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Opinion | Lawn and Order: Abolish the lawn

Staff Columnist Dalia Maeroff has many times become infuriated by lawns on her summertime walks.

By Dalia Maeroff, Staff Columnist

August 31, 2020

Quite frankly, lawns waste space that could be used to grow food or to house native flora and fauna.

Opinion | 5 reasons you should wear a mask besides the fact that we’re in a global pandemic

Opinion | 5 reasons you should wear a mask besides the fact that we’re in a global pandemic

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

August 27, 2020

In case the fact that nearly 172 thousand people have died in the United States from the virus isn’t enough reason to wear a mask, here are 5 more reasons that will specifically benefit you (because if you still refuse to cover your face at this point you clearly don’t care about the well-being of others).

Satire | The Plague Diaries: Dispatches from 1348

Satire | The Plague Diaries: Dispatches from 1348

By Alison Sivitz, Staff Columnist

August 27, 2020

I stumbled across a dusty journal wedged underneath a floorboard in my attic. While the pages were practically falling apart, the writing was just legible enough for me to read.

Opinion | COVID-19 exemplifies irony in wellness culture

Opinion | COVID-19 exemplifies irony in wellness culture

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

August 26, 2020

The narrow definition of wellness has become clearer within the past six months, as gyms reopen and many folks rush back, even as COVID-19 remains uncontrolled in the United States.

Opinion | Americans need a populist that will fight for them

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran on his famous New Deal platform that included many economic reforms, public works and many other social programs.

By Ethan Tessler, Staff Columnist

August 26, 2020

America needs a populist president.

Opinion | South Asians must acknowledge anti-Black attitudes before claiming Kamala Harris

Opinion | South Asians must acknowledge anti-Black attitudes before claiming Kamala Harris

By Devi Ruia, Senior Staff Columnist

August 23, 2020

It’s not right for anyone in the South Asian community who is complicit in or perpetuates anti-Blackness to suddenly claim Kamala Harris.

Opinion | Arctic Refuge must remain protected from oil drilling

The Trump administration announced Thursday its final plan to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

By Paige Lawler, Assistant Opinions Editor

August 21, 2020

Plans to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge carelessly put a vulnerable ecosystem at risk in a move that is characteristic of the Trump administration.

Satire | Nine problems therapy dogs can’t fix

Satire | Nine problems therapy dogs can’t fix

By Alex Dolinger, Staff Columnist

August 20, 2020

This is shaping up to be an anxiety-inducing school year, and without our furry friends to give us their silent yet transcendent wisdom, we are essentially raw-dogging it through a year when we need dogs most.

Opinion | Broaden your horizons with online classes

Opinion | Broaden your horizons with online classes

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist

August 20, 2020

When Pitt transitioned to online classes this past spring, many students didn’t like the change and were turned off of the idea of online learning. But online classes aren’t as bad as they might seem, staff columnist Josh Beylinson argues.

Keeping Up With the Columnists: Dispatches from Quarantine Break

Opinions editor Leah Mensch has spent much of her free time this summer rollerblading on the South Side trail.

By The Pitt News Opinions Staff

August 19, 2020

This past summer, everything on Twitter turned into cake and the hill on Bates Street was repaved. If you think that’s more exciting than what the opinions columnists did over Quarantine Break, you’re probably right. But see for yourself.

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