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Arizona's SB 1070 law dehumanizes state's population

(11/17/10 5:00am)

As a former resident of Arizona, I have witnessed the border war first-hand. Border patrol helicopters have woken me up. I have friends who continue to put water in the desert for immigrants. But I am not writing this to summarize my position on the fallacy of borders. I am criticizing The Daily Targum's Tuesday editorial "Arizona law needs careful consideration." The ductile language used to take a position of not taking a position sickens me. The press needs to take a stand against this moronic, archaic and altogether offensive bill.


Paul Robeson remains one of U.'s most respected alumni

(11/17/10 5:00am)

Paul Robeson was a man of incredible talent. To name just a few of his many accomplishments, Robeson was valedictorian of his class, received a law degree from Columbia University's Law School, participated in the longest-running Shakespearean play in Broadway history, became fluent in more than 20 languages and performed internationally as a renowned opera singer. A more comprehensive list of his accomplishments can be found on the Paul Robeson Foundation's website. As the foundation points out, Robeson is "a powerful symbol of uncompromising, dignified Black manhood."



2010 elections allow return to true conservatism

(11/15/10 5:00am)

After voters took a sledgehammer to the Republican establishment in Washington D.C. four years ago, The Daily Targum ran a column entitled "You Say You Want a Revolution?" that stated that the losses sustained by the GOP were not indicative of a popular repudiation of conservatism. The author pointed to some telling signs — For one, the historically dependable "sixth-year itch," wherein the party of the sitting president loses handily in that president's second midterm elections. These losses had historically been much greater than the 2006 election.



Regard Robeson as University symbol

(11/10/10 5:00am)

During the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters, I served as the commentary editor for Rutgers-Camden's weekly newspaper, The Gleaner. As the commentary editor I actively sought to include writers from a diversity of opinions. Among the contributors was Rutgers-Camden Republican Club President Erik Opczynski. Opczynski frequently wrote from an ultra-conservative perspective, and when he did not write for an issue he would recruit someone else with a similar viewpoint to write that week. I admired Opczynski for his commitment to contributing and for his chutzpah, but his recent campaign to remove Paul Robeson's name from Rutgers-Camden's library, reported Tuesday in The Daily Targum's "Student challenges values of alumnus," harkens back to a Cold War mentality and the violence and censorship that came along with it.



Middle Eastern peace relies on moderate views

(11/09/10 5:00am)

The letter titled "Ideology poses as scholarship at Brandeis U.," in Monday's The Daily Targum is another poorly constructed and illogical smear campaign on support of Palestinians in colleges across the nation. However, the author's attack on "social justice" campaigns throughout America comes off as decidedly racist in origin. The letter highlighted Brandeis University's week to recognize Israeli's occupation of Palestine, and he argues the recent willingness of today's youth to partake in "social justice" is either open or thinly veiled anti-Semitism. This position is further highlighted by the title of the Boston University professor's recent book "Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad against Israel & Jews."


Aid for Gaza must be raised appropriately

(11/08/10 5:00am)

There is room for debate and disagreement about issues regarding the Middle East, Israelis, Palestinians, Hamas and Gaza. Yet there should be no disagreement when it comes to a state university's funding allocation being used to promote sending a flotilla ship from the United States to Gaza on a mission that violates federal law and may even provoke an incident in international waters.


Ideology poses as scholarship at Brandeis U.

(11/07/10 4:00am)

Seeming to confirm a world view that the brilliant British commentator Melanie Phillips describes in her new book as "a world turned upside down," Brandeis University is hosting a troubling series of events in the tellingly-named "Israeli Occupation Awareness Week," being held from Nov. 8-11. Co-sponsored by the group Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, the events once again demonstrate the moral incoherence seen on college campuses whenever there is debate about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.


Deregulation aids New Jersey's electricity market

(11/04/10 4:00am)

The electricity deregulation law lowered New Jersey's electricity rates in 1999 — at the time, among the highest in the nation — by 10 percent. In addition to those savings, the law introduced competition to New Jersey's energy marketplace. Manufacturers, retailers, public institutions, residential and small business customers were allowed to shop for lower power prices.


Take steps to eat healthier food

(11/04/10 4:00am)

The sizes of portions in the United States have increased dramatically in the past 30 years, with the average portion sizes in soft drinks increasing from 12.2 oz. to 19.9 oz. With these increases, the rates in obesity in this country have grown as well. However, three University students, along with their professor Julie Fagan, are trying to fight obesity by raising awareness of this rising trend.


Properly dispose of pharmaceutical drugs

(11/04/10 4:00am)

Although many people do not realize it, the proper disposal of pharmaceutical drugs is a very important issue. It is safe to say that one of the most common items found in every American household are pharmaceutical drugs. The proper disposal of expired and unused drugs is important because environmental and health related issues could arise from the lack of it.



Drug illegality causes violent subculture

(11/02/10 4:00am)

In Monday's column titled "Buy locally grown marijuana," the author contends that marijuana use is immoral because it supports the violent Mexican drug cartels that result in thousands of deaths every year. More specifically, the author writes: "Proponents of the legalization of marijuana often refer to smoking weed as a ‘victimless crime.' This is a glaring oversimplification of the act, one that ignores where the marijuana you are currently smoking may have come from, and what kind of tragic violence was left in its wake." While it is true that marijuana, and illegal drugs as a whole, carry with them a violent subculture, the author fails to consider the true cause of this violence; the fact that the drugs are illegal.


Leave Bible out of political matters, social issues

(11/02/10 4:00am)

In Friday's column "Keep God, politics separate," the author discusses the separation of church and state and in taking a swipe at presumably Christian politicians said this, "But if conservative politicians are going to use the Bible to fight gay marriage, than they should really have the guts to suggest the punishment for homosexuality as prescribed in Leviticus: the death penalty." There is a key problem with this statement that is a key problem with many criticisms leveled at Christianity and the Bible. That is that it brings up Leviticus in an irrelevant context.


Come to clothing exchange, raise money for poor

(11/01/10 4:00am)

Many organizations show up to help after a natural disaster has struck, especially when a disaster hits a poverty-stricken nation. However, there are a slew of other people that bring attention to these places long before the world takes notice in the event of a catastrophe. The non-profit organization, Heifer International, helps communities in Third World countries who want to improve their standards of living by providing them with livestock, such as goats, chickens, feed and training to make them self reliant. The Heifer field offices are available to help these communities along the way.


NJPIRG helps U. students

(11/01/10 4:00am)

In the coming days, University students have a chance to make a statement about their support of a caring and socially just campus, state of New Jersey and society by voting for the referendum to continue to fund New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Student Chapters. NJPIRG provides valuable leadership and service learning experiences to students through its internship program, building skills such as writing for the media, conducting research, organizing grassroots campaigns and public speaking. Students learn how to make their voices count on essential public issues, such as poverty, energy and the environment. I greatly value the way in which NJPIRG provides opportunities for University students to become civically engaged and to learn deeply about the social issues of our community and our state. I hope students will stop by a polling table and vote "yes" so that NJPIRG can continue its tradition of helping University students become better citizens and leaders.