Opinion

“Campus carry” isn’t far off, if Texas lawmakers get their way

Staying on top of your busy college schedule often feels like a battle. Unfortunately, for some that battle is all too real. Less than 30 days into this new year, our nation has seen five school shootings, three of which took place on college campuses, one of them in this

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Stop gun hysteria

A lot of people have said a lot of things about assault rifles in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. All of them are wrong: “Assault rifles are designed specifically to kill people! We need to get them off the streets!” The implication here is that bolt-action rifles are

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Freedom of speech still has your back

Once upon a time, a trial was held that changed the face of news in America. Its landmark verdict is the foundation of free speech as we understand it in this country, and without it, the page you’re reading might not even exist. We’re talking about the trial of John

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Sports junkies need a new white knight

Does anyone remember when fans could support an athlete without fear of their idols later facing scandal or criminal arrest? Because I can’t. Growing up, I idolized Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez and Tiger Woods. No joke – that’s actually a list of my all-time favorite athletes from my childhood.

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Voting feline friends off this island won’t fly

Considering that most college students appear to spend at least a quarter of their day browsing funny pictures of cats on the Internet, we don’t think this next news item is going to win New Zealand any favors. Still, we must admit that we don’t really know a whole lot

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Taking a shot at new gun laws

I’d like to announce that I am a hypocrite. I distinctly remember posting that nobody needs guns, and that they should be banned on Facebook the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. But I don’t feel that way anymore – thanks to UNT’s smoking ban. Banning smoking on

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Star’s fake singing causes real chaos

As President Barack Obama gave his address on this year’s action-packed mash-up of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day, folks on Twitter were causing a ruckus. I’m sure some of them were moaning and groaning about Obama’s speech, but Twitter was also peeved at the performance by Beyoncé

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History of MLK holiday was no vacation

James Rambin / Views Editor f you’re a proud 20-something college student with little more than a basic knowledge of American history, yesterday’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day across this nation and here at UNT might not come across as a particularly historic achievement. In fact, if you only

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Healthy economic future takes change

The fiscal cliff has been pushed back a bit, but with Federal government revenues still only about 70 percent of spending, the deficit issue will continue to be debated for the rest of 2013. While Republicans are fond of saying the US suffers from a spending problem, what we really

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Perry’s gun views don’t shoot straight

On Jan. 15, Gov. Rick Perry issued a statement blaming video games for violence, an accusation that could be expanded to include comics, television, radio, cinema, and the printed word – it’s been done before. His argument is that laws don’t prevent action and therefore don’t work. By that logic,

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