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All people, without exception, are entitled to a good quality of life. I deeply believe that no matter who you are or what you’re doing, you deserve comfort. It shouldn’t be about productivity nor should it be about contribution to society. Rather, it should be about the understanding that all human life is inherently invaluable and that everyone deserves to have decent housing, food, clothing, clean drinking water, education, healthcare, a livable wage if they are working and a safety net for those who aren’t or can’t. It shouldn’t be about the cost. You cannot put a price on human life; it is not a commodity.
Monday, March 23, there was a disturbance near the Tower dorms here at Eastern Michigan. Lauren Stewart, a junior apparel and textile merchandising major and resident of Hill Hall, was woken up early Monday morning.
With the popularity of book-to-movie adaptations and TV streaming services, a new kind of fear is spreading in the American public: the fear of the spoiler. Concern over spoilers is something I’ve noticed in the past few years. It’s an entirely new fear that is proliferated by social media, and made worse by the plethora of movie and TV adaptations that are being produced now.
As support for recreational marijuana legalization in Michigan increases, the likelihood of a ballot proposal to enact the necessary legislation is becoming a reality.
I am responding to the “Crass rant” in the comics section of the Echo. The author claims that there are too many babies. This overpopulation myth has caused human rights abuses around the world, forced population control, denied medicines to the poor, and targeted attacks on ethnic minorities and women. Here is a website that can educate and inform: overpopulationisamyth.com
The Board of Regents recently approved a four percent increase in on-campus housing rates and a five percent increase for meal plans. The money generated by the increase will go toward renovations of on-campus housing and cover the increasing cost of food. While I do understand that up keeping facilities is an important part of running a university, I cannot help being skeptical of the increase.
There is no question that religion has been a prevailing force throughout our history as a species. It has served many purposes -- both good and bad -- but what is it about religion that seems natural to us as a species?
Voter turnout in the 2014 election was historically low. According to data collected by the Institute for Democracy Electoral Assistance, only 33.4 percent of the voting age population voted in the midterm elections of 2014, which is the lowest turnout since 1942. While turnout in midterm elections is consistently lower, turnout in presidential elections is not much better. Voter turnout has never risen higher than 60 percent of the voting age population. This is a serious problem for a democracy; however, the reason for such low turnout is fairly easy to explain: voting just isn’t worth it for a huge portion of the electorate.
In 2012, The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness declared that animals are as aware of their immediate surroundings as humans are. The declaration, signed at a conference in the presence of Stephen Hawking, states that animals can feel emotions just as strongly as humans can. This brings the ethics of animal testing back into question.
I had written last week of the struggle for straight allies to embody both their support of LGBTQA peoples and their faith in the sight of most modern day Christians. But while those voices need to be heard, it is horrible that someone would accept that voice – of the straight, Christian ally – over those of LGBTQA Christians. Neither voice seems to be given much credit to the doctrines of the church, but those actually identifying as anything except straight/cis-gender seem to me to be seen as letting their “desires of the flesh” out-weigh “God’s plan for their lives.”
Terrorism is a universal problem that has been on the news for a long time. There have been conferences held and protests lead against this kind of violence, but nothing has worked effectively enough to eradicate it completely. This, in summary, is because terrorism is not necessarily linked to psychopathology, religion or lack of education, but rather a strong sense of injustice. Terrorism will be an incredibly difficult problem to fix.
Self-esteem problems and not feeling adequate are a gloomy reality for most women. Everywhere, we are faced with pictures of stick-thin models and ads for the latest and craziest fad diets. Starting at early childhood, girls play with Barbie dolls who have long legs, perfect thigh gaps, large breasts and flowing blonde hair.
The United States has been participating in talks with Iran in order to come to an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. Feeling left out, House Republicans invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give a speech in Congress on the dangers of a nuclear deal with Iran. Feeling even more left out, 47 Senate Republicans, including Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senator John McCain, all signed a letter to Iranian leaders. The letter was authored by freshman Senator Tom Cotton.
On March 4, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case, which is the latest court case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The case is challenging the language of the bill and challenging the legality of the IRS issuing subsidies to those who purchased healthcare on the federal exchanges. The lawsuit contends that the language of the bill says that the IRS can only issue subsidies to those who bought health insurance on the state-created exchanges. Only 14 states created their own healthcare exchanges.
Social media outlets have been paving the way for a new age of constant communication with one another since the early days of AOL Instant Messenger and MySpace. Whether someone is across the country or down the street, it is very simple to catch up with their daily happenings without having to talk to that person.
Of all of the controversies circling through the media, the war between the Christian Church and same-sex marriage is vying for one of the top spots. I am not here to argue about separating religious beliefs from law and policy making or whether orientation is chosen. I am here to be honest to the Church: the world is changing and so are you.
I recently watched a documentary from 2009 called “Tapped” which talks about the controversies surrounding the bottled water industry and how it is virtually free to do as it pleases and that the water it sells is actually unsafe to drink. Naturally, I didn’t take this independently made film at its word, but after a bit of research what I have found is actually quite disturbing.
“How stupid do they think we are?”