Opinion

Court decision on gay blood donor sets bad precedent

RE: Ban on gay blood donations justified, Sept 15 Ok so lying is bad and sometimes it’s really bad. A lot of people are going to have an opinion about what Mr. Freeman did when he lied to Canadian Blood Services (CBS). But the first thing to consider is the very scary truth that came out of that trial. Public […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

NATO must stay in Afghanistan

Lately, the newswire has become hot with the topic of fraud in the Afghanistan elections. With the legitimacy of the elections at issue, NATO’s (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)role as a result has also been pulled into question. Currently, NATO’s role is heavily weighted in combat operations and extremely under-focused in the importance of development and diplomacy. The country needs a […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Withdrawal from Iraq positive step forward

Shortly after taking office, Barack Obama announced his plan to transfer full military responsibility to Iraq by the end of August. He has since lived up to this promise and has completed a troop withdrawal that has removed 120,000 soldiers, reducing American troop numbers to 50,000 on schedule within the last days of the month.  This is one of the most significant […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Say “no thanks” to federal funding of professional sports arenas

When the Nordiques left Quebec back in 1995 and moved to Denver to become the Avalanche, Quebecers were left to cheer for the Canadiens—which, for many, was simply blasphemous as the “Battle of Quebec” was dubbed as such for a reason. After reflection, however, one can only conclude that it was no fault of the NHL that the Nordiques left […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Letter to Nicolas Sarkozy on deportation of the Roma

Dear Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, You know, when I read about your most recent policy towards improving security in France and the effort to first raid and eventually shut down illegal Roma camps in the country, it bugged me a little. I felt the ol’ blood pressure rise – you ever get that? Then, I read these individuals would be deported […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Water fluoridation is a public health issue

Most students are not aware that the Region of Waterloo fluoridates their water with hydrofluorosilicic acid, an untested liquid, scrubbed from the chimneys of the phosphate industry.  It is the cheapest form of fluoride, and comes mixed with traces of mercury, lead, arsenic and radioactive materials.  As you read this, citizens of Waterloo are fighting fiercely against the status quo […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

“9/11 Mosque” phrase is misleading

RE: 9/11 mosque sparks controversy, Sept 6th The “Ground Zero Mosque” is not a mosque, ­­ it is a giant cultural community centre that will have a mosque at the top. It is a large building blocks away from where the WTC fell and it will look like any other building in the area. The connotation that comes from “Ground […]

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Opposition to mosque is politically motivated

RE: 9/11 mosque sparks controversy, Sept 6th The fomentation of phony rage by the erroneously named “Tea Party” and their ilk regarding the ‘mosque’ controversy (because it is hard to get people angry about a “community centre” I suppose) demonstrates two things: 1) that those on the far right of the American political spectrum (Republicans) have nothing of substance or […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Student Union level of spending is absurd

RE: Financing student union projects, Sept 6th  As a student of Laurier, I would love to see the Board of Directors and current president justify this absurd level of spending. We didn’t need these new LCD screens, we didn’t need the giant electronic sign on the front of the FNCC and we certainly didn’t need a smartphone application. What students […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Reflections on O-Week

Common sense seems to indicate that there isn’t a tremendous link between the enthusiastic group “orientation” students participate in during their first week at Laurier and the subsequent four years of their university experience. Despite the best intentions of those involved in this yearly ritual to inject a dose of academia into the week leading up to what is meant […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·