Opinion

President Joe Biden has ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021 — the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We should consider this great news, especially considering many of us were not even alive when the War on Terror began.

Opinion

One day in 1963, Loyola sophomore Marie Leaner wanted to learn how to swim, but she ended up starting a protest movement instead.

Opinion

With Mitch McConnell no longer Senate majority leader, there is new hope for change in the Senate. Though the optimism may be deserved, the Senate remains an undemocratic institution. In order for our democracy to move forward, the Senate must be abolished and the House of Representatives expanded.

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I spent the late afternoon of March 26 at Loyola’s student-led vigil for the eight victims of the Atlanta spa shooting. I did double duty that day — helping cover the event as a reporter, but also as a mourner like the rest of the crowd.

Opinion

The idea of “unskilled labor” is an insidious and pervasive one — it’s creeped into our thoughts and infected it without most of us even realizing it. Hiding in the shadows of every jocular remark featuring the word “burger-flipper,” is this idea of unskilled labor.

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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.

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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.