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Cushman: Everyone Needs Proper Civil Rights Education

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer June 8, 2021

  In 1990, Clifton Spencer became the prime suspect in the murder of Stacey Stanton and police arrested him on separate charges to keep him in custody. Spencer alleges that police repeatedly questioned...

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Cushman: Stop Using Junk Science in the Courtroom

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer May 31, 2021

  In 1985, Robert Lee Stinson was convicted of raping and murdering a 63-year-old woman based on so-called expert testimony that his bite matched a mark on the victim’s body. He spent over 23...

Utah Highway Patrol K-9 officer J. Banks (right) uses his phone as officers I. Lofton (far left) and B. Wood (center) look out over the crowd gathered to protest police brutality and corruption in front of the Utah State Capitol Building on June 4, 2020 (Photo by Mark Draper | Daily Utah Chronicle)

Alexander: Social Work Is Not the Enemy

By CJ Alexander, Opinion Writer May 20, 2021

  The Utah Adult Probation and Parole Office have lost track of over 300 parolees over the past six months, including sex offenders, violent gang members and killers — all of whom are dangerous...

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Cushman: Plea Deals Make a Broken Justice System Worse

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer May 18, 2021

  I’ve always been into true crime. Every true crime fan knows that in many cases, defendants are offered a plea deal, a compromise with the prosecutor to lessen charges or lighten a sentence....

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Cushman: Stop Giving Nonviolent Offenders Harsh Sentences

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer May 14, 2021

  During the summer of my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to shadow a Utah district court judge for a day. The full day of criminal court proceedings I saw was far from the courtroom...

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Hibben: Abortion Exceptions Aren’t Helpful

By Aya Hibben, Opinion Writer May 6, 2021

  Across the country, pro-life advocates have made significant strides to infringe women’s reproductive rights. Most recently, Utah has taken steps to criminalize abortion after 18 weeks. However,...

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Cushman: Protect Utah Students by Teaching Them Consent

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer May 5, 2021

  Last month, threats from one student to carry out a "rape day" at Cedar High School in Cedar City, Utah left students and parents terrified. Rape is not a joke. It isn’t funny to threaten...

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Alexander: Take Women’s Health Seriously

By CJ Alexander, Opinion Writer May 4, 2021

  For the past few weeks, alarms have been raised over the safety of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, due to the observed risk of thrombosis— deep vein blood clots. While...

Members of the music industry support the BLM protests that have followed George Floyd's death.

Cushman: Stop Using Tear Gas On Protesters

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer April 26, 2021

  Last summer, major racial protests took place after cases of police brutality came to light. It was an emotional time that forced me to reassess my privilege. It was disturbing enough to confront...

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Kincart: Swimming is a Privilege

By Sydney Kincart, Print Chief, Opinion Writer April 25, 2021

  As summer approaches, I grow more excited to spend days at the pool. My fondest childhood memories were at the pool—there was a point in my life where I would call the pool my second home....

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