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Pro/Con: Are new, stricter voter ID laws more protective or restrictive?

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PRO Written by Meaghan Bitters Asst. Advertising Manager Georgia is one of nine states with strict voter laws that require photo ID. Georgia’s voter ID law enforces strict photo ID at the polling place. If the voter doesn’t have the required ID, he or she has to vote on a provisional ballot, and the voter has three days to return ...

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Editorial: What we want in a new president

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On June 30, the president’s chair at Valdosta State will be vacant. Again. On Wednesday, Interim President Cecil Staton was appointed as the new chancellor of East Carolina University. Until June 30, Dr. Staton will still serve as the Interim President of VSU. We at The Spectator want to congratulate Dr. Staton on his great news and wish him nothing ...

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Why is mental health not treated like physical health?

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Written by Olivia Studdard, Staff Writer Two girls walk into a hospital, both with legitimate medical concerns. One tells the nurse that she fell down and broke her arm, the other says that she suffers from depression and is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Yet the hospital only treats one of the girls. Society makes it no mystery ...

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Tennessee law makers veto Bible as state symbol

Bibles rest on a beach wall during Pepperdine's Wednesday morning Surf Chapel on Zuma Beach March 11, 2015 in Malibu, Calif. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Written by Meaghan Bitters, Advertising Editor Tennessee’s governor vetoes bill to designate the Bible as Tennessee’s state book. Last week, Gov. Bill Haslam received a bill to designate the Bible as Tennessee’s state book. According to NPR.com, “the bill’s backers say they want to recognize the Bible’s role as a record of family history. They also cite the importance of ...

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Editorial: Don’t suffer in silence at VSU

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The theme of mental illness was one that we at The Spectator thought was important to address because college is a time where students can develop mental illnesses and not know how to handle them. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experienced some type of mental illness within the ...

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Same-sex couples still facing discrimination

Long Beach, Calif., mayor Robert Garcia, right, the city's first openly gay mayor, prepares to raise a Rainbow Pride Flag over the Civic Plaza in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage on Friday, June 26, 2015. (Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Written by Geneva Crooks, Staff Writer With the legalization of same sex marriage, 2015 was an eventful year, especially for those in the LGBT community. The world went into a frenzy when it was announced that no matter your sexual preference, you could get married in the United States. Many people welcomed this change with open arms, while others fumed ...

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Big money ruins democratic process

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Written by Miles Brown, Staff Writer For decades, the country’s wealthiest individuals have been donating money to candidates that will protect their assets and promote their agendas. This mutually beneficial relationship unfortunately affects the country negatively and comes at a cost to the American people. The country is not on the same page as Washington, D.C. when it comes to ...

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Editorial: Next time, rock the vote Blazers

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One of the greatest joys of living in America is getting to have a voice and be involved in the process of electing political officials. As student of VSU we have this same opportunity when it comes to electing our Student Government Association executive board and senators. Following Monday’s announcement of the new 2016-17 SGA executive board and senators, we ...

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Is it time to change the way America treats drug-using citizens?

After years of fighting a drug addiction, Danny Montgomery, 33, is receiving treatment services through Tarzana Treatment Centers. (Anna Gorman/KHN/TNS)

Written by Carlius Williams, Staff Writer Over the past decade, America has changed its tune on certain drugs, but people are still ending up in jail for these substances more than ever before. Is it time for America to change the way it treats drug-using citizens as well? A report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse stated that 65 ...

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