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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 other substances will not stop people from using them. Today, politicians talk about legalizing cannabis, but t...

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 at when making the case for complete decriminalization of drugs. Under their system, possession of dru...

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, who recently quit working at Brennan’s, one of Sodexo’s restaurants on campus, discussed the workfl...

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 and lecturers. And by all accounts, they “don’t give a shit” about doing it, accordi...

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 is in the spotlight. It is undeniable that the First Amendment protects even the most hateful stateme...

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 also will not deny that many illegal immigrants contribute to the economy, and removing al...

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 and beneficial program. Rather than judge the undocumented children of undocumented workers, called Dreamer...

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 their own bodies, empowering them socially and economically. In a sense, these are both mora...

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