Ellen Schneider

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Schneider: Out of my lane

Last week, the National Rifle Association released a distasteful – to say the least – tweet aimed at doctors. The tweet stated, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”

Schneider: The 'year of the woman' can’t stop here

The United States lags far behind in descriptive representation. Our Congress has never remotely reflected the demographics of the U.S. In fact, the U.S. is ranked 104th in the world for women in national parliaments, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. This is embarrassingly low, especially considering our democracy was one of the first. We should be electing a number of women that is proportional to the population.

Schneider: Our age group never votes, this is the year to change that

The importance of voting in the midterms has been shoved down everyone’s throats since early August. Yet I’m not sure the importance of this civic duty is fully understood. And so, here I go, adding to the masses of people telling you that you are fumbling idiot if you do not vote in these elections.

Schneider: Your friendly reminder to wear conscious costumes this Halloween

This column is the reminder you’ve been waiting for – cultural appropriation isn’t OK, not even on Halloween. The spooky season is not and never was an excuse to be ignorant. Cultural appropriation was never "in," and offending cultures you aren’t part of and don’t understand is neither trendy nor acceptable.

Schneider: We are never too young to respect one another and live a conscious life

I wasn’t sure I wanted to write this column. What would be the point of screaming into the partisan political void of heated debates, outright denials and tidal wave of opinions? There isn’t one, really. I try to write things that are productive, when I have something new or different to say. I thought I’d be muffled by the onslaught of media coverage and angry outcries.

Schneider: Stop using 'Nazi' as a slur in political conversation

As our political environment grows increasingly polarized, people become more and more shameless in their touting of party politics and holier-than-thou philosophies. What I think people don’t realize though, is that in the age of Donald Trump, it’s not just right-wing, Make America Great Again, hat-wearing Republicans who are using name calling to provoke the other side. Everyone seems to be stooping to Trump’s level in lieu of discussion or substance. The most popular and problematic name-calling as of late has been to label each other "Nazis."