Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Commentary

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Casting call

Despite past voter turnouts, young adults must establish themselves as a powerful voting bloc.The 26th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees all citizens 18 and older the right to vote and still, young adults constitute the worst showing in general elections.In the 1996 presidential election, roughly 32 percent of those 18 to 24 voted, while only 54 percent of all the voting-age population punched a ticket.

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Ignorant column disturbs SN reader

Through this letter I hereby proclaim my distaste toward said article by Dottie Boyce (“‘U’ should not have to put up with hate crimes,” SN 10/2). For those of you reading this, the commentary is basically aimed toward Boyce.

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Major move

Wednesday’s forum in Akers Hall was a positive step by both MSU police and minority student leaders toward improving relations.

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SN should write on new topics

It seems as though every time I open to the Opinion Page of The State News there is an article holding women’s magazines, certain clothing brands and the like responsible for destroying girl’s self image.

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Country teaches many to be trendy

I am writing in response to the opinion column by Sarah Emery (“Don’t cry over spilled mocha latte with whipped cream,” SN 9/22). I always frown upon articles that bash and trash the very pinnacle of superficiality: trendiness.

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Hate crime laws need adjustment

I am writing in response to Dottie Boyce’s column (“‘U’ should not have to put up with hate crimes,” SN 10/2) regarding so-called “hate crimes.” I am not going to debate whether the activities in Bailey and Bryan residence halls could be construed as hate crimes or not. What I am here to do is criticize the very nature of hate crime legislation.

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United work

The possibility of a merger between the MSU and East Lansing police departments should be investigated as thoroughly as the cases each department handles.On Tuesday, the departments unveiled a plan to improve their efficiency and reduce costs through cooperation.

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Water pressures reader to write SN

Give me an explanation, that’s all I’m asking for. We, the students of MSU, deserve a reply from whomever is turning this university into a business. Several days ago, an associate of mine was washing his face in his residence hall room’s sink.

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RU-486 does not solve difficulty of abortion process

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued final approval for a drug called mifeprestone. The drug is known in France as RU-486 and is an abortifacient - a substance that causes the termination of a pregnancy. By now, enough has been written about the drug to fill 100 opinion pages, and most of it has been angry and emotional.

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All four one

Third-party presidential candidates should have been included in Tuesday night’s debate and in future debates.Pat Buchanan of the Reform Party and the Green Party’s Ralph Nader were excluded from participating by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a commission set up to regulate the debate process.

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Proposal tramples fundamental rights

The proposed ban on smoking in “public” places, including bars and restaurants, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners is currently considering is based on a misunderstanding of property rights.