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

February 16, 2017 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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Let our garden grow

December 8, 2016 10:12 AM

The Laney Garden, located near Eagle Village and the Laney Bistro, is a hidden gem on campus. The garden creates an oasis-like environment, but it is so much more. The Oakland branch of the International Rescue Committee uses the garden to help new Cambodian immigrants stay connected to their culinary and agricultural practices. With a place to garden, new immigrants can practice traditional agriculture, create cuisine that reminds them of home, and grow organic produce in the process. Though the garden flourishes, it remains at risk of being replaced by a “flex zone” for construction projects, including the proposed Student […]

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Electors must dump Trump

10:07 AM

The media keep referring to Donald Trump as “President-elect”— but why? The popular vote has Hillary Clinton ahead by more than 2.6 million votes. The Electoral College vote is almost two weeks away. It is the electors who vote for president. Alexander Hamilton did not trust the public with the responsibility of electing a President; he made constitutional provisions for an electoral college to vote for president. In Hamilton’s day, Southern states had stable economies based on slavery; Northern states with densely populated cities were in debt. Southern states demanded more say. This is wildly outdated. Some so-called patriots wax […]

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More power to the people

November 29, 2016 9:26 AM

The Electoral College made Donald Trump our next president, despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by 1.67 million votes. The Electoral College made George W. Bush president when Al Gore won the popular vote. Recently, people have become more aware of how the College is relevant in their lives, and how it has come to subvert the will of the people. The Founding Fathers of this country were afraid of putting too much power in the hands of any one person, branch of government, section of the country or in the people, so they established the Electoral College. The […]

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It Doesn’t Add Up

9:24 AM
It Doesn’t Add Up
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Part-timers: Time to organize

9:05 AM

When I began teaching biology part-time at Laney three years ago, Laney appeared to afford equal respect to its part-time faculty, avoiding the creation of a “two-tier” system. Part-time faculty are part of the Academic Senate here; our votes count the same as full-timers; we can even serve as department chairs! However, soon I discovered several disturbing inequities. Part-timers are paid less than full-timers to do the exact same work at each of the 25 salary steps. This means that even after you adjust a full-timer’s salary for office hours and school service, they are paid more for each hour […]

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Standoff at Standing Rock

November 10, 2016 11:20 AM

There’s a stand off at Standing Rock, North Dakota.The Dakota Access Pipeline threatens the Missouri River, the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation’s water source. The tribe alleges that the Army Corps of Engineers, Sunco, and its parent company Energy Transfer Partners ignored due process for studies and permits. Yet Sunoco continues to plow ahead. Native Americans from over 200 tribes live together in a camp of tipis, tents and geodesic domes. Their numbers double in size each weekend. At the entrance of the camp, a billboard reminds people: “We are protectors. We are nonviolent. We do not carry weapons. We keep […]

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An open letter on the election

11:18 AM

While teaching political science classes, I do my very best to remain as non-partisan as possible. I never discuss my own political beliefs, and I don’t use my classes as a platform to convince students that they should share my ideology. But I will break my self-imposed silence and discuss my feelings about our president-elect, Donald Trump. Like many of you, I fear the man and what he represents of our country. My feelings toward Mr. Trump are not based on partisan politics— frankly, I disagree with policies set forth by both Republicans and Democrats, and though I voted for […]

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DON’T STOP FIGHTING

11:17 AM
DON’T STOP FIGHTING

Don’t stop fighting. If there is one thing we must take away from the events of the last two days—the events of the last few months, or the last four years, or further—it is that we cannot stop fighting. To fight is a verb; it is a practical action, an ongoing event. It is a scary word, because it requires us to act, to do. The word sounds harsh, even violent. It is tempting for us to want to shy away from a fight, in favor of some more gentle and vague word, like “acceptance” or “unity.” But so many […]

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When pictures speak a thousand words

September 29, 2016 9:37 AM
When pictures speak a thousand words

Can a picture really be worth a thousand words? I was handed a newspaper, and I was told that I should read it. It was the Laney Tower, our campus newspaper. My stomach cringed upon looking at the front page. It was a picture of the Oakland Police headquarters. Protesters had covered the building in red paint to represent blood with the word “murderers” written in red paint beside it. A photographer brilliantly captured it. Although it wasn’t real blood, this photo was hard to look at. The photo was devastating, but what I read inside the paper was even […]

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Profit Over People at Peralta Colleges

September 16, 2016 9:44 AM

There is growing discussion at Laney College and throughout Peralta about serious issues that may appear to be separate, but have a common thread. Our district administration, led by Dr. Jowel Laguerre, has been much more responsive to concerns than certain previous administrations. From his first statements, Dr. Laguerre has shown a desire to embrace and promote “the New Peralta Way”, featuring openness, transparency, willingness to help each other and be responsive to the needs of all, and has taken steps to implement these. Every interaction I’ve had with him has been intelligent, personable, even enjoyable, and he has expressed […]

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