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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Opinion | Editorials


More welcome home, than welcome back

As you take this year’s first steps across Reitz Union, through Turlington Plaza or into Library West, know that Gainesville, UF and The Alligator welcome you home. If this is your first time here, you’ll quickly become acquainted with what Gainesville has to offer. Prepare for the golden age between child and adult known as “college.” To those coming back: We missed you. Our town, schools and businesses are happy to have you back.

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Election Prep: Part 2

We’re chugging right along with our four-part series on the upcoming primary election Aug. 28. Alachua County residents have until July 30 to register or change party affiliations in order to vote for candidates in their party.


People are losing faith in police, and they should be

On the evening of March 18, Stephon Clark was shot eight times by Sacramento police officers. According to The Washington Post, he was shot in the neck, back and thigh. The bullets pierced his lungs and broke a number of the 22-year-old’s bones. The two officers shot at Clark 20 times. About three to 10 minutes after the attack, Clark died.


Is a Trump presidency actually good for the feminist movement?

After the 2016 Presidential election, many American women felt anguish and fear for their future. The actions and words of President Donald Trump during his campaign hinted at a “The Handmaid’s Tale”-esque future and a lack of progression for the feminist movement and general equality.

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It’s time for a women’s history museum

Earlier this month, the head of the Smithsonian Institute announced the museum complex will launch a Women’s History Initiative to highlight women’s achievements throughout history. Unfortunately, according to The Washington Post, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton said he does not support the idea of creating a stand-alone museum to honor this initiative — at least not right now, anyway.


Don’t forget about Puerto Rico

Ever since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico Sept. 20, the island and its people have struggled to get by. It was the most powerful storm in about a century, and the island of about 3 million people was struck head on.

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