Opinion

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Block tuition would unfairly target strapped students

There is often a reason for change, but there doesn’t seem to be a cause or reason for charging students for more school credits than they take. In November, the Florida Board of Governors will vote on whether to approve a proposal that would allow the University of Florida and […]

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Voters must not ax the transportation tax

The Tampa Bay area is home to some of the most dangerous and congested roadways in the U.S. A two-year study by the nonprofit groups Transportation for America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership determined that in 2007-08 the Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater area was the second most dangerous for pedestrians in the […]

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Court right toprotect science that will end suffering

Stem cell research, a topic that welcomes controversies and ethical issues, was brought to the spotlight this August, when U.S District Judge Royce C. Lamberth issued a preliminary injunction to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research that he said destroys human embryos. According to the National Institutes of […]

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Dont allow tracking bugs without warrants

When 20-year-old San Francisco community college student Yasir Afifi’s mechanic found an FBI tracking device underneath his car during a routine oil change earlier this month, controversy ignited over whether such devices require search warrants. While the usefulness of such devices is seemingly obvious, their implementation should require a court […]

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Food stamps not for soda

In an effort led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to combat obesity, the state of New York is working to ban the use of the food stamps program – now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – to purchase soda and other unhealthy sugared drinks. Despite […]

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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 […]