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Lack of diversity in politics leads to strife

Lack of diversity in politics leads to strife

Patrick Holmes
February 15
Filed under Opinion, Politics, The Liberal Think Tank

It is tiring to watch old white men continue to lead this country into the dark ages. They are a misrepresentation of the United States and everything that we stand for, especially the ones who identify with the beliefs of President Donald Trump. With a predominantly white, male cabinet, Trump does...

Businessman to president: Treating a country like a company

Patrick Holmes
February 8
Filed under Opinion, The Liberal Think Tank

Donald Trump has signed many controversial executive orders just a few weeks into his presidency. These decisions have seemed to benefit money, power and selfishness rather than unity, love and acceptance. Possibly a plethora of Americans agree with the following sentiment due to the many protests that h...

EPA censorship threatens environment further

Katie Dugan
February 8
Filed under Opinion, Politics, The Liberal Think Tank

In a decision that will have a chilling effect on a major government agency’s ability to disseminate information, President Donald Trump instituted “a temporary suspension of all new business activities” on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Jan. 24, according to CBS News. This means that the ...

America, your privilege is showing

Patrick Holmes, Opinion Editor
February 1
Filed under Opinion, The Liberal Think Tank

During Donald Trump’s campaign, my eleven-year-old sister asked my parents, “Why does he hate my people?” She was referring to Asians as ‘her people’ since she is adopted from China. With this newfound insight into how this man affected my young sister, my heart could not break more for what h...

We must keep the arts alive, despite Trump threats

February 1
Filed under Arts & Culture, Opinion, The Liberal Think Tank, Uncategorized

We cannot afford to live in a black and white world, when up until now we’ve been living in a world of vibrant colors. We cannot afford to let theaters, universities and museums across the country suffer by stripping them of their federal aid. We cannot afford to take away some of the nation’s gr...

Division: Half the country kept quiet

Division: Half the country kept quiet

Patrick Holmes
November 16
Filed under Opinion, The Liberal Think Tank

  The winner of the 2016 Presidential Election was announced in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9 and since then, it feels as though the world has been turned upside down. The Electoral College’s legitimacy has been both praised and denied due to the difference between it and the Popular V...

An American abroad: Observing the new presidency while overseas

Katie Cusick
November 16
Filed under International Commentary, The Liberal Think Tank, World

“I’m sorry. I am so sorry for your loss.” My friends from Norway, the United Kingdom and France said to me as I assume my seat in class. Here in Paris, France where I am currently an exchange student, it’s rainy and gray once again, but today the feeling of somber fits the tone of the day too we...

Vote “no” on question two for all students

Ian Kea
November 9
Filed under Opinion, The Liberal Think Tank

In the recent history of American education, charter schools have arose as an ‘alternative ‘option for parents whom live in failing public school. A "no" vote on question two would not raise the cap on charter school funding and therefore protect public school funds already in place. Charter schoo...

A third party is still valid

Ian Kea
October 19
Filed under Election 2016, The Liberal Think Tank

If you voted in the primaries and did not get the outcome you would have liked, a third- party option is completely valid and in most cases acceptable. On Nov. 8, Massachusetts will go blue. It’s no guess or prediction; it’s just a statistical fact. From the Federal government, all of the Massac...

For those still “feeling the Bern,” consider Stein

For those still “feeling the Bern,” consider Stein

Ian Kea
October 6
Filed under Election 2016, The Liberal Think Tank

Jill Stein. Never heard of her? Neither did I until recently. Jill Stein is running for President on behalf of the green party. With two abysmal candidates in Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein is a safe haven for progressives like myself who are indeed still “feeling the Bern.” If you’re from Mas...

Clinton scores, Trump flops, voters lose

Clinton scores, Trump flops, voters lose

Ian Kea
September 29
Filed under Election 2016, Politics, The Liberal Think Tank

Only 9 percent of the United States population voted to make Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump the nominees for their respective parties. Monday night the 91 percent that did not vote in the primaries saw their two statistical best chance candidates for President. Needless to say, the result of the...

Redefining the perception of weed in the US

Cody Barba
September 28
Filed under Opinion, The Liberal Think Tank

“Sluggish. Lazy. Stupid. And unconcerned. That’s all marijuana does to you.” This is a line from the song “Be yourself” from Frank Ocean’s latest album “Blond.” It is more of a skit than a song, but the line is from a voicemail to one of Ocean’s childhood friends from his mother. T...

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