Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en Dinkytown Target plastic bag policy needs change http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/21/dinkytown-target-plastic-bag-policy-needs-change By: Kevin O’Brien, University student<br/><p>After a full day on campus, I stopped by the new TargetExpress in Dinkytown to pick up a few items. Within 10 minutes in the Dinkytown Target Express, where I bought four small items, I acquired two disposable plastic bags before I could even ask that the cashier not give me any.</p> <p>This avoidable pollution and waste of resources has proven to be Target Corp.&rsquo;s standard operating procedure, and that needs to change to match the company&rsquo;s corporate responsibility for sustainability.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/21/dinkytown-target-plastic-bag-policy-needs-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:01:38 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88600 at http://www.mndaily.com Biodiesel fuel superior to ethanol http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/21/biodiesel-fuel-superior-ethanol By: <a href="/users/kmoellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Keelia Moeller</a><br/><p>Recent innovations have led to the creation of biofuels, which are made of biomass materials and create less air pollution than typical gasoline. While biofuels are more expensive to produce than fossil fuels, they could create a healthier environment.</p> <p>Biofuels come in multiple forms, two of which are biodiesel and ethanol. Ethanol is derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste and serves as a substitute for gasoline. Biodiesel, made from vegetable oil or animal fats, is an alternative to typical diesel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/21/biodiesel-fuel-superior-ethanol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:00:47 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88599 at http://www.mndaily.com Regarding Dr. Date entry ‘To wrap or not to wrap’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/21/regarding-dr-date-entry-%E2%80%98-wrap-or-not-wrap%E2%80%99 By: Carol Witte, Women’s health nurse practitioner<br/><p>The opening response to a Dr. Date question from last Tuesday&rsquo;s Minnesota Daily reads, &ldquo;If your girlfriend diligently uses birth control, you don&rsquo;t have much to worry about.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hello, ever heard of STDs? Despite the writer&rsquo;s optimistic and dismissive claim that &ldquo;we both are clean,&rdquo; statistics would suggest it is still a great possibility that unprotected sex is likely to be risky behavior. Chlamydia remains at high levels in college-age folks, often asymptomatic, with possibly serious long-term effects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/21/regarding-dr-date-entry-%E2%80%98-wrap-or-not-wrap%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:58:45 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88598 at http://www.mndaily.com MSA advocates for open syllabi idea http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/21/msa-advocates-open-syllabi-idea <p>The Minnesota Student Association is advocating for course syllabi to be made available to students before they register for classes. MSA will present a proposal to the University Senate in the hopes of making open syllabi a campus-wide policy.</p> <p>An article published in the Minnesota Daily last week found that many students and faculty support an open syllabus policy, although some instructors remain concerned about their intellectual property rights with releasing syllabi.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/21/msa-advocates-open-syllabi-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:57:42 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88597 at http://www.mndaily.com New staple food ordinance unwise http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/21/new-staple-food-ordinance-unwise <p>The Minneapolis City Council is considering a proposal that would require private businesses with grocery licenses to carry a minimum amount of so-called staple foods, the Minnesota Daily reported Tuesday. These minimums would include, for example, 6 pounds of cheese and at least 30 pounds of fruit or vegetables, among other items.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/21/new-staple-food-ordinance-unwise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:55 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88596 at http://www.mndaily.com Health care problems manifest in Ebola http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/21/health-care-problems-manifest-ebola By: <a href="/users/rdixonmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ronald Dixon</a><br/><p>Since Liberian man Thomas Duncan came to the United States and infected two nurses with Ebola before dying in a north Texas hospital, many Americans now worry that the disease may spread.</p> <p>As we approach the 2014 midterm elections, here&rsquo;s something voters should consider before heading to the polls: Republican budget cuts and conservative attitudes toward health care and job security helped to create an environment conducive to Ebola&rsquo;s spread.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/21/health-care-problems-manifest-ebola" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:55:35 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88595 at http://www.mndaily.com Law professors criticize Harvard’s sexual misconduct policy http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/20/law-professors-criticize-harvard%E2%80%99s-sexual-misconduct-policy <p>Last week, a group of Harvard University Law faculty members criticized the school for its new sexual misconduct policy. They say the policy is heavily slanted against the accused.</p> <p>Harvard is one of 85 colleges currently under federal investigation for possible violations of the Title IX gender equity law. Universities whose sexual misconduct policies are deemed inadequate could lose federal&nbsp;funding.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/20/law-professors-criticize-harvard%E2%80%99s-sexual-misconduct-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:17:22 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 88579 at http://www.mndaily.com Deconstruction addresses waste problem http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/20/deconstruction-addresses-waste-problem <p>A Minnesota Daily article last week discussed the Minneapolis City Council&rsquo;s plans for a new deconstruction waste policy in Minneapolis. Waste from demolished buildings is typically landfilled, but as much as 50 percent of that waste &mdash; including shingles, concrete, and glass &mdash;may be salvageable for re-use elsewhere.</p> <p>With heavy demolition and construction projects underway across Minneapolis, finding a way to take advantage of repurposed materials is important both for the environment and the economy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/20/deconstruction-addresses-waste-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:16:26 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88578 at http://www.mndaily.com Syllabi trigger warnings need specification http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/20/syllabi-trigger-warnings-need-specification <p>The Minnesota Student Association approved a resolution last week that will ask instructors to add trigger warnings to their syllabi to prevent students from being exposed to material that could trigger adverse psychological&nbsp;reactions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/20/syllabi-trigger-warnings-need-specification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:15:53 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 88577 at http://www.mndaily.com Skill gap refocuses the market http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/20/skill-gap-refocuses-market By: <a href="/users/cnikolicmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Connor Nikolic</a><br/><p>Minnesota added 7,200 jobs in September. The state&rsquo;s unemployment rate has dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest it has been since 2006.</p> <p>In a way, this represents a victory for Minnesota, and state representatives up for re-election in November will likely treat it as such. However, the issue has a nastier side: Will the state&rsquo;s employers have enough employees to fill the vacancies left by baby boomers who are preparing to&nbsp;retire?</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/20/skill-gap-refocuses-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:14:06 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 88576 at http://www.mndaily.com