To the editor: When it comes to mass shootings, no one is safe

Are we all moving along with business-as-usual following the Las Vegas massacre? Are we at all concerned about the safety of our loved ones? If not, then we might as well consider that we are the next victims of sniper fire as we go to work, to school, or to the grocery store. One would think, at an institution of higher learning devoted to intelligent debate, that there would be unending conversation going on right now about how anyone is allowed uncontrolled commercial access to military-style weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition. All that one needs is enough money to buy it. Of course, there is the ‘good-guy, bad-guy’ argument that it takes a good guy with a gun to ward off a bad guy with a gun. Do you think that any of the fifty-eight victims at the Las Vegas concert would have survived if they had had guns in their pockets? They had no idea about the location of the bad guy, so there was no chance to defend themselves. The time has long passed since our government leaders should have given careful consideration to gun control. Shall we sit back and watch the next tragedy unfold? Or, should we actively press our leaders to do the obvious and pass stringent gun-control legislation? It is for us to determine the outcome.   Dr. Jerome...

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Responding to the aftermath of Maria in Puerto Rico

The following reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board. Last week, hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico in a catastrophic state. Viral videos permeated Facebook and Twitter feeds showing violent winds and indescribable destruction. Homes were ripped from where they once stood and demolished by the wind and rain. Resources are scarce on the island — including gas and water, both of which are necessary for survival. Additionally, Puerto Rico is anticipated to be without electricity for the next two months. It’s devastation like the island has never seen in recent years. The incident was overshadowed in the national headlines by the recent controversy President Trump sparked when he criticized NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem. And while the state of racial injustice in our country is undoubtedly an issue, we cannot allow the lack of relief being provided to Puerto Rico by the U.S. government to be swept under the radar. Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. In this case, that means it’s an annexed island reminiscent of an imperial America, fixated on invading and owning land that wasn’t theirs. Continued abuse on the island (i.e. sterilizing Puerto Rican women and using Puerto Rican land as a bombing range and site for military training) was a gross misuse of U.S. power. Puerto Ricans have American citizenship but are allowed...

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To the editor | Safety guidelines for cyclists and cars around Oxford

To the Editor: With the fine fall weather and everybody back at school, there are a lot more bicycles on the road— all the more so because of our community’s many bike lanes and multi-use paths. This is a good time for everyone to review standard laws for bicyclists and cars. Bicyclists and cars share most traffic rules, including these below: Obey traffic signals Both cyclists and car drivers must obey traffic signals and stop signs and should ride on the right side of the road.  Riding on the left is illegal and dangerous for both cars and bikes. This holds true for cyclists on the bike lanes who must follow all traffic signals and stop signs—and yes, that even means on the bike lanes on Spring Street.   Both bikes and cars can earn a traffic citation by running a stop sign.  Ride on the road By Ohio law, bicyclists may ride on sidewalks in certain areas, but it’s not a good idea.  Accident studies show that even low-speed sidewalk riding has about double the accident rate as riding on the road.  The danger increases with speed.  If you ride on the sidewalk, every intersection and even every driveway is a potential collision site.  Motorists crossing your path do not look for conflicting traffic on the sidewalk, especially if you are coming from the “wrong way”.    Bicyclists...

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Miami’s parking ticket fines excessively high

As a first year, I was using my dad’s car on campus for the weekend and parked it in a lot behind Anderson Hall. I thought to myself – this lot hardly ever has cars in it, what’s the worst that can happen? The next day, I noticed a parking ticket on my windshield. I kicked myself for being careless, admitted I was wrong and agreed it was right to pay the fine. What I did not think was right was the price of the fine. As per the student handbook (6.4.C), Miami University charges a $75 fine for parking in a restricted area. I believe that this fine is outlandishly high for no practical reason. To put it into perspective, according to their website, The Ohio State University fines students $39.25 for “parking disregarding signs.” Miami University parking services charges substantially more for the same offence. If a student were to “park in a prohibited area marked by signs” at the University of Akron, they would be charged $25 for the first offense, $30 for the second and $35 for the third offense and beyond. This means that if I were to commit the same offense as I did behind Anderson Hall on Akron’s campus, I could do it twice and still pay less than Miami’s whopping $75 fine. The price of a fine at these other universities...

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Miami must keep its commitment: Title IX decision

The following reflect the majority opinion of the editorial board.  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos introduced new interim guidelines Friday for how universities deal with sexual assault investigations. The biggest change was removing the Obama-era mandate that universities use the “preponderance of evidence” standard when deciding Title IX hearings. “This [preponderance of evidence] standard essentially asks, ‘Is it more likely than not that the Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination was violated?’” reads Miami University’s Title IX protocols. With the new DeVos guidelines, universities can continue to use the preponderance of evidence standard or, now, they can switch to a...

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