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No easy answer to Wal-Mart in Chicago

By Editorial Board

February 23, 2009

Chicago officials are now considering letting Wal-Mart build six locations in the city. As of now, there is only one on the Far West Side. But, with so much controversy over Wal-Mart's business practices, it seems as if everyone is divided.In a survey conducted by RT Strategies, 70 percent of Americans said they think Wal-Mart is good for consumers, but a survey conducted by Zogby differed, saying only 44 percent of Ameri...

PETA, People Embarrassing True Activists

By Steven Schnarr

February 23, 2009

In its many ridiculous attempts to encourage "humane" treatment of animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals just makes all vegetarians and vegans look like fools. But PETA's activism comes off as a sick joke when compared to the real issue behind vegetarianism.After nine years of a truce with McDonald's, PETA is back at it again with their outrageous antics and protests, according to a Feb. 16 Chicago Tribune ar...

Manifest cutbacks a blessing in disguise

By Editorial Board

February 23, 2009

After the initial disappointment of cutting the headlining band from Manifest, the benefits to students have become clear.A headliner would certainly be fun for students and draw more people to Manifest, but when the headlining band is replaced with extended stage time for 15 Columbia bands, the purpose of Manifest is achieved-a chance for students to have an event showcasing their work.The reasoning for cutting the headlin...

Illinois must stop refunding big retailers

By Editorial Board

February 16, 2009

Chicago has the highest sales tax in the nation at 10.25 percent, and it would be right for taxpayers to assume this all goes to public funds. But a little-known law, now in the spotlight, gives 1.75 percent of Illinois sales tax back to retailers, amounting to $126 million a year, more than any other state, according to a study done by Good Jobs First, a Washington D.C.-based research group.The study shows that 26 states...

You’re either a libertarian or a fascist

By Steven Schnarr

February 16, 2009

With all this talk of a stimulus plan uniting the country, it is easy to lose focus of ideals, even for someone as idealistic as me.But when it comes down to it, not one major politician in the public eye has said anything that makes sense.The U.S. Congress couldn't seem to reach a bipartisan agreement over the current proposal on the bill. Even though President Barack Obama stands able to unite the nation, and is trying, it seem...

Parental concern over Huberman unnecessary

By Molly Lynch

February 16, 2009

Every time I read stories about disputes in school systems, I often come to the realization that parents and students tend to do a bit of a role reversal. Like clockwork, as soon as a new policy emerges that causes a stir in a school, parents are usually the first to throw hissy fits, organize protests and make headlines as they incessantly and ignorantly whine about a topic they often don't understand.Not long after Mayor Richa...

Increase in loan availability necessary

By Editorial Board

February 16, 2009

The original stimulus bill passed by the U.S. House included a $2,000 increase in availability of Stafford student loans, but while "trimming pork" from the bill, the Senate cut a much needed provision from the final version.The current credit crunch has already made tougher restrictions on private student loans, and will likely worsen. With large numbers of students dependent on private loans to get through school, someone...

Michael Phelps smoking pot harmless

By Lauren Kelly

February 9, 2009

Michael Phelps can be called an Olympic superstar, a 14-time gold medal winner, a record-breaking athlete, an all-American swimmer and, most recently, a pot smoker.A photograph of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps smoking marijuana from a bong surfaced last week after being published in a British tabloid. The photo has since circulated in the media, forcing the press to talk about the issue of recreational cannabis use in the Unit...

Birth control provisions necessary in stimulus

By Steven Schnarr

February 9, 2009

On Jan. 27, The U.S. House dropped the most justifiable and necessary provision from the stimulus bill-$200 million for new contraceptive services and prevention of STDs.If any of the provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are worthwhile, birth control initiatives are, and have been, the most needed.Some argue that birth control is an unrelated part of the bill, rather than directly affecting stimulus. But...

No reason to shut Scientology group out of South Loop

By Editorial Board

February 9, 2009

Although controversy surrounds the Church of Scientology, the group has just as much of a right to have a presence in the South Loop as any church.As reported in an article in the Feb. 2 issue of The Chronicle, local residents are at odds over plans for a Scientology Center to be built in the South Loop at 650 S. Clark St.Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd ward) held a community meeting to discuss a proposal by the religious group to hav...

Students, teachers need cooperation for better future

By Editorial Board

February 9, 2009

In these dire times, hope is not the only thing students are holding onto.Not too long ago, the economy seemed to be chugging along just fine. Students walked down hallways thinking about homework due in two hours. School seemed a chore at times, and entertaining at others. There was no serious concern to the future possibility of a job. It seemed they were being prepared just fine.Now, despair seems to hide in the corner ...

Obama’s nod to nonbelievers sets accepting tone

By Thomas Pardee

February 2, 2009

President Barack Obama was elected on the premise that he would bring a fresh outlook to the White House, and so far he's doing just that. But after his first speech as president, he's already drawn criticism for being a little too fresh.During his inaugural speech on Jan. 20, Obama did something unprecedented. As he listed some of the United States' most prominent religions, he finished with a nod to Americans who don't wo...

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