The Pony Express

Illegal immigrants should be able to obtain driver’s license

Quentin Ikuta

November 7, 2013

Honking, speeding, stop and go traffic, pedestrians and never ending dangers make driving in California dangerous. Now there is a whole new group of dangerous, foreign, uninsured drivers on the road. Illegal immigrants should be able to obtain a license in the United States to correct this problem. On...

New proposed Stillwater hotel requires taxpayer’s money

Chase Lau

November 5, 2013

Stillwater Minnesota is in the midst of a great deal of change. With the construction of the new interstate and Wisconsin bridge, our town will be a very different place in just a few, short years.   However, buried under the news of the massive interstate construction is a smaller story. A group of developers from Stillwater...

Food stamps have outgrown budget to support it

Food stamps have outgrown budget to support it

Adam Johnson

November 5, 2013

Drive into any major city. Look out the window. What one sees there is the reason that a government food stamps program exists. However, this program has become bloated far past its means and must be cut. The first US food stamp program, enacted in 1939, was very effective. The first head of the program...

Iranian president creating a positive future for his country

Ryan Longnecker

November 3, 2013

On Aug. 3 of this year, after winning the popular election in Iran, Hassan Rouhani assumed the role of the president. After 8 years under the poor leadership of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran has finally equipped itself with a leader competent enough to guide the country to success. Rouh...

Philippines in need of US support against China

Alex Eder

November 1, 2013

In recent years, China has claimed more and more of the South China Sea for itself, at the expense of Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines. The United States should assist the Philippines in this conflict to lessen China's hold on the region and expand America's economic power there. The...

Dayton wages war on wages

Dayton wages war on wages

Nick Wicker

October 30, 2013

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has, in recent months, made it his goal to push for legislation increasing the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by 2015. There are currently two bills in consideration that regard the issue, both from the House and the Senate. The Senate bill suggests the minim...

Navy Yard shooting raises tensions between pro-Second Amendment and anti-gun advocates

Ross Stickler

October 22, 2013

The Navy Yard shooting was a horrific incident that has many people wanting stricter gun laws.  Liberals want to go as extreme as banning firearms all together, while pro Second Amendment advocate following Americans want to keep laws surrounding firearms the same. Experts are saying that mass shootin...

Obamacare high cost to all citizens

Alex Magler

October 21, 2013

The Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama would help the citizens in need of healthcare, but Americans should not have to use their own money to pay for other citizens' insurance plans. Obamacare is a health insurance reform to provide affordable healthcare to people who do not have it, or cannot ...

Ted Cruz’s speech goes beyond necessary means

Anna Kaul

October 16, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas stood before the Senate and spoke for 21 hours on the need to defund Obamacare on Sept. 24. With a potential government shutdown looming, his speech was unsympathetic to the true needs of the citizens he was chosen to represent, proving the damaging effects of partisan politics....

Taxing sugary drinks could combat obesity

Taxing sugary drinks could combat obesity

July 20, 2013

Obesity has become more prevalent in America over the past few decades than ever before. Although the culprits are plentiful, ranging from lack of exercise to the multitudes of fast food consumed each year, legislation has recently targeted sugary drinks. A tax on sugary drinks has been proposed recently...

Government must cut military spending

Government must cut military spending

July 20, 2013

With the United States in almost $17 trillion of debt, many people are looking at what is to blame. The most obvious choice is the U.S military, whose budget includes $526.6 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, but does not include war costs or nuclear weapon activities. With this huge...

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