Category: United States

Civic Awards

On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on one of our country’s most renowned and respected national heroes. The woman who inspired millions of Americans with expressions such as “you can have it all” and “think like a queen” stood up from her chair and the president himself put… Read more »

The New Left Breaks Ground in New York

As the first state in the nation to reach a deal that will make the tuition of its public colleges free, New York has been hailed as a pioneer of affordable higher education. The only restrictions to the grant program are that students must be residents of New York with a household income of less… Read more »

The Questionable Nature of Carbon Neutrality

The city of Burlington, Vermont, sits along beautiful Lake Champlain in a valley between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. It is home to Bernie lovers, University of Vermont students, and dozens of farm-to-table restaurants. Sitting on a bench in downtown Burlington, you can notice the distinctive character of Burlington: hybrids are the preferred car;… Read more »

Can’t Afford Bail: Fixing Pretrial Release

Note: This is the fourth piece in a series examining criminal justice in America. Read the earlier parts here, here, and here. Most people sitting in local jails have not been convicted of a crime, and some of them never will be. Nationally, nearly 500,000 people are imprisoned while they await trial, according to a… Read more »

Learning English in the Heartland

Rural schools rarely have the resources necessary to provide adequate support for English Language Learners (ELLs). International immigration into rural areas has significantly increased in recent years, but barriers to providing sufficient support for the children of immigrants in rural public schools still remain. What effect does inadequate ELL education have on the experience of… Read more »

Treatment in a Failing Healthcare System

This article is part three in a series. Find the first part here and the second here. As I have already discussed in this series, opioids can have a detrimental effect on towns and communities. By now, we know the effects of opioids, but our country’s current healthcare system makes treatment options inaccessible and inefficient. The most realistic approach… Read more »

Explaining the “Failing” Fourth Estate

Post-truth, fake news, the failing New York Times, very fake news, and “democracy dies in darkness.” Politics has never been more obsessed with the medium through which it is reported. Since President Trump took the oath of office on the west front of the Capitol, periphery of his right eye trained on the sparse Washington Mall… Read more »

Sex Education in America is Screwed

The internet is the key to providing comprehensive sex education in America. Instead of using this resource, the United States leaves sex education to its public schools. Here is a glimpse of what this curriculum looks like in the public school systems of the nation’s two most populous states, California and Texas. California requires discussion… Read more »

Indiana “Rand Paul” Jones and the Temple of Healthcare Reform

On December 23, 2015, the United States Senate cast a final vote, 52–47, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The repeal bill, proposed by Congressman Tom Price, was similar to bills proposed by Republicans on a regular basis since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2009. It intended to roll back the major measures… Read more »

The New Bear Flag Rebellion

On the evening of November 8, millions of Californians watched their country elect Donald Trump to the presidency. Their disbelief and frustration quickly manifested into one cry that echoed across social and news media with fervor: secession. Disheartened Californian college students and San Francisco liberals shared “Yes California!” on Facebook with excitement, and Silicon Valley… Read more »