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Opinions

Opinions pieces published in The Herald — which include columns, op-eds, letters to the editor, and editorials — are written independently of news coverage. More information on the difference between these formats can be found at https://www.browndailyherald.com/submissions/.

Schmidt ’21: Can LAMP testing for COVID-19 light the way to the end of the pandemic?

Columns

Schmidt ’21: Can LAMP testing for COVID-19 light the way to the end of the pandemic?

February 24, 2021 0 comments

It has been over a year since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the United States, and in a month, it will be a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Wrenn GS: Brown’s war on drugs

Columns

Wrenn GS: Brown’s war on drugs

February 24, 2021 1 comment

Fifty years since Richard Nixon declared drug abuse “public enemy number one,” much of America now reflects with horror. The ruthless criminalization of certain substances has entrenched systemic inequalities, ostracized addicts, criminalized recreational users and withheld life-altering medical treatments…

McGough ’23: There will always be police

Columns

McGough ’23: There will always be police

February 22, 2021 0 comments

As the pandemic spilled into its third month on American soil, our nation was facing a desperate moment ― millions were newly jobless, two-week lockdowns had stretched into months and tens of thousands of Americans had died from COVID-19. It is fitting, then, that amid this chaos, America’s original sin reared…

Pollard ’21: The University needs to be more transparent about employee testing

Columns

Pollard ’21: The University needs to be more transparent about employee testing

February 21, 2021 0 comments

With students living in Brown-leased hotels and apartments downtown, the Brown shuttle is an integral part of student  access to campus. The Brown shuttles have expanded their routes this semester, but many riders still don’t know that shuttle drivers are not included in Brown’s routine COVID-19 testing program.

Apple ’21: The DNC needs to rethink the primary order

Op-eds

Apple ’21: The DNC needs to rethink the primary order

February 19, 2021 0 comments

On Feb. 14, 2020, outgoing Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez ’83 called for the removal of Iowa and New Hampshire’s vaunted statuses as the first states in the presidential primary.

Editorial: If Brown cares, where are the CARES Act funds?

Editorials

Editorial: If Brown cares, where are the CARES Act funds?

February 19, 2021 0 comments

Brown undergraduates have long opined on the costs associated with attending this institution, rightfully raising concerns over where tuition dollars go, how University funds are leveraged and the experience students receive in return. Perhaps never before in Brown’s recent history have such concerns been so cogent.

Bayard ’24: Republicans have been indifferent to the truth long before Trump

Columns

Bayard ’24: Republicans have been indifferent to the truth long before Trump

February 18, 2021 4 comments

“How do you know a politician is lying?” asks one folksy joke. “His lips are moving,” goes the punchline, playing off the conventional wisdom that all we can trust politicians to do is be untrustworthy.

Sloan ’23.5: Pence isn’t a ‘patriot.’ Please, stop lionizing complicit Republicans

Op-eds

Sloan ’23.5: Pence isn’t a ‘patriot.’ Please, stop lionizing complicit Republicans

February 16, 2021 0 comments

Last week, Democrat House impeachment managers presented piercing arguments to the Senate in their bid to convict former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. In doing so, however, they repeatedly struck a curious chord: lavishing praise on former Vice President Mike Pence.

Walsh ’23: The government didn’t make us scared enough of COVID-19

Columns

Walsh ’23: The government didn’t make us scared enough of COVID-19

February 16, 2021 4 comments

“When the pandemic is over” has been our country’s wishful refrain throughout the course of COVID-19 — but at every stage of the crisis, the “when” has changed. In the naive days of March and April, we thought we’d gain normalcy by summer.

Three members of Boundless, a student urban exploration group operating in the mid-2000s, gaze out on Providence from the roof of the Sciences Library on the misty midnight of April 28, 2007.

Columns

Wrenn GS: Brunonia’s Oldest Tradition

February 12, 2021 1 comment

Since our University first crowned campus with its Edifice (now University Hall), a league of extraordinary Brunonians have sought to summit its roofs, survey every nook and sneak through its tunnels.