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Opinion: Confusing rights with selfishness

Trent Gautney, Opinions Writer May 26, 2020

After a month of being under a stay-at-home order, businesses in Florida have been allowed to reopen in four phases since May 4th. The first phase (which we are still in as of May 21st) includes reopening...


Opinions: America’s pointless war

Trent Gautney, Opinions Writer April 22, 2020

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” Nearly 50 years later, we are still in America’s most pointless war. From the very beginning, it was clear that this war had nothing...

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Opinion: Stay at home, don’t scream at your friend

Trent Gautney, Opinion writer April 9, 2020

On Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis, under immense public pressure, finally issued a safer at home order for the state of Florida. This decision comes as Florida passes 10,000 positive cases for COVID-19. While...

Partisan Hackery

Partisan Hackery

Trent Gautney, Opinions Reporter March 31, 2020

Last Wednesday, the Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus. The House passed the bill and sent in to President Trump the following Friday who signed it into law.  For...

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Opinions: A hole in the big tent

Trent Gautney, Opinions Reporter January 29, 2020

On Tuesday night, the Democratic primary candidates held their seventh and last debate before the Iowa caucuses in Des Moines. Though the dialogue between candidates remained fairly cordial, a tension...


Opinions: Long lines and headaches

Trent Gautney, Opinions Reporter January 16, 2020

To many students, the most stressful part of college has nothing to do with the educational aspect of it. It is the seemingly endless battle to secure financial aid. Making this struggle even more difficult...

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Opinion: Cold noodles and tofu

Trent Gautney, Opinion Reporter December 12, 2019

In 2018, an article was published on Spinnaker about UNF’s lack of vegan options. At this time, UNF had a rating of C according to PETA’s student rating system. One year later, UNF has an A+ according...

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Opinions: A place of hate

Trent Gautney, Opinions Reporter November 22, 2019

Of all the places to eat on campus, none tend to spark as much controversy- and long lines- as Chick-fil-A. Located near the center of campus, the restaurant is a popular destination for many students...

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Shortest End of the Stick

Trent Gautney, Opinions Reporter October 28, 2019

Everyone knows all too well what it’s like to overhear or see someone acting in an improper way towards an employee at a restaurant.  The scene may go something like this: You (and maybe a partner...

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Opinions: Stripping away the politics

Trent Gautney, Opinions writer October 14, 2019

A little over a year has passed since the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court.  On October 6, 2018, Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed to the highest...

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Opinions: Vehicular War

Trent Gautney, Opinions Reporter October 3, 2019

If you have driven on the UNF campus anytime in the past couple of months you have probably noticed a glaring problem: there is absolutely no parking to be found. Attempting to park in the garages anytime...

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Opinions: The roads are never big enough

Trent Gautney July 10, 2019

For years, Jacksonville has touted being one of the fastest growing cities in the south, but has done little to deal with the city’s glaring lack of an adequate public transportation system.  Right...

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