Nick Autiello, Contributor
The notion that homosexuality is a sin and un-Christian is one that is less than a hundred years old. It is wrong, and has no basis in scriptural or historical reality.
James Sasso, Associate Editor
As the tumultuous 2011 comes down to its final day, this column could contain an obnoxious summary of the year’s extraordinary events. Rather than once again discussing the protests around the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fukushima, America’s political ineptitude, Europe’s demise or the increasingly frightful weather patterns, here I attempt to predict what 2012 holds in store.
James Sasso, Associate Editor
For one of the first times in his tenure as Speaker, John Boehner has made a statement with which every American, Republican or Democrat, should fully agree; the two-month Senate bipartisan extension of the payroll tax cut fails to fix the nation’s problems sufficiently. Providing a short-term band-aid to a long-term dilemma contradicts what a responsible government should accomplish, but fits the pattern of contemporary American politicking.
Mitt Romney is guilty of serial hypocrisy, Newt Gingrich is guilty of being a public intellectual constantly scrutinized by the media and others, and Ron Paul never ceases to remind me about one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
Josh Akman, Columnist
Jon Huntsman did not participate in the CNN Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Short of his family and small (and getting smaller) campaign staff, no one really noticed. In a bizarre and counterproductive effort to impress New Hampshire voters Huntsman skipped the debate to protest Nevada moving its caucus ahead of New Hampshire’s, which has always been the nation’s first primary. It’s bizarre because no one else skipped the debate. It’s counterproductive because right now, Jon Huntsman is polling 6% in New Hampshire.
For the past month a movement has grown out of Zuccoti Park in New York with the potential to grab at the very heart of America’s problems. “We are the 99%” is not simply a catchy phrase used by frustrated jobless Americans , but a commentary on the disgraceful economic inequality that has arisen in the United States since the 1970s.
Lindsay McNamara, Environmentalist
In a heavily green washed society, we must look past the initial solution towards a solution that is truly beneficial for all involved. Just because something claims to be “natural” on the label doesn’t mean it’s good for our planet’s future.
Stephanie Rushford, Columnist
The news crews will soon leave the Gulf of Mexico, enabling Americans to forget about the Gulf oil spill. But, Americans must not be shocked by more large-scale spills in future if they are complacent in doing nothing to change the status quo.
Sam Bain, Columnist
The nation was warned that candidate Obama was not ready to lead. President Obama’s failure in command in the Gulf proves accurate the alarm.
Adam Sieff, Columnist
The coming weeks are an opportunity to present a comprehensive energy plan that frames the toughest issues the country currently faces as components of a single problem facing all Americans: dependence on foreign carbon-based energy.
Om Pandya, Conservative
On March 27th at 8:30, millions of lights will be turned off to raise awareness for climate change and convince people to take action against it. My light however, will remain on as usual.
Stephanie Phillips, Associate Editor Ideology: Environmentalist | Writing From: Portland, Oregon December’s Impacted Community Profile: For this month’s Impacted Community Profile, I am changing tone. While past series have been chastisements [...]
Through a prank, an activist group draws attention to the US Chamber of Commerce’s conservative stance on climate change.
Examining quality of life and sustainability alongside GDP.
America, specifically New York City, could learn a few lessons from the Dutch with regards to natural disaster mitigation.
“Green” products have become the latest trend, but consuming them doesn’t necessarily help the environment.
Stephanie Phillips, Staff Writer Ideology: Environmentalist | Writing from: Portland, OR In the scientific community, there is little disagreement about that climate change is not only man-made but upon us. [...]
Is nuclear energy a viable solution for our green energy future?
Billions of dollars are needlessly wasted on energy costs every year, and government intervention is necessary to save our environment and, transitively, the economy.