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    Materialism During the Holidays

    By: Leah Meshnick  Each year before the holidays, as lights and trees are being put up, something else rises up as well: materialism. As the years go by, the holiday season is pushed back further and further until people go from eating turkey and saying what they are thankful for, to rushing to sales, still partially in a food coma. This speedy transition from being thankful to going into a shopping frenzy and trampling others to get the best prices is insane. This year, two people were shot, fighting over a parking space in front of Walmart. In 2008, a Walmart worker was crushed to death in a stampede. That…

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    Misplaced secessionist impulse is a burden on American progress

    By Sam Killenberg In the wake of one of the most divisive and contentious presidential elections in recent memory, President Obama and his administration have faced a bombardment of petitions for secession. Each of the 50 states has requested that the president “peacefully grant” their state permission to secede. Most notable among the dissenting states is Texas, whose request has garnered almost 120,000 signatures. North Carolina’s petition has over 30,000. These petitions go above and beyond the threshold of 25,000 past which the administration has to respond. The short response to these petitions is no. There are many reasons why peaceful secession is off the table for Texas and other…

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    The dangerous effects from the evolution of words

    By Victoria Brancazio Words bridge the gap between gender, ethnicity and social groups. They can be healing and wise hymns or vicious swords that metaphorically stab a rival. Language holds an immense amount of power, containing the ability to influence, share and evoke every emotion imaginable. It reflect the current culture and the views of the majority. Words evolve as do the citizens who use them and this, inherently, can be the sole problem with words. The strength and effect they can hold over a person could be crippling – crippling enough to cause someone to hate his or herself.   This issue has, in the past, come into play…

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    The Hard Impact of ‘Soft News’

    By Corey Risinger It is simple to differentiate between David Letterman and George Stephanopoulos. The wise-cracking, pithy host of “The Late Show” will not foster many statistics-driven discussions about the debt ceiling. And the ABC political talk show host will avoid any mention of Top Ten lists or pop sensation One Direction. Although traditionally, news has been presented in a relatively rigid manner, the growing effect of late-night political satires cannot be ignored. There is no denying the numbers. Deemed “soft news” by the media, late-night programming is increasingly gaining influence in the country’s political process, at times outperforming more standard news forums in viewership and purpose. Even the political…

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    Proposed Voter ID laws are unjust, target specific voters

    By Corey Risinger In an election with more than enough differences between candidates among which voters can choose, there’s a new wrinkle:  active efforts to narrow the group of citizens that get to do the choosing. Most attention has been focused on the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where President Obama and Mitt Romney are waging a competitive race for critical electoral votes.  The Pennsylvania legislature passed a voter identification law that requires showing a state-sanctioned photo ID to register to vote.  A state judge blocked its enforcement for the current election, even while allowing some “education” efforts about the law to proceed that may cause continuing confusion about voting requirements.…