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Is animal testing acceptable? (Con)

Is animal testing acceptable? (Con)

May 3, 2016

Over 400 years ago, William Harvey used animals to research how blood circulated in the body. In 1922, animal testing was put on the map when it was found...

Is animal testing acceptable? (Pro)

Is animal testing acceptable? (Pro)

May 3, 2016

I’ve heard horror stories of animals leading tortured lives in tiny cages being poked and injected and slathered in toxic goo in the name of research....

Death penalty is dumb

AK Pachla, Copy Editor

May 3, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Governments around the world since the beginning of civilization have imposed capital punishment, the death penalty, for various reasons. Even today, countries employ the death penalty against citizens for crimes ranging from the moral, such as acts of blasphemy or indecency, to the legal, such as high treason or crimes of war. The most common violation leading to a death...

Letters to the Editor: Campus community speaks on kit foxes

May 3, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Editor:  In The Rip articles by Joe Bergman concerning the controversy surrounding the removal of the endangered and federally protected kit foxes at Memorial Stadium – removal that has warranted an investigation by California Fish and Wildlife -- the alleged purpose for removing the foxes seems to focus on the “beautification” of the stadium. Confucius famo...

New minimum wage increase is really unnecessary

Marcus Castro, Contributing Editor

April 19, 2016

Filed under Opinion

California Gov. Jerry Brown approved minimum wage’s raise to $15 an hour on April 4, and it will become effective in 2020. To be honest, I think that minimum wage shouldn’t be raised to that amount. I feel that if you are a person who doesn’t play an integral role in a workplace such as fast food, you don’t deserve to get paid as high as $15 an hour. Now if...

Women deserve to be equal to men

Marcus Castro, Contributing Editor

April 19, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Many people say that these days, women have nearly earned full equality among men. I think that they are completely wrong. Women are moving toward equality at a much faster pace than they were 100 years ago, but I do not believe that they are close to where they morally should be. Men still dominate in many areas of the work world and leadership positions. In politics,...

Breast-feeding in public: Is it really that big of a deal? (Con)

Carl E. Littleberry Jr., Reporter

April 19, 2016

Filed under Opinion

I am a man who loves the female body, from the complexities of the female personality, to the broad range of physical features that I myself find alluring on the female body. I may be a little unconventional in saying this but, the female body is the greatest piece of art ever created. Being born into household of six women and only one male, and being from the south, I was...

Weed helps health

AK Pachla, Copy Editor

April 19, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Happy 4:20 everyone! I wish you this as a card-carrying member of the cannabis community. It was moving to California, where I would have consistent access to high quality marijuana at a price that is more or less fixed by a free market system, which allowed me to move past my own health issues and finally succeed in living an average life. You may take this for granted,...

Breast-feeding in public: Is it really that big of a deal? (Pro)

AK Pachla, Copy Editor

April 19, 2016

Filed under Opinion

I Googled “breast-feeding in public” and found out that on April 11, a woman participating in a case being heard in a North Carolina courtroom was expelled from the premises for breast-feeding her infant son. According to North Carolina law, a woman may breast-feed her child in any place where she is legally allowed to be. I started with the Google search because...

Preparation and care will help shortage

Preparation and care will help shortage

April 5, 2016

As we all know, California is in a serious drought. The shortage on water is a big deal in Kern County as we mostly rely on the snow from the mountains...

Reviews of game reviews

Chris Miller, Reporter

April 5, 2016

Filed under Opinion

The integrity and overall trustworthiness of video game reviews has plummeted over the years, and as time goes on, it seems to only be getting worse. Video game reviews, along with any kind of review in general, are sacred. They are personal opinions about a game after a reviewer has spent enough time on that game to give his or her own thoughts and share those thoughts with...

Donald Trump: Yes or No? (Pro)

Joe Bergman, Photo and Sports Editor

April 5, 2016

Filed under Opinion

The President of the United States is often considered to be the world’s most powerful person, leading the world’s only superpower. The president commands the world’s most powerful military, which is armed with the largest nuclear arsenal, and leads the world’s largest economy. One would think that a position with so much power would have stringent prerequisites,...

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