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Heat in the street and the friction of our diction

Heat in the street and the friction of our diction

Noah Hilles

February 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In the aftermath of one of the most brutal winters in memory, tossing around the term “global warming” seems like a joke. With the entirety of the Eastern Seaboard glazed or choked in ice and torrential rains in Southern California “warming” is more of a blessing than the global catastrophe that ...

The State of the Union is confused

The State of the Union is confused

Chloe Hilles

February 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Contrary to President Trump’s track record, his first formal address to Congress, Washington D.C. and the country was light on coarse rhetoric and pruned, hate-filled sentences. However, as he left the Congressional floors on Jan. 30 after delivering the final words of his State of the Union—“G...

Editorial: Hazelwood anniversary calls for defense of First Amendment rights

Editorial: Hazelwood anniversary calls for defense of First Amendment rights

Dragon Press Editorial Board

January 31, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of the landmark cases in student journalism: Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier. While this case ultimately rolled back some freedoms of the press for students, it is important to recognize the r...

“Politicizing” isn’t a thing

“Politicizing” isn’t a thing

Alex Dodos

January 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion

After an erroneous act of injustice appears in the news, it’s a good bet that the call to stop politicizing (insert the topic of a Jimmy Kimmel rant, a recent mass shooting, or Hollywood rape scandal) will constantly occupy the national dialogue. This line of attack discourages and drowns out analysts trying to g...

Satire: Opening up the shutdown

Satire: Opening up the shutdown

William Flannery

January 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

James Madison once wrote “if men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Well, my fellow esteemed Americans, it’s time for jubilant celebration for we are now angels! The government has shut down, and although it doesn’t equate to your parents being gone on a business trip and your house transforming into a palac...

The FCC has taken democracy from the internet

William Flannery

January 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

If there is a staple of the 21st Century, a heart to our modern way of life, it’s the internet. The internet is a place where a melange of expression and content flourishes in digital space— most of us devote a part of our lives to it through social media or Netflix, many of us have cherished hobb...

The entanglement of Russia, Trump, Wikileaks, DNC must be treated with nuance

The entanglement of Russia, Trump, Wikileaks, DNC must be treated with nuance

Alex Dodos

January 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently wound up exposing the exposers—Wikileaks—in their quest to thoroughly unravel Russia’s threat to democracy and its collusion with the Trump campaign. Wikileaks’ nearly year-long chain of private Twitter messages with Donald Trump Jr. were released. I...

Review of the politics in 2017

Review of the politics in 2017

Sam Bova

December 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Historic tax cuts. Economic growth. A conservative majority on the Supreme Court. A tougher approach to North Korea. Deregulation. Wall Street roaring. If you’re a conservative, what’s not to like about Donald Trump’s first year as president? It's a substantial policy record, right? The firs...

The “War on Christmas” is bunk

The “War on Christmas” is bunk

Alex Dodos

December 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Alarm over the supposed “war on Christmas” harmonizes with the holiday season in the same way that empty resolutions to “exercise more and eat less” do the new year. Never before in America have members of such a dominant religious majority (Christianity) exhibited this level of outrage and undeserve...

How Santa stole Chanukah

How Santa stole Chanukah

Noah Hilles

December 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Amidst the holiday tumult of December, Chanukah is often lost in the mix or paired off with Christmas to be one of the hallmarks of the season. Currently, more than ever, Chanukah is fused and even somewhat mistaken as Christmas, regardless of the fact that Chanukah is utterly different than Christmas. Sim...

Patagonia’s lawsuit opens up avenues for increasing corporate power

Patagonia’s lawsuit opens up avenues for increasing corporate power

Becka Shuere

December 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Subsequent to President Trump’s announcement that he would greatly reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments, the outdoor goods company Patagonia announced its plan to litigate the United States government. Patagonia, who has long represented itself as an environmentally conscious entity, reacted w...

Editorial: Ventura community faces the future with courage

Editorial: Ventura community faces the future with courage

Dragon Press Editorial Board

December 7, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinion, Thomas Fire

Outlined against the sky in yellowed spirals of ashy smoke, the Thomas Fire looms like an apocalyptic dawn, reducing hillsides to breathing embers and neighborhood blocks to blackened war zones. The eerie silence in some neighborhoods is punctuated by the whir of helicopters and the scream of sirens. ...

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