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“Make America White Again”

Erik Thulien, Columnist

October 12, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

I’ve been resistant to writing about Trump. Nothing about the man inspires me and none of what comes out of his mouth feels worth wasting my keystrokes to address. However, in light of Trump’s recent ludicrous support of...

Don’t vote for Gary Johnson

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

October 5, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

I know what you’re thinking, you crazy, bitter millennial, you. You’re thinking that Trump is dumb and Clinton is corrupt, and that the only choice is to vote to shake things up by voting for someone fresh and new to bring...

Its okay to see color: The misguided idea of racial colorblindness

Erik Thulien, Columnist

October 5, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

White privilege is a topic that angers many and confuses others. A large reason for the contentious attitude many have toward social justice is how many of us white people were taught not to see race as children. We were taught...

We need to talk about Trump

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

September 28, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

Please, friends, no matter your party allegiance or preconceived notions of ideological bias, I urge you to consider the following things about the man who may very well come to control the most powerful government office in the...

You don’t actually believe all lives matter

Erik Thulien, Columnist

September 28, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

A couple weeks ago I wrote about Colin Kaepernick, and why he was justified to sit during the National Anthem. Writing that piece made me realize something. To all of you who post #AllLivesMatter, or #BlueLivesMatter, or whatever...

What are you thinking? Part II

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

September 21, 2016

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“A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.”-Frank Herbert. Nothing happens without warning. An event, no matter how shocking or unexpected,...

Perpetuating terror: You can’t fight an ideology with guns

Erik Thulien, Columnist

September 21, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

For the past 15 years, the beginning of fall has been a little different than it used to be. The leaves still change colors and gradually fall off the trees, the weather still starts to get colder, and soon we will all be ready...

What are you thinking?

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

September 14, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

Thinking is hard. I don’t say that like a college student who’s been up for three days writing a term paper (though I have), but as a person making an observation. When you think about it, it seems fairly straightforward:...

There’s nothing unassailable about the national anthem

Erik Thuliem, Columnist

September 7, 2016

Filed under Journal Archives, Opinion Columns

Colin Kaepernick sat through a song written by a racist man, which contains arguably racist lines, in a country whose economic foundation was built largely by black slaves, to protest the racial injustices currently faced by the...

Louisiana is drowning: The “unprecedented” floods are going to stop

Cole Moriarty, Columnist

September 7, 2016

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Louisiana made a deal with the devil and the devil has come to collect. In the 1950s, when large oil deposits were found in Louisiana’s swamps and later offshore in the gulf of Mexico, the state welcomed the oil industry...

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