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GOP is out of touch

(03/10/09 4:00am)

The GOP is clearly floundering. This seems to be a result of how out of touch the party is with mainstream America. Yes, the GOP, the party long considered defenders against the radical, secular, progressive left cannot hold ground in American politics. The Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the presidency is evidence of this. The problem with the GOP is their commitment, nay dependence, on an ideology that is becoming less and less appealing to most Americans.


A closer look at the issues surrounding abortion

(03/10/09 4:00am)

Both sides of the abortion struggle have been so muddled and polluted by individuals with their own agendas that the entire issue has devolved into a fight of religions, beliefs and those just wishing to pick a fight. I hope to clearly and definitively explain both sides of the abortion issue in hopes that a truly informed individual will make the best decision possible. I will not try to hide the fact that I am a strong believer in the right to life, but I want to make it clear that I did not start out that way. It was not until I was able to see underneath the superficial arguments surrounding the issue that I realized every individual believes in both the right to life — otherwise suicide would be the norm — and in the right to choose, or our consumer driven society would not exist. With that said, there is a very real difference between choosing an abortion and not choosing an abortion, but before we truly understand both sides of the issue we must discuss what most believe to be a very fundamental idea behind the abortion argument: Is a human embryo a human life? Let's look at both the "life" and "choice" components of the struggle.


Abortion: the debate behind the debate

(03/10/09 4:00am)

The abortion debate is about the very essence of our country and what our constitution means. It's great to have an opinion — either pro-abortion rights or anti-abortion — and share it with others. It is something very different to attempt to legally force a religious view on others. This debate occurs over and over again in a wide range of issues: stem-cell research, same-sex marriage and adoption.


Abortion: At face value

(03/09/09 4:00am)

Both sides of the abortion struggle have been so muddled and polluted by individuals with their own agendas that the entire issue has evolved and devolved into a fight of religions, beliefs and those just wishing to pick a fight. I hope to clearly and definitively explain both sides of the abortion issue in hopes that a truly informed individual will make the best decision possible. I will not try to hide the fact that I am a strong believer in the right to life, but I want to make it clear that I did not start out that way. It was not until I was able to see underneath the superficial arguments surrounding the issue that I realized every individual believes in both the right to life — otherwise suicide would be the norm — and in the right to choose, or our consumer driven society would not exist. Before we truly understand both sides of the issue, we must first come to agreement to what most believe to be a very fundamental idea of the abortion issue: Is a human embryo a human life? Let's look at both the "life" and "choice" components of the struggle:


U. energy contest: Take the stairs

(03/08/09 5:00am)

The start of March this year kicked off a University-wide energy contest aimed at reducing electrical energy usage. This month long contest, sponsored by University Facilities and Capital Planning, campus deans and Public Service Electric and Gas Company, is designed as a "Campus vs. Campus" Energy Competition where the five campuses will be competing to lower their percentage of electrical energy usage for the month of March. The campus that is able to reduce the percentage of electrical energy consumption the most compared to the month of March last year will win a roving trophy that will be presented on Earth Day, April 22.


Reasons to stir the 'pot'

(03/04/09 5:00am)

Why do I vehemently advocate and defend the position that the legalization of marijuana is an endeavor worth pursuing with conviction and dedication? Because I believe the law should strive to be virtuous, and unjust laws ought to be challenged and repealed. I believe that the United States Constitution is the closest embodiment of a sovereign authority that the people of this great country should ever heed. I believe it is imperative for society to adapt and mature in unison with the ever-changing present. I know that sometimes the popular opinion is not always the peoples' opinion. Furthermore, I find hypocrisy a vile and grotesque disservice to one's soul. This wretched form of deception is born from loins of deceit and cloaked in a coat of virtue — a wolf in sheep's clothing is a despicable coward who is of a far greater threat than the wolf himself. Any society, social group or individual who finds the thought of legalizing marijuana reprehensible and scowls at the utterance of such, yet condones the drinking of alcohol and smoking of tobacco, has unfairly and without thought made a hypocritical decision.


Israeli policies react to volatile situation

(03/03/09 5:00am)

I am writing in response to the opinion piece "Lieberman influencing Israeli politics," which appeared on Feb. 25. I am not here to condone or defend all of Lieberman's policies, but the people voted for him for a reason. He received 15 seats in the Israeli Parliament because he is not afraid to voice his opinion when many citizens are still living in fear from the continuing violence from Gaza. People were fed up with the current situation: a government that doesn't defend its citizens and a peace process with no serious partners, and he represents a fresh approach to Israeli politics.


More time needed for RUSA constitution changes

(03/03/09 5:00am)

Did you know the Rutgers University Student Assembly planned to vote on a newly proposed constitution on Thursday, which, if approved, would have only required support from only 2 percent of Rutgers students to be adopted by RUSA? Do you even know what RUSA is? Don't worry if your answer is "no," you are not alone — most students have no idea that Rutgers has a student assembly. 


Lieberman influencing Israeli politics

(02/24/09 5:00am)

The Middle East has never been the most tranquil place, but recent events in Israel and the Palestinian territories have created more turmoil than usual. Israel's Operation Cast Lead left hundreds of Gazans dead and many more wounded. It also led to a lot of psychological distress for at least 15 Israeli casualties and civilian residents within the range of the Hamas rockets. With unilateral, fragile ceasefires in place, things have been relatively quiet since then. Also in this interceding time Israel has held elections, whose outcome may change the direction of Israeli policy.


Casper, global warming

(02/24/09 5:00am)

In a recent poll done by the esteemed Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, only 45 percent of Americans surveyed believe that global warming exists. Do not blame the country bumpkin Republicans, because only 58 percent of Democrats believe global warming exists. At the same time, a Washington Times article showed 44 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, 36 percent say that UFOs are real and 31 percent believe in witches and astrology.



The 'diverse' job fair offers no employment options

(02/23/09 5:00am)

The article "Diverse job market recruits U. students" in yesterday's University section painted an unrepresentative picture of the New Jersey Career Day held last Friday in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Having worked at The Daily Targum personally, we're sure it wasn't the writer's fault for trying to accentuate the positive nature of a "University" event. Even so, there are some grievances that deserve attention.


When the going gets tough ... the tough get spinning

(02/22/09 5:00am)

In his most recent column for The Daily Targum, "When the going gets tough…", Josh Baker makes several dubious claims with regards to the current state of politics in Washington. Baker, the Targum's consistent hardcore liberal voice, argues that the Republican Party has rudely and systematically rejected the bipartisan efforts of President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party coalition. According to the writer, members of the GOP should be repudiated for their consistent opposition to the liberal Democrat's agenda. Sen. John McCain might say I fundamentally disagree with these claims herein.


On student government's diversity question

(02/19/09 5:00am)

I write to you as a black woman who ran for the position of, and served as, the first corresponding secretary of the Rutgers University Student Assembly, alongside Dana Jackson, the first vice president of the assembly — also a black woman — and James Kline, the first president of RUSA — openly gay. I was originally drawn into student government in 2006 by Celeste Baretto, a Latina, who was the president of the Douglass College Governing Association, now known as the Douglass Governing Council, led by President Mangelin Rivera, also Latina. While the information I provide to you above may seem unnecessary and is not even a complete list of people from various cultures or special populations who serve in student government, it is the basis for my utter annoyance with the current petition about cultural umbrella organizations' and special populations' lack of representation in the proposed RUSA constitution.


We're just 'milking' it now

(02/18/09 5:00am)

I consider myself a citizen of change — a free spirit looking for a peaceful agreement to everything plaguing the most narrow of minds. But as I become older (and wiser?), I seem to follow the simple advice of the most infamous philosophers while ignoring what seems to be the "conscious" approach to human nature. Still the best advice I have ever read in a book comes from that of my beloved Friedrich Nietzsche: "To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence." This seems to be the rule these days, no longer the exception.




Capiatalism apparent in university dining services

(02/09/09 5:00am)

Three things that I couldn't love more and can't stand to see people without are capitalism, freedom and food. Being an economics major and a strong admirer of University alumnus Milton Friedman, I feel compelled to write this letter to the University community for the same reasons Friedman wrote his books for the world. Obviously, the University is more proud to have had Paul Robeson, a socialist who favored socialism and government planning, walk its halls rather than Nobel Prize winner Friedman, a man who championed freedom and choice. This is apparent by the buildings like cultural centers, libraries and campus centers that bear Robeson's name while there is nothing at the University — to my knowledge — named after Friedman. Justly so, because in the University's current state Friedman wouldn't want his name attached to anything on campus because it is going in the opposite direction of what he stood for.


No defense for former president

(02/09/09 5:00am)

This letter is in response to the letter yesterday regarding air strikes on Pakistan. The author argues that "liberals refuse to acknowledge" former President George W. Bush's so-called success at preventing another terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11. What he and other defenders of the former president fail to realize is that the terrible attacks of Sept. 11 did in fact happen on President Bush's watch.