The Renegade Rip

Ballistic ‘fingerprints’ may not be answer to shootings

Jennifer Hubbell

November 14, 2002

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The recent sniper attacks have embedded a sense of fear into lawmakers and citizens everywhere. ? The newest plea for gun safety is to record the ballistic "fingerprints" embedded in a firearm as they are manufactured and sold. This would become standard procedure for all Californians wanting to purchase a firearm, along with the background checks that are already done. State?Sen....

Tuesday is your chance for change

John Vodopija

October 31, 2002

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For some reason "vote" has become a four-letter word to the just-over-18 crowd. This is kind of odd because if Nelly was running for governer of California, hoards of Carson Daly wannabes would jam the voting booths. Why not put someone cool in charge? Believe it or not Ronald Reagan was an actor and even did movies with chimps! Even Arnold Schwarzenegger is thinking about...

It’s time for youth to flex its power

Demethrasis Blackmon

October 31, 2002

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Californians are some of the most powerful people in the world. In fact, the youth of California has the power to shape the world we live in today. That's why every election year in this country there is a major push for the youth to flex their power and vote. However, ever since 18-year-olds obtained the right to vote in 1972, fewer and fewer young people have made their...

Voting is as fun as a midterm

Anissa Segovia

October 31, 2002

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That time of year is already here, the time when people who sit outside of the stores and ask whether you go in or you come out, "Excuse me, ma'am but are you registered to vote?" It always seems as though I'm in a hurry and I just don't want to be botherd and at that moment I feel like screaming, "If people want to vote, they're going to go ahead and vote when they're ready...

Mudslinging buries political issues in state governor’s race

Chris Keeler

October 31, 2002

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The California governor's race is solely based on the attack of ideals, business records and personal pasts. It is just like an old fashioned mudslinging contest. Gray Davis has been fronting his campaign on the idea of making Bill Simon look like a crooked businessman, while never even mentioning the politics in this political race. In rebuttal to Davis' extremely negative...

Draft dodging is not the answer

Archer Sierra

October 24, 2002

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As the United States prepares for conflict in Iraq a question should be crossing everyone's mind now: "Are college students prepared for war?" While the Selective Service System remains in a standby "caretaker" status, according to their Web site, the possibility of a draft is remote and many students have mixed feelings about the situation with Iraq. According to a June...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Student criticizes editing of her essay

September 26, 2002

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Kudos to the Eclectica staff for producing another issue of collections created by Bakersfield College students. The task must seem ominous, at times, when considering the sizable body of essays, poems, short stories, plays and photographs that must be sorted, read and judged by so few. However, the duty should never be so burdensome that the integrity of an author's work...

OPINION: Arming pilots may create new security problems

Jennifer Hubbell

September 26, 2002

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The U.S. Senate has voted for a bill that would allow pilots to be taught defense tactics that would include the possession of firearms on airplanes. Is post-Sept 11 security really worth the risk of a gun falling into the wrong hands on a flight? There are so many things that can go wrong with having an authorized gun onboard a flight. If a hijacker on a flight had a gun,...

OPINION: Minors who murder should not face death penalty

Jennifer Hubbell

September 26, 2002

Filed under Opinion

Anyone following the local news lately has probably noticed a rash of youths committing murder. Although it is not anyone's right to take the life of another, these children are just children and no matter how horrific their crimes are, they should not be faced with the death penalty. One of the most horrific crimes in this county recently was the case of 17-year-old Ruben...

OPINION: Good Ol’ Boys

Jennifer Hubbell

September 19, 2002

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The Augusta National Golf Club acts like a bunch of boys who have built a fort with a sign on the ladder saying, "No Girls Allowed." It's time to bring the club, and the Masters, into the 21st century. The club, which allows women to play as guests on their courses but will not let them become members, won't allow female golfers to compete in the Masters. William "Hootie"...

STAFF EDITORIALBudget cuts limit classes, hurt students

September 19, 2002

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It's been said that money is the root of all evil. But when it comes to the state budget, legislators who can't make timely decisions are the root of a problem that affects everyone. Because of the state budget crisis, numerous classes in Bakersfield College's curriculum have been canceled. These were classes that were full. They did not lack enrollment, instructors or student...

Letters to the Editor / Sept. 20, 2002

September 19, 2002

Filed under Opinion

Marine claims some players lack integrity I find it refreshing that after a 20-year hiatus from college campus life, not much has changed. I retired from the Marine Corps about a year ago. I am completing my last three-unit math requirement here at BC so I can graduate from the University of Maryland (with honors). The first day of school the bookstore lines are long; unl...

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