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The author of the letter to the editor in the Jan., 16 issue of the Kentucky Kernel recycles many outdated arguments against the right of LGBT couples to marry. All of them have been refuted in other forums, and I intend to refute them here as well.

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On Jan. 16, I picked up a copy of the Kernel on my way to class. I normally find interesting columns and maybe see a funny comic strip, but today I was really in shock when I read a letter to the editor. “A Defense of Traditional Marriage in the U.S.” actually made me send […]

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National championships, top recruits, new coaches, millions in renovations: these are the words I hear associated with the University of Kentucky. As a student I have to ask, Is this what makes a university? In the uncertain economic times in which we live is this where our focus should be? As a non-traditional student, (I […]

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I realize that back pages of a newspaper generally function as a public forum for different points of view. Some issues are very complicated such that a 300-400 word response does not fully do the subject justice. Other topics are too value-laden, too dense for easy summation. Last week’s letter by Michael Butler in defense […]

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In the Jan. 9 issue of the Kentucky Kernel, a letter to the editor titled “Support the respect for marriage act in Kentucky” was published. This letter contained several pieces of misinformation, which I hope to correct in the following letter. The aforementioned letter’s main topic boils down to the following: Kentuckians should repeal the […]

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It’s time to start enhancing the future and lives of the people of Kentucky, and that means for everyone. Equal rights are a social justice issue, not a religious one. The Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal.” It’s time we start seeing these equal rights in the area we live. There are […]

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Knowing HIV status is important for prevention

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I work at AVOL (AIDS Volunteers, Inc.) in the Center for HIV Prevention and Community Outreach, and I wanted to thank the University of Kentucky and University Health Service for allowing us to partner with them for World AIDS Day and supporting Dining Out for Life, our annual fundraiser. We had a sexual health trivia booth at the Safer Sex Fair last Tuesday and also helped to provide free HIV screenings on campus. Because of those efforts, over twenty UK students learned their HIV status that day, and that is awesome.

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Section 5 of the Civil Rights Act (1965) is a provision aimed at protecting particular racial groups in states with a certain history of voter discrimination. It is argued that this provision is just a relic of the civil rights era, discriminatory to states that have as much right to change their laws as any other, in a time when racial discrimination is no longer the issue it once was (we do have a black president after all).

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With the recent construction under way at the University of Kentucky, an issue with parking has occurred that needs to be brought to the attention of UK officials.

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What is a “Kentucky Promise?” Is it a commitment to improving the University of Kentucky for its students, or simply a pretense under which to continue changing policy in order to achieve greater profits while diminishing student services? The events of this year have shown the clear disarray and power struggles within the hierarchy of […]

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