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Letter to the editor: Careless​ ​legislation​ ​won’t​ fix​ ​our​ ​schools

Recently, the Michigan Senate passed SB 574, allowing charter schools to get a share in the millages raised by countywide intermediate school districts (ISDs) across Michigan. This week, the Michigan House of Representatives passed their version of the law. It must now go to joint session, where leaders of both chambers iron out the difference, and then be sent to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for consideration. 

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Guest column: 'No phone' zones

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 25, pedestrians in Honolulu will be ticketed and fined $35 if they are caught viewing their electronic devises while crossing the street. Honolulu is the first city in the U.S. to enact such a ban. Might Grand Valley State University wish to consider a similar policy not only while crossing busy streets but in other areas of the university? 

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Some thoughts on liberal education and the current climate

Last November’s election was particularly polarizing. It revealed deep divisions and antagonisms in our culture inspiring everything from fear, panic, and disbelief to optimism and solidarity. I for one admit to having felt the impact both intellectually and emotionally. I’ve struggled, as I think many have, with the question of how to approach the deep divisions we face both reasonably and productively.

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Common Ground: A shared challenge, not shared beliefs

A thoughtful column by Claire Fisher, published in the Monday, Jan. 23 issue of the Lanthorn, responded to a dialogue held by the Hauenstein Center in partnership with the Division of Inclusion and Equity. This dialogue, “Race and the American Dream,” featured Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine and Jason Riley of The Wall Street Journal.

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Guest column: My first encounter with Trumpism at GVSU

The University Academic Senate was discussing Grand Valley State University's commitment to its own principles Friday, Dec. 2, those of equal opportunity and inclusion. In light of the recent election, should the senate issue some kind of statement? I wanted to make the point that, given Donald Trump’s comments about immigrants, women, Muslims and others, as well as the words and actions of his proposed cabinet and advisers, I think that...(I was then shouted down by apparent Trump supporters).

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