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Transgender protection policy proves university’s inclusiveness

Administrators took a positive step forward by revising a university policy to now protect transgender faculty, staff and students against gender expression and identity discrimination.

However, it is worrisome that the anti-discrimination rule for gender identity was not already included in the policy. In an April 17 University Star article, administrators said the reason behind this was because the university wanted to ensure practices were in place to protect transgender people. This reasoning is weak and insufficient.

Climate change cannot be ignored, must be addressed immediately

Climate change is real and imminent, and action must be taken immediately to reduce its consequences.

Many people do not believe in climate change, or global warming, as the uneducated like to keep calling it. Climate change is not like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or conspiracy theories. Choosing not to believe in climate change is like choosing not to believe in the Universal Law of Gravitation or Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Student must be cautious when driving around town

Students need to be aware of the potential dangers of driving in a college town.

Driving is supposed to get us from point A to point B, hopefully in one piece. Unfortunately, it has recently come to my attention that driving in the City of San Marcos is not an easy task. The dangers of driving in a town full of young, partying kids and confusing city streets becomes all too real from the moment the key is turned.

Granting amnesty unfair to those waiting to immigrate legally

Immigration amnesty for current residents living in the country illegally should not be granted haphazardly without taking into account the nuances of legality through fairness.

America has more than 11.6 million people living in the country illegally. These people have illegally immigrated to the country through either overstaying their government issued visas or border crossing without legal permission. Granting them amnesty would be both a disservice to the law and would reward bad behavior.

End-of-course faculty evaluations must be taken seriously

As another semester comes to a close, students should be thoughtful when filling out end-of-course evaluations and remember that their feedback and comments make an impact.

Honesty, communication important in dating to avoid mixed messages

Students should be upfront and say exactly what is on their minds in order to avoid being misunderstood or sending mixed messages.

There are so many ways to communicate with one another that do not involve face-to-face interaction that it can be hard to understand what someone means when they say something. Words on a screen can be interpreted very differently than words someone hears spoken aloud.

College students must be responsible with animal adoption, ownership

Students should take care to spay and neuter their cats and dogs in order to keep shelter populations low and animals out of harmful homes.

When going off to college, many students get their own apartments, jobs, and in many cases, their first dogs or cats. It is awesome to have an animal around the house. They are fantastic remedies for stress, fun and loneliness. However, pets should be properly cared for, and students should keep in mind the consequences of having unspayed or unneutered animals.

Participating in Earth Day events worthwhile, valuable for community

To celebrate Earth Day today, students should take part in events on campus and nearby the San Marcos area.

The Texas Wild Rice Festival at Sewell Park was over one week ago, but this does not mean the fun or individual stewardship to the environment has to stop. Not all students are environmental gurus. For example, after I learned turkey vultures urinate on their legs to cool off on hot days, I gave it a try and found no success. At the very least, Earth Day should be treated as a day for learning and reflection.

Hays County must construct new jail facility

The Hays County Law Enforcement Center is bursting at the seams, and it is time local officials took action to ease the growing pains and build a much-needed new facility.

According to an April 2 University Star article, the Hays County Law Enforcement Center houses offenders from cities, unincorporated areas of the county and those detained by the University Police Department as it is the only jail in the county.

Privatization of prison industry immoral, exploits American justice system

The privatization of the prison industry has crippled the American justice system and created an incentive for mass and improper incarceration.