Romney jumps the gun

Libyan men protest against Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Sept. 21.

John T. Sullivan | Guest Columnist When I was growing up and taking citizenship classes in school, we were always taught that “politics stops at the water’s edge” and that “we only have one president at a time.” I guess all of that went out the window on Sept. 11 when Mitt Romney, with less than cautious abandon, dove into the precarious political waters of Middle Eastern uncertainty to heap scorn on the president of the United States at a time when unity of purpose, resolve and response would have made more sense. Clearly, for whatever reason, Romney jumped the gun to inject himself into an ongoing crisis, while prudence dictated that he hold his…

Is nuclear energy safe enough?

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer The demand for energy has been increasing consistently, and it will only get greater. But natural energy resources such as coal, water and oil are rapidly being depleted and can no longer meet the demand, forcing nations to search for alternative energy resources. Nuclear energy gave hope for future energy production, but some incidents forced us to fundamentally rethink using it. Nuclear energy currently provides only 6 percent of the energy used. The debate about nuclear energy safety gained momentum in recent years, especially after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011. There have been other nuclear power plant accidents in the past. The Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986…

Windy City site of latest teachers’ union battle

A young girl holds up a sign in support of striking Chicago school teachers during a rally Saturday, Sept. 15, in Chicago.

Teachers strike for right reasons Luis Aranda | Guest Writer The Chicago teachers union had been on strike for more than a week, displacing 350,000 Chicago public school students from their classrooms. The strike has brought the third largest school district in the country to a halt, sending teachers to the picket lines, forcing administrators to scramble to staff alternative programs for students and forcing parents to make accommodations for their children. The teachers have every right to strike because the actions, and inactions, of the Chicago public schools administration and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. I am a native Chicagoan; I was born and raised in the city’s south side. I am not a product…