Category: Opinion

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Staff Editorial: Ending DACA was Immoral and Unwarranted

On September 5, the Trump administration stood before the nation and struck fear into the hearts of 800,000 young undocumented immigrants living in the United States.  Our president did not even have the guts to do it himself. Instead, he had Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a known immigration hardliner, announce that the administration would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and give Congress only six months to revise the policy.  DACA was first implemented under the Obama administration, providing 800,000 young undocumented immigrants temporary residency and protection from deportati...
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Diplomacy is the only solution to the North Korean nuclear problem

The world is at a crossroads.  A game is being played. They have made their move; it is almost a checkmate. Now, it is up to us. The timer counts down, second by second; time is running out. It may be our move, but they are in control. One wrong play, and we lose. One wrong play, and millions of people die. North Korea has made its decision. Now it is time we make ours. 1956 marks the beginning of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapon Development program. The Soviet Union began to train North Korean scientists and engineers “laying the foundation for future nuclear development,” according to the U.S. Naval I...
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Aung San Suu Kyi should have her Nobel Peace Prize revoked

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of a rebellious, pro-democracy and human rights movement in Myanmar, spent over 15 years under tight house arrest by the government. In 1997, the government gave her the option of temporarily leaving the country to visit her dying husband in England, but she feared the government would not allow her to re-enter the country if she left. Her dedication to bringing democracy and reform to Myanmar made her an icon for human rights and earned her international acclaim and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. After her house arrest ended in 2010, she began a rapid ascent to power. Now the State Counsellor, a posi...
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Pro: Raising the Minimum Wage

The saying, “Money makes the world go ‘round” was first used in the 1960s play “Cabaret,” and it has since been proven true. Money does make the world go ‘round, and the current minimum hourly wage makes it impossible for Americans to climb out of poverty and up the socioeconomic ladder. Currently, 2.2 million Americans earn a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, a rate that has not changed since 2009, and by raising it to $15 per hour, both the federal economy and its workers will benefit greatly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If minimum wage was raised it would put Americans...
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Con: Raising the Minimum Wage

Only a handful of issues in the United States have remained controversial as long as minimum wage. Since its creation in 1938, minimum wage has been an intense point of contention among the American working class. Its recent meteoric rise holds frightening implications for small businesses and the U.S. economy at large.  Although the fight for a raise in minimum wage has good intent, the U.S. economy cannot sustain the damage done by its ascension. In each of the 22 readjustments of the minimum wage by Congress, small businesses have suffered greatly. According to Forbes, increasing wages is one of the top five reaso...
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Personal Perspective: Michael Nirula

Every Monday we have our meetings. I drive to my local church, recite the Oath and Law and do the day’s planned activity. I am a Boy Scout.  Being a Boy Scout has been a special experience for me.  It’s a journey that began after I walked into my troop’s first meeting of the year and did the most stereotypical Boy Scout activity — tying knots.  My Boy Scout journey would certainly take me to more interesting experiences, though.  During the past six years of Boy Scouts, I had a good taste of adventure. I backpacked down mountains only to be forced into jumping ...
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A message to Trump from us, “the enemy of the American people”

Time and time again, President Donald Trump has proven to the world that he is an incompetent, uninformed and impulsive demagogue who is in no way fit to lead a nation that is (or was once) the leader of the free world. On August 22, less than 24 hours after a serious and scripted speech on Afghanistan, Trump held a rally in Phoenix and put his true self on display once again.  During his 77-minute, rage-filled harangue, the president appeared erratic and defensive, attacking everything from the press to the senators of the very state he was speaking in.  This is not the first time the whiner-in-chief ha...
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Trump must condemn authoritarian leaders who violate human rights

In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte is waging a deadly war on drug users. In Russia, Putin is restricting the citizens’ freedom of expression. In The Democratic People’s of Korea, Kim Jong-Un is holding tens of thousands of political enemies in prison camps. Donald Trump must respond to human rights violations like these as a part of his new job as President of the United States. For years, presidents have punished leaders that violate human rights. Barack Obama did so through refusing to talk with Kim and Obama and George Bush have placed sanctions on countries that violate human rights as a way of is...
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Backlash against Obama’s Wall Street speeches is hypocritical

Former President Barack Obama has been suffering backlash for agreeing to give for-profit speeches on Wall Street now that he is no longer president but a private citizen. Obama is set to receive $400,000 for his appearance at an event organized by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Upon first hearing, the amount he charges for a single public appearance might appear exorbitant, especially when compared to how much others of a similar caliber have charged in the past. For each of his appearances, George W. Bush only charged between $150,000 and $175,000, which is less than half of what Obama is charging.  Bu...
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Dear Liberals: Don’t be too happy about the French Election

On May 7, the day of the French election, millions of moderates and leftists around the world found themselves breathing a sigh of relief as Emmanuel Macron emerged victorious; however, this “victory” is not as great as it seems. Macron, a centrist with socially liberal views and a member of the En Marche! Party, faced Marine Le Pen, a far-right populist candidate and leader of the National Front Party. Le Pen, through skillful campaigning and her natural ability to deceive, managed to transform her father’s fascist group into a credible and quickly growing party. Following in the footsteps of Presiden...