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Editorial: Says who? Anonymous accusations do more harm than good

Editorial: Says who? Anonymous accusations do more harm than good

December 15, 2016

We’re living in an age where it’s easy to hide our opinions. We can rant and rave anonymously without taking any accountability for our words or actions. But accountability is key. We’ve seen two instances of this recently at Santa Rosa Junior...

Editorial: Electoral College, legal voter fraud?

November 15, 2016

Three days after the United States 2016 presidential election, Google reported 99 percent of popular votes for presidential candidates have been counted. Donald Trump scored 60,072,551 votes. Hillary Rodham Clinton scored 60,467,601 votes. Yet Trump won the election. This isn’t the first time the popular choice—the candidate more people voted for—did not win the election. In the 19th century, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Grover Cleveland all won ...

Editorial: Vote, damn it!

Editorial: Vote, damn it!

October 25, 2016

California has 17 propositions on the ballot this year along with 23 county and municipal measures. These are not unsavory presidential candidates or local officials you know hardly anything about. These measures and propositions will affect your day-to-day...

Editorial: If you want to invest in the middle class, invest in education

Editorial: If you want to invest in the middle class, invest in education

October 11, 2016

Both presidential candidates say they want to invest in us. But in reality, they want to invest in a manufacturing economy that's shrinking. They want to invest in a minimum wage that's way behind its time, especially in California. If lawmakers really...

Editorial: Petaluma campus ripe for the picking

Editorial: Petaluma campus ripe for the picking

October 9, 2016

Students have two choices: a guaranteed state-of-the-art facility or a chance at a sub-par, decaying classroom. Here at Santa Rosa Junior College we face this choice, and we're making the wrong one. The Petaluma campus, despite being built in 1999, ...

Editorial: An unfair choice, an unfair system

Editorial: An unfair choice, an unfair system

September 13, 2016

Our greatest right as citizens of the United States is to vote for our commander in chief. Our voice. Our President. But when this infinitely important decision is reduced to a choice between the lesser of two evils, has the system failed? Are our...

Editorial: Student affairs office needs to clean house

Editorial: Student affairs office needs to clean house

May 17, 2016

A series of damaging incidents within the student affairs department has snowballed into a catastrophic end to the school year, leaving administrators and student government officers scrambling to tie up loose ends. Santa Rosa Junior College’s best co...

Editorial: Police brutality not OK in Lemos’ case

Editorial: Police brutality not OK in Lemos’ case

April 28, 2016

A recent police brutality case involving a Santa Rosa Junior College student sparked a heated discussion, prompting Sonoma County residents to question who’s at fault: the civilian or the officer. The short answer? Both. On her graduation night June 13, 18-...

Editorial: Minimum wage vs. maximum profits

Editorial: Minimum wage vs. maximum profits

April 12, 2016

A minimum wage increase to $15 sounds great to Santa Rosa Junior College students who make low wages and can barely scrape by. Yet the issue is more complex than a quick pay raise.  Worries about company-wide lay-offs and a rise in daily expenses create a debate ...

Editorial: Forget the mystery, express women’s history

Editorial: Forget the mystery, express women’s history

March 8, 2016

Though we have a full month dedicated to the accomplishments of strong, powerful women throughout history, there is still an overwhelming lack of representation of women in history textbooks. Women’s contributions and accomplishments should be a part of ...

Editorial: Society needs to stand up against rape culture

Editorial: Society needs to stand up against rape culture

February 23, 2016

While couples celebrated Valentine’s Day, dedicated members of the Santa Rosa community gathered at Old Courthouse Square to march towards Santa Rosa Junior College to speak out against rape culture. A week before this uplifting march, a pro-rape...

Editorial: Pushing the boundaries of a nation’s trust

Editorial: Pushing the boundaries of a nation’s trust

February 9, 2016

A common perception persists among the nation’s informed public: consistently declining trust in federal and state government officials.   While this phenomenon is nothing new, recent public distrust rapidly turned to wariness of health department official...

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