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Noble: Taking the Task Force to task

March 3, 2011 • 1
In an e-mail sent out Wednesday morning, Yale College Dean Mary Miller released the Report of the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Education and Prevention. The report, which was compiled in response to the DKE fraternity incident last October, offers a host of recommendations for the prevention of sexual misconduct at Yale. While these recommendations »
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Noble: My campus, right or left

January 26, 2011 • 5
In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama reached out to both sides of the aisle, appealing to Republicans and Democrats to forge principled compromises. Whether or not his centrist tone is genuine, the Yale community would be well served to seek out more balance in the political discourse on campus. Last »
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Noble: Draft Daniels in 2012

January 13, 2011 • 4
Before the presidential election of 1980, William F. Buckley Jr. ’50 wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan, offering his suggestions for if the Californian were to win in November. Buckley advised Reagan: “What you need, obviously, isn’t men who are seeking government jobs, but men who might be persuaded to take them.” Good advice from »
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Noble: Stop political bitterness and start compromising

November 15, 2010 • 1
Jack Newsham’s ’14 recent column (“Republicans will keep killing bipartisanship,” Nov. 9) promotes a classic and polarizing Democrat claim: He neglects the fact that bipartisanship is a two-way street. While Newsham offers examples of President Obama’s efforts to reach across the aisle, many of these gestures — such as sending National Guard troops to secure »
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Noble: Ask first, then tell

September 22, 2010 • 2
On Tuesday, the National Defense Authorization Act stalled in the Senate. Democrats are crying foul and have vowed to bring it back in November. Republicans, voting as a bloc, filibustered the bill largely based on the provision that would have repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. But ultimately, the problem is not whether “don’t »
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Noble: Lessons on Patriots’ Day

April 19, 2010 • 0
It was only in college that I realized that not everyone wakes up in the wee hours of the morning on the third Monday in April to see a reenactment of the Revolutionary War. As a kid, I watched as people exclaimed, “The British are coming!” while men dressed in red coats (including my pediatric »
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Noble: The words we choose

March 24, 2010 • 9
Last summer, I completed an intensive speech therapy program and learned to speak for a second time. My stutter was first recognized in kindergarten, and even after several years of speech therapy, I continued to stutter. Upon learning I was attending a program, many questioned the severity of my stutter. What these people didn’t know »
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Noble: For a bolder, braver country

February 26, 2010 • 4
In his lectures at Yale last week, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer highlighted a remarkable quality of the Court in this country: the people’s willingness to respect its legitimacy. Even when the result of a presidential election is contested, as it was in Bush v. Gore, we do not take to the streets and violently »
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Noble: Brown a boon for Massachusetts

January 19, 2010 • 6
The nation has spent the past year paying for the sins of the Republican Party. Conservatism was corrupted by big government coupled with fiscal recklessness. Under the Bush administration, federal government spending increased significantly, and today, the national debt has climbed to over $12 trillion. As a conservative, I have little compassion for the so-called »