Even with the best intentions, censoring books is dangerous
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Even with the best intentions, censoring books is dangerous

Censorship of ideas will always have unintended consequences Banned Books Week is an annual campaign in which libraries, schools, bookstores and other institutions rally to show their support…

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Weed is the answer to the NFL’s most glaring problem
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Weed is the answer to the NFL’s most glaring problem

The league owes it to its players to pursue any possibility of reducing impacts of a game this violent   Player health and concussions are the biggest problems facing…

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Trump’s perverse reverse of chlorpyrifos ban proves his corruption (again)
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Trump’s perverse reverse of chlorpyrifos ban proves his corruption (again)

Why “drain the swamp” when profits from toxic pesticides are on the line? In the fifth season of Mad Men, Don Draper zealously pitches to executives at Dow…

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Automated storytelling will never match the human authenticity of our favorite novels
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Automated storytelling will never match the human authenticity of our favorite novels

A robot probably won’t create the next Great American Novel, but attempts to move AI in that direction are nevertheless alarming   I came across a weird tech discovery…

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Winning by losing: tanking has entered the NFL
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Winning by losing: tanking has entered the NFL

In order to win in today’s NFL you must lose first. The Miami Dolphins have not won a playoff game in almost 19 years. They’ve lost each of…

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How green are California and Canada, really?
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How green are California and Canada, really?

Self-proclaimed environmental champions have a ways to go Within the span of a few days last summer, I made the trip from Davis to the Bay area three…

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We should be fine with eliminating library fines
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We should be fine with eliminating library fines

 Library fines are every avid library patron’s nightmare, but they don’t have to be This summer I went back to my library to work as a co-coordinator running…

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In sports, performance doesn’t always have to trump character
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In sports, performance doesn’t always have to trump character

Mike Vick: dog owner Michael Vick is the most divisive NFL player of all time. Before going to prison, Vick ran a dog fighting ring and killed underperforming…

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The best environmentalist movie you’ve never heard of
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The best environmentalist movie you’ve never heard of

“Koyaanisqatsi” (1982) stands the test of time The release of “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006 helped initiate a string of powerful new documentaries about the existential threat of…

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Letter to the Editor
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Letter to the Editor

Chancellor May responds to The California Aggie’s editorial voicing concerns about the 2020 commencement To the Editor:  Re: “Students deserve a commencement that celebrates them, not a high-profile…

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Let kids read what they want to read
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Let kids read what they want to read

Judging kids for what they read discourages them from exploring their interests I’ve talked a bit about how I’ve personally felt disgruntled with the reading curriculum throughout my…

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Was Jay Inslee’s presidential campaign a failure?
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Was Jay Inslee’s presidential campaign a failure?

Should environmentalists be encouraged or discouraged by his brief tenure on the national stage? Even though I’ve now been in California for three years, I’m still a Washington…

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NFL and domestic abuse: the league can and won’t do more
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NFL and domestic abuse: the league can and won’t do more

The NFL is doing next to nothing to limit or punish domestic abusers October is National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, and there’s good reason for dedicating a month…

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Public libraries support and empower local communities
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Public libraries support and empower local communities

We should recognize the importance of public libraries in the face of nation-wide budget cuts When it comes to libraries, I like to consider myself one of their…

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Fanfiction is more original than most people think
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Fanfiction is more original than most people think

Don’t hate on this literary “fad”  I used to have a personal vendetta against fanfiction in middle school. Key word, used to — I really don’t feel the…

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