Letters to the Editor – Students must rise and fight

April 7, 2016 1:33 PM

The outreach to students of Laney College by Cat Brooks, Asantewaa Boykin and Ashley Yates of the Anti-Police Terror Project looks to be a call to action against injustice within the city of Oakland. (“Female activists panel speaks on origins of activism”/Tower March 17.) In a city that values coercion over rehabilitation, the importance of activism cannot be overstated. Appealing to students is important, as academic centers are inherently a community. Schools have a greater potential to rally than the fragmented environment of laborers within their individual and diverse industries. Oakland is lost in a vicious cycle of crime and […]

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Letters to the Editor – Cuba coverage dispels myths

1:32 PM

The article regarding a Cuban official visiting Merritt College is notably the lead story of the March 17 Laney Tower, and the choice was well-made. (“Cuban official visits Merritt/First U.S. Cuban embassy secretary talks new relations with U.S.”) The story rectifies misled ideas, including the liberties that the United States has taken with this island nation. However, the Cuban secretary’s visit is merely an implied positive experience. For that reason a more explicit statement of the assembly’s aftermath would bring more significance to the article. Vinson Ma English Letters to the Editor The Tower accepts letters to the editor. Letters […]

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Letters to the Editor – Women make a difference

March 17, 2016 1:54 PM

What caught my attention in the Tower was the story about Women’s History Month in March (“Changing animation from the inside out: Pixar artist visits BCC”/March 3). This story is something of prime importance in that this is a time to remember the history of extraordinary women. I think it’s excellent to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. I feel like we shouldn’t just set aside a month in the calendar to finally give hard-working women credit for their accomplishments in this world. While they may not all make headlines, or perform grand gestures, […]

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Letters to the Editor – Quantifiable contributions

March 3, 2016 1:00 PM

Editor—During my reading of the Tower, I found it really good with several great stories. While there were several great stories, nothing caught my attention too much. But my sentiments toward the homelessness issue is of concern. This story is heart-wrenching in that this has been a problem for countless years in this country. While the causes and solutions to homelessness are complex, there is much that an individual or community group can do to help. No matter your skills, interests, age, or race, you can help. It just frustrates me that there are so many people that are homeless in […]

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Letters to the Editor – One no Trump on bridging chasm

February 18, 2016 2:34 PM

Editor—The 2016 Presidential Election is set to be an interesting one to say the least. Running for the Republicans and leading in the polls in the primary election is socialite and “exuberant” TV personality, Donald John Trump. Trump came to fame from his TV series, “The Apprentice,” where he would gather a group of hungry contestants, who would perform numerous business related tasks and out-do the other contestants to ultimately win a prize of a $250,000 contract to run one of Trump’s companies. Although Trump is without a doubt a business tycoon, he has proven to know little about politics. […]

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Letters to the Editor – What really goes on on The Quad?

2:32 PM

Editor—“Word on the Quad” is an interesting concept for a newspaper article. However, I found the title to be more interesting than the actual article. When I read the title I expected to read a little more about what is actually taking place on the quad, but instead I read about some student agendas, which is not bad for an article titled “…Agenda”. I guess I was hoping that the reporter would find a few interesting people and get some information about the type of things that take place on the quad and develop a good story. Maybe my expectations […]

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Letters to the Editor – Shedding light on danger in the dark

February 4, 2016 3:14 PM

Editor—I have just started my second semester at Laney and am excited to begin new classes. I have one evening class, the same as I did last semester. My new math class, which takes place from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. after the sun has set, mind you, is in the Field House. If you are unfamiliar with the location of the Field House as was I several days ago, it is next to the football field—still unsure? So was I, so I walked behind the Art Center building, over the bridge, down a path and finally past the football field into […]

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Letters to the Editor – Apathy loses big

November 13, 2015 1:52 PM

Editor—Laney President Elnora Webb’s email (to faculty and staff) suggests that Project Truth is coming back next academic year.  In 1978, the ACLU also invoked the First Amendment right to free speech and assembly when a neo-Nazi group planned to march through Skokie, a Chicago suburb where many Holocaust survivors lived.  Although the ACLU prevailed in defense of the Nazis, many ACLU members resigned and the Nazis cancelled their march. Hopefully, the project won’t return, wishing a bigger headline. Congratulations to KR Nava and vocal students.  There is nothing worse than apathy. While women’s health is threatened, people say nonsense […]

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Letters to the Editor – Calendar needed!

October 29, 2015 1:42 PM

Editor—I would appreciate an addition to the Laney Tower, a calendar of coming events. Too often the Tower reports on events that have already happened, and I feel badly about having missed them. It would be easy enough to have the departments who host these events, like Music, Drama and Dance report a schedule of upcoming events. I would be there, and I know others would be interested as well. We have stellar faculty in all of these departments, and are actually well known in the community for our dance and theatre productions. The music events, even little concerts for […]

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Letters to the Editor – More Afram stories!

1:41 PM

Editor—While reading the Laney Tower, I found it really insightful as newspapers should have several great stories. But when reading any piece of literature even with those flashes of brilliance, you find things that are missing from the rest of the package. It’s like when you’re a kid and you get up in the morning getting ready before school and you eat your favorite cereal. There’s a sign on the box saying there’s a free toy—inside, you are excited and open up the box and there’s no toy and you’re left disappointed. Did you eat the cereal? Yes, of course, […]

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Letters to the Editor – Campus armed robbery goes unreported

October 15, 2015 1:58 PM

Editor—I’m sure, by now, everyone has heard about the shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Ten people were killed, along with the gunman. This should be a wake up call for us all. The Health and Safety Committee here at Merritt College has tried to do an active shooting drill, but it was called off by the district just before the committee was to begin the drill. In addition, there are other challenges that need to be addressed. We had a male student robbed in the men’s restroom in the A-building on the first day of instruction. Although the robber didn’t […]

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Letters to the Editor – Clean-up uneeded!

1:57 PM

Editor—As a senior citizen taking classes at Laney, college is exciting. But the women’s restrooms all over campus are deplorable. Some restrooms have no lights. I walk in and walk right back out. The floors are wet from people flicking water off their  hands to dry them.  No towels to dry your hands, or they use toilet paper.  When you need the toilet paper, there is none. So you ask your “stall mate” to pass some under the partition.   Seat covers: that’s another issue. I realize there is a budget crisis.  I visit the same bathrooms on Monday morning. The floors are still […]

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Letters to the Editor – Drought drama

October 1, 2015 11:56 AM

Editor—One thing that should concern us all, is the drought that has been going on for years in our state. California is not the only state facing a drought in the nation. Water is needed for the human race. The human race is not the only one that relies on water. We are one of the seven states killing the Colorado River basin. This basin provides water to farmers that grow the fruits and vegetables that we eat today. In addition, farmers need to provide livestock with food and water. The food that the livestock consume has to be grown […]

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Letters to the Editor – Jobs column

11:54 AM

Editor—The Laney Tower is a paper I find myself reading from time to time walking into the cafeteria. There are a lot of good articles and stories that are fun to read. What I have noticed and want more of is job advertisements. I am an unemployed student and have been struggling to even get an interview and it would not hurt to at least add a job seekers post on the newspaper. That way people reading the newspaper that need a job can look through it and follow through accordingly. The mini-job post on the newspaper is a small […]

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Letters to the Editor – Trash talk

September 17, 2015 3:03 PM

Editor—I am writing to you as a student of Laney College. I would like to bring your attention to the amount of trash and graffiti on Laney Campus. As a student pursuing my educational goals I look forward to class but am discouraged by the amount of garbage littering our campus. Every time I enter a woman’s restroom it is a mess, toilet paper and paper towels on the floor as well as graffiti written in every stall. Also as a former student of Merritt College I have to say that the facilities at Laney College are somewhat disappointing. I […]

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