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High-speed rail system would be beneficial for traveling in Texas

Texas needs a high-speed rail as a method of transportation.

High-speed rail really does not exist in the United States. The fastest train in America connects Washington, D.C. to New York City at a speed with which an everyday passenger car can compete. In China, old diesel trains that once ran for nine hours from Changsha to Guangzhou have been updated with high-speed trains that service the same distance in two hours, which is seven hours faster than the diesel counterpart.

Religious tolerance necessary for students

Everyone is allowed to practice or not practice religion as they so choose, but issues arise when that religion becomes as imposing as an unwelcome visitor.

The First Amendment contains the freedom of religion. However, this amendment does not mean that students should not respect and understand the religious boundaries of those around them.

University, city officials should allow e-cig use in public

My name is JD, and I used to smoke 30 cigarettes a day.

Gum gave me heartburn. Patches hurt my skin. I could not quit. Now, my breath smells better, my mornings are free of coughing-fits, my wallet is fatter and I have not needed my asthma inhaler in months. The problem? My city and my university believe that my way of quitting is no better than my original habit.

Summer classes positive choice for Bobcats

While it is understandable to want to take a break and relax for the summer after stressful fall and spring semesters, Bobcats who enroll in summer classes should be mindful of the temptation to blow off courses and remember to take them seriously.

Classes are a great way for students to stay in the mindset of being responsible during the summer. Thankfully, summer classes are a good way to staying on track to graduate while avoiding too heavy a course load during the fall and spring semesters.

'Sugaring' can be beneficial to some

Sugar daddy relationships are performed between mutually consenting adults and should not be judged by others.

Sugaring is a way of life that provides happiness and stability for many people. There are a lot of wild misconceptions about the sugaring community, or “sugar bowl,” as it is referred to by some of its participants. People often assume that these relationships occur only between young women and older men. However, there are sugar pups, who are men who are looking for a sugar daddy or momma. In addition, there are older sugar mommies looking for sugar babies or pups.

Student athlete adequately compensated with scholarships

Student athletes should be satisfied with the benefits they already receive instead of pandering for more.

Incoming Bobcats must feel comfortable to be themselves

With the onset of New Student Orientation this week, The University Star editorial board feels it is important to encourage all incoming freshmen or transfers to feel free to be themselves and know that Texas State is a safe, comfortable environment to do so.

Texas State students, faculty and staff work hard to foster an accepting, welcoming environment for all Bobcats. Many faculty members and student leaders undergo training in order to properly serve the diverse groups of students that call Texas State home, in addition to professors and administrators.

Students should not participate in major shaming

Major shaming happens every day, on every campus, to every major, and it must stop.

I have heard many people say something along the lines of “oh well that major is stupid, mine is so much harder.” The whole point of college is for people to get a higher education in something they are interested in so that they may go work in that field. By insulting a major, the people in that major are also being insulted. Everyone has different strengths and hopefully they have chosen a major that reflects those strengths.

Gender-specific products unnecessary, ignorant

The gender binary reinforced by the creation and marketing of needlessly gendered products is a phenomenon that needs to cease.

The fact that there are gendered products in and of itself is quite foolish. A man’s penis will not fall off if he is caught using the gentle and girly Suave deodorant as opposed to the hard and rugged Degree deodorant. It is all the same product, just different scents. Gender does not equal a predisposition to like certain smells over others.

Taxing unhealthy foods not effective

Taxing fatty foods and sugary drinks is not the best route to curbing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions among a population.