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The New Jersey General Assembly just passed a bill that gives terminally ill patients the right to request a prescription for drugs to end their lives. In a 41-28 vote with 5 absentees, the Assembly put the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act into play, sparking a mixture of emotions. However, at the end of the day, it is only the emotions of the patients themselves that should be taken into consideration.
DON'T WASTE THE TASTE
Let’s face it — Rutgers is a party school. Like any other enormous public institution, with tens of thousands of people and plenty of space, there’s bound to be a party at any point of the week and at any time of the day. College Avenue is pulsing with life 24/7, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When people are out with their friends, music is felt through the floor’s vibrations and people are dancing and having a good time. Students are making college memories they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. But with partying comes the darker aspects of college culture: alcohol and drugs. That’s when we enter precarious territory.
“What’s in a name?” It’s a famous Shakespeare quote from the classic play of "Romeo and Juliet," where Juliet complains that Romeo’s name, particularly his last name, Montague, is meaningless, and he would be the same man she loved even if he was called something different.
American history is darkly intertwined with exploitative labor. It would be naïve to blindly succumb to the popular notion that involuntary servitude ended on Dec. 6, 1965, through the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The gross present-day reality is that slave labor persists. Involuntary servitude is just now made invisible, separate from the rest of society and unbeknownst to ordinary people, but this form of exploitation operates at a massive scale and brushes upon people’s life in subtle ways, from taxes citizens pay that’s used to prop up these oppressive systems to purchasing products produced by indentured servants. Slave labor is pernicious and pervasive.
A presidential nominee should be breaking glass ceilings with progressive policies and innovative ideas. He or she should be taking the policies of the past and finding ways to build and improve on them, remembering to maintain the foundation of America’s values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Donald Trump and his supporters have obviously missed the memo.
GOT YOU COVERED
Compared to the attacks in France or other Western tragedies, non-European struggles are given scant coverage and fall under the radar of a general population not keen on scouring newspapers or the Internet for obscure current events. Since people are preoccupied with completing their day-to-day obligations, awareness of crises abroad don’t happen unless there’s sufficient coverage. As a catastrophe in Haiti was unfolding, few Americans knew what was going on in the Caribbean island.
“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He had three ships and left from Spain. He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain …”
Overshadowed by Donald Trump’s vile controversies, Hillary Clinton’s leaked excerpts from transcripts of paid speeches to Wall Street isn’t receiving equal attention. If parts of the transcripts came out a few months ago, it would’ve been a damaging and detrimental blow to her campaign. Yet the American presidential election has come to this strange point in time where as long as Clinton doesn’t associated herself with scandals that deviate from the typical criticisms she already receives, she’ll be able to clinch the presidency and can take a nice stroll to the Oval Office.
At this point, anything offensive that seeps out of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s mouth is not news — it’s expected. When the Washington Post came forward with a video recording of a conversation between Trump and “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush where Trump asserted that he could seduce any woman because, “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” the public was appalled. In response to the 2005 video, Trump sought to distance himself from his crass remarks, saying, “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am.” But don’t they, Mr. Trump?
Oct. 6 ASBURY PARK — Vernon Williams, 51, of Bradley Beach, was arrested in connection to graffiti that showed up here and in several nearby towns. Police said they believe he used spray paint to put his tag, "JMACK," on buildings. The message has appeared from Avon-by-the-Sea to Allenhurst. Vernon Williams also goes by the name Jodi Mack. Anyone who finds these tags should call Asbury Park Detective Joseph Spallina at (732) 775-2578.
PILLAR OF STRENGTH
The United States Congress is reprehensible. Instead of working together to solve crises like the Zika virus or climate change, they’d rather waste precious time and taxpayer money investigating the Benghazi case. Instead of appointing a new judge to the incomplete Supreme Court, they would rather pass a disastrous bill that makes the U.S. vulnerable to prosecution from foreign nations. Congress has made minuscule progress at a snail's pace. And when members of Congress do decide to act, it turns out to be wreckage.
White painted faces, wild hair and red lipstick drawn into permanent grins — needless to say clowns are creepy. No one should be that pale, have hair that artificially colored and dramatic or use lipstick outside the lip line (sorry Kylie Jenner, that lipstick fad is tacky). Long gone were the days, if you ever had those days, when clowns were part of the delightful entertainment at your classmate’s sixth birthday party. Instead of running up to them, asking to make you a toy giraffe out of an elongated balloon or wanting try on their long clown shoes or begging for their clown family to step out of a tiny car, you run away from them because you think they’re going to kill you.
Rutgers students, faculty and staff tend to be the under perpetual guise that the University, as a public institution, never has enough money. We’re stretched thin, we don’t have money to fix leaking buses, we don’t have money for building renovations, we don’t have money to invest in cultural centers, we have to cut certain programs, there’s no money for this, there’s no money for that, and more. The litany of assumptions are exhausting, and they serve as the crux to the justification for tuition raises in the past years.
Transportation in the United States pales in comparison to its efficient and reliable European counterparts. Waiting for late buses or trains were frustrating for those who don’t own cars, and those who had the privilege of owning a vehicle have their own share of problems — getting stuck in hours of traffic and having to go over unmaintained bridges. An Associated Press analysis of 607,380 bridges in the most recent federal National Bridge Inventory showed that 65,605 were classified as “structurally deficient” and 20,808 as “fracture critical.” And of those, experts say 7,795 were red flags that indicate a risk of collapse. Problems with infrastructure as it relates to transportation are a serious national concern, and last week’s events proved that this issue is too close to home.
FRUITS OF THE COMMUNITY'S LABOR
Why can’t third-party candidates participate in presidential debates? Yes, we have a two-party system and people say that a vote for a third party is a vote down the drain, but seeing a third party on stage for debates doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to vote for them. It just means you’ll be hearing them out. Maybe you’ll be persuaded, but maybe you’ll only reaffirm your conviction of not voting for them at all. There's little to lose, but insight to gain.
They say the best things in life are free, but so many of life’s necessities aren’t free — things like pads and tampons.