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Baas: U.S. government must improve election system to regain voter confidence

Jared Baas, Columnist

March 9, 2018

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The 2016 election was a period full of controversy, emotion and nightmarish reporting. For some, the election meant losing many of the American values they held dearest. Others saw it as an opportunity for the U.S. economy to...

Shirola: Winter Olympics should serve as a reminder that we can be united

Wesley Shirola, Columnist

March 5, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

The world seems more divided right now than at any other time in recent history, possibly since the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Conflicts, both within countries and between them, threaten democracy and civil...

Sainati: Individual mandate must stay: Let’s pay it forward

Leo Sainati, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 5, 2018

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The recent tax bill passed by Republicans has been widely analyzed and scrutinized for its impact on tax brackets, incomes and savings, but one of the most important elements of the bill has nothing to do with tax cuts: It’s the...

Shirola: Science is vital to our society, but it is under attack

Wesley Shirola, Columnist

February 5, 2018

Filed under Columns, Opinion

There are arguably not many things that have contributed so much to our society as science has over the course of our history. Indeed, scientists have existed since the first human civilization in ancient Mesopotamia, where they...

Letter to the Editor: Being apolitical only serves to perpetuate oppression

January 25, 2018

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

A recent column by Wesley Shirola lambasted the tide of polarization that has swept over our country in recent years. He first cites President Donald Trump, but then, in an act of false equivalency, contends that we should all ...

Letter to the Editor: Personal happiness shouldn’t be put above discussing important political issues

January 25, 2018

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

In response to Wesley Shirola’s column “Ending politicization in 2018 will make everyone happier,” I believe there are some fundamental issues with the idea of treating happiness as an end goal and something to strive f...

Shirola: Ending politicization in 2018 will make everyone happier

Wesley Shirola, Columnist

January 22, 2018

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The active discussion of politics is a necessary component of any healthy democracy, and as former President James Madison famously said, it is “sown in the nature of man.” Yet there is undoubtedly a point at which it can...

Levine-Drizin: Expanding liberal dialogue beyond anti-racism to address economic redistribution

Gabe Levine-Drizin, Op-Ed Contributor

January 15, 2018

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

In her column, “Conservatism must shift approach to social issues in Trump era,” Heena Srivastava is right to highlight that college campuses are generally left of center and offers an interesting and well-conceived history...

Wolfe: As midterm elections near, take a deeper look at harmful campaign finance laws

Michael Wolfe, Columnist

January 12, 2018

Filed under Columns, Opinion

As we enter 2018, Congressional midterm elections are fast approaching. Stakes are enormous: The entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are up for re-election. November will either show Americans voting to...

Srivastava: Conservatism must shift approach to social issues in the Trump era

Heena Srivastava, Op-Ed Contributor

January 9, 2018

Filed under Contributors, Opinion

It only takes a comparison of two political student groups’ Facebook pages to determine the ideological leaning of a college campus. On campus, College Republicans have less than half the number of page likes as College Democrats...

Letter to the Editor: Virginia’s elections hold significance for national politics

November 21, 2017

Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Two strong signals were sent to the nation as the results of Virginia’s Nov. 7 election trickled in: Americans are rejecting President Donald Trump and his conservative agenda, and progressives are energized and ready to help...

Sainati: Virginia’s election is promising for Democrats, but shouldn’t be overemphasized

Leo Sainati, Columnist

November 19, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Virginia’s gubernatorial election earlier this month received widespread media attention for voters’ apparent "rejection of Trumpism." These narratives treated Virginia like a contentious swing state, and Republican candidate...