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After government shutdown, where is the line drawn?

By Editorial Board

January 29, 2018

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

A three-day government shutdown came to an end Jan. 22 after Congress passed a short-term spending bill, but the cause of the shutdown has yet to be addressed. The government shutdown began at midnight EST Jan. 19 because Senate Democrats refused to sign off on a bill that did not include protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program recipients. It seems honorable that Democrats risked their re...

Trump, the new Reagan: ‘religious freedom’ endangers public health

By Editorial Board

January 29, 2018

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The “moral” majority of the 1980s has made it to the 21st century, and now they wear “Make America Great Again” hats.The Department of Health and Human Services created the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division Jan. 18, which is ironically inside the Office of Civil Rights. This new federal division will focus on allowing medical professionals to deny patients treatment if a procedure conflicts with their reli...

How to apologize for sexual misconduct

How to apologize for sexual misconduct

By Editorial Board

January 21, 2018

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In a Dec. 28 Facebook post, senior theatre major Evan Louis Szewc announced his resignation as creative director for the 2018 Manifest Urban Arts Festival after allegations of misconduct surfaced on social media, as reported Jan. 5 by The Chronicle. In his post, ...

GOP approves ‘reform’ bill, taxes become treacherous

GOP approves ‘reform’ bill,  taxes become treacherous

By Editorial Board

December 11, 2017

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The U.S. Senate passed a tax reform bill Dec. 2, bringing with it drastic changes that many will struggle to grasp. Tax code’s complexity isn’t what makes the bill or its consequences baffling. Th...

Open dialogue needed to improve campus security

By Editorial Board

December 4, 2017

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Two Columbia students became victims in one of five robberies in Grant Park in the span of two weeks on Nov. 22. Just a day earlier, the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway was the scene of a police chase that ended in a crash. In the last year, Columbia students have had to confront safety issues on multiple occasions. In fall 2016, a string of laptop thefts in campus buildings had many students looking...

Net neutrality repeal will stifle online activism

Net neutrality repeal will stifle online activism

December 4, 2017

A severe consequence of prioritizing corporate greed over people is looming over the country. The Federal Communications Commission released a proposed rule change Nov. 21 that would end net neutrality—regula...

Fighting for a better future is vital amid political turmoil

By Editorial Board

November 27, 2017

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

During a tumultuous time in current events, it’s easy to worry about the country’s future.In a Nov. 1 poll by the American Psychological Association, 63 percent of 3,440 respondents said the nation’s future is a source of stress. Those results are understandable. Americans have seen violent demonstrations by white nationalists and counter protesters, an ongoing feud on Capitol Hill over health care and multiple dev...

Students need to join together for on-campus change

By Editorial Board

November 20, 2017

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Members of the Columbia community have formed a coalition to voice frustration with the administration’s actions and bring about change at the college.The college’s part-time faculty union and some students have created a group named OurColumbia to protest rising tuition, cuts to student resources and continual departmental changes, as reported Nov. 6 by The Chronicle. At the coalition’s Nov. 10 meeting, members plotted...

Letter to the Editor

By CJ Jenkins

November 20, 2017

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In reference to the Sept. 8 editorial, what I find especially interesting is that Republicans are not declaiming that Gov. Palin lacks experience the way they did to Sen. Barack Obama. I believe that a senator has more experience and ability to govern the country than someone who has only been a governor for less than two years. I don't hear Republicans denouncing Palin because she has not gone to Iraq, as Sen. John McCain did to Obama. She has no knowledge of international affairs, and I doubt that she has the financial knowledge to lead the country out of our complicated fiscal problems.What makes Palin truly dangerous is that should the 72-year-old McCain die in office, the 44-year-old, inexperienced, far right-wing Palin would assume the presidency. She would not only finish out his term, but as an incumbent, she has a statistically good chance of winning the next election. She would also have the opportunity to run for a second term. Do we really want Palin to govern our country for possibly more than eight years? Let's think about that.I could be wrong, but I thought that the problem was not that we needed to drill for more oil, but that the oil companies needed to invest in refineries. Instead they took their profits and tax breaks and ran. President George W. Bush was an oil man. McCain voted with Bush more than 90 percent of the time. Shouldn't we be a little more suspect of this? Especially since scientists have repeatedly told us that drilling in Alaska is fruitless? How about demanding that American car makers switch to hybrid, fuel cell and electronic cars by, say, 2015? It could be considered a patriotic duty, like putting women to work in factories to support the war effort during WWII. We are at war with the effects of global warming.Lastly, there are other scandals associated with Palin...something about her firing someone for personal reasons? Let's not sweep these allegations under the rug. Have we already forgotten the judges who were dismissed under the Bush administration for ideological reasons? Have we already forgotten the scientists who were hushed when they reported the facts about global warming? Though Palin's nomination may be a political ploy, I would argue that the Republicans made a very calculated and a very dangerous move.Leslie ToolesJunior, Journalism Department

Mass shootings: Thoughts, prayers and bulletproof backpacks

Mass shootings: Thoughts, prayers and bulletproof backpacks

By Editorial Board

November 20, 2017

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In lieu of legislative action, children are offered armor.A private school in Miami has begun offering bulletproof backpack panels to its students. The school has never experienced a shooting, but as an added ...

More than Weinstein: Society must address a culture of abuse

More than Weinstein: Society must address a culture of abuse

November 13, 2017

Predatory behavior in the entertainment industry is facing a reckoning. A push to hold Hollywood elites accountable started after a New York Times’ investigation into movie producer Harvey Weinstein re...

No resource is untouched by economic inequality

By Editorial Board

November 6, 2017

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Economic and racial inequality in Chicago damage all aspects of life for those it touches, an investigation released Oct. 25 reveals.The Chicago Tribune published its investigation of water rates, showing that predominantly black and low-income communities pay more than wealthier, whiter communities for Lake Michigan water. Poor infrastructure and lack of accountability from public officials contribute to these disparities,...

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