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End of occupation in Gaza creates real chance for peace

Guest Columnist

December 12, 2005

About two weeks ago, Israel started its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip after an occupation that lasted for 38 years. The withdrawal was not only limited to military personnel, but also a pullout of about 5,000 Jewish settlers who used to live there in well guarded settlements. The pullout itself is d...

Iraq activists come to all the wrong conclusions

Guest Columnist

December 7, 2005

I was reading an article on the MSNBC website, regarding the plight of four Christian Peacekeeper activists taken hostage in Iraq by terrorists that are in league with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda's terrorist chief of operations in Iraq. They are now under the threat of execution, Zarqawi-style, if t...

Priority should be given to help students succeed

Guest Columnist

December 6, 2005

The American dream is becoming more elusive each year. The gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen, and for most it is increasingly difficult to make ends meet. One of the saving graces in the Golden State, and one of the few opportunities to a better quality of life, is the Calif...

Focus on funding needed to halt decline in CSU system

Guest Columnist

December 6, 2005

We are living in an era of the "learning-centered" university. That is, CSUN is diligently working to create a campus environment that is especially attuned to student learning. But this is not a new concept; the CSUs have always been thought of as teaching universities. In fact, over the course of my...

Censorship by another name

Guest Columnist

December 5, 2005

It will always amaze me to hear of someone who is willing to give up their rights in order to make sure that I don't have those rights. Because the idea that I am free to do something they don't want me to do is so repulsive, so vial to them, that they would rather give up their own right than have me...

Creationists want to control the terms of debate in our schools

Guest Columnist

November 29, 2005

On Nov. 8, the Kansas Board of Education voted 6-4 in favor of alter the science standards in public schools in favor of an "Intelligent Design" curriculum. No amount of perfume can cover up the stench of dogma in the halls of the Kansas Board of Education these days. What we have here is a move...

Latinos need strong education, not Army

Guest Columnist

November 22, 2005

As the Department of Defense intensifies the war in Iraq, there has been an increased push by the military to enlist and train young men and women to engage in military combat. Historically, Chicano/Latinos have been focused targets of recruitment efforts and those who disproportionately die in the front li...

Avian flu pandemic resembles Katrina

Guest Columnist

November 9, 2005

During and after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, there was a large amount of discussion about whether race was a factor in dealing with the devastation of New Orleans. Unfortunately, most of the debate was framed in political terms, and the participants were more interested in bending public opini...

Prop. 76 not the answer for state, school funding

Guest Columnist

November 7, 2005

Proposition 76 deserves our resounding no vote on Nov. 8. To begin with, Proposition 76 is asking voters to approve an amendment to the Constitution of the State of California. While all ballot propositions merit our close attention, we should pay particularly close attention to those proposing ame...

Governor, right wing seek to undermine workers’ unions

Guest Columnist

November 7, 2005

What can students do in the special election? First, CSU students are numerous enough that if they would show up to vote, they could actually make a difference in the election. It matters if you vote, so please do and if some friendly advice would help – VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 75 it is my mantra these...

Ancient words reveal the modern truths of teaching

Guest Columnist

October 31, 2005

Student teaching is indeed a worthwhile experience. In student teaching one encounters many interesting people. There are many very well qualified adults both at the university campus and the campus at which I am in the classroom. That is Fairfax High School of the Los Angeles Unified School Distr...

Dubious reforms in Prop. 74 will end up harming teachers

Guest Columnist

October 31, 2005

As a former classroom teacher in K-12 schools and a parent of children who attended public schools, I realize how critical it is to staff our urban classrooms with "good teachers." As an assistant CSUN professor diligently working toward tenure, I recognize the difficulty in obtaining a semblance of...

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