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Draft picks nourish teams, provide hope

Draft picks nourish teams, provide hope

By Kyle Pierce, Advocate Staff
April 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Sports

A fan’s relationship with their team is a complicated one. Fans endure a lot of emotions: the joy of scoring, the dejected feeling of watching your team fall behind, the frustration of terrible officiating, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Through the highs and lows, fans stay by th...

Cursing is mainstream, overuse mars integrity

Cursing is mainstream, overuse mars integrity

By Michael Santone, News Editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Nowadays the use of profanity has become as common as hello and goodbye in everyday conversation. We were taught that these taboo “curse words” were never to be spoken, whispered or even thought about or you’d be sent straight to hell — in a handbasket. Well, metaphorically, that is. Growin...

‘Last resort’ picks pockets

‘Last resort’ picks pockets

By Editorial Board, The Advocate
April 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The Associated Student Union Board renewed its agreement to use student fees to pay for part of a full-time employee’s salary because the college administration couldn’t find funds elsewhere to pay it. At the weekly public ASU meeting on April 19, only one ASU member voted against covering 25 perce...

Micro aggressions demean morality, race

Micro aggressions demean morality, race

By Anthony Kinney, News Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Most people are discouraged from publicly engaging in hate speech by the distressful possibility of rampant ridicule unabatedly attacking their better judgment. For these hate-filled folks, saying what you mean is usually an ugly deliberate insult targeted at a marginalized group. Questions like “will ...

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By Editorial Board, The Advocate
April 18, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The sudden launch of the redesigned website is a needed change to the outdated virtual front door of Contra Costa College, but students lost links to important information during the move. While the redesign was long overdue, the surprise launch of the site leaves much work to be done in terms of bec...

Misuse of term ‘woke’ pushes need to unite

Misuse of term ‘woke’ pushes need to unite

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
April 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion

In these turbulent times that we live in, many believe the end result of becoming an agent against systematic oppression requires little more than wearing the label of ally and topping it off with the proclamation of being “woke.” Make no mistake, like many things deemed cool in America, “woke...

NFL owners vote removes Raiders from Oakland

NFL owners vote removes Raiders from Oakland

By Efrain Valdez, Opinion Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Ripping out the heart and torching the soul of Raider fans in the East Bay, the NFL owners voted on Monday to approve the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Mark Davis and the other 31 NFL owners voted 31-1 to take away one of the most historic football teams in professional sports from Oak...

Trump’s immigration policies hurt America

Trump’s immigration policies hurt America

By Dylan Collier, Assistant Scene Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under Opinion

President Donald Trump continues to disgust working Americans with the policies he’s trying to pass, especially his threats to repeal any rights that undocumented individuals deserve. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an example. There are criteria all applicants must meet. Applicant...

Losing focus on reality

Losing focus on reality

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
March 14, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Death is a reality that we all must face, but coping with how and when death arrives is not as simple — especially when a loved one is ripped away and no one can answer the only question that matters — “why?” Former Contra Costa College student Demarcus Doss, 24, was shot and killed while d...

Spoon-fed manipulation

Spoon-fed manipulation

By The Advocate, Editorial Board
March 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Four months after President Donald Trump’s election the political war of ideologies still wages — but the war front transcends the bloody steps on the UC Berkeley campus. We live in a society that fights hate with hate. If disagreements about race, religion, gender, jobs or immigration on social m...

Fans hopeful that ownership shift will pay dividends

Fans hopeful that ownership shift will pay dividends

By Efrain Valdez, Social Media Editor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion

For baseball fans in the East Bay, Lew Wolff stepping down as owner of the Oakland A’s warms the hearts of long-suffering fans in the community. Wolff bought the team alongside John Fisher in 2005, in what was supposed to be a positive move for the organization. However, since the acquisition the A’s...

Thoughts on trading blood and money

Thoughts on trading blood and money

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It’s ruthlessly cold-blooded but there has to be an exchange rate between human lives and money. When I was 12. I learned that a human life is worth about $5 million. When a safety measure is being considered, the cost of implementing it is weighed against the value of the lives it will save. Safe...

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