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The power of big business

By Hannah Lynn | June 27, 2011, 9:49 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The Wal-mart vs. Dukes decision, which is considered to be a landmark ruling, will only give rich and powerful businesses precedent in future sex discrimination cases.


A troubling norm

By | June 17, 2011, 1:30 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

After releasing a sexual picture on Twitter, Representative Anthony Weiner decided to seek treatment and resigned his position. The only type of treatment Weiner needs is a good dose of common sense.


Pruning Ivy tuition

By Sarah Harper | May 26, 2011, 1:56 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Bloated tuition and living costs have limited the selection pool, and applicants without a comfortable family income are repeatedly shut out from the education they deserve.


The aftermath

By Alison Kronstadt | May 24, 2011, 1:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Osama bin Laden is dead – unless the conspiracy theorists are right for the first time. But to those who were celebrating in the streets, this is more or less the only fact that matters: for the people from Pakistan, the terrorist's death may be only the beginning. Bin Laden's death prompted a newly introduced bill that proposes ending all American aid to Pakistan, which could have catastrophic results for the already problematic relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.


A good compromise

By Eli Schwadron | May 6, 2011, 1:30 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Illegal immigration is one of the country's most controversial issues. In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama let the nation know that he would do his best to enforce the law and get rid of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers in our country. In order to do so, certain federal laws are being enacted, including one in particular that will soon have a large impact on our county.


Proceed with caution

By Alison Kronstadt | April 7, 2011, 1:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

When the damage from the tsunami spread to several of Japan's nuclear reactors, the issues raised sent ripples across the world. All the debate boils down to a simple question: is nuclear power worth the risk?


A high-stakes game

By Sarah Harper | March 4, 2011, 10:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

For college athletes, stiff competition is the name of the game. It's a competition to be healthy, both mentally and physically. In short, it's a competition on and off the field.


A crucial clean-up

By Myla Sapp | Feb. 10, 2011, 1:08 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Dec. 29, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The new TMDL will be a beneficial part to restoring clean water in the bay and the region's streams, creeks and rivers.


Searching for sanity

By Melissa Haniff | Jan. 29, 2011, 9:52 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In mid-December, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) began random inspections of carry-on bags at two Metrorail stations. The purpose, according to Metro, is simple: to keep riders safe and stop explosives or any other harmful devices from entering a train. But considering the limited resources and capability of the Metro system, the program is flawed and terribly inefficient.


Pro/Con: Continuing corollary sports

By Sarah Harper, Valerie Hu | Jan. 13, 2011, 10:23 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

This year, MCPS partnered with the Special Olympics to establish a corollary athletics program. The program is intended to give students with and without mental and physical disabilities a chance to participate in an interscholastic athletics team and largely restricts other varsity and junior varsity athletes from joining the teams.


One successful sale

By Marjorie Fuchs | Jan. 9, 2011, 1:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Yes, MCPS provides us with an apt education, but it has its fair share of problems, such as rising amounts of overcrowded classrooms and frustrating politics.


No need to "wine"

By Melodi Anahtar | Dec. 21, 2010, 8:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

For the past few decades in Montgomery County, there has been a ban on buying alcohol on Sundays.


Let fWEEDom ring

By Alison Kronstadt | Dec. 2, 2010, 10:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Last year, around 15,000 Americans were arrested for murder. About 800,000 were arrested for car theft. Some 88,000 were arrested for rape. And approximately 750,000 were arrested for the possession of a plant.


A bad gamble

By Liv Jacobson | Nov. 20, 2010, 6:50 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The state's first slot machine casino in Perryville, however, raised $2 million in the first four days of operation. While slot machines are an effective way to raise money for the state, the newly selected slot venue is a definite mistake.


Where do you like it?

By Melissa Haniff | Nov. 6, 2010, 5:38 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The instructions had a very clear message—women were supposed to update their statuses but leave men in the dark about what the statuses meant.


Better together

By Anya Gosine | Oct. 22, 2010, 4:44 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Junior Daniel Muskin-Pierret is a dedicated Latin student, but when he strolls into his Latin 3 class each day something is off, for Muskin-Pierret sits surrounded only by Latin 1 students.


Not your typical fundraiser

By Molly Nicholson | Oct. 14, 2010, 4:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, high school and middle school students wore black armbands to protest the Vietnam War but were forced to take the bands off during the school day.


From Arizona with hate

By Molly Nicholson | Sept. 6, 2010, 9:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In Arizona, immigration status has proven to be more significant than criminal activity, especially when the state's controversial immigration law (SB1070) was passed.


Life vs. Life

By Alison Kronstadt | Aug. 31, 2010, 8:42 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth struck down a presidential order and sent the scientific community reeling. President Obama's law reversed a ban on stem cell research that former president George W. Bush passed in 2001.


Pepco Dismal

By Eli Schwadron | Aug. 24, 2010, 11:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

After a string of torrential thunderstorms throughout the months of July and August, it's clear that the company's management needs to be replaced.


Building religious freedom

By Melissa Haniff | Aug. 15, 2010, 11:55 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Aug. 3, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to deny a 19th-century building the historic status it needed to prevent the building from being demolished.


No more h8

By Myla Sapp | Aug. 13, 2010, 10:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled in favor of overturning Proposition 8 (Prop 8) and took a huge step towards positively restoring basic rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.


Hackers rejoice!

By Melodi Anahtar | Aug. 9, 2010, 7:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In late 1983 Apple released a commercial where it attacked the "Big Brother" government, an idea sensationalized by the novel 1984.


Keep the "DREAM" alive

By Valerie Hu | Aug. 3, 2010, 11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Approximately 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate from high schools in the United States each year. Though they are prepared, one thing causes them to walk into their futures uncertain, unprotected and unsupported by the nation they call home – their citizenship status.It is time that undocumented youth had their chance to pursue the American Dream, with no status standing in their way.


Drowned out

By Anya Gosine | April 20, 2010, 2:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Each year, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students attend school in fear. They fear their peers who will bully them because of their sexual orientation and gender expression. And each year, students at schools across the nation support this sound cause with the power of silence.

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