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OPINION

Decision 2008: A tale of two gamblers

Click: that is the sound of electoral Russian Roulette. Will you be the one who loses or will it be the future president? While one might agree with the conclusion of a letter printed in last weeks Targum about GPA redistribution, there is a better argument.

OPINION

The election is over ... now what

By the time you read this, the votes will be in, the public will have spoken, the nation will have seen the most historic (and longest) election season in modern U.S. history come and go. That is, assuming the chads aren't still hanging, the votes have all been counted, and the hundreds of dead people from Ohio who somehow vote each year haven't caused too much controversy. But those issues aside, the new president will have quite a bit of cleaning up to do once he takes the oath and sits down for his first meeting in the Oval Office.

OPINION

Sex and civics class

Groundbreaking" research suggests that teen pregnancy rates are significantly higher among kids who have a taste for television programming with strong sexual overtones than those with tamer viewing habits. The study named the popular HBO program, "Sex and the City," as one of the shows that girls who became pregnant often listed as one of their favorite. The overall result of the study found that teens who watch racier television shows are on average, two times more likely to get pregnant as those who did not.

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'Trunk or Treat' event a disappointment

After reading the "Trunk or Treat" article that appeared in Monday's Targum , I must say that this is another low point in relations between New Brunswick and our University. The fact that people thought it necessary to do such a thing does nothing but ruin the whole point of Halloween.

OPINION

The case against GPA redistribution

A recent letter arguing against middle class tax cuts by analogy to "GPA redistribution" is faulty, misleading and offensive. The letter clearly implies that working class Americans – those with lower "GPAs" – are like students who "go to class only once a semester and drink until 4 a.m. the night before a midterm." It is true that the best predictors of GPA are a student's effort, ability and aptitude; household income, on the other hand, is best predicted by one's parents' class and income level.

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Ready to Barack 'n' Roll

Only once in a blue moon does a candidate come along that people can truly get excited about. Rush Holt comes readily to mind, and to a lesser extent, Ron Paul. Unfortunately, neither of these distinguished individuals is running for president. The point is, more often than not, we the voting public are left to decide between the lesser of two evils rather than vote for a candidate who is really inspiring. Which is why we want to clarify our position on Barack Obama. We like him, but not because we swallowed his message of change hook, line and sinker: He is the lesser of two evils (three, if you count Palin), plain and simple.

OPINION

Vote for the candidate, not his party

Part of the reason that I am voting this Tuesday for _____ is that I believe something: I believe that people are finite. It seems to me that a person can only run so fast, jump so high, and live so long. More to the point, no human is all-good, all-knowing, or all-wise. We have histories, cultures, desires, opinions, and beliefs—and there is tremendous diversity in all of these, across the board.

OPINION

Halloween not that bad

I have read both the opinions column and editorial concerning the events of Friday night. It struck me that somehow the blame for alcohol-induced violence and acts of sexual harassment are tied to "smelly guys dressed as The Jokers" and "piggish guys" that "treat [women] like objects." It bothers me that the blame is placed indiscriminately on males whose only purpose in life (apparently) is to go around and attack the innocent, sober and well-behaved co-eds around campus. I walked around College Avenue that night as well and guess what? Everyone was being … well, drunk. And slutty. The men and the women. Alcohol impacts everyone in the same way, and the idea that guys were somehow responsible for all the havoc that night is simply an attempt to distract us from the real issues of safety and civility.

OPINION

Voting machines are not secure

Representative forms of governments are based upon on the concept of voting. Casting a vote gives an individual a voice in matters of government, which affect all citizens. For these types of governments to be considered legitimate, they must obtain a consensus or mandate from the voting public to carry out their political agenda. This makes it absolutely necessary for voting and elections to remain free and fair. The voting public must be sure that their intent is accurately transmitted through the voting process.

OPINION

Spin shouldn't win the election

This is a response to "The complete idiot's guide to Obama's tax policy proposal." The author serves his party well and aptly deploys the Republican's art of spin to misrepresent the Obama tax proposal. He has decided to compare the Obama plan to cut taxes for any individual earning less than $250,000 per year to trimming the GPA of any student earning higher than a 3.7. In doing this he makes two false assumptions that completely undermine his entire argument. First he suggests that anyone who achieves a high GPA or earns a large income has done so by working hard, and second he implies that anyone who has a low GPA or is not wealthy has not been working hard. Both of these assumptions do hold true for many individuals who fit into either of these categories, but to ignore the fact the some affluent Americans, or some high-achieving students, have attained their status either by dishonest misconduct or a natural intelligence is wrong and misleading, and to ignore the fact that some, if not many, of the impoverished Americans or the low-achieving students do not work hard is an irresponsible assessment of the issue at hand.

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McCain set to reign

Admittedly, we don't feel so bad about the possibility of a McCain presidency as we did a few weeks ago. Instrumental to our change of heart has been the leveling out of the Iraq situation, with the ruling government coalition rejecting a dubious security pact that allowed for the possibility of the American occupation continuing past 2011. But by embracing McCain, with all of the emphasis he placed upon his military service record, you can bet your bottom dollar that he will embrace a military solution to any future problems that befall our nation rather than exhaust all possibilities for diplomacy.

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Red states, blue states and real America

With less than a week to go before Election Day, Republicans across the country are running scared. Not only is Sen. John McCain poised to lose the presidential election in spectacular fashion (A Pew Research poll yesterday found that he is behind by 19 points among early voters), he seems determined to bring every other Republican candidate in the country down with him. The GOP is seriously facing its worst case scenario: a Democrat in the White House, a Democratic majority of 250 (or more) in the House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof Democratic majority of 60 seats in the Senate. As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle: "If Democrats win the White House, the filibuster would be the last institutional power left to the GOP." McCain currently trails Sen. Barack Obama in virtually every battleground state, and his situation is worsening daily. It is now possible that McCain will lose his home state of Arizona: His formidable lead of six weeks ago has shrunk significantly and, according to one poll, is now just four points. We may observe a similar trend in Georgia, a state President George W. Bush won twice by relatively large margins, which Pollster.com now lists as a true toss-up.

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McCain gettin' hosed

With less than a week to go before the general election on Nov. 4, Captain Obvious dropped the following bombshell last night: Sen. John McCain is getting completely hosed in the press. Sources from Politico have disclosed that six out of every 10 stories published about McCain in the media have been negative, while only 30 percent of stories published about Sen. Barack Obama portray him in a negative light. The study also concluded that Obama enjoys the media's good graces about twice as often as McCain. The question remains, why?

OPINION

Georgia denies war crimes

The South Ossetia War may have faded into the shady avenues of history, but some reporters from the BBC allege that they have evidence to suggest that Georgia committed war crimes during their operations in the breakaway region over the summer. The BBC recently undertook the first unrestricted visit to South Ossetia by a foreign press organization since the conflict and have amassed witness testimony to suggest that Georgian tanks fired upon an apartment building and soldiers picked off civilians as they fled the combat zones. Some witnesses claim that tanks fired on their personal vehicles, causing them to crash and others claim that Georgian tanks systematically fired shells into every floor of an apartment complex, leaving the building in a severe state of disarray and causing multiple casualties.

OPINION

Muslim Americans deserve equal representation

I just want to commend Eric Knecht on his column in yesterday's Targum. I'm the president of the Muslim Student Association at Rutgers University, so I know and interact with many religious and cultural organizations on campus, and I can confidently say you have represented the thoughts and views of thousands of students (Definitely every Arab and Muslim at Rutgers).

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The Centrist Party endorses Barack Obama

As founder of the Centrist Party, I can only speak for myself as an individual. Maybe this is representative of the Centrist point-of-view for some, but certainly not all. I don't know how much it matters, but I wanted to share why I am voting for Sen. Barack Obama.

OPINION

Eleven ways we can save American democracy

There are too many times we as American citizens take a "wait and see" attitude toward events. We go about our daily lives, assuming and hoping that someone else will take care of things — someone in City Hall, the state capital or in Washington. Well, we are that "someone else." And we need to take responsibility now.

OPINION

X-Ray airport security

The European Commission has proposed a new proposal that they believe will cut down on long lines in the airports while tightening up security measures to protect against future terrorist attacks: X-Ray vision scanners that give each potential passenger a virtual strip-search. A spokesperson for the European Commission has stressed that the plan is still in the developmental stages, and even if it were approved, people would only be asked to submit to the search on a volunteer basis, but there are still many who have voiced concerns about the possible effects such scanners could have on human rights, data protection, and personal well-being.

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Forget the economy: the election itself has been a failure

There are so many things about this election season that should bother people, but no one seems to notice that our candidates as well as our national media have taken our attention away from the really important issues. We have become so inundated with reports of our failed economy and which tax plan will save all the average Joes that no one is talking about the bigger picture. Yes, taxes and economic recovery are very important, but the office of the president is not meant to direct economic or tax policy. In every presidential election the candidates promise tax cuts of some sort, and the American people jump at the chance to save a percent or two at the end of the year. These promises rarely, if ever, become reality; however, we soon forget about campaign promises as quickly as we've forgotten about the Rev. Wright and Charles Keating and as rapidly as people discarded their American flags when they went out of style.

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Divestment 2008

On February 28, a representative from Rutgers Against the War posted an entry on the group's blog calling for Rutgers to divest from eleven companies that the group feels are "contributing to human rights violations (and often being outright murderous)." The complete list of companies from which RAW wishes to divest include Boeing, Caterpillar, DYNCORP International, FMC Tech, Forster Wheeler, General Electric, Halliburton, Honeywell International, L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman, Exxon Mobil, and Raytheon.


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