Opinion

The war on drugs in the United States has been successful at doing two things: criminalizing Black communities and wasting taxpayer dollars. What it hasn’t done, however, is combat substance abuse problems across the country. The time to change that is now, and new drug reform legislation in Oregon indicates for the first time, states may be heading away from the ineffective, Nixon-era philosophies regarding drug law enforcement — and it’s a good thing.

Opinion

It seems weird I have to write this column, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Last week, Texas was thrust into a climate change-induced winter storm that’s thrown its power and water supply into chaos. No one knows yet how many deaths will eventually be tied to this. The state and federal response would be laughable if the implications weren’t literally life and death.

Opinion

Since classes resumed in late January, Chicago has experienced what feels like a near-endless pile-up of snow. Foot-tall mounds of weeks-old powder flank sidewalks, multi-story apartments are adorned with long dripping icicles and some streetside …

Opinion

Artists do most of the work by creating phenomenal, memorable music. They match the right instrumentals with the right vocals and lyrics to change our lives in a span of usually three minutes. The only remaining responsibility is for DJs, party enthusiasts and those holding the aux cord to choose how these songs all fit together in order to create the ultimate playlist.

Opinion

While federal elections tend to take the spotlight at the ballot box, local elections — such as state legislature — are of equal, if not greater importance. Especially coming off of a census year, the elections for state legislatures are even more important as redistricting enters the scene again.

Staff Editorial

There’s no question Loyola is different this year. No one is cramming into the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts elevators, nabbing extra cookies from Damen Dining or getting blown over in a …

Staff Editorial

A pandemic. A far-right storming of the U.S. Capitol. Global economic instability and mass demonstrations for racial equity and justice. To use a phrase we’re all sick of hearing: we’re living in unprecedented times.  But …

Opinion

Environmentalists celebrated Jan. 20 as President Joe Biden signed an executive agreement to revoke permits of the Keystone XL Pipeline — an oil pipeline system that’s been a site of environmental controversy since the initial extension was proposed in 2008. While Biden should be recognized for his commitment to environmental protection and justice, he’s not the sole party to thank for this accomplishment.