Few issues divide our nation quite as much as immigration. Nearly every period of American history was accompanied by a wave of migrants, traveling from some far off land in search of new opportunities and a greater quality of life.

Whether from China, Ireland or Japan, in each of these periods immigrants have often been the subject of xenophobic acts and legislation.

Let’s get one thing straight: I’m gay and I don’t like cake.

This simple pastry, though, has come to symbolize the fight for full and complete LGBTQ equality in recent years.

Just a few days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado in 2012, with an incredibly vague opinion that does little to help defenders of LGBTQ rights or religious liberties.

In early December of last year, I kissed a girl for the first time. It felt, among all the usual things associated with a kiss, as wholly natural as my first kiss with a guy years ago.

I had been dimly aware that I was not straight, but attracted to both sexes since my years in Catholic high school — it wasn’t until college that I consciously acknowledged it. By this time, I felt ready to tell my family, and from there, others. I remember thinking Christmas might be a good time.


If one in five American parents couldn't figure out where their kids were, most people would rightly see the phenomenon as a crisis and a national scandal. Grandstanding prosecutors with visions of gubernatorial campaigns dancing in their heads would conduct mass parental perp walks. Legislators would boost their presidential aspirations by co-sponsoring legislation requiring universal implantation of GPS trackers at birth.

However, when the same U.S. government that postures as a better parent than real parents, crows over "extreme vetting" of immigrants and announces separation of undocumented families as policy loses track of 19 percent of unaccompanied refugee children placed in homes by the Office of Refugee resettlement, ORR is "not legally responsible," according to Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families.

An open letter to my mom

There have been 21 years of hugs, tears, laughter and love.

12 years of soccer practices. Three years of care packages and phone calls to make up for the missed Thanksgiving’s and birthdays.

It’s been four years since the last time I had the chance to wish you a happy Mother’s Day in person.

Letter: Opiates are a trap

Dear Editor,

I don’t like traps. I don’t appreciate an ambush.

Right now millions of Americans, some say up to 5 million, are trapped and being ambushed by the Opioid Crisis.

Letter: For Whom The Nobel Tolls?


Sure, things don't exist in international relations, but we seem to be witnessing an impending settlement of the nearly 70-year-old Korean War. Kim Jong-un recently became the first ruler of North Korea to officially visit the South, where he conferred with president Moon Jae-in. Denuclearization and a peace treaty look like real possibilities. Kim is also working out plans for a summit with US president Donald Trump.

Letter: California Secession — A Good Start


On April 23, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla approved language for a 2020 ballot proposal submitted by the Yes California Independence Campaign. The proposal will -- assuming the campaign can collect and submit signatures from 365,880 registered voters by October -- kick off a process already widely known as "Calexit" (after the United Kingdom's "Brexit" from the European Union).

That process entails three parts: Asking Californians (in 2020) if they want to "discuss" secession; if yes, asking Californians (in 2021) if they want to secede; and if again yes, asking 2/3 of both houses of Congress and 3/4 of the state legislatures to pass a constitutional amendment allowing California to leave the United States.

Letter: No human being is illegal

I strongly support full human rights for all immigrants.

Many immigrants flee here from war, persecution and severe poverty caused largely by the United States. Since 1950 the U.S. government under both Republican and Democratic presidents has overthrown multiple governments — many of them democracies, has bombed about 30 countries and has murdered millions of people. The U.S. government routinely and deliberately sides with the filthy rich to rob and oppress the poor. Many immigrants would prefer to stay in their native countries if living conditions there greatly improved.

Letter: Just when you thought 'Russiagate' couldn't get any sillier


April 20 is cannabis culture's high holiday, and the Democratic National Committee celebrated it with fervor this year: blaze up, get silly, file a bizarre lawsuit accusing the Russian government, Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and transparency activist group WikiLeaks of conspiring to steal an election.

The suit confirms that after more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller still hasn't amassed the evidence required for a successful criminal prosecution, requiring proof "beyond a reasonable doubt." A civil suit lowers that bar to "a preponderance of the evidence."

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