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Eating less meat can save the world

Look, I’m not one to pass up a good cheeseburger or slice of pizza, but we could save the planet if everybody decided to cut down on animal product consumption just once a week.  

Every time people buy animal-based products such as meat or dairy, they are contributing to the depletion of forests, pollution of freshwater, degradation of soil and climate change. There have been many efforts to reduce the pollution us messy humans have caused, but none have been as effective as scientists would hope.

Campus carry a positive for students

Firearms are tools used for protection, not monsters to be feared.

Beginning on Aug. 1, 2016, all legal gun owners licensed to carry a concealed firearm will be able to do so on public universities across Texas. Senate Bill 11, or the campus carry bill, is a step in the right direction to keep students and faculty safe.

It is time we said goodbye to student loan debt

Student loan debt is not an exclusive problem. Oh no, the high cost and rapid increase in college tuition has pulled America into a deeper debt hole affecting students and the entire country.

It is true student loans help those of lower incomes have an opportunity to attend college and obtain a higher education to better their lives. It is also true that they have turned into America’s nightmare by worsening economic inequality.  

Legality trumps religiosity in Kim Davis controversy

Much like drinking and driving, politics and religion should never mix. But as with drunk driving, the two often collide into a shattered display of ignorance, leaving others to pick up the ill-fated pieces.

Kim Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been recently making the rounds for boycotting the legalization of same-sex marriage by refusing to issue marriage licenses to both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples.

Rainbows and bleach do not mix

Hollywood has once again taken a historical movie and inserted an unnecessary white person.

Stonewall, in theaters Sept. 25, tells the story of a young man in the months leading up to the historic riots. For those not in the know, the Stonewall Riots were the beginning of the gay rights movement or, more broadly, the start of the LGBTQIA equality movement in 1969. The first pride parade was held following these riots, and people of the LGBTQIA community were no longer forced to live in the closet. 

America needs to be Berned

At first glance, Bernie Sanders looks like the old man who plays chess by himself in the Pixar short.

However, behind those wire-rimmed glasses is a man who is quickly catching political ground and giving Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Democrats in the presidential election a run for their money.

Sanders, a seemingly backburner candidate for the elections, quickly generated heat after Tumblr users rallied around him by “signal boosting” Sanders as a perfect selection for president in 2016.

Ahmed Mohamed's teachers forgot what it means to be American

I am absolutely amazed by the world we live in today.

Instead of praising people for ingenuity and creativity, we jail them. Instead of spreading hope and love, we spread hate and fear. Instead of being decent human beings, we act like cowards. It is about time society says, “Enough is enough,” and dismantles this harmful mindset. 

GOP debate anything but boring

The Republican Party boasts a diverse list of 11 candidates campaigning to win the 2016 presidential nomination.

All of them put on a great debate and proved the Republican Party is ready to take the United States in the “right” direction.

In regards to the 'Greek Issue'

Due to the tremendous amount of response we received from our Sept. 14 Greek Issue’s Main Point, we thought it was only appropriate as an editorial board to address some concerns.

First, it is important to understand what the Main Point is. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns, unlike articles, are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full University Star staff, Texas State University Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State.

U.S. should support, take in more Syrian refugees

With a wave of more than 4 million Syrian refugees searching for shelter across the globe, it is up to the United States to lead the world in offering a helping hand to the battered, beaten and disenfranchised.

The U.S. is considering accepting 8,000 refugees by 2016 and currently has only taken in 1,400. This revelation is a disgrace.