Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is briefed by U.S. Army Col. James Minnich, secretary of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, during his visit to the Demilitarized Zone in the Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2015 (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

August 1, 2017 Logan Kolas

Irrational actors rarely make rational decisions. The amount of controversy that has engulfed the Trump Administration is no secret. Accusations of half-hearted legislating, ineffectiveness, and even treason have been levied against the President in the seven months he has held office. Finger pointing and blame shifting have left the American public both disappointed and distracted. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching many major United States cities including: Los Angeles, Denver, and even as far east as Chicago. Unsurprisingly, the news made the headlines of many major news outlets, but…

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August 1, 2017 Kennedy Copeland 1Comment

Gun ownership transcends identity politics. Concealed-carry permits are on the rise, especially among women and black Americans. The changing of the gun narrative is underway. As reported by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, there are now more than 500,000 valid concealed-carry license holders in the state. With Ohio’s population around 11.6 million, concealed-carry license holders account for 4 percent of the population. On a more local level, Hamilton County has seen 1,348 permits issued/renewed in the first quarter of 2017 alone. After the 2008 election, many attributed the surge in the gun market to President Obama’s politics. The mainstream media created…

August 1, 2017 Brad Johnson

“Free trade is not based on utility, but on justice.” – Edmund Burke Protectionism has remained a thorn in America’s side for all of its existence. Protectionist policies have greatly impaired American’s ability to compete on the world stage. Born out of understandable intentions — the desire to protect oneself — it has morphed into a weapon against economic freedom and sovereignty of the individual. Economics boils down to person-A selling product-B to person-C, at price-X agreed upon by the two parties. It is, of course, much more complicated than this at a macro-level. But individual transactions still operate within…

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August 1, 2017 Cody Rizzuto 1Comment

The lack of transparency is prevalent. Last week local officials on Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Commission announced that they had reached a deal on the Metropolitan Sewer District. The current deal, which has been in place for the last half-century, is set to expire next year and requires joint cooperation between the two bodies in order to make decisions on MSD’s future. The relationship between Cincinnati and Hamilton County regarding MSD has been messy, to say the least. To put it simply, the county owns it, the city operates it. As you can imagine, this has produced…

August 1, 2017 Logan Kolas

Allowing consumers to choose whether to buy health insurance is a solution, not a problem. Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) cancer stricken return to the Senate floor on Tuesday – just as the GOP’s health care vote climaxed – left Americans, both liberal and conservative, to reflect upon the achievements of Sen. McCain. Although Sen. McCain’s emotional call for a bipartisan step forward on health care was met with overwhelming support, the previous weeks’ vicious banter regarding the lingering effects of the bill were temporarily left in the shadows. Unfortunately, the ambiance associated with the negative press of the bill let…

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August 1, 2017 Brad Johnson

Sometimes the right thing is unpopular. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), just a week after having removed an aggressive brain tumor, and days after delivering a powerful speech in which he called for a return to regular order within the Senate chambers, came under fire last Friday. McCain was the consequential vote in the 51-49 downvote of the so called “skinny repeal” bill. The phrase “skinny repeal” was quite fitting for this bill, because it did almost no actual repealing of Obamacare and all that it established. Having failed twice (once in the House and once in the Senate), Congressional Republicans decided it…

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August 1, 2017 Mollie Finnegan 1Comment

A movement predicated upon support for women, has disowned half of its constituency. Beyoncé sings about it, Hillary Clinton ran a presidential campaign based around it, and my classmates fill their twitter accounts with messages preaching it. As a young woman growing up in the era of “Girl Power” and “Nasty Women,” I have been surrounded by these messages most of my young adult life. This group of Social Justice Warriors has taught me quite a bit about what it means to be a strong woman, as well as why I do not identify as a modern feminist. Feminism is…

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August 1, 2017 Cody Rizzuto

The line between punditry and journalism is blurring. Sean Hannity is not a journalist. Neither is Chris Matthews. Neither is Rush Limbaugh. They are pundits. Understanding the difference is essential to improving the political discourse in our country, which is teetering on the brink of “Twilight Zone” status. Pundits and journalists both have an important role to play, but we must remain diligent in keeping them confined to their designated lanes. For all of American history both have existed, but served different purposes. There have been those dedicated to truth, coldly reporting the raw facts as they are, not as…

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August 1, 2017 Cam Uptmor

The NRA is freedom’s safest place. Many people claim that the National Rifle Association is an evil group, only interested in making money by way the pockets of billionaires, and without a care to the safety of our nation’s citizens. The NRA takes blame for any lack of gun restricting legislation because of their political contributions and lobbying efforts. They are often accused of bribing politicians to advance their policy preferences. Others, even college professors here in Ohio, have gone as far as to call for marching upon the NRA headquarters and killing everyone inside. (Oh, the irony.) However, these…

August 1, 2017 Thomas Zimmerman

Boys are under fire for simply being boys. A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Universal Studios with my family to fulfill a lifelong dream of walking in the footprints of Harry Potter. As I walked the streets of Diagon Alley, a Butter Beer in one hand and a bag full of wizard candies in the other, something caught my eye. A t-shirt on a boy walking by read, “Toxic Masculinity, It’s Bad for The Party.” I paused for a second, momentarily baffled by what I had just seen. While it was clear the kid was a Commie,…