Ellen Schneider


Schneider: The right way to remember a president

I don’t disagree that President Bush was a great man and that a man like him is a rare one in the modern age. In fact, I rather admire him. However, I would also believe it to be an insult to the memory of a undoubtedly impressive man to ignore his struggles. 

Schneider: Why Victoria’s Secret’s stock drop is not surprising

Last week, it was announced that Victoria’s Secret stock has dropped 41 percent in 2018. The lingerie company has been steadily losing steam over the past few years, which may be surprising considering the growing spectacle the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show creates and the lasting reputations of the models who walk in it. However, it’s not as much of a shock as one might assume.

Schneider: Big Pharma money worsens the opioid epidemic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new opioid painkiller called Dsuvia. The drug is 1,000 times more potent than morphine and 10 times stronger than fentanyl. In other words, it's almost entirely unnecessary and particularly dangerous considering the opioid epidemic that has washed the nation.

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.