The Rapidian

Opinion

Grand Rapids Symphony bids farewell to Rich DeVos to open 2018-19 season

Submitted 09-18-2018 under OPINION

Music Director Marcelo Lehninger welcomed violinist Karen Gomyo for the opening concerts of the Grand Rapids Symphony's 2018-19 season on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do with frozen embryos after divorce?

Submitted 09-17-2018 under OPINION

A new Arizona law would give frozen embryos to either spouse who wants to use them, even after a divorce. Is it ethical to force someone to become a parent against his or her will?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Genetic editing

Submitted 09-10-2018 under OPINION

A recent BBC article suggested that modifying human DNA by editing human embryos ought to be permitted by UK law. What does the Ethics and Religion Talk Panel think?

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Bridge Street Market, the new market for everyone

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

It's with great excitement to announce that the Bridge Street Market held its grand opening on Wednesday, August 29 in the Westside. The wait has been long for residents who witnessed the land remain abandoned after the Moctezuma store closed its doors.

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​Bridge Street Market, nuevo mercado para todos en la calle Bridge

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

Es con mucha emoción anunciar que el Bridge Street Market celebró su gran apertura el pasado miércoles 29 de agosto en el Oeste de Grand Rapids. Fue larga la espera para residentes quienes fueron testigos del terreno que se mantuvo abandonado después de que la tienda Moctezuma cerrara sus puertas.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do about those who don't give enough?

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

... in order to survive and serve their mission [religious institutions] need to balance their income and expenses. ... [M]embers must help support the congregation .... What of members who say they can’t afford more than a nominal level of dues, yet they large houses or drive nice cars?

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COAST program brings together community members, students to increase understanding, advocacy for disability rights

Submitted 08-28-2018 under OPINION

I participated in the most recent of these workshops, referred to as COAST (Community Organizing and Advocacy Strategies Training), in July 2018. This program brought people of different backgrounds together to learn the ways to find and solve disability-related community issues.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is the serpent in the Garden of Eden real?

Submitted 08-27-2018 under OPINION

Elisa asks, Did the supposed serpent in the supposed Garden of Eden have fangs? If so, why? If not, why not?

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Neighborhood schools are being gentrified, but they don't have to be

Submitted 08-20-2018 under OPINION

Individuals moving into rapidly-gentrifying neighborhoods should take a step back to determine how to leverage their social capital for the benefit of the entire community and not just their children and the families in their networks.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy criticize policies of the government?

Submitted 08-20-2018 under OPINION

The previous and the current presidential administrations have drawn sharp criticism from the pulpit for positions the president has taken. When is it appropriate for clergy to take a stand on government policies?

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