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Column: Owning up to the harms of the drug war

Column: Owning up to the harms of the drug war

March 17, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Sean Connolly, editorial columnist Many Americans are understandably concerned about drugs in the US. But sadly, the rhetorical goal of fighting against drug addiction has been used to put a good face on terrible policies. Mexico is often unfairly portrayed as the perpetrator of drug smuggling....

Understanding sea ice retreat

Understanding sea ice retreat

March 3, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Gwen Schanker, editorial columnist Each Thursday afternoon this past month, I’ve attended a lecture on ice-ocean interaction, each led by an expert in the field. The talks, held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), are part of a course in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M...

Column: Stop calling Bernie Sanders unelectable

Column: Stop calling Bernie Sanders unelectable

February 25, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Sean Connolly, editorial columnist Last Saturday, I watched the Nevada Democratic caucus on CNN. I was disappointed that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., lost, but what stuck with me was CNN’s commentary. CNN often offends and disappoints me, but I want to talk about one issue specifically: Their con...

Column: Researching the ocean’s value

Column: Researching the ocean’s value

February 18, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Gwen Schanker, editorial columnist Take a moment to think about the ocean. Not the water at the beach you wade into on hot days, but the deep, far-reaching ocean. Now think about what you’d see if you dove 10,000 feet under. Do you have an idea of what you might find in the depths of the oce...

Column: Making America “great” again

Column: Making America “great” again

February 11, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Sean Connolly, editorial columnist After the New Hampshire primary, the Republican Party has successfully declared its frontrunners. A loud, obnoxious xenophobe and misogynist in Donald Trump. A quieter, more evangelical, equally obnoxious xenophobe and misogynist in Ted Cruz. Behind them Marco Rubio, the “moderate” and “establishmen...

Column: Zika virus evokes Ebola crisis

Column: Zika virus evokes Ebola crisis

February 4, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Gwen Schanker, editorial columnist If you’ve been following science news at all the last two weeks, you’ve seen a slew of articles on the Zika virus, an epidemic that’s rapidly spreading across South and Central America. Zika virus is caused by infection from mosquito bites, and until las...

Column: Refugees deserve respect

Column: Refugees deserve respect

January 28, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Sean Connolly, editorial columnist I’m not much of a fan of religion in politics. That’s not to say that religious values can’t be a good thing. I went to a Catholic school myself, and although I disagree with many of the things I was taught, there were undoubtedly positive values to be le...

Column: Defending citizen journalism

Column: Defending citizen journalism

January 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Gwen Schanker, editorial columnist I wrote my first blog post when I was 14 years old and just beginning to explore my career interests. I was excited to develop my writing skills and to “document my steps into adult life,” as I put it then. After starting, I continued to post for the next year...

Column: Affirmative action necessary

Column: Affirmative action necessary

January 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Sean Connolly, editorial columnist Affirmative action programs have been the topic of harsh debate since their institution in the early 1960s. Different affirmative action programs have been brought to the Supreme Court multiple times, including the recent case of Fisher v. University of Texas at ...

Column: What can one person do?

Column: What can one person do?

December 3, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Gwen Schanker, Editorial Columnist  The world is in a state of tumult. With the combination of the impending presidential election, the recent attacks in Paris, Kenya and Lebanon, the Syrian refugee crisis and the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs – it’s difficult to keep up. I...

Keystone debate reflects larger US discussion on climate change

Keystone debate reflects larger US discussion on climate change

November 18, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Sean Connolly, Editorial Section Editor On Friday, Nov. 6, President Barack Obama announced his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. He claimed the pipeline would not have a significant impact on the US economy. In the spirit of new efforts by his administration to fight climate change, inclu...

Twitter losing relevance

Twitter losing relevance

November 18, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

By Gwen Schanker, Editorial Columnist  Two weeks ago, I attended a panel hosted by the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which discussed the challenges of court reporting. Social media entered the conversation within the first five minutes as Kevin Cullen of The Boston Gl...

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