Opinion

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Dont allow discrimination, Dont Ask, Dont Tell

The U.S. Senate voted last week against the repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell,” a law that prohibits gay and lesbian service members from being open about their sexuality while enlisted. Those found out are subjected to dishonorable discharge from the military. Opponents of the law’s repeal cited concerns of […]

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Common applications good

Applying to colleges can be a tiresome and expensive affair, with college hopefuls spending hours filling out separate applications for each school at a cost of about $30 apiece. However, a growing number of colleges have begun cooperating with each other by allowing students to apply to several schools with […]

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Bars and clubs dont mix with loaded firearms

Tennessee recently became the fourth state, joining Georgia, Virginia and Arizona, to enact a law that allows bar patrons to carry loaded, concealed guns. The changes come as part of a national trend of creating liberal gun laws, formulated after Supreme Court rulings earlier this year overturned handgun bans in […]

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Healthier lunches needed, wont cost the poor

When most remember grade school, they recall sloppy joes and other unhealthy lunch options. While U.S. school cafeteria workers do their best to provide healthy, delicious meals for children, they are hindered by severely limited resources. On May 5, Michelle Obama unveiled the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” which would grant […]

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Online hate deserves real response

A candle light vigil was held Sunday for Tyler Clementi, a former Rutgers freshman who was only 18 years old when he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22. Clementi committed suicide after his roommate posted a video on the Internet that featured him engaging […]

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Decriminalize pot, dont make it legal

A vote for nationwide legalization of marijuana is looming on the horizon – 14 states and the District of Colombia have already legalized the drug for medicinal use. However, with California’s Proposition 19, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, on the Nov. 2 ballot, it seems the drug’s […]

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No crime in wearing baggy pants

Whether it’s a personal decision related to fashion tastes or just forgetting a belt, many young men wear pants beneath the waist line, exposing their boxer shorts underneath. This was the topic of a Cocoa, Florida city council meeting Tuesday, where council members rightly decided to abandon efforts to ban […]

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Give the deathpenalty the chair

Last Thursday marked the first time a woman was put to death in the U.S. in five years. A decade after successfully plotting the death of her husband and stepson, Teresa Lewis finally received so-called justice. This execution has not come without some outcry from international sources, which use Lewis’ […]

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Laws ending phone use while driving are off target

The dangers associated with driving while text messaging or talking on the phone are well known and have led many to push for laws prohibiting them while driving. However, this approach may backfire and prove less effective than solutions within the current framework of the law. A report released Tuesday […]

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Dont jump too quickly to genetic fish

The Food and Drug Admistration (FDA) held hearings last week on the introduction of genetically engineered salmon in the U.S. for human consumption. If approved, these gargantuan creatures would be the first genetically engineered animals of their kind to enter America’s food supply. Injecting fertilized salmon eggs with growth genes […]