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Should we honor the Paris agreement? Domestic action has more value

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Domestic action has more value

Chris Harrell November 21, 2019

I am a dedicated environmentalist. I donate my time and labor to environmental movements, groups and political candidates. But when President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out...

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Agreement helps accountability

Should we honor the Paris agreement? Agreement helps accountability

Emily Johnston November 21, 2019

The U.S. officially began its withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Nov. 4. The Paris climate agreement is a landmark accord signed in 2015 by 193 nations in the U.N. General Assembly, with its...

Don't give hateful speech attention it doesn't deserve

Don’t give hateful speech attention it doesn’t deserve

Meg Trogolo October 10, 2019

An evangelical preacher stands in a high-traffic area of campus, spewing homophobic language and surrounded by angry students. Sadly, this is not an unexpected sight at UVM. Evangelicals have set up...

Engage to fight back against hateful speech

Engage to fight back against hateful speech

Christa Guzman October 10, 2019

It was a crisp, fall day on UVM’s campus. It was hard to ignore the crowd starting to form in front of the Davis Center. On Oct. 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., a preacher spewed racist, misogynistic and...

Decriminalizing drugs lessens addiction and incarceration rates

Decriminalizing drugs lessens addiction and incarceration rates

Mills Sparkman April 24, 2019

We should decriminalize drugs in the U.S. in order to combat our massive addiction problems and decrease mass incarceration. Since the days of Prohibition, the U.S. has learned that outlawing drugs or...

Decriminalizing drugs puts patients at risk of worse problems

Decriminalizing drugs puts patients at risk of worse problems

Henry Mitchell April 24, 2019

I am concerned with the decriminalization of drugs in the U.S. because I expect a lack of follow-up to its implementation. To understand this problem, look at Portugal, the country most often pointed...

Should Sodexo unionize? No: unionizing decreases pay and doesn’t increase workers’ benefits

Should Sodexo unionize? No: unionizing decreases pay and doesn’t increase workers’ benefits

Emily Johnston March 8, 2019

Unionizing is unnecessary — it is clear Sodexo tries its best to create a stable, happy work environment for employees and a union would only create more problems on campus. First-year Kathryn Jones,...

Should Sodexo unionize? Yes: unionizing protects workers’ rights and guarantees local jobs

Should Sodexo unionize? Yes: unionizing protects workers’ rights and guarantees local jobs

Chris Harrell March 8, 2019

The UVM administration has not been inspiring much confidence in its employees lately. The College of Arts and Sciences is facing a budget cut that is going to lay off 13 percent of non-tenure track professors...

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

FREE SPEECH & HATE SPEECH: A dialogue exploring the gray area in our First Amendment rights

James Simpson and Henry Mitchell November 17, 2017

James After a continuing education student, Wesley Richter, was charged with disorderly conduct after being accused of using racist and threatening language, the debate of free speech versus hate speech...

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Counterpoint: But we are obligated to uphold the constitution

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Counterpoint: But we are obligated to uphold the constitution

James Simpson September 16, 2017

I am not going to argue whether it would be just to deport illegal immigrants who came here as children. The fact is deporting every single illegal immigrant would be cost-prohibitive and impossible. I...

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Point: We have a moral duty to defend the Dreamers

Point Counterpoint: The Debate on DACA; Point: We have a moral duty to defend the Dreamers

Matthew Hagberg September 15, 2017

Immigrants have been and continue to be the backbone of the nation. Still, Donald Trump announced his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But why? DACA is a just...

The pro-choice vs. pro-life argument

The pro-choice vs. pro-life argument

Alexander Collingsworth and Jim Simpson April 14, 2017

AC: Believe me, I grasp the irony that two men are debating abortion. Pro-lifers take the philosophical stance that life is sacred. Pro-choice advocates argue that women should have control over...

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