Op-Ed

Letter From the Editor: Policy Means People

The word “policy” originates from the Greek word “polis”, meaning a city and its administration, but also literally the citizens who make it up. The word’s dual meaning was meant to exemplify the citizen’s vital role in contributing to a well functioning democratic society, by seeing to its administration. However, in the days of the…

Pope Francis

Since his election as pope in March 2013, much attention has been given to Pope Francis’ commentary on public policy issues. His first visit outside of Rome was to the island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Italy, where he condemned global indifference to the plight of refugees, thousands of whom have died trying to…

A Letter from the Editor in Chief

When I decided to attend Georgetown University for my graduate education, someone said to me, “Congratulations! You’ll be in one of the only places in the world where the local news is the world news.” As students at Georgetown University, we have a unique opportunity and privilege to witness policy in action almost every day….

OP-ED: Common Sense and Marijuana Laws

By Geoffrey Wickes Everyone likes driving fast, but nobody wants to crash their car. Similarly, some people might like the idea of legal marijuana, but nobody wants to deal with all the social problems that come with it. The laws designed to prevent these consequences vary wildly across the country, almost in a schizophrenic manner. While…

OP-ED: Inaugural Responses – On the President and Progress

By Kyle Pomerleau When President Obama took to the stage for Monday night’s inauguration, he started by reaffirming our founding principles “That all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, and among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The president further asserted that “today…