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When freedom of the press is not what law enforcement wants to hear

In the past two weeks, the coronavirus toll in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 deaths, people around the world protested against the killing of George Floyd, and more than 400 journalists have had their First Amendment rights infringed upon.

The unjustified deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, sparked a series of protests beginning on May 26 all over the country and the world. Since that first day, journalists have had their voices and their rights stripped away as police officers everywhere threaten, arrest, and physically attack them for covering these protests.

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Equality is not enough

Imagine you are facing a wall with two friends. This wall is 7 feet tall. You are about 6-foot-2 and your friends are 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-2. You need a stool to see over the wall, so you get yourself a box that is 10 inches tall. The principle of equality would say that this same box should be provided for your two friends as well, and that is sufficient. You all are provided the same materials to do the same task. Is this not fair?

This method of doling out boxes according to the principle of equality does not work. Clearly, if you are any good at mental math, you know that it is only you who can see over the wall. Your friends, having different needs in accordance with their heights, are still stuck staring at bricks.

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Opinion: The alt-right isn’t all right

A Whatcom Community College safety alert sent Tuesday, Oct.1 described the finding of 13 stickers promoting white nationalist group Patriot Front throughout campus. The stickers were promptly removed after reported.

In the alert, Whatcom President Kathi Hiyane-Brown condemned the white nationalist group and urged the community to report any signage promoting Patriot Front or any similar groups to campus security.

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‘Moana’ navigates through Polynesian culture

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By Shelby Ford

“Moana” is everything you would expect from a new feature animated movie from Disney. There is a strong-willed Princess who goes on a great adventure with her animal sidekick and many musical intervals.
Although it’s not just the catchy lyrics, tear-jerking story or beautiful animation that sets “Moana” apart, but the unique attention to detail and cultural history that’s behind it.

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But, where do you get your protein?

OPINION

By Craig Gabrielson

I’ve heard a lot of different words used to describe me and my vegan diet; extremist, hippie, tree-hugger, naïve – the list goes on. Then add my military background, where red-blooded, steak-eating, beer-drinking masculinity is a point of pride for most. Believe me, I’ve heard my fair share of ridicule. There are other words, that I believe, and evidence shows are far more accurate: sustainable, healthy, and ethical. Continue reading
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