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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 […]

40-year sentence too high

January 14, 2017 10:41am | Stefani Trejo

An Alabama man who murdered his daughter’s sexual abuser has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Jay Maynor, 43, pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 59-year-old Raymond Earl Brooks in June 2014. After enduring years of sexual abuse from her adopted grandfather, Julia Maynor still carried around […]

Senate torture report should be declassified

December 15, 2016 3:03pm | Colby Menefee

In 2014, democratic senators delivered copies of a classified report regarding a secret network of CIA prisons created following the September 11 attacks to several federal agencies. The 6,700 page report details the tortures inflicted upon several prisoners as the CIA rushed to determine if […]

Women should not be shamed for excising their right to choose

December 2, 2016 12:51pm | Colby Menefee

New Texas state policy will take effect December 9 requiring hospitals, abortion clinics and other health care facilities to bury or cremate fetal remains. The intent of the policy is glaringly clear: to shame women who chose to have an abortion by forcing them to […]

White supremacy enters the White House

November 18, 2016 1:13pm | Colby Menefee

President elect Donald Trump appointed known white nationalist Steve Bannon as chief White House strategist and senior counselor last Sunday. Former KKK leader David Duke says the choice is “excellent” and that Bannon  is “basically creating the ideological aspects of where we [the KKK] are […]

Trump’s tax excuses don’t hold water

November 3, 2016 2:59pm | Colby Menefee

Recently released documents reveal that presidential candidate Donald Trump has avoided paying taxes via means of dubious legality; Trump’s campaign is attempting to paint the move as “smart.” This is highly insulting to the millions of Americans who pay their taxes fairly and honestly. His […]

Obamacare can be fixed; here’s how

October 27, 2016 6:58pm | Colby Menefee

The Affordable Care Act has given millions of underprivileged Americans access to basic health services. It has pushed the national percentage of people without health insurance to less than 10% for the first time. Despite this, the plan is flawed. There will be a 25% […]

Immigrants fight Louisiana Marriage Law

October 21, 2016 3:04pm | Colby Menefee

In 2015, Louisiana passed a bill championed by representative Valarie Hodges as part of a series of reforms aimed at making the state less welcoming to immigrants. This bill requires non citizens to provide a copy of their birth certificate and an unexpired visa to […]