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Rehabilitation over jail time

Michelle Moran

December 18, 2013

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Governor Jerry Brown recently denied a bill that would allow charges such as simple drug possession to be treated as a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony. Around 10,000 people a year are convicted of drug possession felonies in California alone, yet the passing of this bill could have reduced prison and jail overcrowding in California. As of now, California prisons remain over...

Big Brother goes too far

Torrey Spoerer

December 14, 2013

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Before an American makes a post on their Facebook wall, they may have to consider how the material of the post would look in the eyes of Big Brother. The National Security Agency is an American government program that potentially listens into a majority of national (and international-to-America-connected) phone calls and looks up topics of interest on social media outlets...

Some customers are just awful

Torrey Spoerer

December 5, 2013

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From early November through the final hours of New Year's Day, retail stores and restaurants are about to endure their chaotic surge in customer traffic and increased profits from said traffic surge.The famous -- or maybe more infamous -- motto "the customer is always right" has always been the top rule used to push service staff into giving an absolute priority to customer...

Don’t get mad at the cashier

Michelle Moran

December 5, 2013

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In most businesses, if not all, there is one mutual agreement: the customer is always right. Even when they yell at an employee and cause a scene in public, is the customer still right? A manager will most likely say something like "Don't argue with the customer. Just calmly get a manager and they will resolve it." But that doesn't justify getting yelled at for most likely...

Purchasers are not to blame

William Morse

December 5, 2013

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As the holidays are approaching, so are the overwhelming feelings of consumerism, as everyone goes sale-crazy and buys everything in sight. For anyone who happens to work in retail or any service that works face to face with customers, they may have heard the phrase “The customer is always right.” Be it from a manager or a parent or anyone else: This is completel...

Diplomacy talk begins

Torrey Spoerer

September 14, 2013

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Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and other Middle Eastern nations have all been trampled for years by foreign interests in hopes of eradicating al-Qaida. Yet now, we find ourselves, yet again, debating as a nation whether or not to send high value weapons to the Islamic rebel forces in Syria consisting mainly of al-Qaida.The American people are quite weary of entering an...

We can’t ignore crimes against humanity

Ahmad Blue

September 14, 2013

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The idea of an American intervention in Syria has received much negative feedback, yet there are reasons to go and consequences if nothing is done. Sometime in late August, the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the capital of Damascus. This was done in an attempt to force the Free Syrian Army from the capital. Innocent civilians where harmed and people did die. ...

Another war only adds fuel to the fire

Christopher Handloser

September 14, 2013

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During the Arab Spring of 2011, the world witnessed civil wars erupt in Syria. President Bashar Al-Assad and his newly appointed military engaged in bloody conflict with former military officials and aggressive Islamist radicals consisting of none other than… Al-Qaeda. The cumulative death toll now stands at an upward estimated 100,000 victims of this horrific conflict...

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