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Immoral, but not illegal

By Lily Gates | June 19, 2012, 12:25 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The Department of Justice announced last Wednesday that John Edwards will not be retried on corruption charges.


40 years after Title IX, the fight lives on

By Jacob Buchholz | May 15, 2012, 12:23 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Keeling Pilaro, 13, has been playing his favorite sport since he was five years old, but now finds that gender discrimination goes both ways.


Facebook frustration

By Hannah Lynn | May 13, 2012, 1:56 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On May 2, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed legislation making Maryland the first state to ban employers from requiring employees to give them their Facebook passwords. The bill will protect personal privacy and ensure that an employee isn't forced to hand over access to his or her account. Other states should follow suit in protecting personal privacy and ensuring that social media and work remain separate.


Beauty bigotry

By Molly Nicholson | April 22, 2012, 7:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Donald Trump and his "Miss Universe" organization are choosing to hide behind their rules rather than face the world's opinions on equality.


The standardized testing snafu

By Mimi Verdonk | April 19, 2012, 12:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Standardized testers have finally found the way to end cheating. Next fall, SAT and ACT test scores will be sent directly to students' schools along with a picture of the test-taker.


A constitutionality checkup

By Brittany Cheng | April 14, 2012, 4:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

President Barack Obama made a bold move while the U.S. Supreme Court analyzed the constitutionality of one of his laws: he took another shot at the high court. Although the PPACA, including the insurance mandate, is far from perfect (it notably has stirred other controversies), it breaches neither the Commerce Clause of the Constitution nor infringes on our civil liberties.


Pro/Con: Government regulation of contraceptives

By Rachel Auerbach, Allison Daitch | April 6, 2012, 12:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Beginning on Aug. 1, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require all health insurance plans to cover women's contraceptives.


Out with the old

By Hannah Lynn | March 3, 2012, 8:37 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Election years bring controversial issues to the forefront of national debate and this year gay marriage is fueling much of the discussion. However, there seems to be a pattern: as more people oppose gay rights, more people fight back.


Be careful what you search for

By Hannah Lynn | Feb. 29, 2012, 9:08 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

At what point does it become a violation of privacy for major search engines such as Google to track our Internet activities?


An unplanned nightmare

By Molly Nicholson | Feb. 10, 2012, 2:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The recent controversy created by the Komen Foundation has undermined Planned Parenthood's efforts to help millions across America.


Pro/Con: Longevity of chain bookstores

By Melissa Haniff, Sarah Harper | Jan. 31, 2012, 2:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

But is online retailing really a better option as opposed to in-store shopping?


School bullying policy results in injustice

By Saaraa Farooq | Jan. 20, 2012, 8:52 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The fact that Jacob Rogers had to take his own life to be heard and finally receive the attention he deserved, after years of bullying, is unacceptable.


MLK memorial redemption

By Jacob Buchholz | Jan. 20, 2012, 8:51 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

By dissecting and re-piecing together Martin Luther King Jr.'s words on the new national MLK Memorial, the architects completely lost the meaning behind the iconic speech.


Putting the "break" in winter break

By Rachel Auerbach | Dec. 28, 2011, 12:49 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

If only winter break could be restful, rather than a time to wrestle with the voice in the back of your head saying that you should be working.


War, what is it good for?

By Hannah Lynn | Dec. 21, 2011, 12:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Dec. 15, the U.S. officially withdrew its last troops from Iraq, but the war didn't have a grand conclusion that left the public cheering.


A price tag on lifelong lessons and school pride

By Janvi Raichura | Dec. 15, 2011, 2:32 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

It is hypocritical that student athletes do everything they can to succeed in their sport, but UMD administrators are not doing everything they can to honor this hard work. By cutting eight of its varsity sports, UMD is turning away a minimum of eight years worth of students who may have brought something special to the university, both athletically and intellectually.


Tracking pirates but losing the treasure

By Saaraa Farooq | Dec. 4, 2011, 1:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

People as young as teenagers go on the internet everyday and download free music. However, the teenagers aren't the whole problem, the problem goes back to pirates.


Open minds, open ears

By Alison Kronstadt | Nov. 16, 2011, 10:16 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

When fliers for Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (P. Fox) were passed out during advisory last week, the outrage was immediate and widespread. What we should take away most from this is the discussion, and the importance of it.


99% problems, 1% solution

By Langston Taylor | Oct. 14, 2011, 10:44 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

The District has been "occupied” since October 1. While six of the protesters were arrested, the group made a major step forward Tuesday: it identified a coherent goal.


Execution of Troy

By Brittany Cheng | Sept. 29, 2011, 10:20 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

It is important to remember justice for the sake of closure is not actually justice. Taking the life of a potentially innocent man isn't justice. As long as there is a shadow of doubt, there was reasonable cause to assume that the justice system could have sentenced the wrong man to death.


An unanswered call

By Mimi Verdonk | Sept. 18, 2011, 6:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

What the American public wants, and needs, is an actual plan to generate savings, but what Obama provided in his speech earlier this month was a lot of empty words.


No more peanuts and cracker jacks

By Mimi Verdonk | Aug. 22, 2011, 10:15 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

As the fall sports season gets into full swing for Montgomery County, sweat, whistles and school spirit fill the air. Sadly, so does the late July decision to cut MCPS's athletic budget by almost ten percent.


Balancing outrage and accountability

By Saaraa Farooq | Aug. 6, 2011, 12:12 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although the opposition to the proposed curfew bill may be justified, parents must acknowledge that they are partly at fault for the issue at the heart of the proposal: a lack of control over their children.


One step forward, no steps back

By | July 27, 2011, 7:59 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Although many people may see the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal as a major breakthrough, it is the first of countless steps needed for the acceptance for gays throughout the country.


Parenting like a pro

By Brittany Cheng | July 25, 2011, 11:24 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

On July 9, thousands flooded the streets of Juba to celebrate the birth of South Sudan and their independence from Sudan. Although the "birthday party" is over, the problems have just begun.

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