Saturday, November 28, 2020

Opinion

OPINION

Drug excuses responsibility

This is in response to the editorial (“Our Voice” SN 1/16) expressing the opinion that the morning-after pill should be made an over-the-counter drug. Once again, Americans are trying to finding an easier way to not take responsibilities for their actions.

OPINION

Mentors need to make U better

As this year draws nearer to a close, I find myself reflecting more and more. This is my fourth year here at MSU, and my second year serving the community as a senior mentor.

OPINION

Americans can idolize King, not protest like him

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would bellow words eloquent and provocative if he knew now, in this American political climate, that his birthday is celebrated as a token gesture of “diversity,” or whatever Band-Aid platitude politicians like to slap on our diseased society. Yes, lauding King is preferable to saluting somebody like murderous imperialist Christopher Columbus and yes, Monday’s celebrations did enliven many citizens but there is a catch to King’s day and the American interpretation of his legacy. Americans can celebrate King but our totalitarian society forcibly limits our involvement with King’s philosophy to idolatry.

OPINION

U overlooks sweatshop work

I have been lied to many times before, but few of those lies really trouble me as much as the ones told to me by this school’s top officials.

OPINION

Dorm standards need discipline

I agree with Michonne L. Omo’s view on the community standards and resident mentor system (“Dorm standards should be higher for all,” SN 1/16). This is my fourth year in the dorms, and as far as my living situation is concerned, the worst.

OPINION

Cigarettes harm more than smoker

Nicole Winton’s column on Thursday expressed the most selfish argument I have ever heard for pro-smokers (“Cigarettes are a choice, not morality issue,” SN 1/11). Everyone knows the harmful effects smoking has on the body.

OPINION

Day of honor

The university should continue to give students the day off to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.In 1999, the university canceled classes for the first time on the holiday, beginning a three year trial period.

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Other options

The United States should follow the lead of the British government and allow over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill.The morning-after pill, a form of emergency contraception, releases two strong doses of progestogen.

OPINION

Breaking ties

The Jewish Reform movement should be commended for calling its members to break ties with the Boy Scouts.In a letter to Reform movement congregations earlier this month, the Joint Commission on Social Action said the Boy Scouts of America’s stance on gays is “incompatible with our consistent belief that every individual - regardless of his or her sexual orientation - is created in the image of God and is deserving of equal treatment.” In June 2000, the U.S.

OPINION

Clintons visit didnt allow free speech

While I agree with The State News (”Our Voice” SN, 1/9) that President Clinton’s visit to campus Tuesday brought honor and positive attention to MSU, more attention must be paid to the denial of citizens’ constitutional right to free speech that coincided with this visit.First, the order that no signs be allowed into Breslin Student Events Center, enforced by security at the entrances, is a denial of an American citizen’s right to free speech.

OPINION

Column neglected Maddens statistics

I am writing in regard to Keith Dunlap’s column “‘U’ sports give fans big relief” (SN 1/10). While I agree with his points that the major Detroit franchises are either on the decline or have been in shambles for years, I have a problem with his usage of John Madden’s name in his column.

OPINION

Cigarettes are a choice, not morality issue

I am a smoker. I really like cigarettes. I smoke around a pack of them every day. I have smoked through respiratory infections, family dysfunction, hellish work days, romantic woes and term papers. I buy cigarettes in cartons. One of my hobbies is collecting cigarettes from every state - the tax stamp on the bottom of the packs differs from state to state. I have no intention of quitting any time soon.

OPINION

Sweat it out

MSU and other institutions who sign contracts with apparel companies such as Nike have the right to know where the clothing that bears their names and logos is made and under what conditions.