Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en Elect for a responsible energy future http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/01/elect-responsible-energy-future By: Nathan Michielson, MN Youth Environmental Network, University student<br/><p>Although the November 2014 election isn&rsquo;t coming with the urgency and importance of a presidential election, the results of this election are going to be irrefutably as impactful for the future of Minnesota.</p> <p>All of Minnesota&rsquo;s executive officers are up for election, as well as several state judicial seats, a United States Senate seat, all of Minnesota&rsquo;s eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and several seats for offices in Minneapolis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/01/elect-responsible-energy-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:01:47 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88244 at http://www.mndaily.com Response to ‘Peace Corps needs oversight’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/01/response-%E2%80%98peace-corps-needs-oversight%E2%80%99 By: Frieda von Qualen, Peace Corps volunteer, Peru; 2008-11 UMN Peace Corps representative<br/><p>As a returned Peace Corps volunteer and the University of Minnesota&rsquo;s on-campus Peace Corps representative, I would like to clarify and correct the outdated and inaccurate picture of the Peace Corps presented in a recent Minnesota Daily editorial. Over the last few years, the Peace Corps has undergone one of the most extensive reform efforts the agency has ever undertaken.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/01/response-%E2%80%98peace-corps-needs-oversight%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:01:01 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88243 at http://www.mndaily.com New curriculum change distracts http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/01/new-curriculum-change-distracts <p>The University of Minnesota&rsquo;s 10-year strategic plan includes a set of proposed curriculum changes designed to address what President Eric Kaler has labeled &ldquo;grand challenges.&rdquo;</p> <p>The details behind the changes are still unclear, and the Board of Regents has yet to approve the final plan. However, the &ldquo;grand challenges&rdquo; include food sustainability, disease, intolerance and climate change, among other things.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/01/new-curriculum-change-distracts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:00:12 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88242 at http://www.mndaily.com Washington team name must adapt http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/01/washington-team-name-must-adapt <p>The Minnesota Vikings will face the Washington Redskins at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 2. Already chock-full of controversy, the NFL team&rsquo;s name has sparked intense reactions from some Native American groups who view the name as a racial slur. This prompted claims that allowing a team with a racist name on campus would violate the Board of Regents&rsquo; Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/01/washington-team-name-must-adapt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:59:48 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88241 at http://www.mndaily.com Fracking not as safe as many claim http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/01/fracking-not-safe-many-claim By: <a href="/users/kmoellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Keelia Moeller</a><br/><p>The United States has employed numerous means to harvest natural gases from the earth. Until recently, fracking may have been the most overlooked.</p> <p>Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of drilling into the earth and directing a highly pressurized water stream at rocks. This allows natural gas to flow freely. However, this new procedure isn&rsquo;t as revolutionary as it may seem.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/01/fracking-not-safe-many-claim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:59:13 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88240 at http://www.mndaily.com Stop biting into Apple for the iPhone 6 http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/01/stop-biting-apple-iphone-6 By: <a href="/users/rdixonmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ronald Dixon</a><br/><p>Fanfare erupted in Silicon Valley last month when Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 6.</p> <p>However, by the time the latest version of Apple&rsquo;s popular cellphone was released to the public, widespread enthusiasm had turned into scathing criticism.</p> <p>There are two particular critiques of the iPhone 6 that deserve a response: the new phone&rsquo;s durability and its security.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/01/stop-biting-apple-iphone-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:58:49 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88239 at http://www.mndaily.com Response to Tuesday's letter http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/30/response-tuesdays-letter By: Joshua Zamzow, Third-year University Law School student<br/><p>Eric Lee&rsquo;s recent letter to the editor, &ldquo;Learn the lessons of history: Oppose the threat of world war,&rdquo; suggested that small-scale conflicts like Syria are orchestrated by an international cabal of capitalists whose ignorance may lead to World War III. To suggest that our present world situation mirrors the eve of World War II is to misread history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/30/response-tuesdays-letter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:41:19 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88222 at http://www.mndaily.com Polarization leads to divisiveness http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/30/polarization-leads-divisiveness By: <a href="/users/cgallesmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Camille Galles</a><br/><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a Democrat.&rdquo;</p> <p>Based on that statement alone, you probably want to either hug me or hit me. In a world of polarized politics, it seems like political beliefs define a person&rsquo;s entire identity. But sorting others into polarized groups paralyzes society.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/30/polarization-leads-divisiveness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:40:09 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88221 at http://www.mndaily.com Research more on chimpanzees http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/30/research-more-chimpanzees <p>A study published in the scientific journal Nature is generating debate about the innate behavior of chimpanzees.</p> <p>The study, co-authored by University of Minnesota anthropologist Michael Wilson, compared two hypotheses about chimpanzee violence to determine whether aggression in chimpanzees evolved naturally or is a response to human interaction with the species and its habitats. The researchers concluded that violence in chimpanzees arises naturally and that there is little evidence to support the hypothesis that humans affect the animals&rsquo; aggression.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/30/research-more-chimpanzees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:30:07 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88220 at http://www.mndaily.com Who’s at fault in the Hong Kong democracy demonstration? http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/30/who%E2%80%99s-fault-hong-kong-democracy-demonstration By: Sunny Leung, University student<br/><p>Occupy Central, a civil disobedience movement, just turned into a massive democracy demonstration in Hong Kong. Thousands of protesters paralyzed the main financial district and traffic of Hong Kong, demanding true democracy. The majority of Hong Kong&rsquo;s people are not satisfied with the &ldquo;democracy&rdquo; that the Chinese government promoted. This means that the candidates of the chief executive&rsquo;s election are selected by a group of 1,200 representatives who are biased &mdash; not the rest of the citizens.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/30/who%E2%80%99s-fault-hong-kong-democracy-demonstration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:28:50 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88219 at http://www.mndaily.com