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OPINION: American restaurants need COVID-19 aid now

OPINION: American restaurants need COVID-19 aid now

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor November 22, 2020
Restaurants, particularly small businesses and bars are the backbones of communities nationwide. These establishments welcome tourists, families and locals to come and enjoy the area’s cuisine. If these businesses are so beneficial to community, then why is the government reluctant to give aid during these difficult times?
President-elect Joe Biden delivers his victory speech after defeating Donald Trump in the presidential election on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

OPINION: A Biden presidency will heal the nation

Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer November 21, 2020
However, indirectly or otherwise, a Biden presidency may in fact be the catalyst for real change that many people desire and his creed to heal the “soul of our nation” could very well be a more prophetic statement than once believed. Mr. Biden's most advantageous asset may well be his very presence.
Anya Taylor-Joy stars in The Queens Gambit, debuting Friday on Netflix. (Phil Bray/Netflix)

OPINION: “The Queen’s Gambit” is much more than a women’s empowerment story

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor November 19, 2020
“The Queen’s Gambit” tells a compelling story about a young girl and has deeply moving morals. However, this show is not just about the empowerment of women; it’s about showing the real destructiveness of substance dependency and how one can overcome it with the support of friends.
Business closed due to COVID-19 shutdown. Photo by Andrew Winkler

OPINION: America cannot afford another shutdown

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer November 17, 2020
Regardless of the success of this or any other stimulus plan, no amount of free money can compensate for the severe fallout of home confinement. The “thin bandage” of the stimulus, writes the National Review, would be unable to prevent the economy’s partial recovery from bleeding out.
Coronavirus / Covid-19 cases in the United States. (20.04.2020) Source: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus

OPINION: The holiday season will bring another wave of COVID-19

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer November 17, 2020
This is not time to let our guard down just because of the holiday season. It is important to remember that the world is still experiencing a global pandemic. We may be tired of the virus, but the virus is surely not tired of us.
College student studying from home. Photo by Green Chameleon

OPINION: UNCW must reconsider rejection of pass/fail option

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor November 14, 2020
The pass/fail option is absolutely necessary during these unprecedented times. If courses are only offered online, then it is only fair to present students this option. Experts are saying that “the mental, emotional and academic impacts of the shift to remote learning are likely going to be challenging.” Many students are struggling to adjust to the new format for several reasons. Lack of hands-on experience, unsuitable study spaces and increased distractions are just a few of the reasons remote learning is challenging students.  
Wells Fargo location in New York City boarded up in preparation for post-election violence. Photo by Jack Cohen

OPINION: Post-election violence solves nothing

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
We are experiencing an extremely delicate period in our country. Resorting to violence against one another is not going to solve any of the underlying issues this country is facing. The best thing that we can do is to learn how to work together again. 
Coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Photo by Clay Banks

OPINION: The polls have betrayed us once again

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer November 7, 2020
The polls do not consistently reflect the thoughts of the average American. Getting a representative sample of the American public is an extremely daunting task, and it often does not fully align with demographic breakdowns.
Judges gavel rests on the stand. Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm.

OPINION: It’s time for the US to decriminalize drugs

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor November 7, 2020
The rest of the US needs to follow in Oregon’s progressive footsteps in order to benefit the wellbeing of our nation. The national decriminalization of drugs would reduce mass incarceration and institutionalized racism. On a national level, this change would be a monumental step towards equality and autonomy for all.
Masked woman experiencing stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Engin Akyurt

OPINION: America’s mental health crisis is worsening due to COVID-19

Hannah Horowitz, Staff Writer November 2, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has put enormous strain on the lives of so many people around the world. America in particular is experiencing this pandemic alongside a consequential election season, the outcry for racial justice, and an already existing mental health epidemic. 2020 has not been an easy year to cope with, and many are left with feelings of hopelessness and despair due to the prolonged uncertainty. 
Close-up image of the American flag. Photo by Luke Michael

OPINION: Trump isn’t the only serious threat to American democracy

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer November 2, 2020
The US’ two-party system and resultant hyper-partisanship are, besides COVID-19, the greatest threats to the freedom of its citizenry. The country’s high-stakes, all-or-nothing elections force voters to choose between the lesser of two evil candidates rather than several promising ones.
Student facing the decision to take a gap year. Photo by Tim Guow

OPINION: Consider this before taking a gap year

Emma Sheeran, Opinion Editor October 30, 2020
Gap years are usually filled with traveling, experiential learning, and work experience. However, COVID-19 has turned our world upside down. Despite the drastic changes we’ve experienced as a result of the pandemic, students opting for gap years is at a record high. According to Fitch Ratings, the annual enrollment is expected to plummet 5-20% nationwide. The question is: Should you take a gap year during these unprecedented times?
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