast, Opinion Editor
November 17, 2014
Filed under Opinion

The most frightening movie I’ve ever seen was “Artificial Intelligence,” when I was 10. The movie followed a robot programmed to act like a child near my age. While no horror movie by usual standards, for months afterward I was terrified I, too, was a robot. Every action the boy-robot made,... Read more »