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Doctor holding mask and stethoscope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ashkan Forouzani
OPINION: We must prepare for the next pandemic now
Jacob Sawyer, Contributing Writer • October 22, 2020
The US is facing its worst health crisis in more than 100 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted unprecedented economic and social disruption this year, with no end in sight. Eight million Americans have fallen ill with the virus, and 220,000 of them did not make it. This means the US has the highest numbers of any nation. And yet cases are still soaring; in fact, they are on track to hit a third peak. Scientists are warning that this peak may be the largest of them all, especially as winter weather will force huge swaths of the country indoors and several holidays loom.
The White House - Photo by David Everett Strickler
OPINION: The differences between the Biden and Clinton campaigns
Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer • October 19, 2020
Through a rigorous primary season, a contentious general election season, a host of controversies, and a literal pandemic, one thought has lingered in the minds of those who have closely followed the presidential election no matter which candidate you support.
A woman holding three nuggets of dried marijuana leaf for pain management, depression, anxiety and PTSD. Photo by: Sharon McCutcheon
OPINION: Legalize cannabis now
Jacob Sawyer, Contributing Writer • October 18, 2020
There are many economic benefits of cannabis legalization outside the justice system as well. The drug is easily taxable, allowing greater funding for public services. A report from 2019 estimates that if the federal prohibition on weed was lifted that year, the US would earn more than $100 billion in extra tax revenue by 2025.
Pumpkin carving - A safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.
OPINION: Trick-or-treating is not safe this year
Emma Sheeran, Contributing Writer • October 17, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted normal life for many months. The upcoming holidays will need to be adapted to meet our new normal. With Halloween approaching, many families are faced with a hard decision: Do they let their kids participate in traditional Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating? How can parents keep their children safe from the virus during this holiday?
Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) take the stage to deliver remarks at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The pair will be regularly tested for coronavirus as campaigning intensifies in the weeks before the election. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)
OPINION: Kamala Harris could only behave one way during the debate
Hannah Horowitz, Contributing Writer • October 17, 2020
Compared to the hysterics that we witnessed at the first presidential debate, the vice-presidential debate was much more professional, filled with passive-aggressive statements and non-answered questions. Senator Harris only had one option for behavior that would not sink the Biden campaign’s current poll numbers, and it is solely based on her sex. 
Voters for no-excuse, in-person absentee voting at Norfolk City Hall in Norfolk, Virginia on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot/TNS)
OPINION: It's your civic duty to vote
Gia Lash, Contributing Writer • October 14, 2020
I'd encourage anyone who feels disheartened with the political process to look farther down the ballot. Find out who your local candidates are, and find out what they stand for. Understand what issues are affecting the people in your community, and understand what steps candidates are taking to fix them. While change happens at every level, local change is what you're most likely to feel the effects of. 
Judge Amy Coney Barrett walks from the Oval Office to be introduced by President Donald Trump as his Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
OPINION: Coronavirus rocks the vote in the Senate
Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer • October 12, 2020
Of all the ways the confirmation process of Amy Coney Barrett would be potentially stalled in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likely wasn’t expecting a physical incapacitation on the part of his fellow lawmakers. In the span of a few days, three Republican senators, including North Carolina’s Thom Tillis (NC), Ron Johnson (WI), and Mike Lee (UT) all tested positive for COVID-19 and have subsequently stepped away for the time being.
Sign requiring face masks on campus.
OPINION: Online learning is impacting student experience
Hannah Horowitz, Contributing Writer • October 11, 2020
“I think that the administrators put in thought for some online courses but not for others. I personally feel like they could have handled things much better by making a decision earlier on whether they were going all online or not,” says Madeline Miller, a UNCW sophomore. “If they made the decision earlier it could have given the teachers and students more time to prep for going online, which could have helped us have a more successful school year.”
President Donald Trump speaks to a small crowd outside the USS North Carolina on Sept. 2, 2020 in Wilmington, North Carolina. President Donald Trump visited the port city for a brief ceremony designating Wilmington as the nation
OPINION: America is at risk for another civil war
Jacob Sawyer, Contributing Writer • October 11, 2020
The United States has endured a lot this year. Americans have witnessed natural disasters, police brutality, school shootings, and an ever-increasing partisan divide. While all of these events existed prior to 2020, this year we faced an additional challenge: a global pandemic. With more than 200,000 deaths in the United States alone, COVID-19 has made a permanent mark. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a rise in social unrest and economic disruption, leading to an even more tense nation.
A man wearing a military uniform walks in front of a military commissariat in Yerevan on Spet. 30, 2020. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday said peace talks with Azerbaijan under Russian mediation would be inappropriate, as fighting over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region entered a fourth day. (AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
OPINION: Governments have too much power
Jacob Sawyer, Contributing Writer • October 3, 2020
All of these issues share a commonality: powerful governments are involved. They either directly cause problems or refuse to address them appropriately. This trend is especially pronounced whenever an unchecked government, especially an authoritarian one, abuses its power and violates the rights of its civilians to push its personal agendas.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 25: Reverend Tim Christopher, hold his firearm that he always carries while attending the meet-and-greet event held Minnesota Freedom Fighters on Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. Christopher has testified before the MN House Judiciary Committee on gun control legislation. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
OPINION: America needs tougher gun laws, but don’t freak out, gun supporters.
Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer • October 2, 2020
So the question worth asking is, how do we enact change and strike a balance between saving lives and protecting Second Amendment rights?
Amy Coney Barrett meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
OPINION: Amy Coney Barrett is the polar opposite of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Hannah Horowitz, Contributing Writer • September 30, 2020
Barrett is undoubtedly the epitome of everything Ginsburg fought against, despite conservatives enthusiastically cheering her on. She is highly educated and well-spoken, yet glides through the doors of law that Ginsburg busted down for her, failing to protect the freedoms of other women.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett walks from the Oval Office to be introduced by President Donald Trump as his Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
OPINION: The battle over the Supreme Court is a horror show full of hypocrisy and partisanship
Hannah Horowitz and Nicolas Ziccardi September 29, 2020
There are questions regarding how this will affect the 2020 presidential race, as this is said to be an advantage to those on the right. Trump’s top pick, Amy Coney Barrett, was formally nominated in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday, just one day after Ginsburg was lying in state at the U.S. Capitol. The formal Senate confirmation hearings are to take place beginning on October 12, as there seems to be a mad dash by the GOP to place her on the high court as soon as possible.
Pelican and Sandpiper Hall. Photo by Zachary Kilby.
OPINION: The move to single-occupancy rooms gives students more space but stirs uncertainty
Hannah Horowitz and Hannah McDonnell September 24, 2020
This transition is intended to give students some extra space but it has also caused some uneasiness throughout the on-campus community. Below are arguments in favor and against UNCW’s decision from The Seahawk’s contributing writers, Hannah McDonnell and Hannah Horowitz. 
A lifeguard stand on a beach flying the emergency red flag, set against a dark sky in Daytona, FL.
OPINION: We don’t have to tank the global economy to fight climate change
Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer • September 18, 2020
To tackle this serious challenge, they will need to base decisions not just on science, but also the economy. Former Democratic candidate and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, for instance, managed to win the support of millions of young Americans by proposing a “Green New Deal”. It aims to ban all fossil fuels and radically reshape society in just 10 years. But such a policy would be too expensive to work and have massive implications, Fox News warned in February 2019.

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