Monday is Groundhog Day on the Daily’s op/eds page

Katie Shaw

Recently, it feels like IâÄôm in a scene from “Groundhog Day” every time I open the opinions section of The Minnesota Daily. Consider MondayâÄôs columns: “Stereotyping Muslims is not OK” and “Talking with the Talibrand.” Then consider the recently-published columns: “We are failing Pakistan”; “Key to Afghanistan is Pakistan”; “Is media coverage of Somalis too negative?”; “Are drones the solution or the problem?”; “The Israeli-Palestinian migraine”; “Nuclear weapons still a threat” and “Diversity in Coffman under attack.” It seems like some contributors are struggling to come up with an original idea.

ThatâÄôs not to say the issues theyâÄôre covering are unimportant or uninteresting, at least not the first time around. But they are issues that get covered quiet often by other media outlets and even by other sections of the Daily. As writers for the Daily, these columnists are afforded an opportunity that most students donâÄôt have: To voice their viewpoint on any subject of their choosing. It would be nice to see some diversity in the issues and perspectives being covered in these columns in addition to material that is more relevant to the University of Minnesota and its students

 

Katie Shaw

University student