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Political views shouldn’t mix with education

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Andrew Campnell , Opinion Editor
September 19, 2014

When most people think of a school curriculum, they generally would consider them to be objective and free of bias. This doesn’t seem to be the case in Texas, where a number of conservative, right-wing-leaning textbooks were brought up for the liberal advocacy group Texas Freedom Network to the state... Read more »

A complex artillery isn’t needed for police departments

Andrew Campnell , Opinion Editor
September 19, 2014

Several U.S. senators have been criticizing the recent militarization of local law enforcement across the country. One such example was the local police department of Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson has been in the national spotlight for the past month or so following the shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old... Read more »

Inmates must accept prison rules, regardless of beliefs

Connor Huff , Opinion Writer
September 19, 2014

Religious rights have been the primary concern in the Supreme Court as of late. The Hobby Lobby Case last June ruled corporations could deny contraception coverage for their employees on religious grounds. With the new term coming after the summer break, the focus is still on religious rights, but the... Read more »

Medical marijuana use shouldn’t be grounds for firing workers

Sierra Spaulding , Opinion Writer
September 19, 2014

Recently, several states have been turning over policies regarding marijuana use. While some have gone the distance to legalize recreational use, others have started allowing only medical marijuana.  Among these states is New Jersey, where it is legal to possess two ounces. This measure was passed in... Read more »

Coloring books wrong tool for 9/11 education

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Andrew Campnell , Opinion Editor
September 15, 2014

If any parent or guardian is looking for a way to educate their children on gruesome acts of terrorism, but doesn’t want to explain it, help is on the way. St. Louis-based publisher Really Big Coloring Books (RBCB) has just announced it will re-release their 9/11-based coloring books, “We Shall Never... Read more »

Perry should treat recent scandal with care and caution

Connor Huff , Opinion Writer
September 15, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was arrested Aug. 19 on abuse of power charges. Perry pleaded not guilty to these charges on Aug. 20. This stems from an incident that involved Texas District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, who was arrested on DUI charges in April 2013. Much of the public demanded Lehmberg’s resignation,... Read more »

UW System needs more to fix finanical potholes

Sierra Spaulding , Opinion Writer
September 5, 2014

In preparation for the 2015-17 budget, the UW System, lead by President Ray Cross, is asking for $95 million more from the state. Cross is doing this to combat the loss of student enrollment and the effects of the tuition freeze enforced by Gov. Scott Walker back in 2013. When it was discovered that... Read more »

Latin American refugees deserve a safe haven

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Andrew Campnell , Opinion Editor
September 5, 2014

There are many reasons why someone would emigrate to the United States. Some seek employment opportunities. Others want to escape past hardships and start fresh away from their countries of origin. For many of the recent Latin American refugees, their reason seems to be the latter. According to the Syracuse... Read more »

Police can no longer investigate their own

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Jonathan Lesniak , Opinion Writer
May 6, 2014

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill requiring investigations of officer-involved deaths be turned over to outside parties, rather than within law enforcements’ internal affairs, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Gina Burton. This legislature is taking innovative steps to solve the problem... Read more »

African-American kids offered less opportunity

Jonathan Lesniak , Opinion Writer
May 6, 2014

Wisconsin has been named the worst state in the U.S. for African-American children. In a recent study done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on family issues and well-being, states were scored on 12 different factors varying from educational skills to home situations... Read more »