Editorial: “If you slight me, I’ll kill you,” and other dangerous thoughts

If you are a human being capable of hearing and understanding basic human speech, you’ve probably heard one or more of the following almost every day of your life: “I would kill anyone who broke into my house.” “If someone shoplifted from my store, I’d kill them.” “If someone tried to fight me, they wouldn’t survive it.” “I swear I will kill the next person … Continue reading Editorial: “If you slight me, I’ll kill you,” and other dangerous thoughts

Editorial: There’s no such thing as cold water, or The Nature of Good and Evil

My father had a habit of coming up with very poignant yet seemingly simple sayings. His favorite was “life is too important to be taken seriously.” Occasionally, there would be a specific situation in which one of his sayings applied and he made sure to find a way to slip in his little nuggets of wisdom. One of those situations occurred usually around the time … Continue reading Editorial: There’s no such thing as cold water, or The Nature of Good and Evil

Editorial: Consuming Older Media Through a Modern Lens

This holiday season has bestowed upon us a familiar issue involving a beloved song that contains possibly sensitive material. Of course, I’m talking about the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and its questionable lyrics. The song has been banned from being played on some radio stations while the ban seems to have boosted sales of the song. However one interprets the lyrics, it brings up … Continue reading Editorial: Consuming Older Media Through a Modern Lens

Editorial: Poor People: America’s Most Precious Resource (according to Republicans)

Since January 20, 2017, when President-elect Donald Trump took office, America has been on a landslide of political turmoil. From immigrants seeking asylum being detained and separated from their children, to the constant demonization of the press by Republican lawmakers, to monumental tax cuts for the rich, to this week’s shameful appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it has been a demolition derby … Continue reading Editorial: Poor People: America’s Most Precious Resource (according to Republicans)

Guns and America’s Ego

As I write this, I’m watching CNN’s live feed of the mass shooting at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. The second I saw a tweet about it, I groaned and said out loud, “Not again.” The debate over whether mass shootings are caused by widespread availability of guns, mental health, racism, etc., has been raging since Columbine. Each argument has its merits and flaws, … Continue reading Guns and America’s Ego

Editorial: 5 things that are killing journalistic integrity

When I was a child, I had a favorite news anchor. In my single digit years, I grew up in Lockport, NY, watching WKBW and I was fascinated by Irv Weinstein. Whether it was his voice, demeanor, or simple presence that glued me to the 5 o’clock news, I’m not sure. But watching Irv ignited a lifelong interest in the news and journalism in general. … Continue reading Editorial: 5 things that are killing journalistic integrity

Editorial: Hate and its Symbols Need to Go

The recent events in Charlottesville, Va., have opened wounds that seemingly rarely get a chance to heal as of late. A large group of white supremacists, some of them armed, waving rebel flags and Nazi flags, descended upon the town. And then all hell broke loose. After 32 year old Heather Heyer, an anti-Nazi protester, was run over and killed after a white supremacist drove … Continue reading Editorial: Hate and its Symbols Need to Go

Editorial: The Scientific Method for the Overwhelmed

Science is hard. There are so many numbers, formulas, graphs, and big words. There are often dangerous chemicals and equipment that require you to dress like a government agent investigating E.T. And so many things to remember! Science can be daunting to those who have not dedicated their lives to it, or at least have taken it up as a hobby. It’s just easier to … Continue reading Editorial: The Scientific Method for the Overwhelmed

Editorial: “The Media is Liberal.” No S#!t, Sherlock

There are things certain groups of people tend to say as if it is almost a catchphrase for their demographic. It’s the mantra or belief that they fall back on when they have no other argument. “The media is liberal” is one of those catchphrases, mostly used by conservatives to show a bias against, and thus silencing, their world view, as if the xenophobia, extensive … Continue reading Editorial: “The Media is Liberal.” No S#!t, Sherlock