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January 19, 2018 Cody Rizzuto

Seemingly little decisions can have significant impact. One of my favorite pastimes is to hypothesize the “what if’s” of history. In the hindsight of events, it is utterly fascinating how seemingly small, mundane decisions can have enormous historical ramifications. It often makes me wonder how my own life would be different today had I just done someone slightly differently years ago. One fateful, yet often overlooked, decision made by one of our former Presidents may very well have completely altered the course of American history over the last sixty plus years. In the run up to the 1952 Presidential election,…

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January 19, 2018 Thomas Zimmerman

Empty efforts will go nowhere. The New Year has come and gone, and the same can be said for many of our Resolutions. While nearly 60% of Americans make resolutions every New Year, just 8% of them feel as if they ever achieve their goals for the year.  A vast majority of these resolutions pertain to significant life changes, weight loss, diets, working out, finances, getting a new job, and generally being a better person. So why are Americans so obsessed with change, but so bad at implementing it into their lives? Many people, myself included, find it very easy…

January 18, 2018 Kyle Kirker

City Council Democrats vote to raise property taxes. Last week, the Democrats on Cincinnati City Council took their first high profile action since the 2017 election: raise taxes on the middle class. The 7-2 vote approved an increase in property taxes to pay for the rebuilding of the Western Hills viaduct, improvements to firehouses, and other projects. Once again, the leaders of Cincinnati have chosen to take more of your money rather than re-organizing priorities and exercising financial responsibility. However, there is a bright side: if you need to complain to Council about the tax hike, you now have a…

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January 17, 2018 Kevin Fairchild

What does a Congress look like without Paul Ryan? Not long ago I wrote an article defending Speaker of the House Paul Ryan against all of the ire and hatred directed his way from both sides of the isle during his time as House Speaker. In the past month reports that Paul Ryan would step down as Speaker of the House after the 2018 midterm elections surfaced. This came as a shock to many pundits, especially after the biggest win of Paul Ryan’s political career: passing landmark tax reform. This leaves one huge question surrounding the biggest job on Capitol…

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January 16, 2018 Charles Heintel

It’s not the government’s money to begin with. If you have ever picked up a copy of The News Record, the student newspaper of the University of Cincinnati, you would know that the paper is very left-leaning. So it was no surprise when the paper published an article on November 22nd, titled “Opinion | Steal from the poor to give to the rich: GOP tax plan.” The implication of this article is striking — that taxation qualifies as stealing. Though the title is a clear criticism of how the author perceives the GOP’s platform on taxes, the title actually agrees…

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January 15, 2018 Kevin Fairchild

Donald Trump’s first year as President has been a roller coaster. During the pregame ceremonies of the College Football National Championship, President Donald Trump strode onto the field alongside uniformed ROTC members. He stood on the field and sang the national anthem before retiring to a field box to watch the game. The reaction from the crowd was not united one way or the other, certainly not all boos, but not thunderous applause either. As an outspoken supporter of Senator Marco Rubio in the primaries, this response from the crowd is something of a metaphor for my opinion of Trump’s…

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January 12, 2018 Brad Johnson

Collectivist thought is a stain on any society. Boxes are a common thing in today’s world. When I first came down to school at the University of Cincinnati from Findlay, OH (home of Dietsch’s ice cream, Marathon Petroleum, and a certain polarizing quarterback in the Steel City), I encountered a strange phenomenon. Upon meeting a new face, one of the first things asked of me was where I attended high school. My answer, being not one near Southwest Ohio (let alone Cincinnati itself), largely ended that part of the conversation. But for others from the area, it usually sparked a…

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January 11, 2018 Mollie Finnegan

Preventing close friendships among children would do more harm than good. The main purpose in having an educational system is to prepare children for the future. From the simplest of tasks learning the days of the week, to tying shoes, and keeping one’s hands to oneself, children are taught how to function in the “real world.”  Besides learning about math and reading, kids are taught how to handle social situations from a young age, so that by the time those skills need to be tested, they have strategies and coping mechanisms to help guide their interactions with peers, bosses, and…

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January 10, 2018 Brad Johnson

The Nevada rancher emerged victorious thanks to prosecutorial misconduct. Like the closing scene of the Breakfast Club, Cliven Bundy emerged from the Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas, NV with a triumphant fist-pump. It was the first time in roughly two years Bundy emerged from the federal building a free man. Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the case on tainted due process grounds, neither the patriarch, nor his sons, can be tried again for the same crime. The plight of the Bundy’s is one of sympathetic origins, plagued by gross misconduct. The federal government owns vast swathes of land out in western…

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January 9, 2018 Regina Barton

Conservative activist Star Parker will be coming to the University of Cincinnati. This semester, students at the University of Cincinnati and those in the surrounding community will have the chance to hear from one of the most influential black conservative leaders in the nation: Star Parker. Parker has been invited to speak at UC by Young Americans for Freedom, a new conservative activist organization on campus. After having been dependent on welfare for seven years and enduring four abortions, Parker’s first-hand experiences provide an authentic and unique perspective to an array of contentious social issues. After her conversion to Christianity,…