Leave the left behind

April 20, 2017 10:28 AM

The left in the United States is in crisis. But it’s important to understand that the left is crisis. —— What I mean is that it is not only true that the left is dealing with some dire emergencies—the victory of Donald Trump being the most alarming—but we must also face the reality that the left has been defined by emergencies for far too long. We know that capitalism causes constant crisis: rampant exploitation, war and imperialism, and the horrors of climate change. But when the left fights an anticapitalist fight, it just ends up fighting on capitalism’s terrain, using […]

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Unhealthy healthcare

10:17 AM
Unhealthy healthcare

California’s single payer senate bill (SB-562) is long overdue. —— The deficiencies in our healthcare system are glaring. Americans pay more for medical care than any country in the world.  Yet on standard measures of health—life expectancy and infant mortality—we fare worse than our peers. The U.S. is the only country among wealthy developed nations that does not have a government-funded universal, healthcare system.  Of 13 western nations studied by the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. is the only one lacking some form of single-payer system. We’re told in the free market that “competition” will keep prices low. But the U.S. […]

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Fight for your digital rights

March 30, 2017 2:01 PM
Fight for your digital rights

We have entered an age where privacy is no longer a right—if you want to keep it, you’re going to have to fight for it. Congress just let your internet provider run wild with your browsing history. Once again, we’re reminded how easily internet privacy can be compromised. FBI Director James Comey has said, point blank, that there is “no such thing as absolute privacy in America.” But it’s not time to give up. We have an ever-growing arsenal of privacy-protecting tools at our disposal, so no more lousy excuses about not taking action. Phrases like “there’s nothing I can […]

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Letter to the editor – Tower Watch draws response from district official

1:52 PM

I am writing to let you and your editorial staff know that the District and College Administration are working very hard to fix and maintain the utilities infrastructures at Laney on a daily basis. I have assigned the Assistant Chief Engineer at Laney College (Jason Busby) to fix the restroom that was featured in your Tower Watch, and also paint over the bathroom that has graffiti also in building E. The bathroom sink that was featured was fixed March 20 (according to Jason), while the pull stations throughout Laney are being fixed and tested and should be complete by March […]

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Progress on pronouns

1:51 PM
Progress on pronouns

For the first time, the Associated Press has recognized ‘they’ as an acceptable singular and/or gender-neutral pronoun (see below), which demonstrates how necessary it is for language to adapt. The AP’s new style guide says that, for gender-neutral subjects, “use the person’s name in place of a pronoun, or… explain in the text that the person prefers a gender-neutral pronoun.” As conversation surrounding gender neutrality and fluidity become more common in society, it becomes clear that English is lacking in this department. English does not have a gender-neutral pronoun, and yet pronouns are essential to proper syntax. We are given […]

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Protesting at the pump

March 16, 2017 12:08 PM

Life in the United States seems predicated on the ideal of freedom and having the option to choose. So why have we disregarded the only choice at the pump? I believe we can regain our independence by not supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline by boycotting companies that aid our addiction to big oil consumption. On March 7, I was headed home toward 12th Street and Broadway. Right on the corner were about 45 anti-DAPL protesters blocking the entrance of Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo happens to be one of the most corrupt banks in the US to date. From 2011 to […]

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Letters to the editor – Don’t silence our students’ speech

12:01 PM

“The Kind of School that Stifles Students’ Free Speech?” in the March 2, 2017 issue of the Laney Tower is a serious matter. [Laney Tower faculty advisor Burt Dragin] was right to take the article down to make sure all of the facts about Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli were correct before reinstating the article’s position on the Laney Tower website. I believe Dr. Tricoli should have acknowledged his past mistakes, then written a letter to the Laney Tower suggesting that he is no longer that person, as well as explain to students, staff, and faculty who he is now. He […]

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Letters to the editor – Rethinking Black History Month

12:01 PM

I read the article “Rethinking Black History”. I am glad that I came across this article because I have been thinking this for years! We don’t know much about Black History because we have only been taught a very small portion of it. Black history did not start with slavery, and it did not end with the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, it goes back thousands of years. Even though we were robbed of our culture and history, it is up to us to expand our knowledge of our history. If we do not know our history, we do not […]

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Letters to the editor – Unity and disunity at Trump’s speech

11:59 AM

Sixty-six women wore white suits adorned with gold and purple flowers while sitting stoically through the presidential address last Tuesday. These women in white held their applause and refused to jump from their seats as Trump promised to “Make America Great Again.” Female Republicans called for unity, but sadly did not unite with female Democrats in support of women’s rights. The white these Democrats donned represented the Women’s Suffrage Movement of the 1920’s. The Women’s Suffrage Movement gave women the right to vote and catapulted equal rights for women in America. The group said they were not protesting. Rather, they […]

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The junk food of news

March 2, 2017 9:14 AM

So much news, so little time. More often than not, we are bombarded with “fake news” and what is called “junk food news” of the two neither is beneficial to news consumers. As time progresses on and events occur, we are bombarded by news about those events. At the same time, fewer local events help us better understand our community. This is confusing. We can be misled by the news in believing whatever it is they, the news producers, would like to have on the agenda. For instance, if the local news tells us another shooting happened today in our […]

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RETHINKING SYRIA?

9:13 AM
RETHINKING SYRIA?

The recent public outpouring of support for immigrants is truly heartwarming. Yet I can’t help but ask myself: why now? Where was this compassion two months ago, four months ago, one year ago, four years ago, or since the outbreak of the turmoil that now plagues North Africa and the Middle East? While millions of people sought to flee war and destruction in their home countries, the U.S. offered to take in 20,000? Turkey alone is coping with numbers of immigrants in the millions; Jordan, Lebanon, and northern Iraq, in the hundreds of thousands, at least. There wasn’t much of […]

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