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Where you read it first | Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Opinion | Editorial

The Setonian
Editorial

Hold jobs, not signs

It is clear to nearly everyone that Europe is in desperate need of economic reform. With three of the founding members of the Union - France, Germany and Italy - in turmoil, it is time for Europe to take decisive action, but there seems to be no consensus on the proper course to take.


The Setonian
Editorial

Hedging of principles on both sides

The Judy-Miller-Valerie-Plame-Scooter-Libby controversy is as convoluted as it is important. As was explored in this week's "Miller the Martyr?" series, a great deal of hedging of principles has gone on from a surprising variety of people on both sides of the political aisle.


The Setonian
Editorial

Goodbye, Berlusconi blues

Though Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has yet to officially concede defeat, farewell speeches cannot come soon enough. Perennially one of Europe's weakest links, Italy must overcome its political and economic woes.


The Setonian
Editorial

A reluctant endorsement of Robinson

In most Tufts student elections, voting rates do not eclipse the 40 percent barrier. Given the poor quality of the platforms endorsed by the candidates running for TCU president tomorrow, we won't be surprised if the number is even lower.


The Setonian
Editorial

A step in the 'rights' direction

As much as many of us poke fun at the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate and the popularity contests that tend to characterize its elections, our student legislature actually accomplishes more than we may realize.


The Setonian
Editorial

Countering cliquishness

On Tuesday night, Sigma Phi Epsilon sponsored a campus-wide discussion and forum on diversity and cliques at Tufts. In front of a packed Cabot Auditorium, readers presented anonymously-submitted stories about incidents of bias and segregation at Tufts.



The Setonian
Editorial

Why wait to celebrate?

Fortunately, each of the 14 pens used to sign yesterday's Massachusetts health care bill will be more consequential than the one that Governor Mitt Romney used to block eight items from the original version. The Massachusetts legislature will almost undoubtedly hurdle the roadblock that Romney has placed on the path to universal health care.


The Setonian
Editorial

Romney's health care plan makes economic sense

Health care is a perennial problem that needs an innovative solution. While one may disagree with Mitt Romney's attempt to increase insurance coverage, the latest push for reform is a step in the right direction.


The Setonian
Editorial

The White House's distaste for disclosure

Here's a statement made Sunday by a prominent senator in regard to the Valerie Plame leak: "We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated, again, by the American people." Nothing particularly controversial there. For the nearly three years since Plame's job with the CIA was revealed in the Washington Post's pages by Robert Novak, Democrats have been repeating variations of that line.



The Setonian
Editorial

Don't clip wings of student newspapers

One of a newspaper's most important functions is to criticize authority when authority needs criticizing. Without the ability to publish controversial material, student papers slide down a slippery slope that leads to outright propaganda.


The Setonian
Editorial

Bureaucracy in (in)action

For those Tufts students old enough to remember the 2004-05 school year (sorry, freshmen), the first thing that comes to mind is probably not a contentious referendum on bringing wind power to Tufts.


The Setonian
Editorial

Death to what end?

Zacarias Moussaoui is eligible for the death penalty for lying to the FBI, a federal jury ruled yesterday. Now begins what will surely be an emotional and contentious debate over the degree to which Moussaoui's actions allowed the events of Sept. 11 to happen.


The Setonian
Editorial

A step backwards

The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled yesterday that same-sex couples who are nonresidents cannot get married in Massachusetts unless gay marriage is permitted in their home states.


The Setonian
Editorial

Close the kangaroo court

When students choose to matriculate at Tufts, they sign up to join an academic community, not to sign away their freedoms.


The Setonian
Editorial

Paris, the City of Strikes

Debates over the "rights of man" and other such philosophical discussions have always been a part of the quintessential French existence, from the inception of modern France in 1789 to this very day.


The Setonian
Editorial

A chance to improve the 'land of opportunity'

Opportunity doesn't have a specific location. It's that changeable place where chance lines up circumstances and means. You can't call 411 and ask for the address of Opportunity (and certainly not the phone number).


The Setonian
Editorial

Threats against China are counterproductive

As two Democratic Senators return from a week-long trip in China, they remain disturbingly un-averse to draconian trade legislation. Despite having met with many high-level officials concerning a revaluation of China's currency, the renminbi, Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham have not yet decided if they will force a vote this Friday.


The Setonian
Editorial

'Manifesto of Twelve' disturbingly ambiguous

Twelve intellectuals, calling themselves the "Group of Twelve," have drafted and signed a strongly-worded document, "The Manifesto of Twelve," calling for ideological resistance to Islamic fundamentalism. Published in the Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the controversial Mohammad cartoons, the document criticizes paranoia about "Islamophobia" and encourages worldwide promotion of secular values and freedom.


The Setonian
Editorial

Xenophobia sunk the ports deal

A rose by any other name is still a rose, and the same goes for economic protectionism. The current trend in world political economics has been a move towards more mercantilist policy, justified by thinly veiled excuses of national security or domestic interest.