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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,...

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...

After Las Vegas shooting, social media can provide support

By Editorial Board

October 9, 2017

On the night of Oct. 1, a gunman opened fire during a country music festival in Las Vegas. The gunman took 58 lives and left hundreds of people physically injured and emotionally traumatized. On the morning of Oct. 2, people far from Las Vegas went through their regular early Monday routines and were bombarded across media platforms by violent images from the massacre broadcast as America’s deadliest mass shooting. For those ...

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...

Health-care debate far from over after latest GOP bill fails

By Editorial Board

October 2, 2017

The latest Republican move to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act sunk like a stone last week. After three GOP senators voiced opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill Sept.26, voting was cancelled because the legislation didn’t have the necessary 51-vote support. The ACA is safe for now. However, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, two of the bill’s authors, have vowed to continu...

Facebook, Google must act after allowing ads promoting hate speech

By Editorial Board

September 25, 2017

On Sept. 14, ProPublica released a report stating Facebook’s ad-buying platform enabled advertisers to target users who used hate speech on their profiles. Only a day later, Buzzfeed News reported that Google also had shown a lack of foresight by allowing advertisers to use racist keywords, and its logarithms suggested even more bigoted words. These are only two in a string of controversies about ad-buying on the large soci...

Cook County shouldn’t bail on further reform after change in bond hearings

Cook County shouldn’t bail on further reform after change in bond hearings

September 25, 2017

At 26th Street and California Avenue, thousands of Cook County Jail inmates are awaiting trial. The time between arrest and trial varies. For some, it is only a matter of days while others can wait year...

Betsy DeVos won’t prevent sexual assault, but Columbia can

By Editorial Board

September 18, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos confirmed that her department seemingly has no interest in preventing sexual assault on college campuses. She announced Sept. 7 that the Department of Education is rescinding former President Barack Obama administration’s guidelines on sexual assault in higher education institutions. The guidelines use the agency’s authority under Title IX—an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act that ext...

Harvey’s aftermath is a lesson in long-term support

By Editorial Board

September 11, 2017

Atefter its assault on Texas beginning Aug. 25, Hurricane Harvey left a lifetime’s worth of ruin in its wake. Fifty lives were swept away by the storm’s wrath, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott estimated the storm caused up to $180 billion in damages. With at least 100,000 homes affected by the storm, some families don’t know when, if ever, they will be able to return home. Young adults, like those who make up Columbia’...

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