The Pony Express

Ukrainian government too heavily influenced by Russia

Ukrainian government too heavily influenced by Russia

Ryan Longnecker

January 29, 2014


Filed under Political Opinion

In a country where the average person only makes about $7 thousand a year, a declining economy, and a possibly corrupt president, Ukraine had a glimmer of hope and progress. That hope and progress was shut down by their president. This possible hope and progress was a deal to join the European Union and...

Online sales taxes are unfair

Online sales taxes are unfair

Alex Eder

January 29, 2014


Filed under Political Opinion

Sales taxes that are made on a state by state basis run into many issues with courts, and some have been struck down, such as the case in Illinois. These laws are fought in many states because they let states attempt to control companies that are based in other states. The taxes in New York for example can be levied on a company such as Amazon, even though ...

Cleantech should continue to receive funds

Cleantech should continue to receive funds

January 29, 2014


Filed under Political Opinion

On January 5th, 2014, 60 Minutes presented a news segment criticizing Cleantech, primarily expressing the issue of the amount of taxpayer money going into the project and the seemingly little gain or profit. Questions later arose asking whether Cleantech is worth further investment by the United Stat...

Support looking grim for capital punishment

Support looking grim for capital punishment

Tim Press

January 28, 2014


Filed under Political Opinion

When serious crimes are committed, the emotions of those involved tend to run wild and can sometimes even come off just as aggressive as the transgression at hand. The judgement of the relatives of a murder victim for example can become clouded and result in sometimes haste calls for revenge or “justice”...

People receiving TANF and SNAP welfare must pass drug tests

People receiving TANF and SNAP welfare must pass drug tests

Cora Sutherland

January 28, 2014


Filed under Political Opinion

The reality is that welfare is an umbrella term covering multiple forms of social assistance subsidies, including Social Security and Medicare. A handful of states require drug testing/screening for social assistance applicants. However, all recipients of federal assistance through TANF and SNAP should be requi...

Hospital prices hit the roof

Jasmine Hearne

January 27, 2014


Filed under Political Opinion

According to the 2012 census, 46.5 million Americans live below the poverty line. When a single stitch now costs over $500, we risk an increase in untreated serious conditions, illegal purchases of medicines and back alley procedures. Obamacare is not enough, the government needs to lower hospital pric...

First female head of Federal Reserves breaks tradition

First female head of Federal Reserves breaks tradition

Sofie Wicklund

January 26, 2014


Filed under Editorial

On Jan. 6, Janet Yellen was voted the new head of the United States Federal Reserve. Yellen will be the first woman to hold the job in the Reserve’s 100-year history. It is surprising that women are still the minority in high power occupations. Even though the fight for equal rights for women occurred ...

Adding a ‘Dislike’ button would tarnish Facebook’s positive image

Adding a ‘Dislike’ button would tarnish Facebook’s positive image

Kelly Roehrig

January 26, 2014


Filed under Editorial

Status update, friend request, new message, ad post, annoying status update from that friend from elementary school whose life has taken many turns in the wrong direction about how stoked he is to “turn up this weekend bro,” if only there was a way to stop that one blemish on the otherwise seamles...

Schools do not have the right to censor books

Ahnika Kroll

January 26, 2014


Filed under Editorial, People

Throughout our history as a species, we have tried to suppress knowledge from each other, as an attempt to stay on top of the knowledge hierarchy.  This vicious process is known as censorship.  Censorship is the suppression of knowledge from the public that could be considered harmful in some way, as...

Government should build more prisons to alleviate overcrowding

Government should build more prisons to alleviate overcrowding

Quentin Ikuta

January 25, 2014


Filed under Editorial

Prisons across the nation are being forced to redirect prisoners into overflow rooms as overcrowding in many prisons, federal and state, is becoming a growing problem in the United States. As a result, inmate violence is rising, conditions are lacking and prisoners are being forced to live in even tig...

16 year-old Malala Yousafzai to be the next Nelson Mandela

16 year-old Malala Yousafzai to be the next Nelson Mandela

Nick Wanovich

January 23, 2014


Filed under Editorial

On Dec. 5, 2013, South African president Nelson Mandela died after a drawn-out battle with a respiratory infection. He is often called “the Father” of the South African nation, the visionary leader who, after being imprisoned for 27 years, led the people of South Africa to abolish apartheid and g...

“Deferred action” policy helps solve Obama’s immigration record

“Deferred action” policy helps solve Obama’s immigration record

Danny Ekstrand

January 23, 2014


Filed under Editorial

After five years and nearly two million deportations, many people have begun to question President Obama’s illegal immigration record. After revealing his wish for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers, a record number have been deported under his administration. This is the right thing ...