Articles written by: Kayla Gutierrez

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New bill to provide cheaper textbooks

As the new semester approaches, one concern for students is purchasing new textbooks. Different individuals swear by certain methods or websites that make buying these textbooks at least slightly more affordable. Despite all the ways one can try and save money on books, the Annual Survey of Colleges published by […]

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Capital punishment ineffective, archaic practice

Execution as a means of punishment for a crime has been a part of this country’s history since colonial times. While settlers brought with them the tradition of capital punishment from Britain, the U.S. still holds onto this practice despite the abolition of the practice throughout the European Union (EU). […]

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LAX shooting raises gun control debate, again: Balancing privacy and security in airports a challenge

  Gun violence in this country has become a growing concern in recent years. There is a growing sense of anxiety about events involving guns, and this has recently combined with the country’s post-9/11 anxieties. On Friday, Nov. 1, a shooting took place at the Los Angeles International Airport. The […]

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Cuts to SNAP reflect poor priorities

Families across the country are facing devastating cuts to the food stamp program. Due to the large amount of debt and economic unrest the nation currently faces, there has been an effort to reduce federal and state spending through cuts to many social programs. On Nov. 1, perhaps one of […]

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Religious freedom imperative for US military: “So help me God,” similar language must be optional in oaths

Many of this country’s oaths, like the military oath of enlistment and even the Pledge of Allegiance, contain references to God. Despite many legislative pushes to maintain the separation of church and state, such as in the case of marriage equality, these references have remained. Strong religious language is deeply […]

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Obamacare provides undeniable benefits: Republican opposition to Affordable Care Act borders on absurd

Conservatives have been making ridiculous comparisons between the Affordable Care Act and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. The Affordable Care Act has been a large source of controversy ever since its inception. Republican lawmakers have made it clear that they do not at all approve of the act, even […]

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Federal assistance to Detroit necessary: Financial aid to American cities not a “bailout”

The city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy on July 18, making history as the largest city ever to do so. The city’s debt and obligations are currently more than $18 billion. On Sept. 27, the White House announced a $320 million aid package for the city. Fortunately, this announcement took […]

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Medical defense for marijuana still necessary

The Washington Supreme Court validated the right of individuals to present medical evidence if charged with possession of marijuana. In Oct. 2010, police searched William Kurtz’s home and found more than 40 marijuana plants and 15 ounces of packaged marijuana. Kurtz was charged with manufacturing and possession of marijuana. The […]

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Coal trains through Washington: risks outweigh gains

If Washington is to truly move beyond coal, harmful coal trains cannot be allowed to run though its cities. Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview (MBTL) is currently proposing the installation of a coal export terminal in Cowlitz County. The Environmental Impact Statement for MBT website states that the terminal would have […]

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US Border Patrol accused of illegal cross-border shooting

On Monday, May 6, a report titled “Over The Line” by investigative journalist John Carlos Frey was featured on the Washington Post. The report deals with the cases of United States border agents shooting into Mexico, killing and wounding innocent citizens. According to Democracy Now!, “A joint investigation by the […]