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No, Trump has not “saved America”

_Connor Smith_, _Herald Contributor_

November 14, 2019

President Trump has been in office for three years now and a lot has happened. Whether those things are good or bad may depend on what end of the political spectrum you land on. After reading last week’s op-ed titled “The man ...

Proceed with Caution

November 14, 2019

Do you think RWU is solely a place for learning? Maybe think again. Let me just say there is a lot more going down around here than just your grades. I know as well as you do that there are plenty of sexy times happening here. Bu...

Should the U.S. rejoin the Paris Climate Accord?

_Jessica Taddeo_, _Herald Contributor_

November 14, 2019

College Democrat viewThe Paris Agreement can survive without the United States. However, the U.S. is the second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, setting climate efforts many steps back.At the time of signing, the U.S., China and India accounted for about 40% of global emissions. Currently, the U.S. is the only one of 196 parties to withdraw from the agreement. Not to mention, fixing climate change is inarguably a group effort.If the United States, one of the world’s leading powers, just backs out, what message does that send to countries such as China, Russia or other major emitters? The U.S.’ withdrawal not only halts progress on climate action, but threatens the universality of the agreement and can potentially influence other countries to procrastinate on making efforts.Another major aspect of the Paris Agreement that distinguishes it from the Kyoto Protocol, another international treaty meant to reduce carbon emissions, is the participation of developing countries. Part of the agreement states larger and economically stronger nations would aide smaller countries in their climate efforts in order to avoid serious economic setback. Without contributions from the United States, a leading economic power, other countries may face setbacks in their efforts.Withdrawal from the agreement is a year-long process that will take effect on Nov. 4, 2020 — a day after the next presidential election. If a Democrat takes office, they may make efforts to get back into the agreement. However, re-entry is a timely process, just as withdrawal is. Put simply, the U.S.’ withdrawal is a step back in climate action with a potentially negative ripple effect. 

Trump is alienating Republicans

_Robbie Joannou_, _Herald Contributor_

November 14, 2019

A question that has arisen within the Republican party is how beneficial Donald Trump is to the party. As an avid political party fan and a Libertarian-Republican, I’ve begun to wonder the same thing. With the most recent ev...

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Moody Foodies

November 14, 2019

Should the death penalty be allowed?

_Jessica Taddeo_, _Herald Contributor_

November 7, 2019

College Republican viewI am in favor of the death penalty. It is immoral for individuals who inflict eternal suffering on innocent lives to be given food, heat and shelter under the tax-payers' expenses.  While opponents of the death penalty may argue it is more cruel to keep them in solitary confinement for the rest of their lives, there are risks to account for. There have been instances when murderers escape prison and proceed to take more innocent lives.  Richard Matt and David Sweat, both convicted murderers, managed to escape a maximum-security prison in 2015. While they did not murder anybody when they escaped, the chance they would murder someone was existent.Many who oppose the death penalty cite the costliness of it compared to life in prison without parole. A Duke University study from 1993 found the cost of executing someone in North Carolina is 2.16 million dollars more than putting that same person to prison for life. It is important, however, to investigate what makes it costly and cut corners when necessary. Mass shooters and other murderers of similar degrees who are convicted should not be allowed to appeal their death sentence when there is concrete evidence they committed these atrocities. Omitting the appeals process will cut on costs and time.One of the main duties of the United States government is to protect the innocent and to serve justice to those who do wrong. Sentencing someone to death who took others’ lives is only just, no matter the costs. The death penalty is an appropriate punishment because it gives the victims of these crimes a form of closure, knowing the perpetrator is no longer capable of harming them or anybody else.

What not to eat: First date edition

November 7, 2019

We all love food, and for good reason — there is something for everyone. However, there is a time and place for everything, even our beloved food. Imagine this scenario. You crush asked you out and it was finally time for the date....

The man who saved America: From exterminating ISIS, balancing trade deals and creating millions of jobs, President Trump is making America great again

_Derek Zarrella_, _Herald Contributor_

November 7, 2019

Donald Trump defines the American success story. For decades, he has continually set the standard of entrepreneurial excellence, developing a very successful billion-dollar business. However, as of June 16, 2015, he left behi...

Who answers the call for democracy?

_Keith Millahn-Lewis_, _Herald Contributor

November 7, 2019

Protests have been erupting across the world. From China to Lebanon to Chile, millions of people from all ages and backgrounds have been taking to the streets to make their voices heard. In many cases, these protests initiated from ou...

Domestic violence awareness: Abuse comes in all different forms

_April Federico_, _Herald Contributor_

October 24, 2019

There’s no doubt that a lot of people don’t believe in the #metoo movement. In fact, when it resurfaced in Fall 2017, I didn’t want to believe that my personal story was a part of it. Two years ago, I transferred to Roger...

To condom or not to condom

October 24, 2019

Condoms. The defense against pregnancy and STIs, but the cause of some awkward times. Have you ever been getting it on, hot and heavy with someone and the moment has finally arrived, but suddenly things become hard — in more w...

Political campaigns accepting and soliciting assistance from foreign countries

_Matthew Sivieri_, _Herald Contributor_

October 24, 2019

College DemocratAccording to the Federal Election Commission, foreign nationals are prohibited from “making any contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or making any expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement in connection with any federal, state or local election in the United States… Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to an FEC enforcement action, criminal prosecution, or both.”The reason this section is so significant is because of the news that President Trump attempted to solicit information on Joe Biden and his son from Ukraine. According to Bloomberg, in 2015-2016, there was international pressure from the EU and domestically in Ukraine to remove then Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin. The Obama administration threatened to withhold about $1 billion in loan guarantees to pressure Ukraine to remove Shokin. The reason there was pressure to remove him was because he was known to be corrupt and to not be acting in good faith in his investigations.This is important because Hunter Biden was working for a company Shokin was investigating for corruption at the time of his dismissal. A whistleblower recently reported that President Trump contacted Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, looking for them to reopen that investigation. If Ukraine failed to comply, they would not receive military aid. This goes back to the FEC’s rules on foreign nationals. If you read it again, it states that foreign nationals may not contribute money or any “other thing of value." While it does not state what would be considered a thing of value, many have concluded that it can include information.The act of attempting to solicit information from a foreign government is problematic as it only makes sense they would want something in return. This could lead to even more corruption.Regardless of what one may think about the Biden incident, the fact that the Trump administration asked Zelensky to work with his personal attorney and the Attorney General to get information on his political opponent is unethical, corrupt and arguably, against the law.

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