Category: Opinions

SPORTS COLUMN: Olympic softball inspires aspiring female athletes

By Bianca Macias I remember the heartache I felt looking up at the television, tears rolling down my then 12-year-old face, when the umpire called the game on a gloomy Thursday in August 2008 after Team USA and Japan battled for the gold medal in Beijing.  The tears weren’t because Team USA lost. They came

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EDITORIAL: ASRCC and its culture of secrecy

By The Viewpoints Editorial Board When a person pursues a position of power, their constituents demand transparency, whether they be citizens of a nation or students at a higher learning institution. The Associated Students of Riverside City College are the student government. They are supposed to work for their constituents like all government officials in

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OPINION: Palestine needs our support

By Julio Rodriguez Sixty-six children are dead over the continued fighting between Israel and Hamas.  While in the last few days, the two sides have come to agree on a cease fire, this conflict is one that unfortunately won’t end there. Through the last few decades, the two sides have fought over each other’s right

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OPINION: State officials must address rampant child sex trafficking

By Paul Quick Homelessness, political recalls, smog and traffic: These issues are well known to any Californian. A lesser-known and more insidious problem may have escaped the attention of many Angelenos: California has a huge sex trafficking problem. All the more concerning is that California is a major hub for the trafficking of adolescents. According

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EDITORIAL: Making specialist position full-time in best interest of RCC and journalism program

By The Viewpoints Editorial Board Viewpoints is wrapping up the 2020-2021 academic year with a total of 27 regional, state and national awards. By the end of the month, we will have published 14 issues this year that provided pivotal COVID-19 coverage for the Riverside Community College District and its surrounding communities. But many may

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OPINION: Riverside is in dire need of more immediate greenhouse gas reductions

By Sigifredo Macias Riverside is an average-sized town by California standards. It can be hard to think a city of its size could have an effect on greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions are very important to recognize due to the effects they have on the climate crisis. It’s no surprise that the city of Riverside has

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EDITORIAL: The blue wall has fallen and should stay down

By Viewpoints Editorial Board In a rare instance of accountability, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder after he kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds. But there are countless cases of police violence across America that have remained stuck in some stage of litigation

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OPINION: Immigrants, refugees deserve kindness

By Julio Rodriguez What kind of parent would send their child away to another country? The answer is not the easy one that people want to believe. These are not bad parents. They are desperate parents driven to an extreme that some misconstrue as cruel and dangerous. However, oversimplifying their reasoning negates all of the

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EDITORIAL: Seeing is believing during Chauvin trial

By The Viewpoints Editorial Board Ever since the horrific beating of Rodney King was captured on video, Black and Brown Americans have wondered what it would take for the judicial system to hold police accountable.   Despite the recording of King’s beating at the police’s hands, a jury acquitted three of the officers and deadlocked on

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OPINION: Onslaught of conservative legislation targets LGBTQ+

By Julio Rodriguez “Our ignorance is weaponized to pass laws that hurt people,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.  The history of this country is tainted with racist and bigoted laws that have been in place since its inception. That unfortunate tradition continues in the modern-day United States.  Arkansas and South Dakota have taken it upon

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