The Daily Aztec

Tenure flunks fair treatment for teachers

by Chris Pocock

April 20, 2011

It takes guts to be a new teacher these days. Nearly every sector of the economy has been hit hard in the wake of California’s increasing deficit, but teachers are undeniably among those hit the hardest. More than 68,000 pink ...

Hypocritical candidates court Tea Party

by Brody Burns

April 20, 2011

Last Wednesday, the Arizona State Senate approved a bill that would require presidential candidates to provide official documentation proving they were born in the U.S. in order to appear on the presidential ballot in the stat...

Sustainability: The dark side of meat eating

by Leonardo Castaneda

April 20, 2011

America loves her bacon. We love our bacon, our hamburgers and our fried chicken so much that it’s easy for us to simply overlook what all this meat is doing to our nation. Our reckless meat overconsumption, however, is d...

Sustainability: Few guidelines lead to green manipulation

by John Anderson

April 20, 2011

Let’s use our imaginations. It’s January and you’ve got an itch. You want — no, you need — strawberries. You go to Henry’s Farmers Market or Trader Joe’s because you love the world. Organic — nothing but the best for Mother Earth. Look at you, b...

Sustainability: Expand the trolley system in San Diego

by Jacob Clark

April 20, 2011

Public transportation in San Diego has a rich history dating back to 1886 when the San Diego Street Car Company began to operate. Consisting of an open-air streetcar drawn by two mules, the tiny transit system took riders along Fifth Avenue for 5 cents apiece...

Sustainability: Water bottle industry reigns on plastic throne

by Chris Pocock

April 20, 2011

Imagine an industry that takes naturally produced goods and sells them back to you, the consumer, marked up by more than 10,000 times the actual value. Well, the industry exists — and has grown steadily throughout the past ...

Sustainability: Ocean dumping creates plastic plight

by Brody Burns

April 20, 2011

The ninth wonder of the world does indeed exist; it’s currently floating in the central Pacific Ocean and growing at a continuous rate. Various estimates place the size somewhere between two and three times the size of Texas, with mor...

Sustainability: Sustainability, the new green renaissance

by Randy Wilde

April 20, 2011

Scientists agree we have entered a new era of Earth’s history in which humans have become the dominant physical force. They call it the Anthropocene. This era can be long — or it can be short. The choice is ours. Unless we can shift to new economic, social and...

Sustainability: Urban gardens sow community growth

by John Anderson

April 20, 2011

Despite how it feels at the pump, gas remains significantly less expensive than my blood. Conflicts half a world away are closing the gap more than I’d like; prices are nearing record highs here in San Diego. As oil prices soar, the cost ...

Expand nuclear energy to curb emissions

by Jacob Clark

April 18, 2011

The production of electricity accounts for 41 percent of CO2 emissions in the United States. This is well above emissions by industry and even transportation emissions, making it the leader in greenhouse gas pollution in the U....

SDSU must retain summer school programs

by Randy Wilde

April 18, 2011

As the spring semester begins its downward spiral, students daydream of their summer plans: Leaving San Diego for home, going on a trip, working to save some cash or just beach bumming for a few months. Many of you may have deliberately...

Pension initiative cuts city workers’ rights

by Leonardo Castaneda

April 18, 2011

Once more, the stage is set for a monumental battle over pension reform, and Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilman Carl DeMaio think they’ve got a winning strategy. They are teaming up to sell us a snake oil 2012 ballot initiative they claim will cure ...