Category: Opinion

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Ban on California Offshore Drilling Should be Permanent

California Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Obama in a Dec. 2016 letter to ban new offshore oil drilling in California. Obama has already issued a permanent bans on new drilling in Atlantic and Arctic waters and a temporary ban on new West Coast offshore drilling until 2022. While banning something that endangers the environment and possibly the entire human race may seem scary at first, a ban on new California drilling is the right move. The continued reliance to oil is not in California’s best interest. More oil platforms usually mean more oil spills, and oil spills have been devastating in the past. In 1969, a Santa Ba...

Personal Perspective: Anvitha Soordelu

If you’ve ever met me, chances are, I’ve only said about 10 words to you. Maybe 20. Probably something along the lines of “Is this what we’re supposed to be doing?” Maybe we engaged in small talk, discussing the night’s homework or stressing over that one problem on that one test that nobody understood how to do, before the conversation petered out into its usual silence. I’ve always been a quiet person. Since day one actually, or so I’ve been told. At age four I was quiet, shy and avoided conflicts with anybody who wasn’t immediate family. This was also true of me at age ...

Staff Ed: Finals Should Be Held Before Winter Break

For many, the winter holidays are synonymous with a period of celebration, reunion and rest. But for SDUHSD students and thousands of other high school students across the country, this is not always the case. Faced with the looming threat of semester finals only a couple of weeks after returning from break, students often find themselves scrambling to finish projects and to prepare for exams. Because of this, final exams should be given before winter break so winter break can truly be just that: a break. A major drawback of our current system is the fact that break comes at a very critical time — right before finals. Man...
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Planned Parenthood should not be defunded

On Dec. 20, the Texas Health and Services Commission announced that the state would officially remove Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid coverage program beginning Jan. 19.  But Texas’ fight is only part of a larger legislative trend within the Republican party; on Jan. 5, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced that defunding Planned Parenthood will be included in a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and doing so will only require a simple majority. Planned Parenthood, the largest single provider of reproductive health services in the U.S., received $528 million in federal Medicaid funds last year. $3.1 mill...
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Trump appears to defy long-held One China policy

At the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1950, the losing Republic of China fled to Taiwan, while the victorious Communist Party of China formed the People’s Republic of China on the Chinese mainland. Today, the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China both claim they control all of China and Taiwan. In reality, the ROC only has true jurisdiction in Taiwan, and the PRC on mainland China.  Foreign nations that want to hold diplomatic and economic relations with either China or Taiwan must adhere to what is known as the One China Policy, cutting all relations with one nation and recognizing only one of ...

Women’s March on Washington

From demeaning tapes revealing “innocuous locker room banter” to his mockery of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and a long list of transgressions in between, President-elect Donald Trump has been widely criticized for his treatment of women. In an effort to protect the rights, safety and health of “vibrant and diverse communities,” specifically those of women, the Women’s March on Washington will deliver a powerful message to the new administration on its first day in office. According to the Washington Post, an estimated 200,000 will attend the organization’s march along Independence Ave. ...
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Pro: Economic Boycott of North Carolina

North Carolina has recently found itself in the middle of controversy. It is one of the last states to fly the Confederate flag on a government building and, most recently, it continued its streak of questionable decisions by failing to repeal House Bill 2. In March 2016, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory passed the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, also known as HB2, which established that people must use the public restrooms that match the gender listed on their birth certificates. After months of protests, the North Carolina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has called fo...
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Con: Economic Boycott of North Carolina

There is no question that North Carolina, in recent months, is spiraling into a state controlled by a lawless right-wing tyranny. Whether it’s the refusal to repeal the controversial anti-LGBT HB2 bill, the abuse of power by the right, or the wide array of voter suppression, North Carolina has crossed the line. The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is pushing for an economic boycott of the state until the discriminatory HB2 bill, also known as the bathroom bill, and other legislation they say infringes on civil rights are repealed. The bill overrides all loca...
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Con: U.S. Electoral College

In an effort to defy colonial British rule and its lack of American representation, our founding fathers created a nation that would derive its rule and authority from its citizens. This promise to be a  government of, by and for the people was built on a Constitutional right to vote that   gives the American people the right to voice their opinions and determine  for themselves who will represent and defend their needs and interests. Despite this, the system through which the U.S. president is chosen — the Electoral College — direct contradictions the will of the people. In a general election, state re...
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Pro: U.S. Electoral College

The Electoral College serves as the symbol and functioning implementation of federalism in the American constitutional system. Despite being deemed an anachronistic, undemocratic way of selecting a president, it allows both the states and citizens to have a say in the federal process. The fairness of the electoral college has always been somewhat contested, but has recently been called into greater question after the election of president-elect Donald Trump who, in spite of winning 302 electoral college votes, is more than 2.5 million popular votes behind opponent Hillary Clinton. The concern of many is that in our democratic sys...