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Jen Gillies — Supreme Court ruling just one piece of the puzzle

On June 26, 2015, millions of Americans celebrated as the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. I walked into work that morning and a student ran up to me, jumping up and down and asked if I was as excited as she was. I was confused until she told me the news; we hugged and cried a little. I had co-workers asking me all day about how excited I must be, as they were telling about how they felt when they heard the news. I saw in my Facebook feed many posts of support of the ruling from friends and family members, as well as twice as many re-posts of pictures and articles throughout the past few days.

Climate change and our air-conditioned lives

Pope Francis has proclaimed climate change a fact, stressing our moral duty to correct it. The pontiff titled his encyclical “Laudato Si,” or “Be Praised,” a phrase taken from “Canticle of the Sun,” composed by the wandering naturalist and pioneering ecologist, St. Francis of Assisi.
 

Putting Freddie Gray in context

It pains me to see the tortured faces of peaceful protesters mourning the loss of another community member to the unreasonable force of police officers. I am further disturbed to see people with sympathies scattered across a wide spectrum, from supporting the protesters to defending the police at all costs, collectively distracted by violent outbursts in downtown Baltimore.

Doyle McManus — Are we winning the drone war?

Almost two years ago, President Obama announced that he was tightening the rules under which the CIA carries out drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries. “Before any strike is taken, there must be a near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured — the highest standard we can set,” he said.