Stockstill: Of Statues and Street Names

During a lifetime of living among streets, highways and buildings named for (mostly) dead fellow Americans, I rarely stopped to consider their deeds or misdeeds. Now all over the country, that’s happening, so I’ve revisited my most notable, as well as my college mascot who was, well, incorrect. Politically? Maybe.

Robbins: Fate of Hundreds of Merchants at the OC Marketplace in Jeopardy

During this time of Covid-19 the survival of small businesses has moved to the forefront of economic recovery. All government, whether it be federal, state, or local has made it a priority to try and save these independent businesses.
However, at the OC Fairgrounds, we have a standoff with hundreds of small Mom and Pop businesses caught in the crossfire.

Harvey: It’s Time to Start Listening to the Students Behind Black Lives Matter

On June 5th, a group of high school seniors, myself included, organized a protest on what would have been the last day of high school. Inviting Orange County Human Relations to teach de-escalation techniques, contacting the police to ensure our safety amidst gun threats, and encouraging Black students to speak about their experiences, we took initiative to provide a safe and productive environment for students to voice their opinions, and we did so peacefully.

Resnick: Schools First…Diversity Last

While the demographics in Orange County have drastically changed in the past several years, the Board of Directors of Schools First Federal Credit Union, the largest financial institution in the county has not. The Board of Directors have created an exclusive private club atmosphere making it nearly impossible for anyone to serve.

Smoller and Moodian: It’s Time to Rename John Wayne Airport

John Wayne’s white supremacist views came to light again when a 1971 interview he did with Playboy magazine went viral in early 2019. As symbols of racial intolerance are taken down across the country, the time has come to rename our airport and remove Wayne’s statue. The actor does not represent our diverse, cosmopolitan community.