Articles by Claire Buck


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Hope alum advocates for peace and human rights

When congratulating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his reelection last week, President Trump also suggested that Netanyahu’s win improved the chances of establishing peace in a region long troubled by conflict. According to experts quoted and published in the New York Times, Al Jazeera News, and the Council on Foreign Relations, the actual chances…

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Hope College Pull could save American politics

As polarization and divisive partisan rhetoric erode trust in American democracy, one political science expert has proposed a new way of choosing governing officials, inspired by Hope College’s longstanding tradition known as the Pull. Democratic elections would be replaced by a massive, threehour tug-of-war competition between Democrats and Republicans. The party that holds the most…

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Ottawa County mental health gets new funding

After years of underfunding, Ottawa County Community Mental Health (CMH) will get an additional $2.5 million from the state over the next four years. Lynne Doyle, director of the county’s CMH, explained in an interview with the Holland Sentinel that this won’t be enough to guarantee financial security for the crucial public health organization. The…

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Understanding our immigration situation

When Hope College professor Holly DeVivo’s mother left for the Mexican Consulate one morning, she hoped that she might finally be able to get help achieving permanent resident status in the United States. Instead, she missed her exit and ended up at the Canadian border, where she was arrested and placed in deportation proceedings. Since…