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In a controversial and heartbreaking move, Taco Bell removed all potato items from their menu; they claimed this would make room for more plant-based options, but months later, no such options have been added. As a former regular customer, I’m calling on Taco Bell to bring potatoes back — or…

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I am an anarchist, or more specifically, an anarcho-communist. Most people are confused by this term, and for good reason: There isn’t any one definition of anarchism that’s universally accepted. The most commonly accepted definition among my own circles is anarchist philosopher Noam Chomsky…

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While shopping at small businesses may make us feel like we’re doing something good, they aren’t always better than corporations. Small businesses typically offer their workers worse benefits and — in my experience as well as my friends’ — can have just as toxic of work environments as any o…

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The presidential election is finally over, and a lot of us who have been afraid for the last four years are starting to feel safer now. Many of us are hopeful that things will calm down and the new administration will not ruin as many things as quickly as the last one. Transparently racist p…

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The recent presidential debates proved that personal attacks should have no place in a debate. Certain topics should be off limits, and we at The Alestle agree that these debates should be used strictly for discussing various policies in a direct manner. 

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After the Presidential Debate, I saw quite a few people on Twitter making fun of Biden for various things. People were making fun of him for various things, including calling Trump a clown and his reputation for forgetting things. However, the worst criticism I had heard was that the debate …

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While society is beginning to become more aware of the existence of trans and non-binary people, the medical field still has issues with cisnormative language, especially in reproductive care.

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A privilege is a right given to a particular group or person that leaves outside groups or people at a disadvantage. As a white woman, I have realized recently that not everyone understands this concept, nor do all choose to accept that white privilege has ruined how our generation, and past…

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The pandemic isn’t over, and chances are it won’t be over for a while. People like anti-maskers and reopen America protesters have always slowed recovery from the pandemic, but even those who follow the rules and listen to the government are also guilty. 

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Madison Lammert, editor-in-chief

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With protests continuing two months after George Floyd’s death, many are coming out in defense of police, sometimes when officers are not even being personally attacked. Some are saying, “not all cops are like that” and using snappy little slogans such as “back the blue,” while others are ra…

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As debates rage surrounding the founding of the U.S. and the fate of long-standing institutions of racism, June 19 was a day of celebration for African Americans. It’s past time we ditch racially charged holidays such as Columbus Day and opt for making Juneteenth a federal holiday instead.

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As George Floyd’s death has sparked international protests, social justice issues seem to be on the forefront of many people's minds. As a result, some of us may be hearing parents or older relatives expressing outdated or problematic thoughts. 

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I was a soldier in my youth and I can distinctly remember a training event geared to mentally prepare us for combat. A grizzled sergeant told us, “None of you are Rambo. That does not exist. When the bullets start flying, you will not rise to the occasion. You will sink to the level of your …

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Although protesting is a right guaranteed to all citizens of the United States, it is important to ask ourselves, “Is the meaning of the movement being lost?”

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Abuse takes three main forms: physical, emotional and verbal; These three types of abuse can be broken down further into numerous subcategories. One of the most impactful subcategories of abuse is narcissistic abuse, which commonly occurs under the umbrella of emotional abuse.

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After months of being unable to visit our favorite retail stores, having many of our friends far away and worrying about our income being in jeopardy — if it hasn’t been lost all together — many of us are craving a taste of normalcy. With many restaurants opening their dining rooms soon, it’…