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Letter to the Editor: COVID-19’s impact on the 2020 Census count of University students

Letter to the Editor: COVID-19’s impact on the 2020 Census count of University students

September 4, 2020

With any major decision comes a litany of intended and unintended consequences, and last spring’s decision to close the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities’ campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Letter to the Editor: In response to the discussions about online instruction and discounted tuition

Letter to the Editor: In response to the discussions about online instruction and discounted tuition

September 4, 2020

In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any other situation — from inducing mandated lockdowns and mask ordinances to novel social distancing guidelines and hand sanitizer at every turn. To be...

Letter to the Editor: White supremacy culture is still in our institutions

Letter to the Editor: White supremacy culture is still in our institutions

September 4, 2020

As the University of Minnesota Medical School grapples with the aftermath of a current fourth year student defacing the George Floyd memorial square, it is clear that medical and public health institutions...

Letter to the Editor: In response to

Letter to the Editor: In response to “An open letter to UMN Twin-Cities campus students and prospective students”

August 28, 2020

As a student who made the sudden switch from in-person learning to remote classes last semester, I can confidently say that online learning is not the same as the in-person experience, and it should not...

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to UMN Twin-Cities campus students and prospective students

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to UMN Twin-Cities campus students and prospective students

August 26, 2020

You have recently heard that the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities will pivot classes to start remotely this fall. We write as educators who have been preparing for fall in two ways: by offering...

Guest Column: When talking about reforming MPD, include the Minneapolis Park Police too

Guest Column: When talking about reforming MPD, include the Minneapolis Park Police too

August 25, 2020

On May 21, I became a criminal, but I was the only victim. This is not an isolated event but a systematic issue. That night, I was out hammocking in a Minneapolis park, enjoying the night and not causing...

Letter to the Editor: Minnesota must swiftly invest in educators of color

Letter to the Editor: Minnesota must swiftly invest in educators of color

August 21, 2020

In the wake of civil unrest in Minneapolis and beyond, the question of which agencies and programs should be funded looms over the Twin Cities like storm clouds. But there’s one unassailable investment...

Nine Minneapolis City Council members declared their commitment to defunding and dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department alongside community groups Black Visions and Reclaim The Block to a vast crowd at Powderhorn Park on Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Liam James Doyle for MPR News)

Guest column: The responsibility Minneapolis has in leading the future of civil rights reform

August 1, 2020

Two factors have always been necessary to produce significant civil rights change in the United States: a heightened legislative priority on issues of civil rights and a productive working relationship...

Letter to the Editor: Do international students need saving? Some thoughts on the notion of diversity

Letter to the Editor: Do international students need saving? Some thoughts on the notion of diversity

July 23, 2020

On July 14, ICE rescinded the policy threatening to deport international students who will take online courses in the fall semester. International students received a cheerful email from the University...

Letter to the Editor: Online education is not as valuable as in-person teaching. Tuition should reflect that

Letter to the Editor: Online education is not as valuable as in-person teaching. Tuition should reflect that

July 19, 2020

In consideration of the reduced value of remote learning and new financial hardships caused by this pandemic, the University of Minnesota must significantly reduce tuition for the coming term. The Gophers...

Letter to the Editor: The importance of recognizing global poverty in light of the COVID-19 crisis

Letter to the Editor: The importance of recognizing global poverty in light of the COVID-19 crisis

June 27, 2020

The events that have occurred throughout the past few months have exposed flaws within the U.S. system of governance as we have never seen before. These hardships polarized and highlighted our leaders...

Letter to the Editor: What We Mean By Defund UMPD: Investing in Prevention, Not Punishment

Letter to the Editor: What We Mean By Defund UMPD: Investing in Prevention, Not Punishment

June 24, 2020

In the summer of 2018, I experienced a case of harassment on campus. Another student imposed a threat to me, themselves and others. Although I had only known the student for a week, it was made clear to...

Letter to the Editor: With All Deliberate Speed

Letter to the Editor: With All Deliberate Speed

June 20, 2020

White guilt, from central Minneapolis to both coasts, serves as convenient cover. The high-minded statements that come out of Minnesota’s law schools, for example, are part of a big con, pervasive in...

Letter to the Editor: Let's revisit the renaming controversy

Letter to the Editor: Let’s revisit the renaming controversy

June 15, 2020

On June 9, 2020, Ari Shapiro of NPR’s "All Things Considered" hosted an 8-minute piece called “There Is No Neutral: 'Nice White People' Can Still Be Complicit in A Racist Society.” The piece reminded...

Letter to the Editor: An 8-year-old's reflections on George Floyd

Letter to the Editor: An 8-year-old’s reflections on George Floyd

June 10, 2020

The following text is pulled from the above letter: My name is Veronica Sanchez-Morales. I am 8 years old. I am from Miami, Florida. I heard on the news how Mr. George Floyd passed away. I was very impressed...

Letter to the Editor: Trump’s Antifa crackdown spells trouble for free speech

Letter to the Editor: Trump’s Antifa crackdown spells trouble for free speech

June 10, 2020

As riots unfolded across America following the killing of George Floyd, President Donald Trump said Sunday that he’d label Antifa as a terrorist organization. Despite initial uncertainty as to what authority...

Letter to the Editor: A recent high school grad reflects on the killing of George Floyd

Letter to the Editor: A recent high school grad reflects on the killing of George Floyd

June 2, 2020

My name is Kaia Fitzgerald. I am 17 years old and a 2020 high school graduate. May 26, 2020, I turn on the news like I do every single day. The first thing I see is “I can’t breathe” and above the...

Letter to the Editor: Using peace to solve police brutality

Letter to the Editor: Using peace to solve police brutality

June 2, 2020

Police brutality is wrong. There is no way to justify it. In no circumstance should it be okay to physically harm, abuse, and kill a non-combative subject. However, why are people hurting others physically...

Letter to the Editor: Racial (in)justice and the Islamic teachings of brotherhood

Letter to the Editor: Racial (in)justice and the Islamic teachings of brotherhood

June 2, 2020

“Allah has made you brethren one to another, so be not divided. An Arab has no preference over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab over an Arab; nor is a white one to be preferred to a dark one, nor a dark one...

Letter to the Editor: We must never return to the status quo

Letter to the Editor: We must never return to the status quo

June 2, 2020

George Floyd's pleas are etched into my brain: "Please! Please!" and "I can't breathe." The words of yet another unarmed black man killed by the police, an entity that is supposed to protect and serve.   How...

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to Governor Tim Walz and Mayor Jacob Frey

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to Governor Tim Walz and Mayor Jacob Frey

June 2, 2020

You can fool some of the people some of the time, you can fool all the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. It is a grave error to misjudge the intelligence of the people...

Letter to the Editor: To lessen the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, you must lessen the one caused by tobacco.

Letter to the Editor: To lessen the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, you must lessen the one caused by tobacco.

June 2, 2020

May 31 marks the 32nd annual World No Tobacco Day, a global public health campaign led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to expose the deadly tactics of the tobacco industry, the impacts of the tobacco...

Letter to the Editor: A student’s response to the “Coronavirus tracker” presented by Apple, Google and other IT companies

Letter to the Editor: A student’s response to the “Coronavirus tracker” presented by Apple, Google and other IT companies

May 18, 2020

Across the globe, people are struggling to make sense of the uncertainty that has been presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. There appears to be no specific treatment or cure for this disease which has led...

Letter to the Editor: Why strong leadership is important

Letter to the Editor: Why strong leadership is important

May 14, 2020

As the world quickly adapts to the unprecedented situation connected to COVID-19, it is fair to say that it has impacted every aspect of what we would consider everyday life. Despite the magnitude of change...

Letter to the Editor: UMN Climate Justice solidarity in response to COVID-19

Letter to the Editor: UMN Climate Justice solidarity in response to COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Solidarity in a time of social distancing We’re reframing social distancing as physical distancing in social solidarity. We need social connections now more than ever. The Conversation articulated it...

Letter to the Editor: If Aramark does not make improvements, the University should cut ties

Letter to the Editor: If Aramark does not make improvements, the University should cut ties

March 31, 2020

The two-year extension of the University of Minnesota's contract with Aramark provides the Board of Regents with more time to explore becoming an independent food service provider. While the University...

Letter to the editor: The Daily painted the perspective of a small number of student employees as broad “confusion” about student worker pay

Letter to the editor: The Daily painted the perspective of a small number of student employees as broad “confusion” about student worker pay

March 23, 2020

In a story published on Sunday, March 22, titled “Confusion about compensation leaves student workers scrambling,“ the Minnesota Daily painted the perspective of a small number of students employed...

Letter to the editor: Protesters went too far with Gov. Walz's campus visit

Letter to the editor: Protesters went too far with Gov. Walz’s campus visit

March 1, 2020

The University of Minnesota is a hub for political debate and thought that gets people talking. A lot of things that happen here at the University of Minnesota get people talking.  Last fall’s football...

Letter to the editor: What is fossil fuel divestment?

Letter to the editor: What is fossil fuel divestment?

February 10, 2020

What is fossil fuel divestment? The fossil fuel divestment movement calls on University administrations to immediately freeze any new investments in the top 200 fossil fuel companies and to divest their...

Letter to the editor: We are witnessing impeachment's proper use

Letter to the editor: We are witnessing impeachment’s proper use

February 2, 2020

On Monday, one of President Trump’s defense attorneys, Kenneth Starr, delivered his defense against the Articles of Impeachment. In his speech, Starr characterized the current impeachment as a weaponization,...

Letter to the Editor: the University must declare a climate emergency

Letter to the Editor: the University must declare a climate emergency

January 27, 2020

We are calling on the Minnesota Student Association, President Gabel, the University Senate, and the Board of Regents to declare a climate emergency at the University of Minnesota. One month ago, the City...

Letter to the editor: The kids are not alright

Letter to the editor: The kids are not alright

January 27, 2020

Yesterday my younger sister, an 11th grader, came home from school and said that her classmate had tried to commit suicide. Nobody knew the reason, nobody knew she was not alright. Meanwhile, about 25...

Letter to the Editor: Welcome Week from a Welcome Week leader’s perspective

Letter to the Editor: Welcome Week from a Welcome Week leader’s perspective

January 19, 2020

The invaluable first introduction to the University of Minnesota would be impossible without Welcome Week leaders. The good news is being one means a week filled with community building, leadership strengthening...

Letter to the Editor: We should be grateful for the community members who marched for climate action

Letter to the Editor: We should be grateful for the community members who marched for climate action

December 12, 2019

All of us in the University of Minnesota community owe a debt of gratitude to the students and community members who marched to Morrill Hall to demand that the University take effective action in mitigating...

Letter to the Editor: Response to

Letter to the Editor: Response to “Free college: everyone else is doing it”

December 12, 2019

I enjoyed the article “Free college: everyone else is doing it,” published by Jonathan Ababiy because it directly relates to themes discussed in my philosophy class. Free college for everyone would...

Letter to the editor: Response to

Letter to the editor: Response to “Historical literature, timeless value”

December 4, 2019

In Sidney Clarke’s last column discussing the value of older literature in University courses, there is a lack of a strong stance on whether old literature is worth reading in college courses. I was...

Letter to the editor: Students should stand up for the climate

Letter to the editor: Students should stand up for the climate

November 27, 2019

Our planet is in a state of climate emergency. Climate change is killing the planet and all of us on it, including the University of Minnesota community. Despite this enormous threat, the University of...

Letter to the Editor: As response to criticism of the Turkish American Student Association's bridge painting

Letter to the Editor: As response to criticism of the Turkish American Student Association’s bridge painting

November 21, 2019

It has come to our attention that the panel we painted on the Washington Bridge has created confusion among some students and faculty at the UMN. As the board of the Turkish American Student Association,...

Letter to the editor: the Upper Harbor Terminal doesn’t support the public interest

November 20, 2019

Earlier this year, the Minneapolis City Council voted to approve the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) Concept plan — which features a private concert venue and hotel, less parkland and river access than originally...

Letter to the editor: Regarding the Turkish American Student Association's painting

Letter to the editor: Regarding the Turkish American Student Association’s painting

November 7, 2019

We are a group of UMN faculty and students who wish to publicly express our objection and concern over an act of provocation by the Turkish American Student Association. As part of the annual painting...

Letter to the Editor: A dangerous intersection on campus

Letter to the Editor: A dangerous intersection on campus

October 27, 2019

The intersection in Minneapolis at Essex Street SE and Oak Street SE is a main route for University of Minnesota students and is extremely dangerous. The intersection lacks a crosswalk or a stop sign and...

Letter to the Editor: Responding to 'Restricting abortion is not restricting access to basic healthcare' letter

Letter to the Editor: Responding to ‘Restricting abortion is not restricting access to basic healthcare’ letter

October 20, 2019

I am writing in response to the Oct. 13 Letter to the Editor: Restricting abortion is not restricting access to basic healthcare. This letter responded to the assertion of two future physicians that access...

Letter to the editor: University administrators fail to show proper concern for graduate students’ well-being

Letter to the editor: University administrators fail to show proper concern for graduate students’ well-being

October 18, 2019

Graduate students are fed up with the University administration. In early September, we realized that there was a substantial rise in health-related costs because of the switch from Health Partners to...

Letter to the editor: Race vs. money in college admissions decisions

Letter to the editor: Race vs. money in college admissions decisions

October 13, 2019

Affirmative action has been under fire recently due to the lawsuit filed against Harvard alleging discrimination against Asian Americans. While I do think that there are good arguments on both sides, I...

Letter to the editor: The Paint the Bridge vandalism

Letter to the editor: The Paint the Bridge vandalism

October 13, 2019

The controversy regarding the College Republicans student group’s panel on the Washington Avenue bridge is certainly important to talk about as it brings up a big issue with the First Amendment. Freedom...

Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Climate Action Caucus

Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Climate Action Caucus

October 13, 2019

I encourage all people to get involved in learning about their personal contributions to climate change.  Climate change is a topic that has become increasingly important. It’s more than the melting...

Letter to the editor: Restricting abortion is not restricting access to basic healthcare

Letter to the editor: Restricting abortion is not restricting access to basic healthcare

October 13, 2019

I’m writing in response to the Oct. 3 letter to the editor titled “A letter from your future doctors” and their “three components of reproductive justice” including: “1) the right to have children,...

Letter to the editor: A century of broken promises

Letter to the editor: A century of broken promises

October 13, 2019

As I sit here comfortably in my apartment, my heart is aching for the Kurds. And as you sit wherever you are reading this, I want you to know they are being viciously attacked by Turkish forces. The Kurds...

Letter to the editor: On

Letter to the editor: On “Committee calls for strengthened diversity in UMN English department”

October 13, 2019

I agree with the conclusion that the Committee came to. It is important to make efforts to improve diversity in among all of the departments at the University of Minnesota so it also reflects the makeup...

Letter to the editor: War at school and war in the streets

Letter to the editor: War at school and war in the streets

October 13, 2019

As the 2020 presidential elections draws near, it is clear that tensions are rising on both sides of the political arena. This can be seen in the recent Trump rally that was held in Minneapolis where Republicans...