Ryan Jeans | Star Illustrator

Government involvement crucial for students

The time is now for students and young people to take back their future and make their voices heard.

Texas students have visited the state capitol to share their opinions on key issues such as immigration, concealed carry laws and healthcare districts in disadvantaged counties. Students got involved by going to Senate and House sessions and testifying on bill hearings and proposals.

Senate bill positive measure for river, university

In December 2014, a Texas senator introduced a bill to the Senate proposing the creation of water preservation districts to improve the safety and cleanliness of the San Marcos River.

Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) filed Senate Bill 234 on Dec. 9, 2014. The bill requires all counties that share a border with the San Marcos River to create a park and recreation district to “create an offense and provide penalties” for infractions committed in the area. The Water Oriented Recreation Districts (W.O.R.D.) will allow for the collection of fees including tolls.

State senator makes harmful HIV/AIDS budget appropriations

The Texas House of Representatives recently passed a budget cutting funding for HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

According to a March 31 Texas Observer article, Texas has the third-highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country. This disease is a big problem for the state.

University police need new campus alert policy

The University Police Department (UPD) has kept the Texas State community on high alert as of late due to nonstories and redundantly rushed alerts.

The influx of emails about threats and potential danger has left Bobcats drained, afraid and dissuaded.

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