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Can you read this column through?

As a freshman, I regularly ate breakfast at Centennial Hall. In the dining hall, I would witness students who were preoccupied by a laptop, MP3 player and cell phone, despite being surrounded by friends. It required obnoxiously loud screams and boisterous hand gestures to rouse them from their technological stupor. […]

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Hunting endangered species is realdanger, not wolves

The protection of endangered wildlife is essential, though it’s getting ignored on the whole. To maintain an ecological balance and keep wildlife populations healthy, it is necessary to protect endangered animals and prevent the hunting of species like the gray wolf that can be viewed as a threat to human […]

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Stipulations justify ending ban on deepwater drilling

After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank and leaked millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in April, a memorandum was enacted that temporarily put a halt to deepwater gas and oil drilling. The ban lasted until it was lifted Tuesday. An especially delicate issue for residents […]

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Extinguish fire fees

Tallahassee and surrounding areas in Leon County added a fire services fee to utility bills this year to account for a 50 percent increase in staffing and “a higher level in service,” according to a document on the Leon County website. However, the implications of the fee, which is also […]

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College classrooms dont need flags, nationalism

The Florida Legislature passed the Freedom Flag Act four years ago. Despite the connotation of the law’s name, it limits freedom and forces all public schools, ranging from elementary to the post-secondary level, to display an American-made 2 foot by 3 foot U.S. flag in every classroom on campus. The […]

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Fake pot carries real dangers

Have you noticed a lot of students buying potpourri and incense recently? It’s not because college kids have decided to adopt the lifestyle of a middle-aged homemaker. It’s because some kinds of perfumed plants can get you high. “Spice,” released for sale in 2004, is a mix of herbs, infused […]

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Outlaw the theft of honor

Often the worst aspect of fraud isn’t financial loss but a breach of trust in common decency and self-respect. This is the case with military decorations that some choose to wear without earning them through the selfless military service such medals reflect. The Stolen Valor Act of 2006 rightly made […]

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Celebrities andpolitics dont mix

Lady Gaga is best known for her eccentric music, videos and style, but her recent political opinions have caught the attention of the press. During a rally in Maine organized by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, she spoke out against the military’s ban of homosexuals. “Doesn’t it seem to be […]

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Control butts on the beach by creating smoking sections

Floridians love their beaches. Their atmosphere is a reason why many northerners move to Florida to work or attend colleges like USF, and it’s a critical component of the state’s tourism industry and the millions of jobs that depend upon it. It’s also why serious threats to the beauty of […]

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School uniforms dangerously limitstudents individualism

School uniforms are becoming increasingly popular in public schools across the country, but the debate about whether these uniforms are achieving the desired unity needs to be questioned. Pinellas County Superintendent Julie Janssen is pushing to require all county students in grades K-8 to wear school uniforms as part of […]