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OPINION: The battle for transgender people’s rights is not over

Ricky Barker | December 5, 2019

In the last 10 years, there has been undeniably huge progress for gay and lesbian citizens of the United States. In 2017, Pew Research Center found that 70% of U.S. citizens, an all-time high, think homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared to 50% in 2006.  The massive Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015 made gay marriage legal in all 50 states. Now in 2019, Pete Buttigieg,...

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The Tea: Reminders of a past we cannot escape

Tommy Mozier, Opinion Editor | November 22, 2019

Every week as a child, my mother drove my sister and I from our house outside Chapel Hill to our friend’s house south of Pittsboro. The pleasant drive through the North Carolina countryside included passing through quaint downtown Pittsboro, with its unique shops, the imposing Chatham County courthouse and, in the town’s center, a marble pedestal with a bronze figure on top with the words “Our...

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Letter to the Editor: Get informed, and vote on campus

Op-Ed | October 28, 2019

It’s 2019, and the Municipal Elections are around the corner. The energy around a local election is not often as infectious as that of a presidential or a midterm. I am one of those people with clipboards on campus that registers students to vote. I know the question, “Are you registered to vote at your current address?” can become obnoxious after the 100th time, but with the election so close...

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Letter to the Editor: How We Define Well

Op-Ed | August 26, 2019

Happy first week of classes. You did it. Take a pause. Breathe. You’ve completed your first week of college, or maybe your last first week. This week came with hurdles, stress, good times, laughs, late buses, long textbook lines, the formation of new relationships, or the reconnection of past ones.  As we went from classes to activities to residence halls or apartments off-campus, there were...

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