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California is too relaxed on medical marijuana policies

California is too relaxed on medical marijuana policies

Michael Mercado and Michael Mercado

November 9, 2011

The federal government has every right to crack down on marijuana dispensaries in California. Federal law takes precedence over state law no matter what law has been put into place. I, for one, agree with the federal government moving in to stop the sale of marijuana in California. Recently, federal...

Working two jobs and attending classes at ARC keep students busy

Working two jobs and attending classes at ARC keep students busy

Michael Mercado and Michael Mercado

October 26, 2011

He wakes up each morning overwhelmed with stress and already exhausted from the challenges that lie ahead of him for the day. JT Kelley, an English major at American River College, heads out preparing himself mentally, knowing he will have to work two jobs and still find time to do his homework before...

Pro Vs Con: Should online retailers have to pay the same tax rate as brick-and-mortar businesses?

Pro Vs Con: Should online retailers have to pay the same tax rate as brick-and-mortar businesses?

Michael Mercado and Malissa Rogers

September 28, 2011

THE ISSUE: Gov. Jerry Brown recently gave Amazon a one-year reprieve from charging customers state sales tax. Should the online retailer have to pay the same tax rate as brick-and-mortar businesses? The Pro Not paying California sales tax for items purchased on Amazon sounds like a good idea, b...

Longboarding trend is back with a vengeance

Michael Mercado and Michael Mercado

September 14, 2011

The longboard, a long-standing form of personal transportation, is becoming more and more popular across the United States; and has found a niche here at ARC. Their numbers are growing. They can be seen almost anywhere in Sacramento. They roll down the street in your neighborhoods and through the...

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