Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en Pope advocates for environmental reform http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/07/02/pope-advocates-environmental-reform By: <a href="/users/anaik" title="View User Profile">Anant Naik</a><br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> Pope Francis argued in his encyclical a few weeks ago, &ldquo;Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> &nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/07/02/pope-advocates-environmental-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:31:21 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96036 at http://www.mndaily.com Green Line report largely positive http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/02/green-line-report-largely-positive By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> A report released early last month revealed that the Green Line light rail has resulted in shorter commutes and greater access to jobs for Twin Cities residents, most notably for those who reside in St. Paul.&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/02/green-line-report-largely-positive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:29:35 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96031 at http://www.mndaily.com SCOTUS rules in favor of equality http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/02/scotus-rules-favor-equality By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/07/02/scotus-rules-favor-equality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:27:13 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96026 at http://www.mndaily.com Terrorist label misused in wake of shooting http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/07/02/terrorist-label-misused-wake-shooting By: <a href="/users/jjohnson1mndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jasper Johnson</a><br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> Following the Charleston church shooting on June 17, many of my peers turned to social media. I saw a variety of posts and tweets, and a common misconception made glaringly obvious was our perception of terrorism.&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/07/02/terrorist-label-misused-wake-shooting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:24:57 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 96021 at http://www.mndaily.com Response to ‘Evaluating Threats” http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/06/24/response-%E2%80%98evaluating-threats%E2%80%9D By: Mike Baynton, Minnesota Daily reader<br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> Earlier this month, the Minnesota Daily published <a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/06/02/evaluating-threats">a letter to the editor by Rolf Westgard</a> that questioned the threat posed by climate change and President Barack Obama&rsquo;s associated policies and public calls to action.&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> &nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/06/24/response-%E2%80%98evaluating-threats%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:20:19 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 95631 at http://www.mndaily.com Minnesota needs universal helmet laws to combat a sharp increase in road deaths. http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/06/24/minnesota-needs-universal-helmet-laws-combat-sharp-increase-road-deaths <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">I often think about what I&rsquo;d like written on the top of my tombstone. &ldquo;Defender of Justice&rdquo; or &ldquo;Protector of Environment&rdquo; would be good ones, but I&rsquo;d even take &ldquo;Chronic Nintendo 64 Player.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/06/24/minnesota-needs-universal-helmet-laws-combat-sharp-increase-road-deaths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:16:03 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 95626 at http://www.mndaily.com Comment on ‘Application to U changes for better’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/06/24/comment-%E2%80%98application-u-changes-better%E2%80%99 By: Chuck Turchick<br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> The reason for having <a href="http://www.mndaily.com/news/campus/2015/06/03/u-creates-new-application-questions">a criminal background question on the application form</a> is murky at best. The University of Minnesota claims the goal is to have a safer campus. I have written to the Office of Admissions, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and the Senior Vice</div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/06/24/comment-%E2%80%98application-u-changes-better%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:12:59 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 95621 at http://www.mndaily.com Pope’s climate talk a big step forward http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/06/24/pope%E2%80%99s-climate-talk-big-step-forward By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> Pope Francis called for collective action to stop climate change last week in his 184-page encyclical, which asserted that pursuing environmental sustainability is a moral imperative.</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/06/24/pope%E2%80%99s-climate-talk-big-step-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:08:42 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 95616 at http://www.mndaily.com U employees deserve better http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/06/24/u-employees-deserve-better By: Daily Editorial Board<br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> With negotiations having started on June 6, many University of Minnesota employees <a href="http://www.mndaily.com/news/campus/2015/06/17/union-repped-employees-address-regents">have expressed frustration</a> with perceived unfair working conditions and pay.</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> &nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/06/24/u-employees-deserve-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:06:13 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 95611 at http://www.mndaily.com Idea of indefinite lockup needs revision http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/06/24/idea-indefinite-lockup-needs-revision-0 By: <a href="/users/kmoellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Keelia Moeller</a><br/><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> In the past few weeks, several concerns regarding the constitutionality of a few specific laws and programs in Minnesota have come under scrutiny.&nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/06/24/idea-indefinite-lockup-needs-revision-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:03:08 +0000 jthomas@mndaily.com 95601 at http://www.mndaily.com