Category Archives: Opinions

It is not the park, it is you

by DC, a Brown student from Turkey

A leader does not pass judgment on his people. On the contrary, a leader respects the uniqueness of each individual. It took me a long time to start writing this article. Every time I wanted to write something, I felt like it would not be enough to describe the atrocities that have been taking place in Turkey since May 31.

A mixed blessing for marriage

by Michael Tamayo

Social media is understandably abuzz with the Supreme Court’s Wednesday decisions on same-sex marriage. Proponents of same-sex marriage are probably ecstatic. President Obama has released a statement claiming that the decisions have righted a wrong and that the country is better for it. CNN reports that the decisions are being hailed as an historic victory, which indeed they are to some degree. But it’s important not to be carried away with the implications of the high court’s decisions. The Supreme Court hasn’t offered cut-and-dried, broad rulings regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. The decisions are probably closer to a double than a home run, and their scope is more limited than it seems at first glance.

“Governor Moonbeam,” They called him

by Michael Tamayo

They said he couldn’t do it. They said he was a hopeless romantic, dreaming the same way he had always dreamed throughout his career—with his head in the clouds and his feet in the air. He wanted too much from a political climate that budged too little. Governor Jerry Brown wanted to balance California’s budget. California: the Greece of the United States.

America’s border-centric approach to immigration reform

by Michael Tamayo

With Congress expected to unveil its plan for immigration reform soon, the country can look forward to another high-profile debate between Democrats and Republicans about another divisive issue. But there is one piece of the legislation that is attracting relatively little attention: border control. Of course, border control measures are to be anticipated in any immigration reform bill, but what the Senate’s Gang of Eight is considering is out of the ordinary.

Why the gridlock on gun control?

by Michael Tamayo

Last week at the White House, President Barack Obama stood before a group of mothers whose children had died in shootings and renewed his call for reforms to U.S. gun laws. “I haven’t forgotten about those kids” who died at Sandy Hook three months ago, the president said. “Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting primed an issue normally left out of the national spotlight. The shooting was the second deadliest school shooting in American history, just behind the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. The number of casualties in the Sandy Hook shooting nearly doubled that of the Columbine High School massacre. And unlike those shootings, the victims of Sandy Hook weren’t young adults or teenagers: The children were all first graders.

Party movement deserves our attention

by Taylor Daily

For the most part, the stance of our political parties on issues changes incrementally. Positions shift slowly, if at all. Yet, in less than a decade, we have seen remarkable movement on an issue dramatically illustrated by Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) recent filibuster: civil rights vis-a-vis what was formerly named the War on Terror.

President Obama – Lame duck?

by Adison Marshall

President Barack Obama’s campaigns have been famously successful in large part due to the well oiled grassroots movements that Organizing for America structured. In the wake of his second national campaign victory, Organizing for America is no longer, replaced by Organizing for Action — a much smaller group of supporters, but supporters armed with all of the knowledge and resources of Organizing for America. Organizing for Action’s goal is to harness the momentum of a winning campaign into actual policy gains during Obama’s second term. It’s a nationwide movement, started by former Obama aides, all about keeping volunteers and donors involved in the political ‘process.’

The cost of ambivalence

by Ben Resnik

Queen Elizabeth II’s recent hospitalization and Mitt Romney’s post-election malaise grabbed the headlines last weekend on Google News. Reported with considerably less pomp was the fact that nine people were killed in unmanned drone strikes last month.

A message from Brown Divest Coal

by Marcel Gout-Bertsch

Brown Divest Coal’s mission stands out from that of any other student organization on campus. While others worry about what society’s future will look like, we’d just like to make sure there is an inhabitable future, period. We’re not pessimists. The effects of coal (and other pollutant fossil fuels) really do reach that far. Coal is the single largest source of global carbon dioxide pollution, helping the most to trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere and destabilize environmental equilibriums that have been at work for thousands of years.

Obamacare: Ending a poverty trap

by Taylor Daily

For the past couple of decades, work incentives have been a priority among reformers on the federal level for many social programs. Welfare reform under Bill Clinton was heralded as a bipartisan success, despite concerns that many would unfairly lose benefits. Yet when the Affordable Care Act ended one of the few remaining federal work disincentives, little attention was paid.