Editorials

Fix Trauma Center Disparity in D.C.

Fix Trauma Center Disparity in D.C.

By:
10/25/2019

If someone were to sustain a traumatic injury in D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood, the ambulance ride to the nearest qualified hospital could take as long as 30 minutes. That is because there are no trauma centers in Southeast D.C., despite the fact that rapid transport is essential to patients’ survival rate. This editorial board believes Southeast…

Reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps

Reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps

By:
10/11/2019

Our world is in crisis. Rising temperatures are causing more frequent and destructive extreme weather events with ever-increasing human and financial costs. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if the planet warms 2 degrees Celsius, the consequences would be catastrophic and irreversible. Two weeks ago, 12 presidential candidates took the stage in Gaston…

Level the Playing Field for College Athletes

Level the Playing Field for College Athletes

By:
10/11/2019

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was founded under a different name in 1906. Its goal was to “protect young people from the dangerous and exploitative athletic practices of the time.” However, it would be naive to believe that its objective today is anything other than to profit on the backs of students. Some students…

Make Georgetown Admissions Test-Optional 

Make Georgetown Admissions Test-Optional 

By:
09/27/2019

The SAT is supposedly an objective, merit-based assessment; the harder you work, the better you score. But that’s not the reality. Family income and race play too large a role in determining a student’s score. As a result, the SAT is not a fair metric to assess a student’s performance in high school or to…

Repeal the 2001 AUMF 

Repeal the 2001 AUMF 

By:
09/27/2019

As of Sept. 12, 18-year-olds enlisting in the military may be sent to fight in Afghanistan in response to attacks that occurred before they were born. The undeniable tragedy of the Sept. 11 attacks has led to a prolonged U.S. military presence in Afghanistan that has put American lives at stake, while doing very little…

D.C. Must Keep the Circulator Free

D.C. Must Keep the Circulator Free

By:
09/13/2019

Since Feb. 1, D.C.’s bright red and yellow Circulator buses have been free to ride. A sack is slung over the fare box bearing the slogan “Fair Shot”—the name of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiative to boost access to public transport. On the Georgetown Circulator, you can get from the Safeway on Wisconsin Ave. to Union…

Congress must allow D.C. to regulate legal marijuana

Congress must allow D.C. to regulate legal marijuana

By:
09/13/2019

In 1998, D.C. legalized medical marijuana. But in the two decades since, Congress has blocked D.C. from spending any money on regulating marijuana, whether for medical purposes or recreational use, which voters legalized in 2014. As a result, it is legal in D.C. to possess up to two ounces of marijuana if you are over…

Dear Incoming Students,

Dear Incoming Students,

By:
08/30/2019

Every year, we at the Voice write a letter to incoming first-years, welcoming you to campus. The hospitable sentiment generally seems simple enough. But this year, we felt that our current political climate necessitates an explanation of what the word “welcome” really means. We are excited that you are here and, no matter who you…

D.C. Must Renew Disability Assistance Contract

D.C. Must Renew Disability Assistance Contract

By:
08/30/2019

The Department of Disability Services (DDS) announced on May 31 that it would terminate its contract with Georgetown University at the end of August. Georgetown runs the District of Columbia DDA Health Initiative for DDS—a program that provides medical specialists to D.C. residents with disabilities.  Terminating this contract directly contradicts DDS’s stated mission to “provide…

D.C. Should Decriminalize Sex Work 

D.C. Should Decriminalize Sex Work 

By:
07/08/2019

Early this June, D.C. councilmembers Robert White, Anita Bonds, and Brianne Nadeau introduced a bill that would decriminalize sex work in the District. The Community and Safety Health Amendment Act of 2019 is designed to remove certain criminal penalties for engaging in sex work in order to promote public health and safety. However, despite not…

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