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Continental United States ideal for summer travel

That time has come once again Bobcats. Summer is here—well, almost here.

Students are rallying their study habits for finals and flooding the Rec in an attempt to get those last few crunches in for their “beach bods.” Summer is on the horizon, and as students make their plans for those months of pure R&R, students should look no further than the continental United States.

Educators should be required to be bilingual

With over 40 million fluent Spanish speakers, the United States has one of the world’s largest Spanish-speaking populations.

The United States is perceived as the land of opportunity, but getting education to fulfill that can be difficult for individuals who know little to no English. Language differences often create a barrier between them and their dreams.

Letter to the Editor: National Nutrition Month

To whom it may concern: 

Balancing your schedule between classes, studying, friends, work and maybe even sleep, you may not give much thought to what your next meal will be. But before you grab that cheeseburger or pepperoni pizza, remember: what you put into your body today can set the stage for the rest of your life.

With March being National Nutrition Month, now is a good time to focus on making informed food choices.

Letter to the Editor: gentrification article

To whom it may concern:

While I am not a student at Texas State, I make a point of reading The University Star each day. For the most part it's a good source of information and also, in the Opinions page, food for thought. While I don't always agree with the opinion pieces, that's not the poin. If they are well written and carefully thought out, I appreciate the exposure to different points of view. 

Campus pad, tampon machines must be restocked

None of the tampon machines on campus are currently in service, and this digression must be remedied.

University officials stopped restocking the machines on June 14, 2010, according to the signs posted in women’s restrooms throughout campus. The most commonly cited reason is a lack of funding.

Compliance necessary for improved police relations

Tensions have been high between citizens and police officers with dangerous encounters on both sides.

Recently, when this tension breaks, it ends in the death of either a citizen or a police officer. Officers need to work on de-escalating the situations. In order to do their jobs to the best of their ability, however, they need full compliance from the citizens involved.

A popular adage states, “You can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride.”

Talk it Out: Snowden is no hero, unworthy of immunity

The meaning of “whistleblower” has been called into question since the infamous Edward Snowden revealed top U.S. government secrets in 2013.

The term describes someone who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to the authorities. Snowden was a contractor with the National Security Agency (NSA) when he exposed the government’s practices and tactics of spying on foreign enemies and any threat presenting itself within the nation.

Talk it Out: Snowden a national hero, Switzerland should grant asylum

American fugitive and whistleblowing intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been described as many things including a traitor, a detractor, a dissident, and—in my opinion—a hero.

He now sits in exile in Moscow, enjoying his temporary asylum status. However, his time in Russia’s capital is quickly drawing to a close.

Trees vital to campus population

Trees and plants are an important part of what makes Texas State the most beautiful campus this side of the highway.

The university was recently recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. According to a March 12 University Star article, criteria for the award include the presence of a committee dedicated to campus tree projects and finances specifically devoted to arboreal care.

Faces of US currency need change

American money might be green, but all I see is white.

As it stands, there are only white men on the paper currency of the United States. It is about time this changes.