Category Archives: Opinion

Sex crimes need clear definitions

By Leah Cook
Arts and Culture Editor

Rape and consent are a big problem. A problem no one is having the same conversation about. State laws are a tangle of conflicting definitions regarding consent, rape and sexual assault. There should be more concise state and federal laws to unravel the legal knot of unwanted sex. Continue reading

Beloved TV character should stay

Photo illustration by Eriana Ruiz|

By Eriana Ruiz 
Multimedia Director/Photo editor

There has been recent talk of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon being written off the show due to its controversial portrayal of Indians. Continue reading

Genitals do not define gender

By John C. McClanahan
Editorial Proofreader

Supporters of transgender rights recently hatched the #WontBeErased movement in response to the federal government’s threat to redefine millions of American identities. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering defining gender simply by the genitalia a person was born with rather than how they choose to identify, according to The New York Times. Continue reading

Stop blacklisting poor decisions

Photo illustration by Eriana Ruiz |

By Jacob Vaughn
Copy Desk Chief/
Music Editor

Nowadays, it seems people are being called out left and right for offensive things they’ve said or done in the past or present.

TV shows have been canceled. Jobs have been lost. Reputations have been destroyed.

There should be some path toward redemption for these people. After all, it could happen to anyone. Continue reading

Holiday sugar feast promote obesity

By Jacob Vaughn
Copy Desk Chief & Music Editor

Photo illustration by Jubenal Aguilar

By Jacob Vaughn
Copy Desk Chief & Music Editor

Throughout the year, people gather with friends and family to stuff their faces as they share with their loved ones. They forget about the growing obesity epidemic in this country. Continue reading

Don’t politicize children’s costumes

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Editor & Editorial Proofreader

When I was 10 years old, I dressed as 6-foot black NBA superstar Allen Iverson for Halloween. I was a small white boy with shaggy brown hair and goofy blue glasses. But no one said anything about me inappropriately using the image of a person of color, at least in the realm of American sports icons. Continue reading

GOP politicizes Tibetts murder case

By Barbara De La Hoya
Contributing Writer

GOP members are quick to call for mass shootings and other crimes to not be politicized and to give privacy to the victims and their mourning families. But all bets are off the table when Republicans seek to gain public favor or sway votes.
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Basketball legends face off in record book

By Kweisi Brown
Contributing Writer

Photo illustration by Jacqueline Arredondo

LeBron James tied NBA legend Michael Jordan’s record of scoring double digits in 866 consecutive games when the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-105 on March 29. Continue reading

Black women iconically shape society

By Ravyn Adams
Contributing Writer

Mixed Media Illustration by Monica Mitrovic & Jacqueline Arredondo.

We owe black women a huge pat on the back, and more than a few thank yous for how they’ve shaped our society. Too many accomplishments and breakthroughs have gone underappreciated. They are often unacknowledged as  influencers and brand ambassadors.  Continue reading

Trade schools not only option

By the Courier Staff

In yet another apparent lack of understanding, President Donald Trump implied he does not understand the purpose and role community colleges play across the nation. His remarks were given during a speech on infrastructure March 29 in Richfield, Ohio to construction apprentices. Instead, the president advocated for the revitalization of vocational schools. Continue reading