Category: Opinion

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Partisan attacks on the FBI are weakening our democracy

Today’s Republican party has taken partisanship to a level never before seen in the United States. Politics has always been nasty and divisive, but with the Republicans’ various recent attempts to undermine the FBI and Department of Justice, they have proven that they value remaining in power more than a functioning democracy. By deceiving and misleading the very people who elected them, they have found a way to delegitimize anything and everything that could threaten their power. There was once a time when the truth mattered, when facts were the center of every story. Sadly, under this new administration, that is n...
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STAFF ED: Facebook unfairly censors and targets conservatives

A picture of a perfectly-calm baby receiving an immunization shot. A picture of a young, unclothed child, whose clothes were burned off by napalm, crying as she runs away from the horrors of the Vietnam War. Both are censored by Facebook for being “shocking, sensational, or overly violent.”  Most of us, in some way or another, are acquainted with the Constitutional phrase “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” However, the great significance of the First Amendment is often mindlessly overlooked and taken for granted in today’s close-minded society.    ...
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Con: Trump’s immigration bill that provides citizenship for DREAMers, tightens border security, cuts legal immigration

State of the Union Addresses are often used to tout a president’s upcoming agenda. While president Donald Trump certainly discussed tax cuts and trade, he also wasted no time unveiling a new, four-pronged immigration plan. Trump is bargaining with Democrats. In exchange for offering protections to DACA DREAMers, Trump is demanding $25 billion for his border wall and other protections, an end to the visa diversity lottery and the end of “chain migration.” What Trump may not realize is that this plan hurts more than it helps, and therefore should not be passed in its current form. By limiting immigration, Trum...
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Pro: Trump’s immigration bill that provides citizenship for DREAMers, tightens border security, cuts legal immigration

On September 5, President Donald Trump deliberately ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and left conditions for DREAMers, unauthorized immigrants who came to America as children, in a chaotic state as they may face deportation. Since Trump’s seemingly outrageous decision to end this policy, DACA has been the subject of constant debate and negotiation. His new four-part proposal requested funding for a border wall with Mexico and increased funding for Border Patrol will be provided. He has also proposed banning U.S. citizens from sponsoring their adult children, parents and siblings for green cards and that the ...
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Personal Perspective: Angela Liu

When I was little, I thought my parents had the answers to all of my questions, like most kids do. As I’ve grown up, while I have learned that my parents do not, in fact, know everything, my respect and admiration for them has not changed. I know, it sounds like I’m just saying this to kiss-up to my parents, and you might be thinking I chose to write about them only because I had no other ideas of what to talk about in this article that’s supposed to be about me. But if you know me, you know that I am, and pretty much always have been, very close to my parents, something I admit to basically anyone. As I’v...
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San Diego hepatitis A outbreak could and should have been prevented

In 2003, Chi Chi’s restaurant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania was the source of one of the biggest hepatitis A outbreaks, when over 900 people were infected after eating green onions. Hepatitis A outbreaks may be rare in the United States, but when it is known that hepatitis can easily spread through homeless communities, San Diego, with the fourth highest homeless population of the U.S., should have known an epidemic was coming. In September 2017, a public health emergency was declared in San Diego because of the hepatitis A outbreak sweeping through the homeless community, and although the city is taking steps t...
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Lets Break It Down: Media Mergers and Aquisitions

On Nov. 16, 2017, the Federal Communication Commission, which is responsible for regulating communications enterprises like phone, television and radio companies, rolled back regulations established in the 1970s on media mergers, making it easier for media mergers to take place. Media mergers consolidate ownership of media outlets, which has already happened drastically over the years. According to Business Insider, about 50 media companies controlled approximately 90 percent of the information that the public received in 1983. In 2017, the number is down to just 6 companies: General Electric, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom,...
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Abandoning net neutrality will stifle our free and open Internet

An inherent part of being an American is having freedom. Net neutrality is just one of the preventions protecting that freedom and the right to access websites on the Internet. Net neutrality is what prevents companies from monopolizing the market and controlling aspects of using the Internet to gain more profit.  In 2015, Title II, a provision protecting net neutrality, was passed under the Communications Act of 1934, protecting the internet-using public from being subjected to discrimination and political views of biased companies and the unfair monopolization, or domination of the market, of online phone and ca...
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YouTube should hold creators like Logan Paul accountable

In 2005, a group of three ambitious PayPal employees created YouTube.com, a site where people can post and share videos. Little did they know that their simple idea would go on to revolutionize the internet.  The first YouTube video, made by co-creator Jawed Karim, was a shaky 18-second clip of Karim in front of a group of elephants, entitled “Me at the zoo.” Today, over 1.3 billion videos have been uploaded to the site, with as many as five billion views per day. Its incredible popularity, along with the chance to make money since YouTube started selling ads, has attracted an array of successful YouTu...
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Can everyone please calm down about #Oprah2020?

On Jan. 7, Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her “outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment” at the Golden Globes with a speech that left the country in a frenzy. She conveyed her sense of honor at being  the first black woman to be given the award, and touched on her appreciation for the press, but her words mostly addressed the #MeToo movement, notably urging audiences everywhere to fight for “the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.” It was a beautiful and compelling speech, one that said all the right things, and was eloquently de...