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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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More to Gainesville than UF, students

"Cause we're two truck stops off the interstate, promised land with a twist of fame, we're a town for all the lost and found, so sleep tight in this smoky room, still buzzed from this afternoon, and I may be going broke but I'm never broken down."


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Most UF students pretentious, dumb

Here's some breaking news for you: Going to college plus making noise with your mouth does not equal saying something intelligent. Shut up - I'm tired of hearing you blabber.


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10 rules to improve interstate driving

After my third annual Thanksgiving car-a-thon, it's apparent that the problem with holiday traffic on the interstate is not only the number of cars on the road, but also the number of people in those cars who don't know a thing about driving on the interstate.


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Americans should embrace belief

I was born into the Jewish faith, but I started identifying myself as agnostic once I entered college. Judaism, while offering an interesting history, tightly knit community and great food, didn't answer any of my deepest questions. Why am I here? Where am I going? What was at the Beginning? What is at the End?


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Atheists, agnostics unfairly represented

The legacy of America is a legacy of progress, and it is time to look toward the next fight. One of the most important concepts to have come from the Enlightenment is the belief in the elimination of prejudicial assumption and the support of rational conclusions rather than blind faith.


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Loyalty shouldn’t be top political priority

Early in the presidential campaign, when then-Sen. Barack Obama was asked to describe the model of presidential leadership he hoped to emulate, he cited Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals." The book describes how Abraham Lincoln filled his cabinet with people who were selected for competence, not loyalty - peers and adversaries alike. Lincoln knew the gravity of the times called for far more than an administration of yes men.


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Flings no substitute for relationships

I was talking with a friend the other day about how she met her boyfriend of three years. As I get older, I turn more of my attention to these stories because they have become almost as important to me as politics.


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Sports not worth risking health, girlfriend

I don't get it. I can't count how many times I repeated this to my sports-obssessed ex-boyfriend during the year we dated. People go nuts for tailgating, body paint and Super Bowl parties. This behavior makes them look like ridiculous, idiotic monkeys running around in jerseys.


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Fla. votes on Obama, Amendment 2 clash

After awarding its 27 electoral votes to the incompetent George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, Florida has finally shown signs of maturing. In 2008, our stubborn state budged, proving itself open-minded enough to support a progressive black man who is the antithesis of "W."


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Tuition hike would protect degree value

It's your typical Monday morning: You grudgingly fight your way out of bed, stumble across campus to class and slump into the first seat you can find in the back of Carleton Auditorium. Your professor walks in and somberly approaches the lectern.


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