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Plastic bag ban bums some buyers out

Plastic bag ban bums some buyers out

Julianna Eveland

April 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Chico does a commendable job of being an environmentally-friendly town. So good in fact, the plastic bag ban, which is meant to come into place throughout California in July 2015, might be pushed through Chico City Council prior to the mandatory ban date. I'm all for saving the planet, but a statewid...

Social media forgets tragedies too fast

Matt Murphy

April 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Tragedy always seems to strike when it is least expected, as it did the week before last in Orland. For those who haven't used the Internet recently, a tour bus carrying 48 Los Angeles area high school students to Humboldt State for a visit collided with a semi-trailer when it crossed an Inte...

College campuses provides empty promises

Kevin Crittenden

April 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

College admission letters should come with caution tape. The implicit promise colleges make to students is a shot at the American dream. But the light at the end of the tunnel is an illusion — it doesn’t exist. We go to school because we’re taught it will make us more appealing to employers, that ...

Reaching different levels of success

Reaching different levels of success

Veronica De La Cruz

April 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Too often, people find themselves thinking that success is only achieved through wealth and power.While those things may sound appealing to most, the road is challenging and some people feel like failures if they don't make millions right away.The journey of getting to a place where one feels as though they've accomplished certai...

Supreme Court creates billionaire’s democracy

Supreme Court creates billionaire’s democracy

Kevin Crittenden

April 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A tiny slice of Americans just tightened their stranglehold on our crippled democracy.Earlier this month, a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court paved the way for private dollars to tip the scales of justice in favor of the uber-rich. The decision eliminates aggregate limits on individual contribu...

Everyday choices enable excess

Everyday choices enable excess

Matt Murphy

April 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I would imagine if someone came to America for the first time, they'd find no better cross-section of this country than at a Denny's. They'd learn a couple of things at America's Diner. One, Americans apparently can't read, because there are more pictures than words on Denny's menus. The second is that Ame...

Vaccines are friends, not foes.

Zachary Phillips

April 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 1998, a study conducted by former surgeon Andrew Wakefield in the medical journal "The Lancet" claims that vaccines have a possible link to the development of autism. In 2010, 10-year-old Jeremiah Mitchell learns to adapt to the life of a quadruple amputee. Four years earlier, he lost all four limbs...

Trending tweets make farce of feminism

Valerie Teegardin

April 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

To find misogyny, sexism and the occasional degrading meme all in one spot, look no further than the trending Twitter community, MenistTwitter. A male spinoff of the term "feminist," the concept of using social media as a platform for advocating men's rights had the potential to give men a voice that ma...

Rioting for no reason

Rioting for no reason

Julianna Eveland

April 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Partygoers from around California flocked to Santa Barbara two weekends ago for Deltopia, Santa Barbara's most epic party of the year. A weekend meant for the beach and part-hopping, Deltopia turned into a foggy nightmare of tear gas and SWAT teams.The chaos began when someone hit a UC Santa Barbara polic...

Giving time, not money to charity

Prin Mayowa

April 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I wish that Sarah McLachlan and her border collie spent less time trying to guilt me into giving money to abused and sheltered animals.I have my own dogs that need to be fed expensive Petco food and groomed, which costs hundreds of dollars every year.I don't know if anyone has noticed yet, but being a broke col...

Growing up globally crafts perspective

Growing up globally crafts perspective

Julianna Eveland

April 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It was almost 11 p.m. when the lights flickered, the walls shook and the earthquake had reached our Bay Holdings apartment in Baku, Azerbaijan. The earthquake read 6.3 on the Richter scale — Azerbaijan’s largest in 160 years. My family has always had a keen taste for adventure. The way I think abou...

Digital activism lacks real results

Veronica De La Cruz

April 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” read a tweet from @ColbertReport posted March 28. While “The Colbert Report” is widely known for its humor and jokes, this tweet still caused outrage ...

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