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Trump’s Puerto Rico response unimpressive

October 7, 2017 1:59pm | Colby Menefee

Late last month, deep into efforts to set her city right again after the devastation following Hurricane Maria, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico released a video begging for help following Trump’s inadequate response to devastation from the storm. “People are dying in this […]

Players “taking a stand” during national anthem promote free speech

October 6, 2017 1:40pm | Lilah Adams

“Taking a stand” has a different meaning for various sports teams across the nation. At first, it was only Colin Kaepernick who kneeled during the national anthem before a game to protest the racial inequality in the nation. However, now it has become a national […]

Trump: stop provoking the rocket man

September 26, 2017 11:01am | Colby Menefee

Trump tweeted this weekend that North Korea’s leadership “wouldn’t be around much longer.” North Korea’s Foreign Minister responded Monday by announcing that the country interpreted this statement as a declaration of war. To that end, the diplomat said, the country will be protecting itself by […]

Know where your money goes

September 11, 2017 7:06am | Colby Menefee

As is typical when disaster strikes, Americans across the country opened their hearts and their wallets when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas last month. Wallets opened and donations streamed towards Houston and the others areas affected. Citizens across the state and across the country traveled to […]

Price gouging needs to stop

August 30, 2017 8:10pm | Colby Menefee

As Houston residents struggled with shortages in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, tales of hope and generosity flooded news feeds and social media, with volunteers from all over the country rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to help. Unfortunately, another kind of news story […]

Electronic cigarettes need prevention attention

March 23, 2017 11:19am | Ashley Thunderhawk

For years, various organizations and campaigns have worked to encourage smokers to quit and non-smokers to avoid taking up the habit. To some extent, the campaigns have worked – smoking has declined. However, vaping and electronic cigarettes have stepped in to take the place of […]

Trump legitimizes dangerous movement

February 23, 2017 4:15pm | Colby Menefee

Last month, anti-vaccine activist Robert Kennedy Jr. announced that president Trump has plans to appoint him head of a special vaccine safety board. Kennedy is known for his promotion of dangerous vaccine conspiracies. Kennedy and his followers allege that vaccines cause autism. There is no […]

Boy Scouts welcomes transgender boys

February 4, 2017 7:13pm | Josalyn Taylor

After several decades of legal challenges and funding boycotts for the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on openly gay Scout leaders in 2015. Now, organization leaders have decided to allow transgender male scouts to participate in all programs. Instead of accepting only boys […]

High school causes sleep deprivation in teens

January 27, 2017 1:49pm | Megan Wedhorn

For teenagers in school, getting the proper amount of sleep can be a challenge. Over the last decade, sleep deprivation has become an increasingly common problem among teens. Between doing piles of homework each night, practicing for extra curricular activities, and waking up at the […]

Chelsea Manning sentence should not have been reduced

January 20, 2017 1:07pm | Josalyn Taylor

One of Barack Obama’s top priorities has been getting people out of prison who are serving serious time for minor crimes. Earlier this week, Obama cut down hundreds of sentences, such as many who were serving time for minor drug charges. A major sentence Obama […]