Palomar facilities needs new priorities
Oct20

Palomar facilities needs new priorities

It is one of a college’s responsibilities to offer a fair and hospitable learning environment to all of its students. And it seems Palomar College has slipped in this area. While every single building at Palomar is supposedly wheelchair accessible, last month there was an incident when a student using an electric wheelchair was not able to enter the cafeteria. He had to wait several minutes until the door was eventually opened by...

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Colleges need to address sexual assaults on campus
Oct20

Colleges need to address sexual assaults on campus

What used to be a fun and exciting college experience is turning into a nightmare for many students. Parties have become rape scenes and universities and colleges seem to be more concerned with their reputation than with their students who are paying a terribly high price to be there. Not only is sexual assault in colleges becoming more prevalent, the consequences are devastating and justice is barely served, if at all. If you’re a...

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Don’t single out single-use bags
Oct20

Don’t single out single-use bags

As of July 1, 2015 California will implement a new law banning the disbursement of single use plastic bags from retailers and pharmacies. Somehow this does not make me picture clean beaches or roadways and parks without litter. Why single out the plastic bags and not consider the remaining debris? I’m picturing disposable diapers, cigarette butts, batteries, plastic drink bottles, fast food containers, food wrappers, etc. Recently,...

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We all benefit from the bag ban
Oct20

We all benefit from the bag ban

Our golden state is taking an initiative to go green with a bill that seeks to improve the environment of California’s land and marine population. Needless to say, I’m all for it. Gov. Jerry Brown declared his intention to sign the bill SB270, which will ban the use of plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers beginning next summer. Like all great laws and ideas, this one has its critics, but evidence shows that...

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San Diego should reconsider minimum wage
Oct20

San Diego should reconsider minimum wage

The phrase is as old as time, and rings true in any aspect of business, “you have to spend money in order to make money.” In order to make money, the common people have to be able to spend it, which means they need a decent minimum wage. In the city of Los Angeles, the city council has approved a minimum wage hike for hotel workers who work in large hotels of 125 rooms or more. While the minimum wage in the state of California is $9...

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No Vaping Please
Oct06

No Vaping Please

Here we go again. When I first heard about e-cigarettes I thought that there was finally something relatively safe to enjoy for a dose of nicotine, much like coffee is a relatively safe way to ingest caffeine. It made me happy to see people smoking these e-cigarettes, or “vapes” as they are called, because it meant that they were not smoking cigarettes, not inhaling smoke into their lungs or spreading second-hand smoke into the air....

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