Olivia Garcia

Russia’s expansions on global military activity worrisome

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been increasingly hostile since Russia’s takeover of Crimea.

Now Russia seems to be flexing its military muscles towards the west by sending bomber planes to the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the California coast.

Legal marijuana businesses unfairly penalized by federal regulations

Marijuana legalization is growing fast, and the industry is blooming. The only thing that is not progressing with it, and is still seen as the biggest and most unfair issue for the industry, is marijuana banking.

These so called cannabusinesses are dealing with a huge monetary headache their product is creating. These new businesses have trouble finding suitable banks to take in their revenue. Most of these businesses have to deal only in cash because banks refuse to deposit their money.

Veteran homelessness serious problem, must be combatted

Homelessness is a serious problem in this county that should not be taken lightly, especially for those who have fought to defend this country. 

Veteran homelessness has been at an all-time high for the past couple of years. According to a Nov. 4 Los Angeles Times article, there are an estimated 4,600 homeless veterans in Los Angeles County alone.

Lower income students worry that college is changing to favor higher-income families

Tuition must go down in order to allow lower-income students to have a less stressful college career.

When seeking a higher education, students should be worrying about graduating, not making the tuition deadline. Unfortunately, for many low-income students, this is always on their mind.

Students who have to pay their way through college are bombarded with extra stress and often have to take fewer classes to make ends meet. This makes it harder for these students to set a graduation date. It is a distraction that often leads to failed classes and dropouts.   

Americans should focus on African Ebola relief rather than non-existent U.S. outbreak

National concern about Ebola should be focused more on West African countries.

The largest Ebola outbreak in history started and remains in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. There is no outbreak in America. The number of cases in the United States is extremely minimal compared to the reported 10,141 cases in these West African countries.

Cheating poses interesting ethical questions

“Once a cheater, always a cheater” may apply to some students, but I do not think it applies to many.

A recent discussion in one of my classes raised the ethics of a cheater. “Once a cheater, always a cheater” was the main argument. Some students argued that they only cheated once in college and never again, so the phrase was a hyperbole, and I agree.

Senioritis avoidable through better scheduling, motivation

Seniors should be weary of letting senioritis get the best of their final year.

As one college senior stated in a 2011 U.S. News & World Report article, senioritis is a general apathy toward schoolwork that is developed after years of schooling at an institution. I have caught myself doing it and have seen classmates lackadaisically walking into class doing it.

Breast cancer awareness always important

In 2011, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She went in for her annual mammogram, and her doctor suggested she should get additional testing. When she did, they found a small mass on her right breast. They performed a biopsy, and two weeks later it was confirmed she had breast cancer.

School linguistic identity causes cultural disconnect

Spanish used to be my first language.

My great-grandmother raised me on that language from when I was a newborn until I was about five years old. It was the closest connection I had to my culture. Then, I started school. Living in a border town, I did not expect to be scolded for speaking Spanish to my friends, but I was. From kindergarten to 12th grade speaking Spanish was not tolerated.

Beer Sales at games can increase revenue, fans

College football is an American tradition. It brings thousands of people together, creates exciting rivalries and puts an enormous amount of pride in student athletes. It is a very positive organization. The two things that always seem to bring it down are revenue and attendance.


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