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Fighting for a better future is vital amid political turmoil

By Editorial Board

November 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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,...

Heightened security does not ensure airport safety

Heightened security does not ensure airport safety

November 6, 2017

Airports in more than 100 countries will be affected by new Department of Homeland Security regulations on all U.S.-bound flights. New rules went into effect Oct. 26  in an attempts to enhance secur...

Offensive costumes are too scary even for Halloween

By Editorial Board

October 30, 2017

The air is crisp, the leaves have turned bright shades of red and orange, and Halloween is upon us. Those of us too old to go door-to-door are contemplating staying in for a Halloween movie marathon with candy we had to buy ourselves or showing off fun costumes that will scare or delight our friends. Some costumes have no place in Halloween festivities, though. Instead of dressing as a classic witch or ghost, some use the ...

Students aren’t prioritized when resources are cut

By Editorial Board

October 23, 2017

As reported on the Front Page, Columbia students are losing important resources and services due to slashed budgets. Departmental mergers that affect the quality of programs, limit studio time and deny resources to athletic teams are eroding the quality of campus life. Columbia’s athletic teams and work rooms allow students to bond, collaborate and form relationships that will help them in their post-college lives. Reducing services puts a s...

Removing ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is erasing history

Removing ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is erasing history

October 23, 2017

A Mississippi school board has taken away a valuable opportunity to learn about America’s racism from its students.The Biloxi School District pulled Harper Lee’s literary classic “To Kill a Mockin...

Transgender workers deserve advocacy, understanding

By Editorial Board

October 16, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Oct. 4 memo to the U.S. Department of Justice promotes a policy that will greatly challenge transgender people in courtrooms and hinder progress in stopping workplace discrimination. The memo announced that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act—which prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex and other protected classes—does not apply to gender identity, and the law...

US has duty to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

By Editorial Board

October 9, 2017

Puerto Rico is struggling with the aftermath of a violent hurricane, a debilitating debt crisis and a long history as a colonized community. Moreover, Puerto Ricans are barely acknowledged as U.S. citizens. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on Sept. 20. Massive flooding caused extensive damage and evacuations, and the storm’s powerful winds flattened buildings. Aid couldn’t reach victims because of limited gasoline and...

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