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Gigabytes Of Trouble

UNITED STATES—When I was a kid, we had something called a typewriter. There were shiny new marvels, like the Selectric my mother used at work, and there were old models like the manual Royal we had at home on its cast iron stand with wheels. They all worked more or less the same and if you got one, you...

An Ecological Disaster In The Hills

LAUREL CANYON—You’d think it was the Deepwater Horizon all over again when you talk to the neighbors.  Arguments between old buddies, calls for criminal indictments, the canvassing of neighbors, flyers left with those who didn’t answer their doors. What’s all the stink about? Well, the hills are witnessing a population boom among skunks, and people are not happy.  At all.  Spring...

Points Of Contact

UNITED STATES—Most people these days do not even understand what debate is. They seem to think it is some kind of verbal brawl where orators sling verbs and analogies at one another in an attempt to win some kind of prize. That is not debate. Classical debate begins with opponents returning to first principles. They march backwards together until...

Bankruptcy In Detroit, What Happened?

UNITED STATES—We know America is in dire straits when you have large metropolitan cities filing for bankruptcy.  Last week, news surfaced over the world about the city of Detroit, Michigan filing for bankruptcy.  It is the largest municipality in the history of the country to do so.  So what does this mean for citizens of the ailing city that...

Politicians And Public Commentary

UNITED STATES—We all have freedom of speech, but is it ever a good idea for politicians to comment on public affairs that have such decisive reactions from the American public. The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case has sparked so much outrage, to the point where protests and marches have taken place all over the country.  A bigger issue...

How Liars Lie

UNITED STATES—Before we can consider why people lie, we must consider and agree upon what a lie is. Being called a liar is a serious charge. It is one that impunes one’s character and motives. Being called a liar when you believe yourself innocent is heartbreaking. Being called a liar when you know that you have lied feels like...

Justice Or No Justice?

  UNITED STATES—The Trayvon Martin case has polarized America. On Saturday, July 13 in the evening hours across America an uproarious outcry rippled across many homes with a jury of six women finding George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter. The reason this case has been such a hot button issue is because it addresses an issue...

Censorship In America

UNITED STATES—America its time for us to have a serious conversation about an issue that is plaguing our country involving Freedom of Speech.  The First Amendment is one of those laws that almost all Americans are well aware of.  There’s just one problem with the idea behind Freedom of Speech: you really don’t have it.  The law prevents the...

Celebrity Obsession

UNITED STATES—Something popped into my working brain recently and I couldn’t help, but facilitate a conversation around the issue.  Why are we as a culture so concerned with reporting and knowing what celebrities are doing? Is it because the media reports it or is it the possibility that we have a keen interest in it? I would argue that...

Student Loan Mania

UNITED STATES—The cost of a higher education just appears to keep going up without any relief in sight. This week college students were dealt with a fatal blow when it comes to funding for higher education.  The interest rate on a loan was initially set at 3.4 percent, but as of Monday, the rate has since doubled to 6.8...
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