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Opinion: Don't stop reading after college

Being literate can be defined two ways. Of course, being able to read is the basic definition of literacy. But literate also means having a knowledge or understanding of the readings and writings associated with a topic.



Opinion: Internship searches shouldn’t be this stressful

Tis the season to figure out what you’re doing this summer. Depending on your field, you might have already applied and heard back from several internships.



Opinion: Gene-editing is here. How should it be used?

On Feb. 14, the National Academies of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine released a report recommending that heritable gene-editing trials in human embryos be permitted to move forward given certain conditions.



Opinion: Partisanship shouldn’t affect academic research

With the availability of academic funding drying up, academics are increasingly confronted with the difficult task of navigating funding sources.



Opinion: A new regional transport plan is up for approval

Last week the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization opened itself up to public input at an open house regarding their Comprehensive Transportation Plan, accepting public comment until Feb. 24 and planning to adopt the plan on March 8. 



Opinion: Consider spending your money to help organizations here

Donations give organizations the financial resources to survive and operate. While giving money should never be the only form of activism one takes, it certainly is helpful. 



Opinion: We generally love college, but not at this moment

“You can be anything you want to be when you grow up,” we declare to children as they enter kindergarten. 



Opinion: Businesses shouldn’t hesitate to take a stance

On Feb. 15, Merritt’s Store and Grill stood in solidarity with their Hispanic staff by announcing on Facebook that they would close the restaurant so they could take part in the nationally organized Day Without Immigrants strike the following day. 



Opinion: Let’s take discourse about HB2 beyond just money

After listening to Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent press conference in which he announced a compromise to repeal House Bill 2, you would think money is all we care about, too. 



Opinion: Consider serving young adults alcohol — one drink at a time

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Drinking is a big part of social culture on college campuses. More broadly, drinking is a longstanding and relatively inelastic part of American culture, and restricting people’s freedom to drink has a high cost in both human autonomy and dignity. Excessive and inappropriate alcohol consumption, however, comes with a huge cost in emotional and physical well-being on college campuses (as well as nationwide).



Opinion: The issues first-years need to know about

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First-years, we know it can be difficult to be aware of exactly which issues to keep up with in terms of news when you arrive on campus.



Opinion: We're watching you, CUAB

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This year, we have been relatively silent about our thoughts on the activities of the Carolina Union Activities Board. We think, so far, they’ve been doing a pretty good job. They’ve shown a really good array of movies in the Union this year, and they’ve brought some pretty cool speakers to campus. And with all the political mayhem this year, we’ve had a lot of other big issues to write about. But CUAB, don’t think we’ve forgotten about you.



Opinion: The ban on weed is unrealistic and harmful

When alcohol was banned by the 18th Amendment, launching the prohibition era, drinking culture went underground. The roaring ‘20s became synonymous with partying and drinking. Today, we still live under a type of prohibition.



Opinion: Americans are angry at the person in your mirror

If the first Tuesday of Nov. 2016 was in fact a change election, an angry demand for help by a plurality and repudiation of the standing way of doing political business in so much of the country, one needs to ask specifically why and at whom this anger is directed. 



Viewpoints: The right to free speech is not the right to be heard

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UC Berkeley had already ruled that the Berkeley College Republicans were well within their rights to host Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos — a decision that met severe backlash when over 100 faculty members signed letters that urged the school to cancel the event.



Viewpoints: Err on the side of freedom, rather than censorship

Our disagreement is really about what free speech is and what its limits are. On one side, you have an alt-right figure whose views are pretty extreme.



Opinion: Yale, now us — the fight against white supremacy continues

As has become tradition when fellow universities diminish the role of pro-slavery alumni, this board would like to thank the administrators at Yale University for renaming its Calhoun College.



Opinion: Our representatives are going on break. Reach out to them.

With President Trump in the news every day, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do. 



Opinion: Reimagining familial relations

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, this board chose to take a moment to share our thoughts on the subject of marriage — not love, which we enthusiastically support, but marriage.



Opinion: Water we to do?

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It’s a week later and we’ve all survived the #watercrisis2017.