The Orion

Addiction bends good friends

Kevin Crittenden

May 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There's nothing worse than watching, in slow motion, the wasting away of a close friend.People tend to choose company whose values closely match their own, but when a friend succumbs to the throes of addiction, it’s time to cut ties.Within the first several weeks of moving here, I had met most of the peo...

Friends in low places offer life lessons

Kevin Crittenden

May 3, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

A few years ago, when I was going to Sonoma State, I had a friend who drank too much.In the two years which I knew him, Danny Smith, whose name I’ve changed here, was arrested three times for public intoxication. Once, we were walking back from a party miles from our dorms, stumbling down the poor...

Bottle ban should follow bag ban

Kevin Crittenden

April 28, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

A city-wide plastic bag ban will soon be put into effect. Local shoppers will have to alter their habits slightly, or pay a small fee per bag.If this town is serious about being sustainable, such a miniscule shift in consumer habits shouldn’t be too difficult to manage.The next step in disrupting the cyc...

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...

Music is taken for granted

Kevin Crittenden

April 13, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I own hundreds of dollars in stolen music.But I didn’t just download my collection— I stole it the old fashioned way.Starting in the fourth grade I developed a method of taking CDs from stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble without paying.Using a metal pin to pry apart the closed teet...

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Kevin Crittenden

April 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Psychedelics are on the way into the arsenal of pills psychiatrists use to quell restless minds.MDMA and LSD are being used in research studies to determine their effectiveness in relieving mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic anxiety. It’s about time. This is a ste...

Life is rough for lefties

April 6, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I broke my hand once. I had been riding a mountain bike and I squeezed hard on the front brake. After I went head over heals I found myself flat on my ass looking at three fingers bent askew.I got a soft cast and learned to use my left hand to do most things.The experience lent me the perspective o...

Shedding light on death in America

Shedding light on death in America

Kevin Crittenden

March 31, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Death in America has become nearly invisible. There was a time when it happened at home, in front of everyone. Now dead and dying bodies are stuffed away in retirement homes, mortuaries and hospitals.Accident victims are cloaked under tarps. Animals that die so we can eat them are slaughtered by professional...

Purposeful pursuit of happiness

Purposeful pursuit of happiness

Kevin Crittenden

March 26, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

  Among the unalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, the pursuit of happiness always stuck in my mind like a song I couldn’t shake. Although the political context in which the declaration was written was much different than the world I live in now, the phrase implies happin...

Eye on tech: the evolution of watches

Kevin Crittenden

March 25, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Nobody who owns a cell phone needs a watch.So why are they still around? What is the story of watches?Dangling from the pocket by a gold chain, early watches were unreliable devices for time telling but nonetheless shiny and, therefore, attractive.They started as clumsy machines that could only tell r...

Celebrating cycle-friendly Chico streets

Celebrating cycle-friendly Chico streets

Kevin Crittenden

March 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Whether darting between pedestrians and cars in downtown or dodging boulders and trees in rugged upper Bidwell Park, there's no substitute for the feeling of biking.There are few cities in the United States as well-suited for biking as Chico. A majority of students live within a mile of campus — th...

Modern-day mealtime is changing

Modern-day mealtime is changing

Kevin Crittenden

March 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

  Food is big business. With unfathomable profits to be gained, corporations closely study how and what we eat. Remember Go-Gurt? The tubed yogurt of middle school days is a prime example of a shift in how we eat. Increasingly, Americans eat on the go and, as we age into the rigmarole of ad...

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