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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Letters to the Editor – Legacies of slavery and oppression

8:58 AM

I read the article “Oppression and Entertainment” in the Feb. 16 of the Laney Tower and thought it was very interesting. It is always amazing when you can turn something so ugly into something beautiful. Artist Milton Bowen was able to shed light on slavery and the oppression of African Americans through entertainment. The mental conditioning in Bowen’s “Making of a Slave” is still relevant today. African Americans have endured hundreds of years of manipulation, torture, slavery, and mistreatment. There are things that went on in slavery that have affected the African American community in a negative way. Habits and […]

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Letters to the Editor – Homelessness and humanization

8:57 AM

I appreciate the coverage on homelessness in the Laney Tower’s Feb. 16 issue’s coverage of the homelessness census, and the humanization of the people who live through homelessness. I don’t think a lot of people try to give much thought about what it would be like to be homeless, and they end up ignoring and dehumanizing homeless people completely. So thank you for this honest coverage. Nicole Lovett Journalism

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Rethinking Black history

8:55 AM

We celebrate the same heroes every Black History Month: a chosen few heroes are put on a pedestal, celebrated by both white and black America. Not to take anything away from courageous freedom fighters like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman to name a few. But it is time for Black History Month to evolve, expand and break out of the chains of the repetitive black history stories that we are taught year after year. After all, Black history did not start in America and it did not start with the enslavement of Africans. It has a […]

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Letters to the editor: Trans exclusion at Women’s March

February 16, 2017 3:33 PM

Did the Laney Tower think to consider the problems with the Women’s March on Washington? Namely, the exclusion of trans women’s rights, and the fact that women of color make less money to a man’s dollar than white women? It would have been nice for the column to not only focus on the general story of the women’s march, but to also place an emphasis on women of color and transgender women. It also would have been nice to hear about why it seems like white women’s voices dominated the overall movement. Is it still a women’s march if all […]

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Letters to the editor: ‘Alternative facts’ are our fault, too

3:32 PM

I am writing to you regarding the article “Electors must Dump Trump,” which I found particularly compelling for its effort to open a debate on the meaning of “fact” in today’s media. However, I believe that the conversation can be pushed further. As the piece cleverly highlighted: “If alternative facts are not questioned, they become facts”. It’s fair to say that in an era overwhelmed by social media, sensationalized and scandal-ridden headlines have all but risen above the conventional newspaper article. Proving to be extremely marketable, fake news dominates a portion of the media. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to blame the […]

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Letters to the editor: Oakland can be the catalyst for good

3:31 PM
Letters to the editor: Oakland can be the catalyst for good

Donald Trump becoming president has been one of the worst things to happen to America that I can remember. Although this is a time of struggle, I see the silver lining. Many people have come together because of it. An example of this was the women’s march, which your newspaper touched on, that took place all across America. The unity was mesmerizing. In a time as tumultuous as this, we need to remember that there is still good in the world, and we are still all in this together. I think that we all need to look into what can […]

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Letters to the editor: Reaching out to those hurt by ban

3:27 PM

I have not read an article from a newspaper in a long time. I certainly cannot remember the last article I read or what it was about. I found this recent article by KR Nava to be interesting. I particularly appreciated the attached table outlining President Trump’s executive order, and offering advice on how to deal with the “immigration ban.” I also found it helpful that the writer of this article listed a website URL for more information on the march that is to come on April 22, 2017. I wonder if the table of affected peoples and advice has […]

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A character with no character

February 3, 2017 3:54 PM

It was a long election season this year, and Donald J. Trump has emerged victorious as the 45th President of the United States of America. He has also become the new face of white supremacy and theposter child for corporate special interests. This election was a disgraceful battle with race, misogyny and xenophobia at center stage. He used his platform to stoke white fear in Middle America and to fan the flames of racial, religious and sexual bigotry within our country. The only consistent thing about Trump is that he is consistently inconsistent. But if the tone of his campaign […]

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Electors must dump Trump

3:46 PM

Afact by any other name is not a fact at all. I pride myself on the filter between my brain and mouth. Donald Trump lacks that filter. He says whatever he’s thinking without regard for what the facts really are. Trump claims that his was the most watched inauguration both in person and through other media sources. Aerial photos and the ridership numbers for the D.C. metro prove this is not true. Trump, however, is not backing down. He has also made many other statements that have later been proven false. In one speech, he claimed that the murder rate […]

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