How to Live with a Veggie-Holic
9/5/2018 7:45:31 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   In our house, not many conflicts expose themselves. For the most part, it is a very quiet and serene home occupied by two lovebirds. I am not saying we are perfect. For we are not. The imperfect side of this marvelous relationship is Yours Truly. I was born imperfect and I have honored my birthright ever since. I do not care what some may say about crazy people, I have enjoyed my craziness all my life. When you are perfect, you have to be careful that you do not make any mistake or act crazy. When, however, you are imperfect and tilt towards the crazy...

Student Summit Inspires Campus Leaders
8/30/2018 11:28:58 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   CAMARILLO—The Ventura County Community College District Associated Student Leadership Summit, Aug. 24, was a powerful event that both cultivated and inspired the student body through a series of exercises that encouraged them to use their voices to the betterment of their education and the education of their fellow students. The Associated Students of Ventura College from the Oxnard, Ventura and Moorpark campuses gathered in the district office in Camarillo, shared ideas and engaged the leaders of the college who were equally...

America’s Teachers Need More Community, Parental Support
8/29/2018 10:36:05 PM

By Dr. Elizabeth Primas   The latest data from the Center for American Progress shows that the average salary for an attorney is more than two times that of elementary and middle school educators. The Washington Post reported last week that nearly 1 in 10 hosts who rent out their apartments, homes and spaces on Airbnb are teachers. Low salaries, compared with other college graduates, may inhibit highly-effective professionals from pursuing a career in education; specifically for people of color who currently make up just seven percent of public school teachers. I come from a...

Is Trump Looking Out for American Workers?
8/29/2018 10:34:26 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.Is Trump Looking Out for American Workers? This may seem strange, but there are apparently unions that feel that President Donald Trump’s policies on trade are in the interests of workers in the United States. I am a bit perplexed. If you leave aside for a moment the horrendous assaults that Trump and his Republican allies have been conducting against American workers and their unions, it is still difficult to see how Trump’s views on trade are helping American workers. Let’s look at the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for a moment....

Laughter in Any Other Language Is Just Not Funny
8/29/2018 10:31:37 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   When I was in high school, I played on the volleyball team. During one practice session, I forgot to bring my sneakers. Not thinking much of it, I just played anyway. During the practice, I stepped forward to protect the player on the front line and when he jumped, he came down on my right foot. The consequence was he smashed my big toe. That little incident put me out of the volleyball team for the rest of the season. I had to go to the doctor and have him fix my toe. I had to go several times for him to fix it. Consequently, my toenail on my right foot...

Out with the Old, in with a New Understanding to Improve SCD Care
8/29/2018 10:25:51 PM

By Dr. Kevin Williams   The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease. With National Sickle Cell Awareness Month just next month, I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that people with sickle cell disease (SCD) face and what can be done to make a meaningful change in their care. Evolution of the science behind SCD has advanced in recent years, resulting in a new understanding of the disease. However, this...

Children on the Front Lines
8/22/2018 11:00:28 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman I can make a difference!” Every July thousands of students from Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® sites across the country participate in the CDF Freedom Schools National Day of Social Action. This year’s action focused on the need to vote for children and the fact that every vote matters. Though children and teenagers in Freedom Schools are too young to vote themselves, they held rallies and marches urging adults to get registered and vote for leaders this election cycle and in every election who will stand for children. Young...

Betsy DeVos’ $5 Billion Giveaway to For-Profit Colleges
8/22/2018 10:59:24 AM

By Charlene Crowell   Today’s increasingly competitive global economy requires and recruits those who are highly-skilled and knowledgeable. People understand and accept that higher education is a means to become employable, marketable, and competitive. It is equally true that the rising costs of higher education have now forced 44 million consumers to borrow $1.4 trillion in student loans to finance their educations. This debt was often viewed as more of an investment than a cost. That rational works so long as institutions deliver what was promised: a quality...

Improving America’s HEART Health Must Be Our Top Priority
8/22/2018 10:57:51 AM

By Sean C. Bowers   HEART (Humanity Equality Acceptance Responsiveness Thankfulness) is an acronym for the type of heart protections America professes to have in abundance, grandfathered in from our founding fathers’ principles, constitutionalized and “Bill-of-Righted” into our nation’s permanent future, to prevent corporate corruption of her heart health. America, the patient, is approaching the point of no return where companies vote, rig and buy elections wholesale through unlimited funding, lobbying, and a general ransacking of public elections, the...

$350 Million Upgrade of Metro Blue Line Includes Partial Closures
8/15/2018 8:44:26 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Metro Blue Line will undergo a $350 million modernization beginning in January, necessitating that portions of the line be temporarily closed for two extended four-month periods, Metro announced last week. Work to modernize the Blue Line, which is Metro's oldest rail line at 28 years old, has been ongoing since 2014, and the upcoming "New Blue" project will improve reliability, enhance safety and improve the customer experience, Metro officials said. In addition to the closures, Blue Line service to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station will be closed for...