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OPINION: Governments have too much power

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)
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.

OPINION: America needs tougher gun laws, but don’t freak out, gun supporters.

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)
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?

OPINION: Amy Coney Barrett is the polar opposite of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Amy Coney Barrett meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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.

OPINION: The battle over the Supreme Court is a horror show full of hypocrisy and partisanship

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)
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.

OPINION: The move to single-occupancy rooms gives students more space but stirs uncertainty

Pelican and Sandpiper Hall. Photo by Zachary Kilby.
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. 

OPINION: We don’t have to tank the global economy to fight climate change

A lifeguard stand on a beach flying the emergency red flag, set against a dark sky in Daytona, FL.
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.

OPINION: Were the extended lockdowns really worth it?

People ride the subway on the first day after reopening following the coronavirus lockdown, on June 8, 2020, in New York. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/TNS)
September 15, 2020
All of this evidence calls into question whether the lockdowns in the U.S. were really that effective. The jury is still out on this matter, and much remains unknown at this time. However, the argument for more lenient interventions has become much stronger over the past few months. Some of the lives saved by mass shutdowns will just end up being postponed deaths, and consequently America will continue to lose progress and inch back to square one.

OPINION: There’s a clear candidate to achieve peace with North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. president Donald Trump.
September 15, 2020
Unfortunately, U.S. President Donald Trump has failed to execute a strong peacemaking plan. While he held summits, for instance, they were more or less intended to show off to the world rather than actually committing to easing tensions. U.S. Democratic nominee Joe Biden, on the other hand, appears to be much more prepared to make real progress on this significant issue.

OPINION: The violent protests and riots must end

Oregon State Troopers and Portland police advance through tear gas and fire works while dispersing a protest against police brutality and racial injustice on September 5, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Portland has seen nightly protests for the past 100 days following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images/TNS)
September 7, 2020
Ending this violence requires a bipartisan and nationally coordinated approach. The first step is to restore order by deploying the National Guard. While the Guard will likely have to use some force against civilians and protesters, the risk of injury from looting and rioting is much higher, and the Guard is needed to flatten the curve of the unrest. It’s sad that we need to send them in, but just like flattening the curve of the COVID-19 virus through social distancing, we must face the music and do it.

OPINION: Kamala Harris was a clear pick for Biden’s VP

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)
August 29, 2020

We are eight months into 2020 and we have seen a global pandemic, continuing riots and protests related to Black Lives Matter (BLM) and a president relentlessly failing his constituents. Presidential candidate...

EDITORIAL: UNC Board of Governors, fix this or resign

EDITORIAL: UNC Board of Governors, fix this or resign
August 26, 2020
Since the announcement of fall 2020 campus reopenings, university administrators actively withheld vital information from the general public and their student bodies. Information that is crucial for students, faculty and staff to know, such as accurate positive COVID-19 cases on campuses and self-reported data. 

OPINION: Trump’s inaction on the USPS crisis should concern everyone

Postal workers hold signs as U.S. Rep. Val Demings speaks at a post office at Kirkman Road in Orlando on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
August 26, 2020
Over the past few decades, technology has evolved at an unprecedented pace, and many tasks that used to only be possible via mail, such as sending a letter to a loved one or paying bills, can now be completed quickly online. The Internet also helps protect the environment by saving all that paper. Add the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic into the picture, and suddenly we are sitting behind computer screens more than ever before. 
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