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Why I love the land of the free

  by Jennie S. Bev We Americans are fortunate. We live where ideas of democracy, equality, and freedom live on. It is a privilege that I can’t stop being grateful for. In other parts of the world, such as Indonesia, the country where I was born and raised, even...

The man who saves the American Dream

   by Jennie S. Bev  San Joaquin County is one of the hardest-hit counties in California in this mortgage crisis. And Mountain House was named by New York Times in November 2008 as “the most underwater community in the United States,” as 90 percent...

The Lolita Effect and female identity

by Jennie S. Bev Powerful influences in today’s digital era alter people’s perceptions and eventually alter the condition of the society. Throughout history, mainstream culture has slanted toward the most influential, which in this case is the producer of the content...

America the undereducated?

 by Jennie S. Bev In a global world that will judge us on our intellect, the United States is falling behind. The Mountain House Branch Library allows every member to check out 50 items at a time. But according to Susan Jacoby, in her highly acclaimed book, The...

Prophetic mindset

by Jennie S. Bev Easter is associated with the resurrection of the Savior. For two millennia, Jesus Christ has been regarded as the one who sacrificed himself to save humankind with his divine power as granted from God. However, not many people, even Christians,...

Lauding the late Tom Lantos

by Jennie S. Bev On Monday, California’s 12th District congressman, Tom Lantos, died from esophageal cancer. He was 80. The San Mateo Democrat was diagnosed before the end of last year, but waited a month before revealing he was terminally ill. He was the only...

Raciality and being post-racial

by Jennie S. Bev Recently, Detective Nate Cogburn of the Tracy Police Department arrested a 14-year-old boy who reportedly made a series of phone calls on a blocked number, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member, made death threats and said he would burn a cross. This...

Survive downturn with chutzpah

by Jennie S. Bev On Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed that a financial stimulus package of tax rebates and child credits has been agreed upon between the White House and congressional leaders. This is great news for middle-class Americans. It is...

Don’t let next president run amok

by Jennie S. Bev Mike Huckabee. Mitt Romney. Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama. These four presidential candidates’ names have been spotlighted here and there, near and far, online, on TV and in print. These names have been echoing in our minds, but apparently the...

Smart money on a stay-the-course fed

by Jennie S. Bev The Federal Reserve is the economic institution in this country that can influence interest rates by issuing discount rates, also known as primary credit rates, that are intended to stabilize the financial system. The decision to increase or cut such...

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