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Editorial: One-party dominance hinders democracy of election process democracy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2013

What happened to democracy in Pittsburgh?On November 5th, the residents of Pittsburgh will decide their next mayor. On the one — and only — hand, Democratic candidate Bill Peduto has been named the unofficial mayor of Pittsburgh. But what happened to the opposition? Better yet, what happened to th...

Prescription drugs pose a serious epidemic on college campuses

By Brett Dresner / Columnist

October 23, 2013

 Before I left for college, I sat down with both of my parents for the “be safe and responsible” chat. They warned me about three things: drinking, sex and studying. My father urged me to drink in moderation, while my mother politely explained to me that she would castrate me if I ever got a girl pregna...

Editorial: SGB must establish concrete rules

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2013

At the end of the last school year, the Student Government Board and the chairman of its Elections Committee made a vow to revise the Board’s Elections Code in order to increase accessibility and transparency.But a recent string of challenges to the revisions to the code made by Elections Committee Chairman Aaron Gish have exp...

Conservative rhetoric hides facts and delays progress

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

October 22, 2013

Throughout U.S. history, there has been only one rhetorical exhortation declared and consistently reiterated by the conservative elite in response to progressive social movements: “This [insert progressive policy here] will be the beginning of the end of American society as we know it.”In the mid-18...

Editorial: Christie sets precedent for future presidential candidates to follow

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 22, 2013

The move finally happened: Gov. Chris Christie finally rescinded his appeal of a state court decision that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry legally in New Jersey. Although Christie still stands for the traditional concept of nuptials as strictly between a man and woman, this move sheds light on the str...

Corporatization of America’s universities kills intrinsic value of education

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

October 21, 2013

The problem with American education decades ago was that it was not available to everyone. Legacies had a greater chance of getting into a school than non-legacies, and whites had a better chance than most racial minorities. Despite that, universities cost students much less than they do today.Nowada...

Editorial: Inherent institutional flaws hollow U.N. Security Council agenda

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2013

On Friday, Saudi Arabia denied its newly acquired seat on the U.N. Security Council, adding to its increased opposition to the international organization.Coupled with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal’s declination to address the U.N. General Assembly meeting last month, Saudi Arabia’s refusal to...

Change the rules Congress abides by to prevent future manufactured crises

By Rohith Palli / Columnist

October 15, 2013

Recently, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, R-Ohio, let the government shut down in order to adhere to the informal “Hastert Rule,” where the Speaker of the House does not allow for a vote on a bill unless a majority of the congressmen in the majority party of the House of Rep...

Editorial: Long-term benefit for clean energy investment cannot be overlooked

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2013

This week, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a study noting global clean energy investment diminished for a second straight year after investments reached $281 billion in 2012. Worldwide investment in wind power, solar power, energy efficiency and electric cars dropped 20 percent compared to the...

Pittsburgh’s the most livable city? It’s time to follow through on what rankings claim

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 14, 2013

If you live in Pittsburgh and occasionally check Facebook, then you’ve surely seen every “Another Reason Why Pittsburgh is Awesome” link that surfaces on a weekly basis. The attractive image of the city found in these rankings, however, whitewashes over one ugly reality — the quality of life in ...

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