Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en Franken reiterates stance on net neutrality http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/19/franken-reiterates-stance-net-neutrality <p>As we wrote in an editorial last week, net neutrality is an important topic to take seriously, as the consequences of losing it would prove to be costly for Internet users &mdash; particularly students.</p> <p>Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently criticized supporters of net neutrality, labeling it as &ldquo;Obamacare for the Internet.&rdquo; Thankfully, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., responded by stating Cruz mischaracterized the debate by misunderstanding the concept of net neutrality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/19/franken-reiterates-stance-net-neutrality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:49:00 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88256 at http://www.mndaily.com On Peterson’s suspension http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/11/19/peterson%E2%80%99s-suspension By: Gary Burgess Sr., Anderson County Board of Education, South Carolina<br/><p>The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson for the duration of the football season should have African-American parents across the nation concerned. Let me state empathically before I go any further &mdash; I am not a fan of football, nor did I know of Adrian Peterson before this bogus criminal charge was brought against him.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/11/19/peterson%E2%80%99s-suspension" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:48:39 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88255 at http://www.mndaily.com Don’t overlook abuse in sports http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/19/don%E2%80%99t-overlook-abuse-sports <p>In light of major accusations against stars such as Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby, debate has resurfaced regarding what can be done about sexual abuse. Victims, who may gain confidence in making accusations after other women publically decry similar types of abuse, sometimes don&rsquo;t initially feel that anyone would believe them.</p> <p>Recently, an article by Outside magazine uncovered sexual abuse directed at 13-year-old swimmer Anna Strzempko that occurred over a number of years while she was training.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/19/don%E2%80%99t-overlook-abuse-sports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:47:38 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88254 at http://www.mndaily.com Guidelines set for student protests http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/19/guidelines-set-student-protests <p>Before the month&rsquo;s end, the Education Law Association and NASPA &mdash; Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education will release a new handbook advising college administrators how to handle student protests.</p> <p>In Ferguson, Mo., the guide&rsquo;s release is expected to roughly coincide with a grand jury&rsquo;s decision on whether to indict a police officer in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, this summer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/19/guidelines-set-student-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:47:14 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88253 at http://www.mndaily.com Discrimination in blood donations http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/11/19/discrimination-blood-donations By: <a href="/users/cnikolicmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Connor Nikolic</a><br/><p>I&rsquo;ve donated blood regularly since I turned 18, giving once or twice each year. Every time I&rsquo;ve donated, one of the many queries the questionnaire asked me beforehand was, &ldquo;[Have you] had sexual contact with another male, even once?&rdquo;</p> <p>Since the AIDS epidemic of the early 1980s, the United States Food and Drug Administration banned men who have had sex with other men from donating blood. As a result, many potential donors have been incapable of providing this contribution to society.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/11/19/discrimination-blood-donations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:46:44 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88251 at http://www.mndaily.com Cutting social science funds is misguided http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/11/19/cutting-social-science-funds-misguided By: <a href="/users/cgallesmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Camille Galles</a><br/><p>College of Liberal Arts students, take note: One of the nation&rsquo;s top lawmakers has just declared your major to be of little worth. House Science Committee Chair Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is renewing a Republican push to restrict national funding for the social&nbsp;sciences.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/11/19/cutting-social-science-funds-misguided" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:45:54 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88250 at http://www.mndaily.com Support proposed raw milk amendments HB 4307 and HB 4038 http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/11/18/support-proposed-raw-milk-amendments-hb-4307-and-hb-4038 By: John Hemingson, Daily reader<br/><p>Do people not have the right to buy and sell goods? Toxic, chemical-ridden, unhealthy &ldquo;food items&rdquo; are predominantly sold in stores and cause sickness in our country. Raw milk &mdash; from healthy grass fed cows &mdash; is nutritious and rarely causes any adverse effects. Not to mention that our ancestors drank raw milk for a long time before industrialization came.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/11/18/support-proposed-raw-milk-amendments-hb-4307-and-hb-4038" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:13:05 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88219 at http://www.mndaily.com In support of Meatless Monday http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/11/18/support-meatless-monday By: Elise Armani, University student<br/><p>As a society, we aren&rsquo;t approaching food correctly. There are more efficient, ethical and environmentally sound ways to produce and consume. When the University of Minnesota re-opened with land-grant status in 1867, factory farming didn&rsquo;t exist; the first factory farm opened in 1926.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/11/18/support-meatless-monday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:12:38 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88218 at http://www.mndaily.com Boynton should reconsider fees http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/18/boynton-should-reconsider-fees <p>Patients of Boynton Health Service&rsquo;s Dental Clinic, Massage Therapy Clinic or Mental Health Clinic are subject to penalties if they cancel an appointment too late or don&rsquo;t show up at all.</p> <p>Dentistry patients are put on probation if they miss two appointments in three years. People who show up late or miss appointments for a massage, a non-essential service, still have to pay the full session&rsquo;s fee.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/18/boynton-should-reconsider-fees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:11:42 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88217 at http://www.mndaily.com Progress made at climate discussion http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/18/progress-made-climate-discussion <p>The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting closed on Nov. 12 with a surprise announcement from China and the United States &mdash; presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping agreed on new carbon emission reduction goals.</p> <p>This is a landmark event for the world&rsquo;s two biggest polluters, which together account for nearly half of all the emissions released worldwide. It also marks the first time China has made a serious commitment to reducing its carbon emissions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/18/progress-made-climate-discussion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:11:21 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88216 at http://www.mndaily.com