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August 15, 2017 Mollie Finnegan

Diversity of thought is the most ignored — but most important — form of diversity. Diversity is a major player in an example of success. Different opinions, talents, thought processes, and points of view are needed to keep things working — in most scenarios — or fewer successes would be realized. This is true for almost every form of coalition — not excluding friendships, sports teams, universities and even companies. Diversity is only successful when you can identify differences among individuals that contribute to the overall success of the group. But as Google has shown, along with modern culture, it…

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August 14, 2017 Thomas Zimmerman

Go stand in it. As Bearcats and Musketeers make their way back to Cincinnati for the beginning of Fall semester, it won’t be long until some of us start to feel suffocated in the “concrete jungle” of the city. While Cincinnati has some awesome sights to see — from Over the Rhine, to Fountain Square and the Banks along the River — looking around and seeing nothing but cement and construction can get old in a jiffy. As the school year progresses and you start to feel cooped up, remember the wise words of the fictional Director of Parks and…

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August 14, 2017 Cody Rizzuto

Madness in lieu of reason. A few days ago, the Washington Post released a poll that made my blood run cold. We all see a variety of polls every day, but this one was different. This particular poll surveyed roughly 1,300 self identified Republicans, asking them a series of baseline questions to start, followed by questions concerning voter fraud in the 2016 election. Not surprisingly, a vast majority saw this as a major issue. In that context, it then went on to ask whether or not the respondent would support a decision to postpone the 2020 election if President Donald…

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August 9, 2017 Brad Johnson 1Comment

Extortion with governmental backing is still extortion. Wednesday morning, the members of City Council finally voted on whether to approve the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital expansion in Avondale. By a vote of 6-3 — with Yvette Simpson, Wendell Young, and Charlie Winburn all abstained from voting, effectively voting “No” — the hospital measure passed. It was also supported by the Mayor, John Cranley. The measure allows Children’s Hospital to move forward on the expansion priced at well over $500 million, and maybe even upwards of $600 million. Not only would Avondale directly benefit in terms of job creation and business development,…

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August 8, 2017 Logan Kolas

The Boundaries on the Peninsula are Cracking The Washington Post broke the news today that United States intelligence may have discovered that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) have obtained missile ready nuclear weapons. Tension between the two nations is now growing expeditiously — with just cause. The world is left to watch the chess game unfold between the world’s largest, and most influential, military and a nation that many consider an irrational actor. Mutually Assured Destruction As is the case with much of modern phenomena, today’s quagmires can often be traced back to similar points in history. Following…

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August 8, 2017 Sam Valk

It turns out government is fairly awful at running a business. It was announced today that the state owned South African Airways was essentially bankrupt. The enterprise, wholly owned by the South African government, is hemorrhaging money, according to a cash flow statement released to South African MP’s. Without a 792M Rand (59M US Dollars) bailout from the government, the airline will be unable to pay its employees. The unions are calling for a strike and Alf Lees, the deputy of finance for the opposition, the Democratic Alliance, stated that “Essentially they are insolvent and should have filed for liquidation.”…

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August 7, 2017 Logan Kolas

Tax reform may be more difficult than healthcare reform. Just last week the GOP healthcare bill’s roller coaster came to a screeching halt at the fingertips of an unlikely candidate – Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). While President Trump’s attempts to clutch the remnants of the bill as it quickly dissipates – threatening to end bailouts for insurance companies and Congressmen – many GOP leaders are signaling that it is time to move on to other legislative priorities. One of the most likely directions for the nation’s most deliberate body to pivot is away from healthcare and toward tax reform. However,…

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August 7, 2017 Cody Rizzuto

How a Capitalist and Entrepreneur Saved America Who was the most indispensable man to the success of the American Revolution? There is little doubt among historians and common citizens alike that the answer is George Washington. But who was second? Most would likely conjure up images of Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, or Benjamin Franklin. However, there was someone who served as the lynchpin to American success in the late 18th century. He was a “Wizard of Oz” type character in the drama that was our fight for independence, carefully pulling the strings of power behind the scenes to ensure that…

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August 7, 2017 Thomas Zimmerman

Millennials are becoming less and less religious. I left the Church two years ago. After spending most of high school heavily involved in my local Church, I decided to leave due to questions about the faith and some hard times in my personal life  — then went off to college. My story isn’t an uncommon one, as more and more young people leave the Church for various reasons. In fact, our generation is the least religiously affiliated in the last century with more than one in four Millennials identifying themselves as atheists. This statistic doesn’t apply to any single belief…

August 7, 2017 Mollie Finnegan

Difference of opinion refines your own opinion. Sitting across the table from someone having a conversation that turns political can result in a wide variety of outcomes. Sometimes you find yourself nodding in agreement with every talking point being discussed. Then again, sometimes you find yourself feeling uncomfortable, or even stunned by the lack of commonality in ideas. Taking these conversations into the digital world has become difficult. Especially following the results of the 2016 election, the “unfollow,” “unfriend,” and “block” buttons have suddenly become a favorite tool for many people. As someone who comes from a small town where…