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San Marcos should adopt "Don't Block the Box" initiative

The “Don’t Block the Box” initiative gaining traction in Austin should be implemented in San Marcos.

It is easy to do and would make a difference regarding San Marcos’ ever increasing population.

On March 27 city officials in Austin unveiled their plan to reduce traffic congestion and jams with their “Don’t Block the Box” initiative. A car ‘blocks the box’ by obstructing an intersection and preventing people from crossing. While it is illegal in Texas, enforcement has been lax at best until now.

More than one person can be courageous

Courage comes in many forms. It can be seen on the front lines of our armed forces or in the face of Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce), on the cover of Vanity Fair.

This year, ESPN honored Jenner’s form of courage by awarding her with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award after her courageous decision to come out as a transgender woman. Even though the world is becoming more open-minded daily—notably in the recent landmark decision allowing same-sex marriage—transgenderism is something people are having a hard time grasping.

New $10 bill design good step for equality, needs improvement

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has made the exciting announcement that the newly redesigned $10 bill, featuring a woman, will be revealed in 2020—the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote.

While the future currency change is certainly a necessary step for equality, the U.S. bill has a long way to go before truly exemplifying an all-inclusive identity. Victoria Smith, associate English professor, suggests an entire overhaul.

Summer shuttle hours inadequate, expansion necessary

Being stranded at a bus stop is more than just an irritating inconvenience: It is an interview missed, a baby shower unattended, another disappointed look from your parents after a regrettable phone call, an instant anxiety attack, a desperate call to a friend and a valued job now lost.

Like many of my fellow Bobcats, I depend on the university shuttle bus as a primary mode of transportation to and from school. As an enrolled summer school student, I was shocked to discover that the summer transportation service arrangements were anything but effective.

Freedom of expression important note in flag debate

There is a difference between ignorance and stupidity.

The key difference is that ignorance simply implies lack of awareness about a subject, while stupidity conveys the inability of a person to understand something due to inadequate intelligence. Stupidity thus leads to the misinterpretation of a fact. Clinging to the Confederate flag is the definition of stupidity, but people have a right to freely express that stupidity.

Good riddance Confederate flag, we hardly knew you

After the racist terrorist attack on the historical Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church that left nine innocent civilians dead, the debate over the legitimacy of the Confederate flag begun anew.

Call white supremacy by its name—terrorism

Tragedy struck the black community again in what seems like an endless fury of racial dehumanization and systematic violence—violence that took the lives of nine innocent civilians for no other reason than the fact of being born black in an all too often anti-black world.

This was an act of terror and as a country it needs to be questioned, indicted and convicted for what it was: racism, white supremacy and yes Fox News, terrorism.

Battle for marriage equality won, but the fight continues

Ding, dong the witch is dead. All the bans against same-sex marriage have officially sounded the wedding bells as nationwide same-sex marriage is no longer a fantasy, but a reality and boy does it feel good.

Care of San Marcos River should be added to curriculum

While the San Marcos River is heralded as a place for fun and a little R&R for Bobcats after a stressful week, the river is so much more than a place for debauchery and cruising.

Bobcats need a course in River 101 to know its exact importance. It is not just a mere suggestion that students, the primary benefactors of the river’s recreation, seek to keep it clean and protected.

Copyright laws limit artistic expression, progression

The evolution of human beings continues in every aspect of our existence. As a natural instinct we have adapted to physical and mental change as we see fit. Throughout history we have shaped and advanced our society with our creative touch. The influence for that very creative touch has been slowly coming to an end as copyright laws readily seek to halt expression and limit the creative touch of those that seek to provide artistic progression.