Legislative lobby days in particular provide the opportunity to make a pronounced impact on real-world issues.
On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) issued a proposal designed to alleviate student loan debt while rendering college tuition prices nonexistent for students attending public universities. While the notion of a free college education subsidized by American taxpayers is wildly tempting, it is simply a fever dream conjured up in the ambitious imaginations of desperate political candidates pandering to a subset of the population. Because higher education is a commodity and not a right, students will need to provide compensation for their pursuit of knowledge, as taxpayers are under no obligation to subsidize their tuition. However, there are effective means of reducing tuition prices so that students can afford an education while simultaneously graduating with less loan debt.
Body cam footage was released this Tuesday which contradicted the initial police story that Witherspoon “exited the car abruptly.” The video did, however, show Witherspoon exiting the car calmly, with his hands up. It also showed a police officer rushing out of his squad car and opening fire almost immediately, before running away down the street, continuing to fire recklessly. No weapons were found in the car. Witherspoon was arrested, but released hours later without being charged.
In a move that is all-too-familiar, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is again campaigning for more student representatives on the Board of Trustees, this time hoping to double the current two students to four. USG wants to further their vision of giving a voice to University of Connecticut undergraduates, but it’s hard not to feel cynical about it.
As virtually everyone on the planet has heard, last week the famous historical landmark, the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, partially burned down. The fire, which burned for hours before ultimately being extinguished by Parisian firefighters, destroyed the cathedral’s iconic spire along with some of the relics inside. Luckily, as of Tuesday, April 16, only one firefighter was reported being seriously injured by the flames. All others had only minor injuries. Miraculously, no one was killed.
Netanyahu is the leader of the right-wing Likud Party and, despite currently facing three charges of bribery and corruption, was able to secure 35 seats for his party in the 21st Knesset. Through a coalition with the other right-wing parties, Netanyahu is currently in talks to form the next Israeli government, one that is likely to intensify the persecution currently faced by the Palestinian people.
Public institutions have a pretty bad track record as of late. In the United States, everywhere from police departments up to Congress has been looked on disdainfully recently. Globally, news about undemocratic elections, abuses of power and just general incompetence have been coming around again and again.
Currently the Trump Administration is hoping to roll-back an Obama-era regulation aimed at specialty light bulbs (decorative globes used in bathrooms, reflectors in recessed lighting, candle-shaped lights, etc.).