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OPINION: Stay home so my papa can get the care he needs

Robyn's grandparents at the dinner table in 2019 celebrating Robyn's grandma's birthday. Photo courtesy of Robyn Dobson

Robyn Dobson, Sports Editor

April 6, 2020

My papa’s kidneys are failing. They are currently functioning at 24%. You wouldn’t know it if you met him though. He is one of the most stubborn and active 87 year olds that I have ever met. He’s also one of my favorite people on this planet. About a week ago, he was scheduled for a surgery to...

TESTIMONIAL: Sexuality isn’t linear

Questioning your sexuality is normal, but questioning it after coming out of the closet can open a lot of new doors. Graphic by Kayla Brown

Kayla Brown

November 6, 2019

“Why are you calling yourself gay? I thought you were bisexual.”  Those words resonated with me when I was 16, and at 21, they hang over me like a cloud of stigma. The only difference between then and now is that I learned my sexuality is more fluid than I ever thought possible.  I realiz...

TESTIMONIAL: I’m forced to hide my political beliefs from my family

Graphic created by Kayla Brown
Being singled out by your family for being a liberal is a painful experience. No one expects their family to turn on them over politics.

Kayla Brown

November 3, 2019

When I tell people I’m from a town down by Los Angeles, a lot of people assume I was raised in a liberal community, but weirdly enough I was born and raised in a “red” city full of gun owners and wanna-be cowboys, and this includes my family.  I shouldn’t have to hide my political views from my family in ...

TESTIMONIAL: Mental illness needs to be taken more seriously in the Mexican community

TESTIMONIAL: Mental illness needs to be taken more seriously in the Mexican community

Magaly Muñoz

October 26, 2019

A subject that I try to ignore, yet always gets brought up in my day-to-day life, is mental illness. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I avoid all of my very obvious depressive and anxious symptoms until they’re looking me straight in the face. My thought process is that if I don’t acknowle...

TESTIMONIAL: I wish my parents were more open about finances

Credit Card vs Debit Card by Marco Rosales.  CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Kayla Brown

September 19, 2019

I was 18 when I opened up my first credit card. I went to the bank when I had a free period between classes and applied for a college credit card through Wells Fargo. The entire time that I was sitting there with the banker filling out the application I felt dirty as if the second my parents found out...

TESTIMONIAL: How a viral tweet became the defining feature of my wedding day

State Hornet sports features writer Richard Ivanowski and his wife Kate walk down the aisle at their wedding on Saturday, June 15 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Richard Ivanowski

September 9, 2019

Getting married is serious business. It involves months of intense planning and staggering amounts of money. It means pledging your life to another person, often with spoken vows that include words like “obey,” “serve,” “sickness” and “death.” I’m not very good with serious things. The...