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LETTER TO THE EDITORDenying transplant equates to a prisoner’s death sentence

February 21, 2002

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I read with personal interest the opinion piece by Daniel Hunt criticizing a recent heart transplant operation which involved a convicted felon as recipient. First off, I'm sure that Mr. Hunt is truly concerned about the critical shortage of transplantable organs - and, of course, is himself a donor. I know two transplant recipients personally, and have met a gentleman who...

SIMPLY PUTPrisoner’s heart transplant, taxpaying public do not mix

Daniel F. Hunt

February 7, 2002

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If there was ever a time in my life that the government has left me absolutely clueless on its rhyme or reason, this would have be it. A man, who is in prison serving a 14-year sentence for robbery, was given a heart transplant on Jan. 3 in San Francisco. Now I've heard of some stupid things that the goverment has done in the past: Imprisoning Japanese-Americans during World...

EDITORIALLindh is no longer an American

Jessica C. Millman

February 7, 2002

Filed under Opinion

John Walker Lindh turned his back on his country. He deserves no special treatment. The United States is in the unique position of trying to bring the Taliban and its members to justice, while trying to refute criticism for the military's alleged mistreatment of these prisoners. According to The Associated Press, Lindh learned in June about the suicide operation carried out...

EDITORIALDenying same-sex marriage only prevents equality

Amber Garcia

February 7, 2002

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Let's get to the true point of opposition against same-sex marriages: It's not about "preserving" the institute of "traditional" marriage. It's about discrimination and homophobia. Two years ago, Proposition 22, which defines marriage as a union specifically between a heterosexual couple, was passed in California by 61 percent. The reasoning? Many in favor of Proposition...

ASBC NEWSThis year’s Fling will be ‘Big Easy’ style

Melissa Errecalde
Special to The Rip

February 7, 2002

Filed under Opinion

This year for "Spring Fling," the Associated Students of Bakersfield College is going to be celebrating Mardi Gras. We're asking for suggestions on T-shirt designs supporting our theme. Keep in mind, this is an alcohol and drug-free campus and we do not support any public display of nudity. Other restrictions may apply to the design as well. For more details contact Paul Bench,...

STAFF EDITORIALU.S. retaliation is essential

December 31, 2001

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Letters to the Editor for Dec. 7, 2001

December 6, 2001

Filed under Opinion

Dirty restrooms, graffiti disgust campus visitors I am 36 years old and have been a student at Bakersfield College for a year now and I am shocked at the conduct and lack of courtesy, cleanliness and work ethics of people working and attending this college. I have noticed, on a daily basis, that the woman's restrooms are in an almost constant state of filth. I usually vis...

SIMPLY PUTThere’s no reason to question lower gas prices

Daniel F. Hunt

December 6, 2001

Filed under Opinion

Have you noticed the low gas prices? I sure have. It hasn't been since I first got my license, at 16, that I've seen the prices this low. It's a welcome change for students, especially those on a budget. Some of the things that I've done since the prices dropped below a dollar: Drove to Irvine to visit my friend Craig and I drove to San Diego to visit my friend Bryan; I made...

Airports need improved safety

Maria Eutsler

December 6, 2001

Filed under Opinion

Two news reporters recently investigated just how easy it is it to get by airline security with such items as knives, razor blades and scissors after Sept. 11. They got past checkpoints at 10 U.S. major airports. Just how safe are we? With airplanes being used as terrorist weapons and anthrax-o-grams being sent, it all seems surreal. A woman named Linda Uptegrove was walking...

An Afghan government needs careful thought

Jessica C. Millman

December 6, 2001

Filed under Opinion

Flash forward 10 years from now. Sept. 11 is now a national day of remembrance. The former Taliban government is a short mark in history. The name Osama bin Laden has faded, but it is certainly not forgotten. The country of Afghanistan is once again in turmoil. It has terrible poverty, orphans, famines and warlords fighting for control. Women are still oppressed, can't go to...

FROM THE ONLINE EDITORSell books online at The Rip

Jarrod M. Graham

November 29, 2001

Filed under Opinion

Books. Those handy little tomes of information popularized by Gutenberg's printing press. As college students, we all need them. But for some, they aren't easily obtained. Every four months when a new semester rolls around, we students are faced with a plethora of new classes requiring new textbooks, and those often don't come cheap, sometimes going for as much as $70 to...

CONSelling booze at games is not appropriate

Rachel Cribbs

November 29, 2001

Filed under Opinion

Bakersfield College does not officially sell alcohol at its home football games, but the Helmet Club does. At every game in the BC football season, the Helmet Club, a BC alumni organization, obtains a permit to sell beer outside the BC stadium to tailgaters. They shut down all beer sales a half an hour before the game starts, said Pat Coyle, the director of food services...

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