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Neelab holds up her one year olds birth certificate. Columnist Eddie Ryan shares his opinion on the Afghanistan Refugee problem that is now taking place after the United States left Afghanistan.

Opinion | America is indebted to Afghan refugees

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist September 13, 2021

With the United States gone from Afghanistan, several details mustn’t be allowed to settle into obscurity. After a withdrawal which President Joe Biden dubbed “an extraordinary success,” thousands...

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, listens to a reporter’s question at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that Donald Trumps demise is partly due to how he handled last summers events with COVID-19 and racial injustice.

Opinion | Recognize last summer as leadership liquidation

By Dennis Austin, Senior Columnist September 10, 2021

In the midst of a nation on fire, the former president hid in cowardice.  Last summer, cities such as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and others saw a growing wave of violence as protesters marched...

American commentator Van Jones speaks at the 2016 Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. Columnist Samuel Rahman urges Jones to spend his money wisely.

Opinion | Dear Van Jones, spend your money on campaigns

By Samuel Rahman, Assistant Opinions Editor July 27, 2021

Hello, Mr. Jones. How nice of you to read this column; I truly appreciate you spending your time to hear what the young people think.  It has come to my attention that the founding father of capitalism,...

At the  U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Vice President Kamala Harris swears-in Merrick Garland as U.S. Attorney General on March 11, 2021. Garland has not released the unredacted memo since it is now unshielded.

Opinion | What’s going on at the Department of Justice?

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist July 22, 2021

With the recent charges leveled at the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, by a Manhattan District Attorney, the maddening earworm which is the question of Trump’s malfeasance has resumed...

In Dearborn, Amer Zahr gives a speech to protesters during a rally and march in support of Palestine on May 18, 2021. Columnist Eddie Ryan shares his ideas on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Opinion | Do not forget the Palestinian National Initiative

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist June 2, 2021

After two demoralizing weeks of devastation in Gaza and Israel, with blame to be apportioned and prescription afforded, two oft-neglected elements of this perennial issue merit attention. The first...

Former President George W. Bush addresses sailors and the nation from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of San Diego, California May 1, 2003. Columnist Nathaniel Langley argues that Bushs mistakes highly outweigh his administrations accomplishments.

Opinion | Bush’s blemishes elucidate American deterioration

By Nathaniel Langley, Opinions Editor April 30, 2021

America has set adrift since its former captain abandoned ship. Its former skipper, a man who, while in office, adversely affected every aspect of American life, somehow today enjoys fanatical followings.  The...

An advertisement of the Fox News anchors is pasted on the side of a building in New York City on June 29, 2019. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that America and the citizens who live there are becoming increasingly selfish.

Opinion | American selfishness, ignorance elicit lunacy

By Dennis Austin, Columnist April 27, 2021

We — ladies and gentlemen — have arrived at a crossroads in America. Given that world-renowned scientist and medical expert Dr. Anthony Fauci can draw the ire of the contemptible Jim Jordan, is an...

Opinion | Left should care about free speech

Opinion | Left should care about free speech

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist April 21, 2021

Upon attending a University town hall on free and hate speech in February, I was heartened by the insights of those who spoke. Instead of the waffling, which I admittedly expected, I was treated to some...

Former Vice President of the United States Mike Pence speaks at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland on April 22, 2018. Columnist Noah Nelson argues that Pences new book should intrigue everyone.

Opinion | Mike Pence memoir intrigues those awaiting

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist April 13, 2021

Last week, former Vice President Mike Pence announced he signed a two-book deal with Simon and Schuster, scheduled for release in 2023. According to a recent article in The New York Post, the publisher...

Junior Ayo Dosunmu looks to pass during the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 6. Columnist Matthew believes NCAA players like Dosunmu should be allowed to be compensated with more than just tuition by colleges.

Opinion | Student-athletes deserve Supreme Court win against NCAA

By Matthew Krauter, Senior Columnist April 12, 2021

As a season of dominance by the men’s basketball team came to a heart-wrenching close in Indianapolis, the fight over student-athlete compensation continued in the nation’s other highest court. The...

Former US President Donald Trump walks with his team from the White House to visit St. Johns Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd on June 1 in Washington, DC. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that Trump promotes white supremacy and encourages bad behavior.

Opinion | Donald Trump exemplifies white, evangelical hypocrisy

By Dennis Austin, Columnist April 6, 2021

Americans suffer under the influence of white, conservative, evangelical preachers: Jerry Falwell Sr., John Hagee and the clown cavalcade of immoral and unethical charlatans who prey on the naïve and...

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