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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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Guns don't belong on campuses

You think colleges should allow students to carry guns on campus? Are you crazy?" I hear the familiar arguments once again. Terrible and tragic images flow in this steady stream of pure verbal disbelief - images of a student irritated with his English test grade pulling a gun on his teacher or images of a student opening fire in a crowded auditorium of students peacefully taking an exam.


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High-tech dating leaves out the fun

The record album, the horse-drawn carriage, the abacus, the establishment of dating - that's just a short list of some things that have become obsolete. And here is a list what replaced them: the compact disc, the automobile, the calculator, high-tech dating.


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Marine should be dishonorably discharged

The actions of the U.S. Marine shown throwing a puppy off a cliff in an Internet video are shameful and denounced by the Animal Activists of Alachua. That a person could take pleasure in the abuse and suffering of an innocent animal is appalling and cannot be justified. Animal cruelty is a felony in many states, and the Marine should be dishonorably discharged and serve prison time if the video is depicting reality. He should not be shown leniency in this matter based on the fact that he is a Marine. In fact, members of the military should be held to a higher standard.


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Fear tactics used to divide electorate

The American people have been fed a steady diet of fear for the better part of the last seven years. Since the harrowing hours of Sept. 11, our media and politicians have done their best to scare the living daylights out us by incessantly informing us that its not a matter of if there will be another terrorist attack, but when.


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New freedom comes with anxieties

Somebody save me. I'm having a quarter-life crisis four years too early. I've been in school since I was six. I have nine weeks and two days left until my graduation. But the only number that seems to matter to me is zero. That's how many job offers I've received.


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Air travel doesn't have to be a hassle

Be careful when traveling by plane for Spring Break this year. I wouldn't want to hear about any UF students getting detained by airport security with any inappropriate substances or, better yet, getting kicked off the plane for being "too pretty."


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True patriots question country’s path

Americans have little to cheer about or believe in these days. The list of reasons to have lost faith in our republic is inordinately long and spectacularly depressing. Whether it's the incomprehensible incompetence of the government's response to Katrina, contentious elections rendering dubious results, complete disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law, the denigration of the environment, the use of torture on "enemy combatants" (whatever that means), the exponential increase of wealth disparity, steroids in baseball, "Spygate" in football or the quicksand quagmire that is Iraq - the American people have good reason to be despondent.



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