The student news site of Southern Illinois University

Daily Egyptian

Opinion: The great pot hunt: The federal eradication program is a waste

Opinion: The great pot hunt: The federal eradication program is a waste

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board
October 20, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The federal government thinks marijuana use ought to be stopped. So it has a program to "eradicate" the plant. The program accomplishes little, sometimes at much cost. Instead of the plant, Congress should eradicate the program. In 2015, the program awarded $20,000 to New Hampshire. That eradicated...

Editorial: Leslie Munger for comptroller, to help manage an Illinois drowning in debt

Editorial: Leslie Munger for comptroller, to help manage an Illinois drowning in debt

By Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Question: What's the primary role of Illinois' comptroller? Answer: Juggling. Without enough money in the state's main checking account to cover the day-to-day expenses of operating government, the comptroller's job, during the last decade in particular, has expanded from bookkeeper to circus act:...

Letter to the Editor: Killing of African-Americans by police is an American epidemic

Letter to the Editor: Killing of African-Americans by police is an American epidemic

By Freddy Navarro
October 15, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I am first and foremost deeply outraged as well as disgusted over the senseless, unnecessary brutalities and killings that have been occurring within the African-American community by the hands of those in the law enforcement field. As a human being I can no longer walk in silence while African-Americans...

Editorial: The 2016 Cubs need their own ‘Super Bowl Shuffle’

Editorial: The 2016 Cubs need their own ‘Super Bowl Shuffle’

By Chicago Tribune
October 15, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

You could see it all season in their manager, their penchant for squeeze plays, pitchers as outfielders, their "meh" to batting practice, the onesies they wore on a road trip. Swagger. The 2016 Cubs have it in heaps, and it's rubbing off on a city that has been lumbering about with slumped shoulders,...

Editorial: Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate from Illinois

Editorial: Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate from Illinois

By Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

On Jan. 3, 2013, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk stomped his right foot on a sandstone step of the U.S. Capitol. To hearty applause and the flutter of cameras, Kirk leaned on Vice President Joe Biden and Kirk's best friend, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and made his way up the steps. It was his comeback moment. "Welcome...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t vote out of fear and unreason

Letter to the Editor: Don’t vote out of fear and unreason

By Joshua Hellmann
October 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I am going to begin by stating a truth that should be well understood: there is nothing forcing anyone to vote Democrat or Republican. No law or violent action is forcing people to support parties and candidates they don't want to support. We still have some freedom of speech and association, if the...

Column: Masculinity’s in a sorry state

Column: Masculinity’s in a sorry state

By Diane Roberts | Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In the 1964 film "Kisses for My President," Polly Bergen stars as the first woman to win the White House. She's terrific as president, adept at handling blowhard lawmakers, tin-pot dictators, even the Russians. But her elevation to leader of the free world means chaos in her family: Her son is becoming...

Letter to the Editor: Cover of the DE lately has said, ‘There is nothing redeemable about SIU’

Letter to the Editor: Cover of the DE lately has said, ‘There is nothing redeemable about SIU’

By Aaron J. Diehr
October 11, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have always compared the role of journalism to that of a lighthouse: its purpose is to provide direction through murky water in a dark night. On the surface, this endgame appears deceptively simple: the lighthouse provides light. But underneath its framework, a complex and mathematical system guides...

Editorial: Greenhouse gas needs to be reduced, or else

Editorial: Greenhouse gas needs to be reduced, or else

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 11, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

At least one scientist says the United States deserves credit for trying to reduce emissions to below what they were more than a decade ago. But unless more is done, and the two political parties can come to a consensus on the matter, our nation will not reduce emissions by a targeted 28 percent by...

Column: Women are not prey, not even for rich and famous

Column: Women are not prey, not even for rich and famous

By Sally Friedman | The Philadelphia Inquirer
October 11, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Ask any woman — your sister, daughter, wife — whether she's ever had "unwelcome attention" from a guy. Ask her whether she found it flattering. Chances are you'll get an earful. Women are pretty unanimous about those kinds of guys. We talked about them in ladies rooms when we were stuck...

Letter to the Editor: Making sense of the annual SIU safety report

Letter to the Editor: Making sense of the annual SIU safety report

By Jennifer A. Brobst
October 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion

How many of your friends at SIU were arrested last year? How many were victims of crime? You may not know anyone who fits this description, but SIU, like every college campus in America, will have students, staff and faculty each year whose unfortunate experiences serve as indicators of the school’s...

How to really discuss radical Islam

How to really discuss radical Islam

By Jonathan Zimmerman | The Philadelphia Inquirer
October 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Let's suppose you're teaching a current-events class about terrorism, and a student says that Muslims should be banned from the United States. What should you do? Here's what you shouldn't do: Shut down the conversation. Like it nor not, millions of American adults agree with the student's statement....

The student news site of Southern Illinois University