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

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 ...

The Tea: Reminders of a past we cannot escape

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 courtho...

OPINION: Truth, objectivity, and Postmodernism

OPINION: Truth, objectivity, and Postmodernism

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Writer

November 21, 2019

What is true, and what is false? This elusive question has baffled Western thought since the ancient Greeks. During the Middle Ages, the commonality between different kingdoms rested in their collective belief in God as the universe’s creator and that salvation rested in their faith in Him. Their convict...

OPINION: The Daily Northwestern made a mistake, journalists should help them

OPINION: The Daily Northwestern made a mistake, journalists should help them

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

November 21, 2019

Believe it or not, journalists are human. Journalists, young and old, make mistakes. The mistakes a journalist makes can range from a tiny misspelling or a huge fact error. Either way, mistakes are mistakes, and humans will make them. But, the key for journalists, especially student journalists, is...

The Tea: Definition by Diagnosis

The Tea: Definition by Diagnosis

Tommy Mozier, Opinion Editor

November 15, 2019

For the past decade, the month of November has been different for me. I’ve donated to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research each November for the past ten years, even with my allowance as a 12-year-old. November is the month cancer first directly impacted my life. The month when my grandfa...

OPINION: Western companies can’t just bow down to China

OPINION: Western companies can’t just bow down to China

Ricky Barker

November 14, 2019

 Daryl Morey, the general manager of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, wrote, “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong” on Twitter Oct. 4. Seemingly, this would be an unproblematic message in the United States, standing with people who are fighting for civil rights in another country. However, Morey del...

OPINION: Donald Trump is helping the progressive movement

OPINION: Donald Trump is helping the progressive movement

Caleb Garbuio

November 8, 2019

President Donald Trump has done more for progressive causes than any progressive activist has in the 21st Century. While Trump is the furthest thing from a progressive president, his tenure in office has inspired progressive activists to take to the streets and voice their concerns. According to a 201...

My Last Word: Stop scheduling Southern on short weeks

My Last Word: Stop scheduling Southern on short weeks

Brooks Maynard, Reporter

November 7, 2019

It’s now two years in a row that the App State football team has lost to the Georgia Southern Eagles on short week, Thursday night games, spoiling the Mountaineers’ national ranking and chance at an undefeated season.  We need to stop scheduling short week games against teams that have given...

OPINION: The way to fusion-based power is closer than we think

OPINION: The way to fusion-based power is closer than we think

Amy Waas

November 7, 2019

Imagine taking the most powerful energy source in the universe and harnessing it to create a sustainable, low-risk, clean source of energy on Earth. Though it sounds impossible, a global initiative has been in the works to create such a source — ITER, which translates to “he way” in Latin, is a French-headquartered project attemptin...

OPINION: A presidential press conference circus

OPINION: A presidential press conference circus

Ricky Barker

November 6, 2019

In a move that should surprise no one, President Donald Trump took what could have been a respectful and patriotic victory for his presidency and turned it into a circus. On Oct. 26, CNN reported that after a long search in coordination with the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, eight helicopters carrying teams of United States Delta Force troops fle...

The Tea: Richard Burr wants more taxes?

The Tea: Richard Burr wants more taxes?

Tommy Mozier, Opinion Editor

November 6, 2019

The NCAA proved me wrong. After California forced its hand, the NCAA ruling board voted unanimously Oct. 29 to begin the process to allow college athletes to profit off of their names and likenesses. Aside from the obvious benefits to college athletes, fans are already salivating over the possibility of E...

OPINION: Periods aren’t feminine, they’re human

OPINION: Periods aren’t feminine, they’re human

Amy Waas

November 1, 2019

One adjective, “feminine,” has the power to exclude entire groups of people from receiving the care they need. Pads, tampons and the like are commonly referred to as “feminine hygiene” products, a name that excludes the sizable populations of transgender, gender-fluid and non-binary people who menst...

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