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Taxation without representation

Taxation without representation

Sam Begin, Layout Editor
February 24, 2015
Filed under Political Opinion

It is tradition to have voters approve any local tax increase. After all, did colonial Americans not decry the British's taxes with the slogan, "No Taxation without Representation?" As citizens of a free country, Americans have a right to decide where and to what to put their money into, if anything at ...

Police officers should be armed but not militarized

Police officers should be armed but not militarized

Sam Buckrey, Online Editor
February 24, 2015
Filed under Political Opinion

Police officers are employed to protect the people of the United States. In order to protect the people the police need weapons, mainly firearms, to carry out their job and keep people safe. However, with the many events of last year involving absurd police actions, there has been an increase in...

Money should go to K-12, not colleges

Money should go to K-12, not colleges

Sabrina Storms, Video Managing Editor
February 13, 2015
Filed under Political Opinion

During Obama’s latest State of the Union Address he brought up his own “GI Bill” that includes free community college for two year associate degrees. He claimed that it would help middle class families, saying that it’s “middle class economics.” Making community college free is a generally...

Teachers need tenure for better education

Braden Cousineau, Social Media Reporter
February 13, 2015
Filed under Political Opinion

Teachers are one of the most important parts of a school system. People would think for that reason, teachers should be guaranteed a certain amount of time in their position. The support of having a teacher on a tenure seems to be dwindling among people in many places around the country, some calling the seniority ...

Keystone XL would cause problems

Keystone XL would cause problems

Joe Price, Online Managing Editor
January 16, 2015
Filed under Political Opinion

Many people have heard of the Keystone pipeline, but many people are oblivious to what the pipeline does. They do not know what the effects of the pipeline, what it does for the United States, why it is bad and why it is good. Maybe they do not even know what the Keystone pipeline is. In broad t...

Ray Rice should not play professional football

Oliver Parker, Online Editor
January 16, 2015
Filed under Political Opinion

The reinstatement of former Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, into the NFL left a thunderstorm over their fan base due to the ongoing rate of domestic violence in the National Football League. The NFL did the right thing in adjusting their domestic violence policies following the ban of Ray...

Honoring 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

Honoring 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

Kayley Winkelman, Photography Editor
December 27, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

The Wilderness Act was created in 1964 by the National Wilderness Preservation Society, granting protection to over 9.1 million acres of wilderness coast to coast immediately. This act has had a tremendously positive impact on all U.S. citizens. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the law. The...

Police should use body cameras for safety and complaints

Police should use body cameras for safety and complaints

Cory Spawn, Broadcast Managing Editor
December 27, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

After the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown, police departments are looking into purchasing body cameras to capture video of what happens away from the dash cam in the car.  There is no reason other than money that should stop departments from buying these beneficial cameras to keep officers safe and...

GOP staffer resigns after insolent comments to Obama’s daughters

GOP staffer resigns after insolent comments to Obama’s daughters

Emily Lodahl, Team Lead Editor
December 26, 2014
Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

A Republican spokeswoman's comments about President Obama's daughters is causing a commotion online. Elizabeth Lauten,  a Republican aide, made an offensive Facebook post about President Obama’s daughters on Nov. 27. Obama made the annual turkey pardon ceremony at the White House on Nov. 26 and his...

Ebola quarantines more like prisons

Ebola quarantines more like prisons

Sam Begin, Team Lead Editor
December 14, 2014
Filed under Political Opinion

Ebola has struck, and the world has been in chaos. Along with death, Ebola has created fear. This fear has taken hold in people who may not have even been affected by it. It has taken ahold of our nation. This fear is expressed in our policies towards people coming from West Africa or even of African de...

Without change, global warming plan fails to heat up

Without change, global warming plan fails to heat up

Alexander Pavlicin, Advertising Editor
December 10, 2014
Filed under Political Opinion

As an estimated 250 million cars rumble across the vast United States highway system, an invisible, dangerous threat to American safety looms in the air: carbon emissions. More of a threat to humanity than Ebola or any other disease, carbon emissions threaten all life on Earth. There is a government p...

Security guards should be armed

Security guards should be armed

Tyler Hagberg, Editor-in-Chief
December 1, 2014
Filed under Political Opinion

Recently more school shootings are occurring and the government is not doing anything to stop it.  Protecting banks and most government buildings with armed guards is a priority to ensure that nothing happens. Sure some banks get robbed but it greatly decreases how often that happens. Twenty years ...

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