OPINIONS


2/18/2015, 2:46pm

Drones used for good

Just last night I saw a brief news story about the Federal Aviation Administration starting to consider new flight rules to adopt in consideration of flying drones that are starting to take to the skies in our country.


2/18/2015, 2:44pm

Comparing race and income

In 2014, Hope Landline and Irma Corral of East Carolina University recommended “[u]sing wealth . . . household income, education, and household size . . . in studies of racial-ethnic health disparities, [to] improve” the overall quality of a health study.


2/15/2015, 3:46pm

Appreciate the commonplace

In the summer of 2013 my brother and I travelled to Europe; he went to Italy, I went to Spain. The view in Madrid, Spain was either that the Catalans were unserious in their push for independence, or that they were only interested in economic and political gain.


2/15/2015, 3:45pm

The US electoral system is flawed

The way we elect our president is through the Electoral College system. While we do have a popular vote, it is the Electoral College that officially selects who our next president will be.


2/15/2015, 3:43pm

Take note of social media terms of service

In an article titled “Reading the Fine Print” printed in the Emerging Photographer, the National Press Photographers Association attorney Mickey Osterreicher explains to photographers the dangers of posting their work on social media platforms without reading all the terms of service.


2/11/2015, 2:31pm

Stigma of V-Day

We are trudging deep in the drifts of wet February snow and a sea of red hearts. This can only mean one thing: The holiday that companies have been advertising for since the day after Christmas is upon us. Yes, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and about time.


2/11/2015, 2:30pm

Say no to tax raise

Michigan legislators want citizens to vote on whether to rob ourselves to the tune of more than $2 billion in tax hikes that we’re supposed to believe will fix our roads.


2/11/2015, 2:28pm

Don't vote 3rd party

Please don’t vote third party. At least don’t vote third party expecting to win. Third parties can determine who the victor will be in an election, but they do not win.


2/11/2015, 2:26pm

Capitalism is a sinking ship

Capitalism, being a naturally oppressive and adversarial system, will always lead to the subjugation and disenfranchisement of those at the bottom of the social ladder while those at the top become akin to divinity – with money and material gain being the gateway to this illusory and superficial paradise. This is not to say, however, that other forms of government such as socialism or communism are viable or even appropriate solutions to the problems we currently inherit, but the current system is faulty and cannot be sustained. In the game of capitalism, humanity is the millionaire’s toll because in the throes of monetary ecstasy they, the politicians and “corporaticians,” have become blind to the needs of the people.


2/8/2015, 12:58pm

Lots of candidates

“I like to define public opinion as what people think other people think,” said EMU alumnus Joseph Sobran. According to the polls, here’s what people think other people think: Republicans are split between Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney – if splitting the vote was an Olympic sport, the Republicans would win gold, silver and bronze and the Democrats would get honorable mention – while Democrats are squarely behind Hillary Clinton.


2/8/2015, 12:56pm

The difference between judgment and first impressions

To judge or not to judge seems to be a big question we are asking now-a-days. Yet it seems we have come up with an answer: “Do not judge.” But that, however true it may seem, is wrong. The idea we have of judging presently comes from a false definition.


2/8/2015, 12:54pm

Get vaccinated

We are a little over a month into 2015 and already there are more cases of measles than we have on average in a given year.


2/4/2015, 2:11pm

Why you should see The Vagina Monologues

It’s nearly impossible not to have heard: V Month is staking its claim in February at Eastern Michigan University with events as varied as the numerous topics covered in its main event, The Vagina Monologues. This will be my third year attending the annual Valentine’s Day weekend event and I couldn’t be more excited.


2/4/2015, 2:02pm

We need more political party options

Politicians are supposed to be our representatives to the government. They’re supposed to serve the public and, despite their personal opinions or beliefs, present the will of the people to Congress and the President.


2/1/2015, 12:14pm

There's no wrong way to vote

The idea that voters are generally uninformed is a pervasive and popular opinion. This leads many people, both political junkies and less politically knowledgeable people, to come to the conclusion that voters are incapable of making good decisions in elections.


2/1/2015, 12:10pm

Letter to the Editor

In the Eastern Echo Jan. 5 issue, Opinions Editor Jennifer Kirby wrote a great column espousing the benefits of art programs in schools and why they are worth keeping.


1/28/2015, 11:21am

Pope Francis defies stereotypes

Over the past few years Pope Francis has been in the news several times. Although this is to be expected – he is the Catholic Pope after all – I believe his messages of humility and peace are worthy of attention. Before I go on I would like to make it clear that I am not Catholic.