Politics

An American hero is dying and Joe Biden doesn’t care 

An American hero is dying and Joe Biden doesn’t care 

By all accounts, Ady Barkan is an American hero. And then, in 2016, everything changed. Barkan, then a husband and new father to his infant son, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Despite his fellow candidates’ work with Barkan, Joe Biden has stayed silent.

Nickelodeon star exposes American bigotry 

Nickelodeon star exposes American bigotry 

But what Canadian-American actor and social activist Avan Jogia brought to Storrs last month surpasses stunning on-screen performance. In his debut publication “Mixed Feelings,” Jogia’s collection of poignant and culturally relevant poems and short stories paints an America that many people are still afraid to admit exists.

A matter of constitutional integrity  

How many House Democrats do you think are presently concerned with upholding the integrity of the United States Constitution which they’ve sworn under oath to support? Ask any of them and they’ll assuredly inform you of their responsibility to do so by holding accountable a president who is not above the law. 

Ramirez allegations unlikely to hurt Kavanaugh 

Ramirez allegations unlikely to hurt Kavanaugh 

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has faced more doubters than just about any other Supreme Court Justice in American history. This time last year, the hearings centered around Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct dominated the news and nearly blocked his confirmation to the Supreme Court. 

Opinion: There will be no peace with the Taliban  

Opinion: There will be no peace with the Taliban  

Last week, despite forceful opposition from his advisors, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, President Trump planned to meet with Taliban leaders on U.S. soil at Camp David. Negotiating peace with the Taliban is a far cry from the hard-nosed candidate Trump who promised to “get-tough” with suspected terrorists, openly advocating a resumption of waterboarding and “much worse.”

Apoliticism is privilege 

Apoliticism is privilege 

As we near the primary season, we once again wait for posts to start popping up on our timelines. Voices of support for one candidate or admonishment for another fill our minds, until some of us could nearly forget that Facebook was made for sharing pictures of children, not candidates. But there’s another type of post that we’ll be seeing come spring: People who simply don’t bother to get into politics, and who want you to know it. 

The DNC failed to fix a flawed debate system

The DNC failed to fix a flawed debate system

After sharp criticism of their 2016 presidential primary cycle, the Democratic National Committee promised the 2020 primary debates would be more fair. At first it appeared it would be better with earlier debates, low entrance criteria, and candidates in the first round being split randomly instead of into “Varsity and JV”.

In order to fight climate change, give power to cities

In order to fight climate change, give power to cities

Cities are one of the most basic units of governance. Because of this, their democratic institutions are flexible and responsive to their residents’ specific needs. Their city planners can paint with a small brush, designing policies that cater to specific problems endemic to certain communities. Obtaining community consent for projects is a real, achievable goal.

Letter to the Editor: It’s More Complicated Than You Think: The Israeli-Palestinian Relationship

In light of the article that was published yesterday, I would like to share my experiences as a Jewish and pro-Israel student who has experienced Israel for what it truly is.

Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East. When I traveled to Israel, I had the chance to see Israelis, Palestinians and Arabs live side-by-side in peace. One of the places I visited was a small Arab village called Jisr Az-Zarqa, located in Northern Israel. During my visit to this village, we had the chance to sit and talk with Arabs my age about their experiences living in Israel, the place they consider their home.

Here’s how to reduce the price of college tuition

Here’s how to reduce the price of college tuition

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.

Opinion: The Human Rights Protections Act SB 23 infringes upon human rights

Opinion: The Human Rights Protections Act SB 23 infringes upon human rights

On April 11, Ohio passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. With just one stroke of his pen, Gov. Mike DeWine took away the rights of women all over Ohio, creating a new precedent that will restrict women everywhere.

This law is known as the “heartbeat bill” as it bans abortions that occur after about six weeks, as this is approximately when the fetal heartbeat can be detected. This is very early on in a pregnancy.