Friday, January 20, 2017     Volume: 17, Issue: 46

Weekly Poll
Should local campuses adopt "safe haven" policies to protect undocumented students?

Heck no, we're living in Trump's America now!
Yes, all students need to feel safe on campus.
Some of the proposals go a bit far, but they have the right idea.
I don't care, I dropped out anyway.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

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Illness, incarcerated: As residents with mental illnesses cycle from the streets to cells, county officials struggle to create a new system

The dimly lit hallway seems to grow narrower as I pass through it, trying to ignore the balmy air’s musty stench. I fix my gaze on the grimy-looking floor as I step past a row of metal doors, barring inmates in their isolation cells. They bang on their windows, yelling at me and my escorting officers: “Hey, bitch! Come back here!” We pause at the end of the hall, and the deputy leading my tour (who asked the Sun not to use his name) tells me where we are: the upper isolation cells, which generally house inmates... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


'Safe havens' good for Santa Maria

First of all, I want to thank our local school board for passing and adopting the “Safe Haven” policy for the safety and well-being of all our children, but most of all for keeping the fabric of our community intact. The concept of “immigration or immigrants” is as American as “apple pie or baseball.” Legal or illegal immigration has been part of our history since our beginning, ever s... [ Read More ]