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Reif: Protest provided hope that was nowhere to be found in the debate

Protest at Wade Lagoon unites those who fight for justice.

Jordan Reif, Opinion Editor

October 2, 2020

There was something incredibly poetic about the setting of Tuesday’s Presidential Debate Protest for Black Lives and Climate Justice. Looking upon the crowd from Wade Lagoon, in front of all the organizers, was the Cleveland Museum of Art and its two massive banners, separated by the front entrance...

Reif: Healthcare: We do not get what we pay for

Costs of treatment at highly-rated hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic have continued to go up through the years. How can we make these healthcare options more accessible for all?

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

The U.S. has some of the best health care specialists in the world and has undoubtedly made remarkable advances in treating chronic diseases. The 21st century has ushered in the use of stem cells to replace or repair damaged organs, developed highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat AIDS a...

Reif: What have we become?

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

What has our country become? Born on the backs of slaves, raised on the sustinence of genocide as the Native population was swept away, blind to Jewish refugees seeking asylum during World War II, deaf to Jim Crow lasting decades beyond its judicial overthrow, insensitive to closing the borders on a...

Reif: Injustice in Palestine is injustice for all

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

On Feb. 10, Ilhan Omar, a Democratic freshman representative from Minnesota and notably the first Somali-American in Congress, responded to a tweet asking her who she thought was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. Her response was “AIPAC,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Th...

Reif: Our return to 1939

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019

“First, they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Communist Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist…” By 1939, Adolf Hitler had successfully come to power in Germany, circulating radical Aryan propag...

Reif: Safe injection sites, syringe exchange programs should be more prominent

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019

Life expectancy has historically been used as an indicator of a population’s health and development. While the United States has consistently rested in the top quarter of all countries in this regard, our life expectancy has decreased in two of the last three years. The decline from 78.7 years in ...

Reif: Rapid transit: one ride toward saving our world

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018

The Trump administration’s very own 500-page environmental impact study determined that climate change, while still a “Chinese hoax,” will lead to a 4 C (7 F) global temperature increase within this century. Climate scientist James Hansen warns that warming to this degree will result in a permane...

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