Category: Op-Eds

Research Cuts Deserve More Attention

Wiretap allegations, travel bans and congressional gridlock have dominated recent news coverage, meaning that one critical statistic probably escaped the notice of most Americans. In March, data from the National Science Foundation showed that for the first time since World War II, the percentage of basic research funded by the federal government fell below 50 [...]

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The Failure of Governance at Emory

More important than the decision as to whether Emory will take any particular action, from becoming a “sanctuary campus” to the design of its student government, is the question of how it makes those decisions, a question of governance rather than administration. Unlike a for-profit business, universities have a strong tradition of shared governance. I [...]

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Perspectives From a Harmonious Canadian

Canada is harmonious. These are all things I’ve heard repeatedly from Americans of every race, ethnicity and political leaning. I won’t comment on the first two, but I cannot disagree with the third. As a dual citizen of Canada and America who has been living in America for three years now, I unequivocally agree that [...]

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Congress Beware: Automation Inevitable

One of the most salient issues in the 2016 election was America’s changing manufacturing landscape, which arguably handed Donald Trump the presidency. However, all the half-truths about “bad trade deals” sending jobs overseas distracted from the real culprit behind the death of the American factory worker — automation. Research suggests that up to 85 percent [...]

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Revisiting Big Cuts for Big Bird

In his recently announced 2018 budget proposal, President Donald J. Trump outlined his plans to eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which funds the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio (NPR) and other member stations. “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” will prioritize security-related expenditures by increasing the almost [...]

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