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Mikaela Olsson, editor

Moral values without religion:
The alternative to the domatic relifous right and the emotional egalitarian left is a moral code based on reason and individualism

Does morality depend upon religion? Most people believe it does, which is a major reason for the appeal of the religious right. People believe that without faith in a supernatural authority, we can have no moral values—no moral absolutes, no black-and-white distinctions, no firm demarcation between good and evil—in life or in politics. This is the assumption underlying Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent assertion that “government derives its authority from God,” since only religious faith can supposedly provide moral constraints on human action. [More]

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Letter to the Editor:

As a student in my senior year of nursing school, I have been thinking about my future career and goals as a nurse. In many of the classes that I attend at HPU, the instructors stress continuing education.The incredible access that we as students have to information through the library databases (CIAHL, EBSCO), helps us tremendously with our studies.

However, a year after we graduate, we no longer have access to ths wonderful sources of information. It would be a great service to the alumni of Hawai‘i Pacific University to have access.

I realize that the provider may put limitations on the broad availability of this information. But as alumni, we will be forever affiliated with Hawai‘i Pacific University. Being able to stay on top of the latest medical advances and theories would allow HPU graduates to continue to set the standard of nursing care throughout Hawai‘i.

Sincerely, Jon Bretschneider

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We need a Supreme Court Justice who will uphold individual rights

As the battle begins to heat up over Samuel Alito, President Bush’s new pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, the one widely agreed upon measure of qualification is that he not be a “judicial activist.” While conservatives have long railed against “activist” judges” making” law by legislating from the bench, many on the left in recent years have similarly criticized the Rehnquist court as “activist” (on behalf of executive powers, for instance). And the Roberts’ court has already been charged with being activist for corporate interests. [More]

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Scholarships and awards for continuing HPU students

Application Deadline: Dec. 16, 2005. Forms available: Office of Scholarships and Honors Programs, 1164 Bishop Street, 210A, 566-2430, scholarships@hpu.edu [More]

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